Kill the moratorium on offshore wind turbines
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We are concerned that the Ontario government introduced a moratorium on the installation of offshore wind turbines many years to placate some voters who did not want their view of the lake obstructed.
We believe that all energy in Ontario must be from zero carbon sources in order to meet or exceed the emission reduction targets necessary to do our fair share towards keeping global temperatures from increasing by more than 1.5 degrees C.
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
WHEREAS it is scientifically established that climate change poses a significant threat to the environment, affecting the health of humans, plants and animals, our economy and prospects for the future health and security of the population; and
WHEREAS scientific evidence has shown irrefutably that one of the principle causes of climate change is the combustion of fossil fuels; and
WHEREAS, in response to the threats inherent from the dependence on carbon-based fuel sources, Ontario committed to increase Ontario’s supply of renewable energy from a diverse mix of alternative renewable sources; and
WHEREAS the Conference Board of Canada has reported that that there is a potential to generate 35,000 MW of energy from offshore wind, with the added benefits of creating jobs and encouraging growth in this sector; and
WHEREAS current research indicates that offshore wind generation could be built more than seventeen kilometres off the Great Lake shorelines, representing the least intrusive means of power generation, with very little physical, visual, or aesthetic impact to the general population;
THEREFORE we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
- Immediately lift the moratorium on offshore wind, so as to encourage research, investment and manufacturing in this area: and
- Develop policies to allow, through the FIT program, the installation of wind turbines in the Great Lakes in a manner that would not result in any significant negative physical impact on the citizens of Ontario or the natural environment; and
- Do so in an expedient manner, given the exigency of the current climate situation and the need to transition to alternatives energy sources as soon as possible.
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