By ANDREW WATTS
February 11th, 2010
The American and Canadian Wind Energy Association was created by the wind energy industry.
The association recently sponsored a report, to be conducted by independent experts, into the adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines.
That report,An Expert Panel Review, 2009,acknowledged that people are experiencing adverse physiological and psychological symptoms from exposure to industrial turbines. The expert panel acknowledged that wind turbine noise, including low frequency noise, may cause annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance.
The World Health Organization lists annoyance and sleep disturbance as adverse health effects. Health Canada recognizes annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance lead to other adverse health effects.
One of the experts on the expert panel, Geoff Leventhall, PhD (U. K.) has stated, “The claim that their ‘lives have been ruined’ by the noise is not an exaggeration.”
Since receiving this report the American and Canadian Wind Industry Association have said they will “not advocate for funding further studies.” Why?
The Australian government chose to withdraw all support from any future wind turbine projects. Its studies suggest that not just wind power, but also solar power, do not have the capability to be cost effective, can contribute little if anything to reducing carbon emissions and cannot justify the expenditure of billions of dollars of their taxpayers’ money.