Saturday, March 26, 2011


The opinion published in today's K-W Record by Derek Satnik has this title "Does any potential health risk from wind power even matter?" First off he has a very powerful argument in that the alternatives to wind power electricity are generally so much worse environmentally and health wise. Specifically he refers to 9,000 deaths per year in Ontario due to respiratory illnesses caused by coal fired generating plants. I still reject the headline, at least because it smacks way too much to me of tyranny of the majority. In other words if it's for the greater good then shafting individuals along the way is O.K. The big problem with this attitude is that traditionlly it is financially disadvantaged and ethnic minorities who get all the negative consequences of our modern society. Specifically studies have been done that clearly show that landfills and hazardous waste depots and sites never end up in communities such as Westmount or Beechwood in Kitchener-Waterloo. I've said it before and I'll repeat it now, modern science is not supportive of health issues from wind farms. There may be unproven health issues and there certainly are issues with hindering one's enjoyment of one's property and peace and quiet.

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