Comment by Bob (Ontario, Canada) on 04/10/2011 at 3:33 pm
Well, the proponents are certainly consistent worldwide with their misrepresentation and lobbying banter. There are published, peer review papers (over 300) which are highly relevant to adverse health effects and IWT’s (Industrial Wind Turbines). Many more are on the way and will be published this year. Look to the proponents to state, “Well, they are not good peer review papers,” and to continue to insist that no research is needed.
That last bit is interesting. There are competing views. One side claims, with their hundreds of documented cases and thousands of complaints, that there are adverse health effects. The IWT proponents deny this. However, only the first group wants independent research to be carried out. The idea of independent research is anathema to wind developers.
Most research is paid to be done by the rich power developers with the objective of making money. How could we trust the results of their research? The government must take the lead to carry out independent research, monitored by representatives from different sectors of the communities, in order to provide the truth.
The issue is not only health problems, but the ineffectiveness of turbines to produce electriciity. Do we need something which is inefficient, has a short lifespan (about 20 years, but huge maintenance costs), expensive (heavily subsidized by taxpayers and paid by households), and, worst of all, is destructive to our natural environment?
What’s the logic behind supporting the wind farm projects? For power companies, it’s certainly the lucratic profits. For many green groups, it is a name, which is useless. These are selfish motives, all at the expense of our poor and weak rural communities.
Comment by zen2then (Ontario, Canada) on 04/10/2011 at 6:37 pm
If you look past the massive industrial wind turbines, mostly painted white against blue sky, all to be found, there, is an illusion—if designated as a future power source. Wind companies keep forcing them on us because of money to be made from everything except producing power. Industrial wind turbines don’t produce power too well because of the physics of wind, which many don’t understand. Wind companies rely on that.
The value of a wind turbine development is not in producing power, but producing subsidies and selling the project off as soon as possible. IWTs (Industrial Wind Turbines) tend to lose money if not given operational cash incentives. Energy grids are more efficient and better off without wind.