December 08, 2018

Repeal of Green Energy Act kills Liberals’ “un-environmental” windmills

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I shared the great news that after ten long years, Doug Ford’s PC government repealed Dalton McGuinty (and Gerald Butts') disastrous Green Energy Act.


In addition to killing highly subsidized “green energy” alternatives, the Green Energy Repeal Act also restores local decision making for projects that the Liberals took away.

Watch as I use the example of wind turbines to show you how the Green Energy Act foisted these 40 storey monsters on the people without their permission.

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commented 2018-12-12 20:19:54 -0500
Andrew Stephenson….twenty years ago I actually approached the company and the government regulators in my province, who were at the time scoping out wind farm locations in my province. I live in one of those Selkirk salt box farm houses that (at the time) was surrounded by cleared farm land and you could count the trees within 200 yards on the fingers of one hand. The wind howled across my property. I was willing to lease location of a windmill in exchange for enough electricity to heat my drafty house in the winter….my application was declined.

Instead I planted a forest to deflect the wind.

Words cannot express how thankfull I am that I do not have one of thse monstrosities in front of my house….in the same era I saw the documentary “Gasland” and I was a convinced anti-fracker….then I saw the counter documentaries produced by Phelim Mcaleer….and I am so disappointed that natural gas is not available to me.

Andrew….you are being dogmatic and doctrinaire…..so much so that I and others assume you must have a career investment in being so.
commented 2018-12-11 11:07:51 -0500
You obviously have never walked under a wind turbine.
commented 2018-12-11 11:02:46 -0500
“I don’t know if you specifically believe this, but the Rebel is a common advocate of unequivocal land rights, which would imply that the landowner is the only person who matters. This is an interesting bit of cognitive dissonance, not unlike the “red tape” comment above. "

Unequivocal? Really? You have to stop making stuff up ANDREW or folks here will start calling you Andy the Fibber.

The Rebel’s position is no different than that of Canada’s property rights advocacy groups, which recognize that property rights can never be absolute.
commented 2018-12-10 13:32:37 -0500
Andy Neimers commented 1 day ago
Conveniently omitting the fact that municipalities, under normal circumstances, certainly DO have the right to zone land use in their boundaries… McSquinty and Winnie The Poo crushed that basic right… "

Is that not the very “red tape” that those on the political right aim to eliminate?

Jamie MacMaster
“Prior to the promulgation of the Provincial Policy Statement on Land Use 2005 (PPSLU) by McGunty and his Rats, land-use and zoning decisions, by virtue of the Ontario Municipal Act, were decided in open municipal council halls where citizens had every opportunity to affect decisions concerning what was going to be erected on neighbouring properties. ’

Yes, they did. But should they have? I don’t know if you specifically believe this, but the Rebel is a common advocate of unequivocal land rights, which would imply that the landowner is the only person who matters. This is an interesting bit of cognitive dissonance, not unlike the “red tape” comment above.

“Harley McCartney commented 1 day ago
How many endangered bird, bats get killed by these wind generators?”

It’s about thirty birds/bats a year per turbine, overall. Most of those are not endangered. The biggest threat to endangered bats is white-nose, and to birds, is cats and habitat loss.
commented 2018-12-10 11:58:22 -0500
Premier Doug__ Step by Step the cruelty for Ordinary Ontario Citizens and the impediment(s) preventing small business to thrive and maintain Employment is being Set-Aside; Thank you Premier Doug & Rebel Ezra for bringing this forward as Real News.
Anything coming from the CBC and their clones— { promised to also be subsidized by the similar National Libranos. }— will only be the same old same false news meme the Central Canada smearedia are forced to print or broadcast if they want to keep the Billions of tax-payer dollars spend to keep them in line.
commented 2018-12-10 02:05:44 -0500
Excellent point Harley McCartney… A dozen ducks in an oil tailings pond, versus???
commented 2018-12-09 12:59:21 -0500
How many endangered bird, bats get killed by these wind generators?
Thousands, the bird like to use the same areas that are good for wind generators as migratory routes. A couple of ducks in an oil tailing pond is national news.
Thousands killed by wind farms nothing to see here.
commented 2018-12-09 11:26:01 -0500
“… but generally speaking, the neighbours never had the rights they think they lost….”

I’ll call bullshit on that one, ANDREW. At least as far as it applies to Ontario.

Prior to the promulgation of the Provincial Policy Statement on Land Use 2005 (PPSLU) by McGunty and his Rats, land-use and zoning decisions, by virtue of the Ontario Municipal Act, were decided in open municipal council halls where citizens had every opportunity to affect decisions concerning what was going to be erected on neighbouring properties.

Since then, every municipal council decision concerning land use has not only had to conform to the dictates of the PPSLU, but also has to meekly accept provisions within various pieces of legislation (such as the Green Energy Act) that remove any ability for municipal councils to decide whether their fair county was going to have its landscape polluted and citizens disturbed by bird blenders.

