The untold Ontario green-energy scandal is that it’s devastating our rural areas – by Garth Manning (Financial Post – November 2, 2016)

The biggest unreported story in the Ontario media, despite all its talented investigative journalists, is the destruction of rural Ontario by massive wind “farms” and solar projects.

Wind turbines are not “farms” but sophisticated industrial machines, each taller than Toronto’s Royal York Hotel or the Ottawa Peace Tower. They will never be built in urban centres. So rural Ontario is being progressively devastated while residents of towns and cities, along with the media, remain uncaring.

Large wind and solar factories give the finger to rural economies, heritage, and property and business values and landscapes, while vast flocks of migrating birds, including endangered species, are killed by these lofty Cuisinarts. All these obvious outcomes are denied by an industry that cares not about climate change and only about government-enforced profits.

There is a lot here worth investigating. There’s the unreported but significant influence of the wind industry lobby in the initial drafting of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, a legislation of sweeping consequence that — despite warnings of harmful consequences by distinguished economists and professional engineers — was adopted with unusual speed by the legislature, moving from its introduction to passage in just 11 weeks.

There is no business case for all this green energy, as the auditor general has consistently shown, yet the government was so forceful in implementing it that it took away from rural municipalities their planning and zoning powers, denying them any say in whether or not these intrusive projects would be imposed, regardless of local wishes.

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