By Patrick Moore
Southwestern Ontario’s flourishing wind energy industry came under fire Wednesday from the co-founder of Greenpeace.
Dr. Patrick Moore told more than 1,000 area farmers the industry destroys more jobs than it creates, and causes energy prices to climb for all users.
“The industry is a destroyer of wealth and negative to the economy,” said Moore, speaking at the 19th annual Southwest Agricultural Conference at Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph.
Moore, who now refers to himself as the “sensible environmentalist,” said the solar bubble has burst and thinks the wind bubble is about to burst.
“I’m happy for the farmers who are receiving royalties for allowing the wind towers to be built on their farms,” he said. “They deserve it — but the cost to consumers will continue to climb — partly because of rate increases and partly due to tax increases.”
Moore said there wouldn’t be wind farms in southwestern Ontario if taxpayers weren’t paying the bill.
Say anything you like about this guy, but that takes some guts to say that in front of a bunch of farmers that a lot of them probably have some of these turbines on their properties.
I also admire Mr. Moore for not just going with the flow of environmental whackiness. When they started saying that chlorine had to go he was like ‘wait a minute, chlorine is a natural substance and a lot of medications ar based on it’, and stuck to his guns. I admire that kind of integrity. I also agree with him on wind turbines.
Neil, I agree. Not all are total right or left wing. Some people have what is lacking today called “common sense.”
At last an Environmentalist with a bit of common sense,Come over to the UK and apply for Chris Huhne’s post,the man who would destroy the UK economy through green taxes and blinkered enviro policies…we need help badly………
Bill, I agree, your Country is extreme and I’m being nice in my statement. Just how do you think you can change it? They are married to the Global warming agenda. Believe it’s called as vote or is the UK beyond this?
I remember watching a documentary on CBC about alternative energy based on The Fuel Film. This film seemed to take a sensible approach, or at least the show based on it, that would be a counter point to Patrick Moore’s statement about how wind energy won’t produce the same amount of energy as oil, coal and nuclear power. And that point is that each of the renewable energy sources, bio diesel, wind, solar, etc. won’t on their own replace oil, coal and nuclear. But each of them will be a cog in the wheel to do so. We only have to look at all the oil spills, and three reactor meltdowns – three mile island, chernobyl and fukushima in Japan to know the risks associated with those energy sources.