Dear AWEA: There Are Wind Power Nuisance & Health Effects (complaints, studies large and growing)By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 2, 2018 3 Comments
“The wind industry says there are no independent studies proving the turbines cause health problems.”
– Scott McFetridge (Associated Press), “New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls or Stops Projects, February 20, 2018.
In “New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls or Stops Projects,” Scott McFetridge brought national attention to the growing, effective pushback against government-enabled, environmentally degrading 400-foot-high industrial wind turbines.
Some quotations from his article follow (red for emphasis):
‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ (Science advances, Australia judiciary takes note)By Sherri Lange -- January 26, 2018 11 Comments
“Next to aesthetic impact, no aspect of wind energy creates more alarm or more debate than noise…. Wind turbines are not silent. They are audible. All wind turbines create unwanted sound, that is, noise. Some do so to a greater degree than others. And the sounds they produce—the swish of blades through the air, the whir of gears inside the transmission, and the hum of the generator—are typically foreign to rural settings where wind turbines are the most often used.”
– Paul Gipe, Wind Energy Comes of Age (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995), p. 371.
“Why is sensitisation to noise and vibration important? From a public health perspective, sensitisation of individuals to noise will predictably lead to worsening individual health outcomes, especially via the well-known disease pathways associated with chronic stress, and chronic sleep deprivation.”
Offshore Wind: Rough Waters for LEEDCo ‘Demonstration Project’ (environmentalists rise up)By Sherri Lange -- November 21, 2017 16 Comments
“The Icebreaker Windpower project can be seen as entirely moot: there will be no meaningful benefit to Ohio and its citizens. The chimera of jobs and a boosted economy will never become material; the obvious loss to bird and bat life scarcely needs a comment.”
The heat is on for supporters of the six-turbine LEEDCo Icebreaker Windpower project offshore of Cleveland.
A show of “yeas” at the November 8th public meeting of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) at Cleveland City Hall failed to make a dent in the logical and passionate opposition. A few dozen supporters at a public meeting is not material for a facility that is uneconomical and environmentally invasive–and unneeded except for a poster child of what was Obama energy policy.
It is surprising that the OPSB has not closed the file on the now called “Icebreaker Windpower.” Much of the testimony in support of the proposal centered on job creation for Ohio, something that has noticeably not materially happened worldwide with wind projects.…
“Wind Energy Isn’t a Breeze” (Slate looks critically at industrial wind)By Robert Bradley Jr. -- August 28, 2017 4 Comments
“When they try to express concerns [about wind turbines], farmers often face an accusation from those living far away: that they are climate change deniers….. [Q]uestioning wind energy means that ‘people will associate you with Republicans or with the Trump campaign, anti-environment, [but] nothing could be further from the truth.'”
– Leah McBride Mensching, “Wind Energy Isn’t a Breeze.” Slate, August 24, 2017.
“If this Slate article is followed by more such pieces, there will be no way to contain the civil war within the environmental movement between the grass roots and Washington, DC. One can only hope that what should have happened years ago can happen now.” (post below)
Many in the free-market movement, as well as at the environmental grassroots, have been all but amazed at the ability of Washington’s, “green” establishment to smooth over the problems of an energy source that is very land-intensive, remote, and hard-material heavy compared to the energy dense alternatives—from natural gas to nuclear power.…