Report: Wind energy may be harmful to your health (blog post)
Wind energy is supposed to be good for us. After all, electricity generated by the massive wind turbines popping up all throughout out New England won’t dirty the air we take in, and it doesn’t emit pollutants. That’s why a new report released by Wind Wise left me scratching my head.Err, um... Here's a newsflash: "Green" energy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Wind farms are fine for off-shore purposes (unless they're near the Kennedy compound, that is) because there simply aren't any neighbors. They're fine in wide-open spaces like the plains of Colorado, where the nearest neighbor might be three miles away. In crowded suburbs, though, there's a growing body of evidence that indicates wind power isn't the idyllic Dutch windmill. Other sources have claimed that the rotation of the windmills can cause seizures.
According to the Wind Wise, industrial wind turbines can be harmful to people’s health. Well, at least for those who live near the turbines. The report says that neighbors of the wind turbines are at risk of a number of health ailments, including stress and sleep disorders. The report cites The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, which states that there is more evidence suggesting that infrasound and low frequency noise (caused by the wind turbines) have physiological effects on the ear.
So, let's recap. In addition to turning much of nature's flying wildlife into condor puree, it's causing seizures in those so prone as well as throwing off people's inner ears. Yeah, this is an energy source worth pursuing. Other than dead birds, people throwing seizures, and stress and sleeping disorders - oh, and an intermittent energy source - they're totally worth the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on them.
So let's throw a few billion dollars worth of tax money at them!
That is all.