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Green Energy Under Scrutiny While Oil Sands Grow

Green Energy Under Scrutiny While Oil Sands Grow

While the Harper government removes obstacles for further development of the oil sands, they have decided to look more deeply at potential health problems related to wind farms.

There have been several investigations into claims that the oil sands developments are responsible for higher cancer rates in some downstream (mainly First Nations) communities and who knows that damage the recent oil spills have done to the water supply and the health of people who live in those regions but environmental assessments in those areas are being cut back.

Now that the Ontario (Liberal) government is trying to encourage growth in wind farms to help the province move toward green industry and a green energy economy and the (Conservative) opposition is being vocal about fighting the idea, the Harper government has decided that this is a serious issue that must be further examined.

The Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, announced the new research initiative on June 10.

There have been legitimate questions about the potential effects of wind turbines on those people who live nearby, though researchers have found “no direct link.”

The fact is that there is no proven correlation between the oil sands and cancer rates in Alberta either, but the Harper government has decided to downplay one health concern and take the other very seriously. It just so happens that one part of the energy sector brings huge profits to many Conservative voters, while the other part of the energy sector is the design of “radicals” trying to hijack the system (and also reduce the profit potential in the oil sands).

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5:59PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Brilliant observation Marie W.!

6:34PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

harper cons are nothing more then Environmental Terrorists, these fools call saving the planet an act of terrorism. I mean really it's insanity!

3:50AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Canada's Harper makes Osama Bin Laden look like a saint.

8:06AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Insanity........

1:51AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Only renewable energy sources please!

8:23AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Harper and his sociopathic conservatives are nothing but a bunch of thieves. The next government which is certain to be a coalition of every party except the conservatives will pursue charges against them, no one will rest until these conservatives are in prison for life.

1:03AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Thanx.

12:03AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Unfortunately, GREED oftens wins out.
On the other hand, we must remain vigilant. and in the end the majority _CAN_ win, if we have the will.

10:50PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

What a joke! The tar sands are killing the environment and animals, but I guess that's ok with Harper. And I guess its ok if they make the Native people sick as they are always expendable. Canada used to be such a progressive country, but they've fallen for the right wing agenda just like in the US and I have always thought that the republiCONs have something to do with it.

9:56PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Oil companies don't own the wind and sun- so they want alternative energy to go away- it cuts their profits.

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