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Mission Statement
1. To conserve and protect Toronto's eastern beaches and the Scarborough Bluffs from being unnecessarily desecrated.

2. To enlighten the general public of the pros and cons of industrial size wind turbines.

3. To unravel the politics behind the industrialization of Toronto's waterfront.
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WHY WIND TURBINES ARE THE PROBLEM, NOT THE ANSWER

1.    FOLLOW THE MONEY:  There's so little wind and so little electricity: yet developers rush to claim sites for their turbines. Why? Because there's so much money to be made for private shareholders that it doesn't really matter whether the turbines run efficiently or not. Where does the money come from?  Do you really have to ask? Check your property tax bill. Check your income tax bill.  Check your Hydro bill.  Yes, it comes from you. And you never get it back:  it goes to the developers.

Developers and proponents of wind power claim that it is a “mature industry”: it is just as mature as a university graduate who lives in his parents' basement. The wind industry depends on taxpayer money to make profits in the same way the basement-dwelling 'mature' adult uses parental subsidies in the form of room, board and even laundry service to live and accumulate money. This is not the accepted definition of maturity nor is it an acceptable argument on behalf of tax-sucking wind developers.

Toronto tax money is backing Toronto Hydro Energy Services' misguided attempt to research wind 1.8 km from the shores of Lake Ontario.  Provincial tax money is used to pay the developers. Federal money sweetens the pot.

Once a project is built, the developers sell the electricity, (under contracts guaranteed by the government and  at a price guaranteed by the government at a rate twice the cost of other power) to the Ontario Power Authority which then factors the higher cost of this power into the price charged to consumers. It's all our money that the OPA uses to buy the power. And then we pay for it again in our Hydro bills.

2.  CHECK THE RELIABILITY:  The winds blow erratically:  high winds in winter; low in summer. When high winds in winter or at night produce power when it's not needed by consumers, that power is still purchased at the inflated rate and is not used. When do we need power the most?  When the air conditioners are running during hot summer days.  Guess what? Because the wind is on vacation, power from all other sources (nuclear, hydro, coal) has to do the job that wind can't.

And all this time, the other power-producing plants have to keep running, just to provide reliable power. That's why Germany, despite all its wind turbines, continues to build new coal-fired plants. That's why Denmark, with large numbers of turbines, has to import power from other countries to have a reliable source of power for its citizens. Nowhere in the world has a coal-fired plant stopped production and been decommissioned because finally wind power could take over the job. It just can't happen. Why is our province ignoring the experience of other countries around the world? Why do we repeat the same expensive, inefficient development that other countries are now questioning?

3.  FIRST, DO NO HARM:  We all want to reduce the harm done to our air, ourselves and our planet by CO2 emissions.  But do we really want to irrevocably damage people; our drinking water; the wild animals that live along the corridor of parks and natural landscape that line the shore; and the birds and bats that migrate along and across Lake Ontario by placing an industrial plant of at least 60 turbines, each over 100 metres high and bedecked with flashing lights, in a 24 km stretch of the Lake? We, the governed and those who govern, should adopt the physicians' oath:  First, do no harm.

And wind turbines can, and do, cause harm.  People are harmed by the noise and vibration produced by the turbines (of course, it is worse at night, when people are trying to sleep and the ambient noise is low, because the wind blows more strongly at night). High sound levels are generated which can cause health problems. Low frequency sound travels further, especially over water, and has been detected as far away as 10 km.  And low frequency sound can and does cause insidious health problems. That is why European countries have setbacks for projects and why Ontario should have a setback of at least 2 km on land and 10 km in water. It's not just people who are affected by the different kinds of noise: household pets, wild animals, birds and other creatures are affected as well. Remember how sensitive a dog is to sounds we can't hear? That's the low frequency sound and it will strip our landscape of most sensible creatures. Bats who stray too close simply implode from the decompression around the turbines. Toronto Hydro's plan would be the first near-shore wind turbine installation in the world to be located so close (2 -4 km) to a major residential area. The onus should be on the developers to prove, with peer-reviewed studies, that there would be absolutely no damage to humans and other animals from their inefficient, unreliable turbines.

Construction of a wind turbine installation in Lake Ontario would involve drilling into the lake bed, disrupting sediments that are best left like sleeping dogs, given our habit of polluting our water sources. Heavy metals and other toxins should be undisturbed instead of being stirred up mere kilometres upstream from the intake pipes at the Harris Filtration Plant. It would seem to an ordinary person to be a no-brainer:  don't mess with the drinking water.  However, those in power and developers do not seem to be ordinary people and the planning goes on and the money flows and sensible people are reviled by our elected representatives for trying to protect what the government should be protecting. 

4.  JUST SAY NO!  No to CO2; No to burning non-renewable fossil fuels; No to wind turbines: the panacea of the green movement, the darling of politicians looking for a photo-op. The turbines can't stop the CO2 emissions and cannot eliminate the burning of fossil fuels. Wind power can NOT provide large amounts of useful electricity; wind power is NOT green.

And we, the Save the Toronto Bluffs group, say NO to an anemometer testing station in Lake Ontario and we say NO to a giant industrial turbine installation a mere 2 km from the beautiful heritage site of the  Scarborough Bluffs.