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Ethics of Wind Farms Erected at the Scarborough Bluffs

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Wind farms are widely recognized as the new movement of change for power supply, which is taking place around Ontario for a greener environment. Lately, there have been heated debates between the citizens of Scarborough and the government of Ontario regarding the idea of putting up a wind farm at the Scarborough Bluffs. Nevertheless, it is obvious wind farms should not be erected at the Scarborough Bluffs if one was to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the situation at hand. Through a thorough investigation on wind turbines and the Scarborough Bluffs, it is evident that there are many reasons to assemble a wind farm, although the consequences of the ruined Bluffs and the complications of wind generators overpower these reasons. Wind farms are a large grouping of wind generators or wind plants, which are located at a site with strong, dependable winds. Wind generators are machines which convert wind into energy from the current of wind hitting the rotor or the blades. They are usually considered to be a leading source for a greener economy or environment. This is the movement which is taking place for the future. According to this movement, the future is destined to be green because there will be no more greenhouse gases and the goal is to inevitably stop global warming all together. The Scarborough Bluffs is a high steep bank which is the result of erosion from the last ice age. The Bluffs are located in Toronto, Canada. ...read more.

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The view will be ruined for a wind farm which does not have to be there. Wind farms take up a lot of space, and will cover most of the bluffs due to its vastness. Also, a study has proved that real estate values go down if wind farms are located near their property. "A just-released study commissioned by wind-power opponents concurs, saying that property values have fallen at least 19 percent for properties located near the Energies wind farm in Fond du Lac County and 12 percent for those located near Invenergy's Forward Energy Center in Fond du Lac and Dodge Counties."7 The Ontario government has stated that the prices of their property will remain same. Despite what the government says the price will eventually go down a considerable amount. The government should tell the people of Scarborough the anticipated price drop of their properties. The residents are paying for a wind farm which they are not sure of. Lastly, wind farms are relatively new to the energy industry, and there may be many unknown risks which may occur in the future. "We do not have the advantage of many years of experience with wind farms to understand long term effects."8 Scientists and others fear that there may be many risks for having a wind farm in water. Cheryl Benson, Guildwood Village resident states she is "worried the bluffs are not rock and stone, and are very much vulnerable"9 and she also "wonders what the vibrations would do to the Bluffs"10. ...read more.

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According to a survey from CTV news, wind turbines cause headaches, heart palpitations, hearing problems, stress, anxiety and depression. Most people with heart problems, according to this survey, live less than a kilometer away from a wind farm. Scientists blame the low frequency noise for the reason of these heart issues. People who live near wind farms are also believed to be infected with tinnitus. Tinnitus is a constant humming sound in your ears. If a wind farm is erected in the Bluffs it will continue to be an active source of health problems to the countless residents living close to the wind mills. Many Canadians have the opinion that wind turbines are an economic and clean energy solution for the coming generation. However, they fail to comprehend the enormous complexities of such an engineering feat near the densely populated Scarborough Bluffs. There are many positive aspects related to wind farms such as a stop to global warming and more green-collared jobs, although wind turbines located in the particular location of Scarborough Bluffs are highly dangerous. The Scarborough Bluffs are recognized as a notable location due to the erosion from the last ice age. Many people feel the scenery will be ruined and the historic ledger will not be appreciated. There are also reasons why wind turbines are dangerous to humans and other living creatures, such as the massacre of birds and the low frequency radiation being emitted. Therefore there are many reasons that are in benefit for a wind farm, although the reasons prove to be a danger human civilization. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 6 - ...read more.

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