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The wrong people profit from wind farms, says homeowner. ‘Grossly unfair’ for government to steal our futures, says Kemptville letter writer
Ottawa Citizen, March 16, 2016http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/your-letters-for-wednesday-march-16-water-windmills-women
Re: New Eastern Ontario wind farms a betrayal, mayors near Ottawa say, March 11.
Home ownership is the biggest investment a person can make. Many people depend on the value of their homes to underwrite their futures, whether it be generating capital for their kids’ educations, serving as a stepping stone to a better home, or even financing their retirement. Folks who choose to live in rural areas already face challenges in marketing their properties, compared to their city cousins.
With the looming prospect of giant wind farms in their backyards, they are now told they must accept unanticipated decreases in their property values without complaint because “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Rural dwellers also pay comparatively huge electricity transmission costs – and, ironically, will likely continue to do so even with the gargantuan structures towering over their homes. It is also likely that their municipal tax burden will not be adjusted to reflect the decrease in their property values.
It is grossly unfair for an all-powerful government authority to callously steal rural homeowners’ futures so that a corporate entity can profit from huge government subsidies and distant cities can meet their rapacious energy consumption needs. At the very least, these folks should be compensated for their loss.
Burton Blais, Kemptville
While I applaud the writer of this letter for stating objections and being willing to educate the community in this way, I can say sincerely that no amount of financial compensation could ever be a source of comfort to people who have a deep and profound ‘sense of place’. We’re not all ready to leave our country homes just because a neighbour signed a wind turbine lease.
Being bombarded with infrasound radiation and noise from turbines is destructive to one’s psychological and physical well being. The loss of safety and security in one’s home and in their neighbourhood is a serious violation.
The only solution is to have the turbines declared a community health hazard and our county Health Units must protect us in this way as quickly as possible.