Letter: Turbine cancellation decision troubling

Please add my name to those who are troubled by the recent decisions of the Doug Ford Conservatives and supported by our local MPP Todd Smith to cancel initiatives aimed at dealing with carbon emissions and climate change and the recent announcement to begin the process of dismantling the White Pines Wind Project.

While the Liberal plans weren’t perfect, they were making significant moves in the right direction and at least getting the issue of taking action on reducing carbon emissions in front of us. While there are many approaches to this task, the reality is, that this late in the game, getting carbon emissions down will hurt no matter how you do it. The cost of doing nothing will hurt too.

Since moving to the county six years ago, I’ve heard every rationalization for not having wind turbines. The reality is, there is no benign source of energy. While we have excess capacity for electrical generation now, we won’t if electrically powered vehicles finally take off. And unless we find a way of getting away from internal combustion engines, we will never get on top of climate change.

The easy options that we didn’t take 20 years ago are past us. The longer we delay, the more painful and troublesome the solutions will be. In the bigger scheme of things, the problems of wind turbines, carbon taxes, and carbon pricing will seem puny if we don’t take real and meaningful action now.

Being a newcomer I’ve been reluctant to make waves. In recent days, I’m sensing that there may be allies in a movement to make the county a leader in sustainable living. We are enjoying something of a renaissance here, in large part due to tourism. This comes at a cost of thousands of folks driving back and forth from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal emitting carbon with every kilometre. What can we do to compensate for this good fortune? Some wind turbines are up now in the county and yes, they may be visually imposing to some and aren’t perfect, but to me they are symbols of hope. However if they are silenced and made inoperational, they will be a testament to my failure to speak up and act.

Could we possibly let the turbines be operational? Or as promised, will the Province of Ontario come up with an even better plan to reduce carbon and compensate for the lost opportunity offered by the White Pines Wind Project? I’m eagerly awaiting an announcement by our provincial government and local municipality on meaningful measures to reduce carbon emissions both provincially and right here in the county … and this time I’m going to speak up.

Catherine Reilly