Regular readers will know of my loathing for wind farms and some have questioned why I am so preoccupied with them when there are countless other issues to tackle in the world. My answer is that, for me, they are symbolic of many of the troubles we face these days. They represent an incomplete and inefficient attempt to remedy a problem and yet, in spite of the fact that they are clearly not a sensible solution to the energy crisis we face, they are still spreading like a virus across the land and coast of our country – and around the world.
Throwing time and money away on these things will ultimately get us nowhere except right back to square one, while we should have been investing in other areas. And even now, such is the might of the pro wind lobby, that many good people are being hoodwinked into thinking that these wind farms are environmentally friendly and 'green'. It is quite unforgivable that the 'big wind' and energy companies are marketing their destructive turbines in this way and entirely understandable that environmentally conscious citizens think they are doing the responsible thing by supporting them.
But it's a big deception.
I've spoken out many times about the damage they do to the environment and our wildlife, and also the issue I (and many others) have with them aesthetically, but what of the negative impact that wind farms have in other areas of our lives, particularly their effect on our health?
So called 'Wind Farm Syndrome' has been documented many times. Turbines emit low frequency vibrations that might be adversely affecting human health.
Some studies have already concluded that living close to turbines can lead to panic attacks, sleep disturbance, migraines and even heart disease. Although opinion is divided on the subject, the first hand experience of many individuals living near to wind farms leaves little doubt in my own mind as to the detrimental effect these things can have on the health of those unfortunate enough to have to live with them.
One high profile case to emerge recently has been the sad tale of a Scottish hill farmer who, in desperation, has been forced out of her home every night just to get away from the noise and vibrations that have plagued her ever since her farm was surrounded by more than 180 turbines. Unable to sleep in her own home due to incessant noise from the wind farms, Pat Spence, who is 74 years old, has been driving miles just to get away from the noise and to find somewhere she can sleep. She says that her health has deteriorated since the wind farms have been in operation, adding that her head feels as if it is being 'repeatedly struck with a hammer'.
She is not alone. Across the world, many people living near turbines have spoken of similar health problems. Sleeplessness, nausea and dizziness are commonly reported and the problem is not only confined to the human population because there is growing evidence that the turbines are affecting animals too, with reports of miscarriages and deformities in livestock living near wind installations.
Offshore wind farms, now dominating the coasts of the UK, may also be interfering with the sonar of whales causing them to become disorientated. Many believe that it was low emission sounds from wind farms that caused the deaths of a number of whales, washed up on beaches in England this year. If the turbines cause such catastrophic effects in animals, then what might they be doing to humans?
Confusion abounds, as wind companies themselves put out a huge amount of 'information' intended to dismiss any opinions that are opposed to wind farms. Anti wind lobbyists in turn spread their version of the truth. Little wonder then that the picture is less than clear. I am someone who still believes in instinct - and I smell a rat when I hear the big wind companies telling us that everything is just perfect, in spite of hundreds of people around the world who report ill effects from the turbines and besides the obvious damage they cause ecologically.
The wind industry has the money both to promote their business and to discredit their critics. Read their literature and their world sounds a little too rosy..... lots of good words to pacify the reader, lots of nice soundbites that are intended to dispel any worries.
We already know that wind turbines are directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of birds and bats each year and now with the reported impact on the human population around the world, it is easy to see that there may be a serious and growing problem with the turbine installations which really should be investigated fully and independently before any more are allowed past the planning stage. No other industry would be allowed to get away with what the wind energy companies are getting away with.
It doesn't even stop with the turbines themselves because they are not stand alone eyesores, they need to be serviced by transmission lines and rows of huge pylons, all of which cause further damage to both the environment and, as with the turbines, perhaps also to our health and well being.
Some believe that the electro magnetic fields (EMF) emanating from the transmission lines that feed the turbines may also cause health issues for those who live nearby.
So let's again summarise the problem.
i) Turbines, both land based and offshore, kill hundreds of thousands of bats and birds, directly, each and every year (take a look at the video following this post for a graphic illustration of this).
ii) Offshore wind farms may be causing the deaths of whales and other marine creatures.
iii) Turbines (and possibly the pylons and transmission lines that serve them) emit low frequency vibrations and electro magnetic fields that might be adversely affecting human health and even causing deformities in animals, a serious consideration suggesting that more research needs to be carried out before any more investment in this highly dubious form of energy production.
iv) Turbines decimate our countryside and also cause environmental devastation in the countries where they are manufactured.
So, what are wind farms actually good for? This is a more difficult question to answer!
i) The only people to benefit from them appear to be the landowners who gain financially from having them on their property and the turbine companies and their investors who rake in the profits from this unreliable source of energy.
Green they are not.
Environmentally harmful they are.
And now we must face the fact that they may even be damaging to our health.
Green Dream Or Sinister Nightmare?
While we are all in favour of finding renewable and efficient energy for everybody, blindly following a rose-tinted, wind powered dream is at best silly, at worst something more sinister. Whatever lies behind the big wind power delusion, we must not be lured in by false promises disguised as green ethics. Because by the time people wake up from their green dream, they will find themselves in a less than green, wind farm nightmare.
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