Karen Pease rebuts wind turbine spokeman

In  The Maine Sunday Telegram Karen Pease answers an inflammatory editorial by a wind industry spokesperson, “Another View: Science refutes health claims made by wind power opponents”.  She writes eloquently:

One would expect Mr. Anderson to make the claims he has in
this op-ed. How could he do otherwise? He is protecting his employer– and
therefore, his ability to make a living.
He handled this topic expertly. For
example, I note he avoided relaying the fact that the MA Dept. of Health didn’t
actually STUDY noise emissions or INTERVIEW those impacted by turbines’ sounds. Instead, they reviewed previously written data,
only—some of it supplied by the industry or by AWEA.

The fact that the national lobbying group, AWEA, felt it
necessary to chime in on a letter to the editor written in Maine tells its own
story. The wind lobby must be getting
very worried, indeed. Their house of
cards is teetering as more and more citizens become educated about the impacts
of industrial wind turbines. More
importantly, Maine has become a battleground, and the wind industry hopes to
take it as ‘spoils of war’. Because of
our vast, undeveloped regions—unique in the eastern United States– Maine is a
prize worth winning. The highly
populated regions of southern New England are desperate for Maine to ‘build out’
industrial wind. Their state governments
have mandated that they purchase a high percentage of their power from ‘renewable
energy’ sources. They can’t or don’t
want to spoil their own ridgelines and their own sea-scapes in order to meet
those mandates, so they hope to purchase that ‘renewable’ power from Maine.

Many Mainers strongly disagree.

Maine already produces far more electricity than we consume—so
we don’t need this high-impact, low value energy system. Maine already has one of the highest
renewable portfolio standards in the country—so we do not need this energy plan
which will forever alter our rural mountains and our unique wilderness
areas. Maine’s ‘brand’ is at stake, and
most likely, so is its nature-based tourist industry. Science, economics and common sense do not
support massive build-out of industrial-sized wind turbine facilities.

But those other issues are negligible when compared to the
most important negative impact caused by IW– its noise emissions and their
effect on human beings.

People all around the
globe are suffering. Mainers—some of them who are my friends– are
suffering. But in a gross miscarriage of
justice, their voices are going unheard.
They are being dismissed by the wind lobby and the governments which
support it (and are very much ‘influenced’ by it) as liars and troublemakers,
even while their physical and mental health and well-being deteriorates.

I personally know people who are suffering from low
frequency noise and infrasound. I know
people who can’t sleep—and I mean chronic sleeplessness which carries with it a
host of symptoms and very real health issues.
I have friends who have abandoned their dream homes, suffering hundreds
of thousands of dollars in losses because their homes—former sanctuaries– are
unlivable. That’s right… they walked
out. Unable to stay, but unable to sell. The wind industry has performed an illegal ‘taking’
of their property. I am acquainted with
folks who have built family ‘bedrooms’ in their basements in the hopes that
they can escape the incessant pressure and noise and find some rest. I’ve spoken to a crying mother who now
reminds her children to take their prescription sleeping pills before bedtime—where
once she only needed to remind them to brush their teeth and say their prayers. One friend overdosed on her own prescription
pills in an attempted suicide, feeling hopeless and alone after two years
without rest, without respite, and with no regulatory agency taking her
concerns seriously. Others can’t go outside to do their gardening or relax on
their patios because of the noises they hear—and those noises they only
feel. And these people are only a drop
in the bucket. Everywhere in the world
where industrial wind turbines are sited too close to people there are similar
stories. Thousands are suffering…

Perhaps the most egregious effect wind turbines’ noise
emissions have had on citizens is this refusal by the industry and regulatory
agencies to acknowledge that their pet projects are harmful to human
health. Unlike poisoning (which can be
proven by toxicology tests) or cancer (which can be evidenced through the use
of CT scans and other testing equipment) or even viruses and contagious
diseases (which reveal themselves in observable, physical ways) Wind Turbine
Syndrome manifests itself with a dozen different ‘unseen’ symptoms. Its very nature has made it a boon for the
wind industry, allowing them to continue to build industrial developments for
far longer than would have been allowed, were its symptoms easy to pinpoint and
label. The industry has enjoyed years of
freedom from censure while hundreds and then thousands of victims suffered. By
repeated denial, they have managed to stay their course.

No longer.

Worldwide, citizens are standing up, coming forward,
speaking out and demanding that their governments follow their mandates and protect the People rather than kowtowing to
corporate interests. In a civilized
society, human beings are not used as guinea pigs. They aren’t forced to suffer individually for
a perceived ‘common good’. No single
person–nor any wealthy and powerful corporation or lobbying group– has the
right to cause harm to another– and most especially, not for profit’s
sake. This is a ‘human rights’ issue far
more than it’s an issue about our energy future.

Mr. Anderson’s letter is the wind industry’s status
quo. I hope he –and others who continue
to mislead citizens –can sleep at night.
For it is a fact—many who live with the incessant noise emissions from
these massive turbines… cannot.


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