Comment on article by Mark Wales, President of OFA

This article, We must stand together for green energy (2011), written by Mark Wales the President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, appears in their media section at

The OFA’s website is not accepting comments so responses to some of the egregious statements made are not possible in that venue. Claims of consensus are always always easier to make when dissent is suppressed.

In the opinion piece by Mr. Wales is, amongst other disingenuous statements, the following:

“If over 30 years, green energy is less costly and cleaner than the power we now import, then Ontario will have cleaner, less costly power and the money will stay in Ontario. This is possible with improvements to green power. And it’s what the OFA expects from green power.”

Herewith the comment I tried posting in reply:

Firstly Ontario imports hardly any power at all, the current installed Wind Generating capacity already exceeds the amount of power we import, so if your goal is to replace imported power with ‘renewable’ power that has already been achieved. Secondly the cost of imported power is much cheaper than your so-called ‘green power’ will ever be. Third more money leaves Ontario as a result of ‘green’ power than ever left before its advent.

The OFA’s expectations are ill-founded, based on ideology and wishful thinking as opposed to a sound cost-benefit analysis. Apart from which Ontario’s power mix is already 75% ‘green’ using reliable and proven technologies capable of supplying base-load power, unlike ‘green’ power technologies.

It is perhaps too much to expect that the OFA would not take preposterous, unsubstantiated and unprovable claims of deaths from air quality impacted by coal fired generation at face value. I would hope, for the sake of its members, that the OFA is more diligent evaluating financial matters than it is this one. The claims of deaths from air quality impacted by coal generation emissions are based on computer models whose carefully selected parameters are chosen to give the answer desired by the authors. PlayStation science at its best, GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out). None of these studies are based on empirical epidemiological studies, in other words they aren’t factual and the proof of this is that when air quality values from the 60’s & 70’s are used in the models, these models predict more deaths from air pollution alone than occurred in Ontario from all cause combined.

Nor do I feel that the OFA is being entirely clear in its presentation of the facts to its membership in this regard. Coal generation in Ontario is presently virtually non-existent, it produces less electricity than Wind Power in Ontario, as a quick look at the IESO’s site will confirm.

It is high time the OFA recognized that, by their very construction, Industrial Wind Turbines cause harm: environmental harm, economic harm, employment harm (for every green job created Ontario loses 3 regular jobs), and harm to human health. The 550m setback the OFA so proudly takes credit for is based on nothing other than the Wind Industry’s demands and not on any scientific studies or evidence.

‘Green’ energy, even properly planned, costs jobs, health, the environment and makes power for homes and farms less affordable. ‘Green’ energy is merely a marketing slogan, Orwellian newspeak, for the lavish profits made by the foreign corporations that own the Wind Power Stations and the manufacturing jobs created in China.


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LSarc is grassroots protection of Lake Superior through citizen science and volunteerism.  If you are interested in preserving intact ecosystems and restoring biological integrity of the Lake Superior watershed using the scientific method to test hypotheses and research, then you are LSarc LSarc is proud to be a member of the John Muir Trust and the 60th member organization of Wind Concerns Ontario
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