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Book Outline in Thirteen Chapters

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
Associate Professor of History (retired)
Rutgers University

Updated November 17, 2009

The following contains profanity, vulgarity, and obscenity.
None of it gratuitous or slovenly used but, rather, used
because the Big Wind Onslaught is so outrageous that
precisely this rich imagery is inevitable and, yes, appropriate.
When you, too, are forced to abandon your home to turbines,
you will see my point. Keep this image—abandoned home—
before you as you read.

Yesterday I turned 61. I’ve been fighting the wind bastards well over 4 years. Four years devoted to almost nothing else. Put a big book on hold with Yale Univ. Press for this. In those years I’ve answered thousands of emails from people around the world. Japan. Cyprus. Norway. Sweden. Czechoslovakia. Australia. New Zealand. Ireland. England. Wales. France. Canada. Many states of the Union. On and on.

In those years, which included years of fighting the wind thugs in three or four different iterations in my backyard and beating the sons of bitches (at least for now), I’ve learned some valuable lessons. I oughta write a book.

Download full .PDF here. How to Fight the Big Wind Onslaught


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Experts say be careful on wind deals

January 15, 2011

Farmers at a wind energy information session in Elmwood this week went home with a clear message: Make sure you know what you are signing if asked to lease land for wind turbines.

Both Ted Cowan, an Ontario Federation of Agriculture energy and taxation specialist and Paisley lawyer Patrick Kelly told about 120 farmers at Tuesday’s meeting “there are too many unknowns” surrounding lease agreements for wind energy projects.

Elmwood-area farmer Byron Monk, and others in the Elmwood area, have been approached in recent weeks by wind energy companies to sign leases.

Monk, who told those at the meeting he’s not against wind energy projects, said he’s interested in the compensation such projects offer farmers but “needs to know a whole lot more information” before proceeding.

“That’s why I thought we’d get some farmers and landowners together here today that could be affected by this and try to learn something,” Monk said. He added he’s been told that one company has plans to erect 100 to 125 turbines in the area.

Before addressing the crowd, Cowan handed out a two-page list of more than 30 items he said they “must consider” before signing anything.

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…he’s [Byron Monk] been told that one company has plans to erect 100 to 125 turbines in the area.

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By Mary Golem

June 1st, 2010

Arran Elderslie and representatives of its neighbouring municipalities “will wait and see” what level of support there is from municipalities across Ontario before proceeding with any further opposition to wind energy projects.

Arran Elderslie recently passed a bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development within the municipality. However, when Arran Elderslie attempted to circulate the bylaw to all Ontario municipalities through AMO (the Association of Municipalities of Ontario) “we encountered a roadblock,” Arran-Elderslie chief administrative officer (CAO) -clerk A.P. Crawford told a special council meeting in Chesley Thursday night. “AMO declined to circulate it for policy reasons,” Crawford told members of Arran-Elderslie council, as well as representatives of Grey Highlands, West Grey, Georgian Bluffs, Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Chatsworth councils who were invited to the meeting to discuss their opposition to wind energy projects.

“That’s pretty interesting,” Chatsworth mayor Howard Greig and West Grey mayor Kevin Eccles responded, both saying they had never heard of such a refusal.

Instead of AMO circulating the bylaw, Crawford was instead offered the mailing list at a reduced cost and had to do it herself, a tedious process that took considerable time and as a result, the bylaw did not get sent to all Ontario municipalities until last Friday.

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By Paul Jankowski

June 2nd, 2010

Grey County staffers are still investigating drawing up a bylaw that would protect residents from health effects of wind turbines.

“We’re doing our homework and polling what’s out there,” Lance Thurston, Grey’s chief administrative officer, told county council on Tuesday.

County staff was directed last month to investigate using Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — which states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice” — as a way to protect county residents from any adverse impact on their health as a result of “proximity to wind turbines.”

The move followed the introduction of a bylaw, since passed, by Arran-Elderslie. It uses Section 7 to require Health Canada and three provincial ministries to provide certificates confirming that any wind generation facility built there “will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being” of residents before a building permit for a turbine is issued.

“We’ve looked at the bylaw . . . we talked at the western Ontario’s wardens’ caucus CAO meeting what other municipalities or counties are doing,” Thurston said when Kevin Eccles asked about the staff’s progress. “We’re not at a point where we’re ready to make any recommendations to council or committee.”

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By Rick Conroy

April 16th, 2010

A better man might feel empathy for Dalton McGuinty. Gambling, I’m told, is an addiction. He may not be able to help himself. But here’s the thing—it’s Ontario’s energy future he is putting at risk and it is our money he is wagering. Dalton McGuinty never felt comfortable with the energy file. Not since he blurted out an ill-considered promise to close Ontario’s coal electricity plants, in an election debate in 2003, has he managed to grasp the complexity of the business of electricity or how tightly energy in general is tied to the economic prosperity and well-being of residents of this province.

Most folks leave things they don’t understand alone—they don’t try and turn the house upside down hoping it all comes out right. But that isn’t how McGuinty rolls—at least on this file.

Instead he is placing billions of your tax dollars and your children’s tax dollars on a bet that a mix of unproven wind, solar and other exotic means of electricity generation will one day put a meaningful dent into Ontario’s supply of energy. It is a high-stakes gamble—with about the same odds as winning the lottery.

Nevertheless, McGuinty last week announced his government was offering contracts for 184 renewable energy contracts. By some estimates this converts into an $8 billion investment. This is on top of billions more spent through at least four other outlandishly rich contracts designed to attract investors.

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All one has to do is look to Europe, which has installed thousands of wind turbines and solar panels over the past two decades. Not one coalfired electricity generating plant has closed due to the introduction of these new generating sources. In fact, European nations are building 50 brand new coal-fired generating plants over the next decade. They are also scaling back wind energy development and the rich incentives required to erect it. Why does McGuinty expect a different outcome in Ontario?

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By David Meyer
Wellington Advertiser

Vol 43 Issue 12

ELORA – Centre Welling­ton council’s committee of the whole heard on Monday after­noon that several farmers who signed lease agreements for wind farms near Belwood are willing to back out of them.

A delegation led by Dave Hurlburt, Laura Humphrey, Gerry Ellen and Darryl Burnet came to council to ask for its help in opposing the wind farm planned by Invenergy that sur­rounds much of Belwood and reaches into Dufferin County. They represented a group that is opposing the proposal for up to 35 wind turbines.

Hurlburt acknowledged coun­cil has no authority over the project because the pro­vincial Liberal government took it away and gave it to the Ministry of Environment, but he said, “We feel this council has a strong role to play” in op­posing it.

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Darryl Burnett said, “Not only would they not sign, they want out.” He said at least “five of 15 farmers [in East Gara­fraxa] would back away” if they could.

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Hello Fellow Supporters,

Wind Concerns Ontario has posted some good coverage of Thursday’s event.

Nextera told by 400 at meeting to Leave Town!

It’d be interesting to hear some thoughts from other people who were present.


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