Jul 6, 2011

Windfarms will make your children hate school, apparently

The lobby group at the centre of promoting the idea that windfarms cause disease, the Waubra Foundation, last week moved its aggression needle up several notches by sending this melodramatic “Explicit Cautionary Notice” to Australia’s wind energy companies and putting them on notice.

The lobby group at the centre of promoting the idea that windfarms cause disease, the Waubra Foundation, last week moved its aggression needle up several notches by sending this melodramatic “Explicit Cautionary Notice” to Australia’s wind energy companies and putting them on notice.

It makes interesting reading, listing a range of very prevalent health problems that collectively are  experienced by millions of Australians (sleep deprivation, hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, migraine, depression, tinnitus, post traumatic stress, irreversible memory deterioration).

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9 thoughts on “Windfarms will make your children hate school, apparently

  1. ianjohnno1

    Perhaps wind farms do cause some health problems, but we will never know unless we can clear the waters muddied by vested interests, the hysterical, the envious, political opportunists and the just-plain-silly.
    The danger is that it will become a “cause” and then a popularity contest.
    An educated nation?

  2. Russell

    Gosh, and I’ve heard that living near a coal seam gas mine is even worse! But maybe I’ve been misinformed. No doubt Crikey will soon publish a sceptical report allaying my fears about that. It will, won’t it?

  3. Ben Harris-Roxas

    “It is understandable that some may become preoccupied with the turbines they can see and hear, but derive no direct benefit from. Sociogenic illness can rapidly foment in such contexts and these dimensions need to be incorporated into any investigation of why some people claim to be “harmed” by turbines, but those with identical exposure profiles feel fine and can even enjoy their proximity.”

    Simon’s concluding paragraph is really the crux of the issue. It’s obvious the physical health impacts are minimal, if there are any at all. The problem is that dismissing concerns out of hand may be counter-productive, for example:

    Wind farms and health: some lessons from Canada

  4. Patrick Brosnan

    This is truly bizarre. Wind power would have to be one of the most benign methods of generating power and yet some individuals appear to be able to get a hearing for their unsupported and almost fraudulent claims. Anyone with a passing acquaintance with science becomes very frustrated that these ratbags manage to force their rubbish down our throats. They need a damn good bagging, which is what this article does. Bravo. Oh and keep these nutters away from our children.

  5. Daniel

    oi a bloody windmill gave me cancer it did, blimey. innit

  6. TormentedbytheDs

    The Moncktons are just amazing. I think this should be the new term as deniers does have that nasty after taste. Wind farms can give us all sorts of diseases but anything that emits CO2 to generate power is OK. We had some madness near Colac where they got into the locals that a geothermal project would cause earthquakes and cows to abort or whatever and the Nationals were on it like a seagull and a hot chip. If someone invented a black box that produced power and nothing else they would find something wrong with it. In the mean time they want to play chemistry experiments with the composition of the atmosphere and want to put the burden of proof on the people who think that is a bad idea.

  7. s_keane1

    Good one Tormentedbytheds! Love your Moncktons moniker…. the mad Moncktons perhaps? Yes, definitely better than deniers. Conjures up such a lovely, compelling image…..

    Now where are the animal rights people in all of this? Having scanned the literature, I have found no outcry from animal rights groups or vet associations defending the rights of animals against Wind Turbine Syndrome. You’d have thought that after 40 years of wind power in Denmark, we’d have heard it for the cows at least. But no, nothing. It would appear that animals, especially livestock on farms in Denmark, are unaware of the problem. Having farmed livestock at one stage in my life, I can vouch for the fact that farmers notice when their sole means of income start dropping like flies.

    Furthermore, as a control group, I’d have thought you couldn’t go past animals who can’t read the misinformation put out by the Landscape Guardians who are popping up like weeds in our landscape, can’t be intimidated, don’t care one way or another whether the globe is warming, don’t vote Liberal and seem happy to graze right next to turbines in the photos I’ve seen.

  8. Russell

    All those laughing and sneering about those who raise so-called “health” issues are missing the point entirely. It’s not about that. Nimby opposition to turbines has nothing to do with rationality or “facts”. But no one is going to win any battles by ridiculing those who believe there ARE genuine problems.

    I saw doco movie called “Windfall” at the recent Sydney Film Festival, which looked the way a wind turbine farm divided a NY upstate community. It was set in a typical rural town which fallen on hard times due to the decline in dairy farming, and many locals saw the turbines as a lifeline. The opponents of wind power were the newcomers, people we would call “tree-changing” greenies. They were the gentrifiers, ex-Manhattan people mostly, educated, affluent, well organized and resourced, with considerable political nous.

    If you think of the sort of people who are now organizing the opposition to the the coal gas mining license in St Peters, you’ve got them to a T. The Marrickville Greens, licking their wounds after their Israel boycott fiasco, have got a winning issue now.

    The opponents in NY State “won”. In other wealthier towns nearby, the power companies didn’t even get past first base.
    No wind farms… No renewable energy IN MY BACKYARD!

  9. Dave Burraston

    A peer-reviewed journal has just published a special edition (part 1) on impacts of wind turbines:


    From the press release:
    “GLOBAL FIRST: Leading Scientific Peer Reviewed Journal Publishes Special Edition on Wind Turbines

    Immediate Release

    Toronto Ontario July 20, 2011/ The first peer reviewed scientific journal devoted solely to the impacts of wind turbines on communities was published today by SAGE Publications Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society”

    “The groundbreaking Special Edition called WINDFARMS, COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS PART I, features peer reviewed articles documenting adverse health effects and their cause from wind turbine installations.

    Subjects range from an original case definition by Dr. Robert McMurtry of Ontario Canada, to noise characteristics and their impacts on communities in Australia by Dr. Bob Thorne, New Zealand. One featured article describes the specific and unique nature of wind turbine noise while another speaks to impacts of wind turbines on sleep disturbance and how this affects human health.

    Two other articles of great importance are an epidemiological analysis of the WindVoice Health Survey (Krogh et al). This case series, begun in February 2008 in Ontario Canada, chronicles the many health outcomes experienced by people in Ontario living within the environs of wind turbine installations.

    The other article follows the thread of the way those suffering receive no support from their government or community and how that lack of social justice is creating a whole new set of issues for victims of wind turbines.

    Critics of those who are calling for stringent, authoritative guidelines regarding the locating of wind developments have continuously claimed there is a lack of peer reviewed evidence. This claim is false and now SAGE will be adding to that existing body of research including further context and current up to date research.”

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