Not only do some folks think wind power a blight on the countryside (your opinion may vary), it can cause severe biological issues in humans… and this no longer seems to be just an opinion. I’m not a NIMBY-type; in fact, I would welcome refineries, nuclear, jails, or whatever alternative power source there is to my local community. But, given some of these anecdotes and research, I think I’d rather have a nuclear reactor less than two miles away from me than one of these fracking things. The Oregonian did a story on this issue with wind turbines and an interview with Dr. Nina Pierpont on the physiological problems these turbines are causing.
Pierpont’s findings suggest that low-frequency noise and vibration generated by wind machines can have an effect on the inner ear, triggering headaches; difficulty sleeping; tinnitus, or ringing in the ears; learning and mood disorders; panic attacks; irritability; disruption of equilibrium, concentration and memory; and childhood behavior problems.
Good Lord. Since we’ve decided to stick the damn things up in the first place, can we at least put them in middle of nowhere? Like on public lands?
Potential medial(sic) problems aside, wind turbines will wreck the tranquility that Mike and Sherry Eaton came to this remote place to find, Sherry Eaton said. She drives 90 miles a day to and from her job in Hermiston so they can live in the high-desert setting.
“When you come home from work, everything drains away from you because it’s so quiet and peaceful,” she said, adding that’s about to end.
“Now we are going to have to listen to those windmills: Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!” she said.
I really feel for this family. Granted, these problems are affecting everyone differently. Children are typically more sensitive to a broader range of frequencies; some adults, but not all, are as well.
Regardless, this is clearly a real problem and unintended consequence of Going Green(tm). It could just be the model of the turbines, though. Regardless, these things aren’t nearly as reliable as, say, nuclear power. Honestly, folks, if wind power, was all it’s cracked up to be, don’t you think we would be seeing greater investment? Besides the self-admitted egoist known as Pickens? Just turn your lights off in whatever room you’re not in, folks, and turn your computer off if you’re going to be away from it for more than a day.
The path to hell is paved with good intentions.