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.
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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