Canada is a nation of wild, legendary rivers. The Mackenzie, the Fraser, the Churchill, and dozens more all empty into our national identity. They flow through our landscape, history, and imagination. They are vital to any history textbook, Group of Seven exhibit, or gift-shop postcard rack.
Canada is also a nation of river-tamers. We revere our waterways—but we also dam them. Trudeau canoed the epic Nahanni and two years later presided over the opening of the mammoth Churchill Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador. We are, as the Canadian Hydropower Association says, a “hydro superpower.” Almost 60 percent of our electricity supply comes from dams—compared to just 16 percent globally—and only China squeezes more electricity out of its rivers than we do.... Read more »
The head of the Sierra Club of Canada says there's plenty of research worldwide to show that a link between well placed wind turbines and health concerns is unfounded.
"Concerns about the health effects of wind turbines have been grossly exaggerated by those who have other agendas involved," said John Bennett , the e x e cut i v e director of Sierra Club Canada, during a presentation to Bruce County council on Thursday.
"I've talked to hundreds of people who oppose wind turbines and it comes down to that they just don't want them and then they go looking for reasons. . . I think what happens is that people have aesthetic responses to this and then they go looking for arguments."
Bennett described a study using people who claimed that low frequency sound caused them to be sick.
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Michael Bloomberg braved the sweltering temperatures on a hot July morning, mounted a platform in front of the coal-fired GenOn power station in Alexandria, Virginia, and announced to those gathered that his charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, was giving $50 million to the US Sierra Club to aid its Beyond Coal Campaign.
Mr.Bloomberg is just one of many people who now grasp the disastrous implications of mining and burning coal. In his speech to the people who had gathered on that hot July morning in Alexandria, Virginia, he said we must "fight climate change and bring about our clean energy future." By offering $50 million to this cause, he said, "I am doing my part to move our country Beyond Coal. Are you with me?"... Read more »
In a recent presentation to Bruce County council John Bennett, Sierra Club Canada's executive director, shows that a link between well placed wind turbines and health concerns is unfounded.
When talking with hundreds of people who oppose windturbines, Mr. Bennett states that "people just don't want them and then they go looking for reasons. . . I think what happens is that people have aesthetic responses to this and then they go looking for arguments." He also says that wind energy companies in Ontario have been more than willing to buy properties of people living next to wind turbines and are ill — something he says is unheard of in the oil and gas industry.... Read more »