Some facts on wind energy
Sir: Please permit me to provide some information on wind energy that addresses Ms. Henry’s concerns in her open letter to Premier Wynne.
All Ontarians need to know, as the Power Advisory report confirms, that wind and solar are responsible for less than 10% of the increase in consumers’ electricity bills since 2009, and that Ontario cities ranked around the middle of the pack in 2013 for electricity rates. Rising prices are mainly the result of upgrades to decades-old power plants and transmission systems.
A report by Pembina Behind the Switch: Pricing Ontario Electricity Options finds that Ontario consumers would see virtually no relief from high electricity prices if the province cancelled its support for renewable energy under the Green Energy Act. In fact, this study indicates that investing in renewable energy today is likely to save Ontario ratepayers money within the next 15 years, as natural gas prices are forecast to start to rise. Wind energy projects are seeing falling costs as new turbine technology boosts output, and economies of scale reduce production and supply costs.
To date, the balance of scientific evidence and human experience clearly concludes that wind turbines are not harmful to human health – in fact, wind energy reduces harmful air emissions and creates no harmful waste products when compared with other sources of electricity. In Ontario, wind energy projects are developed under sound guidelines, put in place by the government, to protect the health and safety of residents. As a responsible industry, we continue to monitor and examine all new credible information in the area.
Regional Director, Ontario
Canadian Wind Energy Association
Bump in the road not to blame
Sir: Re: Observer article “Horse dragged down roadway.”
As an experienced horseperson, having trained and shown hunters and jumpers on the “A” Circuit for several years, and hauling horses over many thousands of miles across Canada and the U.S., I can say with 100% certainty that the horse falling out of the back of its trailer, after encountering a bump in the road, is not the fault of a bump in the road but, rather, it lies with whomever loaded the horse onto that trailer.
If all it took was a bump in the road to cause an unfortunate accident such as this, I'd have had horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars dragged down various roads all over North America.
I’d guess the tailgate was not locked securely (or at a all), a basic safety precaution when hauling horses. Furthermore, in a safe trailer environment, the horse would be secured by not only a lead to its halter, but by a steel bar in behind it so that if something like the back door popping open happens, the horse is still relatively secure in the trailer, in a standing-stall, snug situation.
This article is obviously trying to use this unfortunate accident to place fault on the roads. While the roads may need repairing, the fault of this accident lies squarely on the person hauling the horse.