The REALLY sad thing is that there was virtually no pushback from agencies such as Rural Ontario Municipal Association or the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (ROMA and AMO). Gullible/gutless councils gladly traded off the democratic rights of their citizens for promises that were never fulfilled.
commented 2018-12-09 11:04:32 -0500
Trust no politician who will not look into the camera and say: “global warming is a hoax.”
commented 2018-12-09 08:04:56 -0500
The wind mills have come to the end of their life span in Alberta, I guess it will be like the sea king helicopters. Keep em running even though the cost of maintenance would pay for new equipment. I have taken a walk below one of these wind generators. I would also like to point out they are a great place for coyotes and foxes as the free meals fall from the sky constantly.
commented 2018-12-09 03:54:54 -0500
And to follow up on “Ms. Stephenson’s” “logic”… That is the same as saying that if your rural neighbour decides to rent out a few acres of his property for a new heliport – WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL – that’s A-OK?… That’s bullshit and everybody knows it, including the lamented trolls still twisting logic and trying to defend it…
commented 2018-12-09 00:50:44 -0500
Too bad Doug turned his back on Tanya Granic Allen.
Didn’t she have a whole lot to say about these windpills?
She was the only one saying anything.
commented 2018-12-08 23:44:37 -0500
We did a lot of work for a Co. trying to break into windmill market . At that time ,the Government of Canada had a Grant system (B S Green Brainwashing Program ) – for each wind mill they would receive a million + grant . This is why they are build beside a Major Highway ,( IN Canada, Germany and France ) ! The Windmill farms in California reported that the average maintenance cost were approx 1 million dollars per year . One of the head engineers of a Montreal windmill Co told me that windmills are no where even close to be cost effective or efficient . It is a Green Terrorism brainwashing agenda to gain political advancement ! The windmill blade manufacturer in Montreal just recently had a sell out auction ! Also Siemens plant closures in Ontario, yet another foreign country company with big hands outs for Taxpayers cash! Looks Like similar 7 Billion dollar bailout for cash and then disappearing act !

Who were these Politicians to give monies away in the so called name of Jobs ???
commented 2018-12-08 22:19:24 -0500
I was hoping you would show that wind mill biting the dust again, with your commentary!
What a mess. That’s quite a legacy, and none of them are in jail, still!
We should turn that Agenda 21/30 around on those Globalists. Instead of them purging the planet of six of the seven billion of us ‘useless eaters’ – as they have planned – we’ll just purge all the useless Globalists…I mean what good are they? Their skill sets run to lying, conniving, sabotage of entire sovereign nations and thievery!
commented 2018-12-08 20:35:11 -0500
Dougeeee….Yaaa..Baby!!..But.. I have to agree with Liza R.‘s comment below..In my words, not Liza’s .. We have to keep the flame on any Politician’s feet..especially the ones we voted in..
commented 2018-12-08 18:41:04 -0500
More of the typical “Ms. Stephenson tap-dances around the facts”… Quote:- “The neighbours got upset, but generally speaking, the neighbours never had the rights they think they lost, and can’t tell you what to do with your land”… Conveniently omitting the fact that municipalities, under normal circumstances, certainly DO have the right to zone land use in their boundaries… McSquinty and Winnie The Poo crushed that basic right…
commented 2018-12-08 17:04:21 -0500
Independence is the only hope for Alberta and Saskatchewan.
commented 2018-12-08 16:28:35 -0500
Ford is still playing the game. Says Ontario is going to reach the 30% reduction levels laid out by the Paris accord. He talks about Justin suggesting that ‘some’ provinces will have to reduce even more because they are saying that Alberta won’t be able to reach 30 percent. ( shows you how ridiculous the whole thing is).

Ford says Ontario’s percentage is the lowest already in Canada at 22 percent, but admits it was at great expense and pain to business and citizens. So how can he say he is going to meet the 30 percent laid out by the accord? Why bother? He has to know its a farce. It’s great what he is doing overall, but why pretend these UN carbon dioxide levels are anything but a joke?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ssHZHDRxVQ
commented 2018-12-08 13:45:14 -0500
Ironically, I suspect his “open for business” bill, which makes it more difficult for municipalities to unreasonably bar growth, might actually fill the gap left by changing GEA planning.

Note, that the wind turbines were built with the permission of land owners. The neighbours got upset, but generally speaking, the neighbours never had the rights they think they lost, and can’t tell you what to do with your land (Bernier’s land rights proposals would basically tell them so).
commented 2018-12-08 13:44:08 -0500
Well Ezra, that is easy to say, but what about the Alaskan Pipeline, put in Canada, back at the end of the Vietnam War? When Nixon’s government threatened to invade Canada over the pipeline, it went ahead without any environmental studies or any compensation to Canada, for the use of three of our provinces as a transportation route of this pipeline!
Why is there no comments about this story or reports about the lack of taxes, sale of lands, any reduction in the costs of oil, moving across Canadian soil? These are questions never asked or answered, by any of the governments, to this day, WHY?
commented 2018-12-08 13:29:01 -0500
Doug Ford is the only Premier since Ralph Klein to actually follow through on his promises and put the needs of the regular folks first. We need a Prime Minister of the same ilk and the only one out there to fill those shoes is Maxime Bernier.
commented 2018-12-08 12:28:50 -0500
Good to see Ontario turning things around.
commented 2018-12-08 12:24:39 -0500
Carl Marx as PM would be better than the Moron that we have now.
commented 2018-12-08 11:50:59 -0500
I want Ford for PM. Shovel those liberal idiots into the ocean along with their fake climate change documents. Time for our own yellow jacket protests.
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