Over the summer some of you may have noticed me complaining about power outages in my area. The reason; Hydro One is upgrading the power grid infrastructure so it can handle electricity generated from wind turbines and solar panels. There’s a HUGE project going on down the road from us, and I’m so proud that our government is taking these steps to wean us off fossil fuels. Don’t get me wrong, I know we can’t just shut down the coal-burning generators or outlaw all combustion engine vehicles, we need these to maintain our economy, but these are rapidly diminishing, and if we don’t start looking at replacing it now, gradually merging it with our existing power sources, then we’re fools. Make no mistake, oil and coal WILL RUN OUT and it’s a selfish act to not do anything about it now, and place the burden on our children and grandchildren.
Two summers ago we visited Wolfe Island, to see up close the wind turbines and get a true sense of how big they really are. I’ve seen them as we drive along Bath road on a clear day, and as odd as they appear on the horizon, I know that programs like this, is the first step to lowering our dependency on fossil fuels.
The addition of a wind turbine field on Wolfe Island is part of an overall move to ‘green’ our electricity. We, in Ontario, have an unprecedented advantage in the winds that blow off Lake Ontario. Right now the turbines are shipped here, but what’s wrong with them being made in Ontario? With the manufacturing sector reeling from recent layoffs, why can’t the company who builds these turbines set up a shop in Canada, and create jobs that would see these same people employed again. My theory; the more wind fields there are, the more jobs it creates, the more money people have, the more money they spend. And they would be spending it locally. The idea that if you do what’s right for the environment, you hurt the economy, in my opinion, is nothing more than a scare tactic used by those who like the status quo. There are no studies to prove this theory, and until I see hard evidence, I won’t believe it. Remember how the ’No Smoking’ bylaw was going to destroy the service industry?
There’s a good reason why America has to import as much oil as they do, and while some of it has to do with the rise in consumption over the last few decades, it also has to do with supply. It’s just not there.
Nuclear, for now, could offset the fossil fuel consumption, but before anyone starts screaming at me about the evils of Nuclear energy, remember something, we use this technology for other things-like cancer treatments, and as my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, I thank the stars above for her Chemo and radiation therapy. One of which come from nuclear power plants.
If opponents say wind or solar power are not reliable enough, then make it reliable. New technology only comes when there is a real need, and a healthy competition will keep the idea’s flowing.
Just like renewable energy.