How greedy do you have to be!
(photo credit surespan.com)
Upton Sinclair once said, “It’s hard to get somebody to understand something when their job depends on them not understanding it.”
There is quite a lot of concern in Southern Ontario right now; sadly it seems to be all about the money. Don’t panic, it is not another hydro rate increase although those will come, nor is it about the gas plant/seat-saver costs ballooning or some other Liberal legacy bills coming due.
These are concerns about costs of demolition of eight industrial wind turbines in close proximity to the Chatham Municipal Airport, which Transport Canada ordered removed. Though the order has been acknowledged there seems to be a lot of ducking and hiding going on by municipal officials. A case of extreme buck-passing is about to take place!
Mayor Randy Hope has been poster boy for CANWEA so is publicly identified with the wind developments which are causing such social, and environmental damage in his community that many residents refer to him as “Mayor Hopeless”. Mayor Hope isn’t saying Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls, who at the time was raising concerns on behalf of his constituents, will be obliged to “eat crow” now.
Whose “mistake” is this gem? It costs as much to dismantle Industrial Wind Turbines as it costs to erect them so no one wants to be the one to pay. Is it the Municipality who issued building permits or the Province which instituted the anti-democratic “Green” Energy Act, or the developers who have lobbied, bullied and bribed their way through every obstacle including civility and common sense to have their way?
So the spectacle of dancing, weaving, and perhaps dazzling sleight-of-hand to make financial accountability go away, will be as interesting to watch as the currently unraveling energy scandals but it should not distract from other very troubling questions.
How can the Renewable Energy Approvals process be allowed to continue when such egregious errors are made? This project was hotly contested by local residents and the airport concerns repeatedly raised in the now notorious public consultation process. The developers response to concerns raised was an allegedly independent report which was rubber-stamped by the REA approvers but fooled no locals.
The “independent” company that did the study was Genivar:
“Genivar Wind Energy is part of the Genivar family of engineering services. We have an excellent reputation earned with over 20 years of experience in the wind energy industry.”
There are clearly life threatening mistakes being made and the Provincial Government should halt the process which has permitted them. Any moral entity would be concerned with all the costs to our society. The final question we should perhaps all ask our MPP is whether we have any ethical boundaries left in this Province? Perhaps their job should depend on understanding that moral bankruptcy can be costly as financial bankruptcy.