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See the news release from the County Coalition for Safe Affordable Green Energy, in which the group suggests that maybe, just maybe, there might be better things to do with the $40 billion Ontario will hand over in subsidy to giant corporate wind power developers (who have suddenly developed a taste for litigation against communities resisting the invasive power plants).
Transit improvements really would solve the problem of air pollution in Toronto and southern Ontario.
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Ontario’s $40-billion wind power subsidy: spend it on transit and hospitals
PICTON, ONTARIO, JUNE 20TH, 2013– On June 17th the County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy (CCSAGE) wrote to all Ontario MPPs advising that the McGuinty/Smitherman wind power fantasy will cost citizens $40 billion in increased electricity and tax bills over 20 years. CCSAGE believes this money is better spent on transit and hospitals.
$40 billion is 145 times the mere $275 million recently reported by the Auditor-General as the cost for relocating the Mississauga gas plant. Garth Manning, Chair of CCSAGE, noted that: “Our electricity bills are increasing dramatically. That $40 billion could be much better spent,” he said. “Let’s put a hold on wind power generation—an inefficient and unreliable technology—and reallocate those huge wind power subsidies to areas of much greater need.”
Manning urged MPPs to consider how half of that amount could upgrade an eco-friendly Metrolinx transit system for the GTHA. “MPPs should also know how the other half could save threatened community hospitals,” he said.
“People in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) are living with gridlock, creating an urban air pollution cloud over all,” said Jane Wilson, RN, President of Wind Concerns Ontario. “At the same time, residents of rural communities are being forced to live with massive industrial scale wind power projects that result in sleep disturbance, property devaluation, wildlife killings, destroyed landscapes, tourism losses, lost quality of life, and divided communities,” she said.
CCSAGE recognizes that half of Ontario citizens live in the GTHA where gridlock and air pollution are worsening. The other half live in rural areas and smaller cities where community hospitals are on virtual life support.
“Let’s turn off that $40 billion tap that is flowing to noisy spinning turbines in Ontario’s once peaceful countryside. Let’s use it to pay for practical green transit systems and caring community hospitals,” said Manning. “Ontario has become occupied territory…occupied by the Big Wind developers. Let’s get our Ontario back,” he said.
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