by Robert Macready. In a suspiciously timed announcement late Friday afternoon, the Ontario government declared a moratorium on any future offshore wind power projects. The McGuinty government has long championed wind power as part of their vaunted Green Energy Act, which has seen taxpayers subsidize expensive renewable energy projects and international conglomerates awarded billions to build them. The government cited environmental concerns as the reason for the moratorium on development, even though similar concerns never stopped them from previously building on sensitive watersheds and farmland. With provincial elections looming, many critics believe that the real reason for the reversal is so that the government can avoid having to deal with a touchy ballot issue. Additionally, the Toronto Star reports that the announcement was rushed out on Friday afternoon so that the flip-flop would be lost in the barrage of news relating to the crisis in Egypt.