Despite the fact that our Federal tax dollars gave industrial wind development its first toe-hold on Lake Superior and a lot of looking the other way, or ineptness on enforcement of Canada’s MBA and ESA seems to be occurring, citizens concerned by the wanton destruction of the wilderness and wetland foundation for sustainable eco-tourism have been treated to the “Energy is a Provincial matter…”cold-shoulder. It is therefore surprising that the Senate woke up, and unanimously passed a resolution
(http://www.bobrunciman.com/index.cfm?ID=70&ViewItem=Yes&IDln=95&ShowText=No) for a moratorium on industrial wind generation in the north-eastern Lake Ontario area (http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3389112)
That the Senate of Canada has chosen one particular area is linked more to the appeal which aroused them than any uniqueness of the endangerment issues. Runciman who represents the Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, presented the motion at Senate calling for a moratorium on wind energy projects in the area stretching from Wolfe Island to Prince Edward County. In a flagrant lapse of logic, Nature Canada has only been concerned about ( http://naturecanada.ca/newsroom_nov_28_11_wind_moratorium.asp ) siting of individual turbines and particular projects rather than the cumulative effects of massive industrialization by bird blenders. That agency was finally moved to appeal to the Senate by applications to the Ontario MNR for permits ( http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTEyODc0&statusId=MTY5Mjg1&language=en ) to kill harm harass and destroy habitat submitted by Gilead Power as it proceeds with the Ostrander Point wind farm project despite vociferous public objection.
As nearby Wolfe Island bird and bat mortality statistics ( http://windfarmrealities.org/?p=1224 ) presage a clear and present threat to adjacent designated Important Bird Areas, Runciman said. “It’s surprising that someone believes it is a good idea to put wind turbines on this spot. Hard as it is to believe, the landlord, the owner of the property, is the province of Ontario.”. Citizens everywhere who have been fighting the insane destruction of valuable Class A farmland and minimally impacted forest/wetland complexes for years are somewhat jaded. They understand from bitter experience that this is the effect of GREED energy.
In light of the extremely lucrative ( http://www.iberica2000.org/Es/Articulo.asp?Id=3583 ) pre and post-construction monitoring contracts, as well as the whole captive breeding and re-introduction of endangered species industry, the good Senator’s comment, “Environmental groups one would expect to assist in protecting bird populations have been shockingly silent, in effect allowing green energy production to trump alarming bird and bat kill rates and even the threat to endangered species.”, is inordinately naive.
Claiming to have been a life-long “nature-lover” Bob Runciman still described this as, “a tough thing to get interested in, or aroused about, but I’ve got a soapbox here and I hope to be able to utilize it to help the cause”. If the Senator does fully inform ( http://www.stopillwind.org/lowerlevel.php?content=Downloads_Research ) himself about the many ( http://www.jmt.org/stuart-young-report.asp ) failings of big wind ( http://www.bentekenergy.com/WindPowerParadox.aspx ) and from his elevated position proclaims more loudly that, “Clean renewable energy should help, not harm, wildlife…” , he could perform a great service for all Canadians who value our natural heritage treasures and particularly our own Lake Superior and Manitoulin Island.