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Wind farms are not the solution

There is a perception that industrial wind turbines are saving the environment, producing lots of 'free' energy. People want to believe wind farms are a solution to carbon emission and global warming. I wish that were true, but it isn't.

I know a woman living in Amaranth, in Dufferin County. Her home is surrounded on all sides by wind turbines. The closest one is 457 metres, about a quarter of a concession road in distance, from her home. She and her husband have not had a good night of rest since they started up.

She is not getting used to it. She describes the noise as a low, endless humming, to a jet engine that never passes over her house to sounding like her home is in the washing machine while it's running. She and her husband suffer from nausea, ringing in the ears and dizziness, all typical symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome ( www.windturbinesyndrome.com).

This is winter with all the windows closed. They aren't looking forward to summer. She doesn't want to offend her neighbours, they are all nice people, she says.

Some of my neighbours have also signed up for turbines. They think we shouldn't be able to tell them what to do on their land, even though they are putting something the height of a 40-storey building up, with the noise and health issues of a factory affecting those living as far as two kilometres away.

Why do those neighbours think their rights matter more than mine and many of my neighbour's rights?

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I know a woman living in Amaranth, in Dufferin County. Her home is surrounded on all sides by wind turbines. The closest one is 457 metres, about a quarter of a concession road in distance, from her home. She and her husband have not had a good night of rest since they started up.

She is not getting used to it. She describes the noise as a low, endless humming, to a jet engine that never passes over her house to sounding like her home is in the washing machine while it's running. She and her husband suffer from nausea, ringing in the ears and dizziness, all typical symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome ( www.windturbinesyndrome.com).

This is winter with all the windows closed. They aren't looking forward to summer. She doesn't want to offend her neighbours, they are all nice people, she says.

Some of my neighbours have also signed up for turbines. They think we shouldn't be able to tell them what to do on their land, even though they are putting something the height of a 40-storey building up, with the noise and health issues of a factory affecting those living as far as two kilometres away.

Why do those neighbours think their rights matter more than mine and many of my neighbour's rights?

There is a perception that industrial wind turbines are saving the environment, producing lots of 'free' energy. People want to believe wind farms are a solution to carbon emission and global warming.

I wish that were true, but it isn't. Billions of our tax dollars will go into this ineffective, destructive technology rather than into something that will truly make a difference for our future if we don't wake up and ask some hard questions.


Source: http://www.thebarrieexamine...

JAN 27 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18785-wind-farms-are-not-the-solution
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