In Canada the provincial government is responsible for the energy needs of the province. The current Ontario government has committed itself to "the development of new renewable sources of electricity generation. The government has set a goal of five per cent of all generating capacity in the province to come from renewable sources by 2007 and 10 per cent by 2010." Part of that commitment includes subsidizing and encouraging the use of wind turbines as a source of renewable energy. This paper examines one such proposal for 115 turbines to be situated in Lake Erie. Local public opinion is analyzed through coverage of the news and letters to the editor in the local paper. In particular, a discourse analysis approach is used to discuss the rhetorical devices used to promote the environment and what role public views
on environmental protection has had on the issue.
|Keywords:||Democratic Pragmatisim, Renewable Energy, Public Policy Formation|
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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