Wind denial

 Wind denial at it's best

“The one thing the Wind Lobby are keeping very quiet about is all that windy waste. There’s still no 100 per cent safe way to contain it, and it will continue to blow around for hundreds of thousands of years. If the Romans had wind power, we’d still be dealing with it today.”  Source  (It is hard to tell if this was a serious objection. It strikes me as someone poking fun at deniers.)

 Wind turbine syndrome comedy skit

Talks with locals about wind turbines at Waubra Video by Neil Barrett

Editor's comment

This website is about technology for preventing climate change. I don't want to waste time and space on witchcraft, but in some cases of denial, I have to say something.

My personal opinion is that some sections of the energy industry see wind as a threat, and are waging a campaign against it. They are not bothered about getting the facts right. - John Davis

Shock jock Alan Jones organised a much publicised anti wind rally  in Canberra but only attracted 150. A hastily convened pro-wind rally nearby, got 600-700 people.

Background noise ranges from 40 to 45 decibels, meaning that at 3-400 metres a turbine's noise would be lost amongst it. For the stillest, most rural areas, the background noise is 30 decibels. At that level, a turbine located about a mile away wouldn't be heard. Source

Infrasound

If you are worried about low frequency infrasound, then stay away from the surf, it makes far more infrasound than a wind turbine. So does road traffic, a diesel engine, and ordinary wind. Stay away from elephants, the song of the blue whale, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, alligators and big cats. They use infrasound to communicate because it travels longer distances than high frequency sound. Elephants feel infrasound with their feet. Homing pigeons use it to navigate.

Nocebo trial with infrasound

Professor Simon Chapman (Sydney University) conducted a very simple experiement on the effect of the nocebo effect.

Divided a group of people into two. Told half they would be exposed to infrasound, and it may make them feel sick.

Then re-divided the original group in two but with half who were told they may get sick, into each group.

Then played infrasound to one half and silence to the other. (No one could hear the difference).

Some people did feel sick, but only those who had been told they would. The inrasound had no measurable effect.

Stress

Researchers of wind turbine syndrome point out that nearly all the effects are due to stress, and stress can be caused by jealousy from seeing neighbours doing well from wind farms.

 

Infrasound's affect  on humans

Infrasound may make people experience fear or awe, a sense of the supernatural. It may be responsible for some reported ghost sightings. Source: Wikipedia

Windbags (wind deniers) link infrasound  to headaches, mood swings, feeling unwell, etc. Many of the symptoms of wind-turbine syndrome can also be caused by chronic sleep loss. This can be caused by normal noise such as a busy road.

In Germany, authorities have laid out strict regulations for the levels of allowable low frequency noise from machinery like wind turbines. For sounds of 10 Hz for instance, the volume needs to reach 95 decibels before it is deemed problematic. Wartime research on infrasound found 170 dB was needed to damage a person. This is far higher than any normal machine could produce.

University studies find no effect of wind farms on health. Analysis of pharmaceuticals by postcode does not reveal any effect.

Denial campaigns against wind turbines

Wind farms are being strongly opposed by a secretive organisation called the "Landscape Guardians". It is similar to the UK version, the "Country Guardians" which is funded by the nuclear power industry.

Their main objection is that infra-sound from the turbines makes people sick. An unusual claim reminiscent of the tobacco industry's claim of the "sick building syndrome".

Head of medicine at Adelaide University, Professor Gary Wittert, carried out a detailed study of medical prescriptions dispensed to people living close to wind farms and those living further away from them.

Professor Wittert said he decided to carry out the study after claims by Dr Sarah Laurie, the medical director of the Waubra Foundation, that anecdotal evidence suggested people living close to wind farms were suffering headaches, high blood pressure and sleeplessness.

And he says his analysis of Public Benefit Scheme medical data did not show that people living near wind farms were taking more medication.

"There is no hint of any effect on a population basis for an increased use of sleeping pills or blood pressure or cardiovascular medications whatsoever,"

Money is a highly effective antidote. Those most exposed to wind turbines include those who have them on their land. Yet miraculously, there are no known cases of such people making claims about being adversely affected by turbines. Strangely, it is always those who see the turbines on the land of their neighbours. Money, it seems, is an astonishingly effective preventive agent in warding off Wind Turbine Syndrome. ref...

Waubra Foundation and Landscape Guardians

University of Sydney Public Health Professor, Simon Chapman, wrote a piece in the Medical journal of Australia in which he reveals Waubra Foundation chairman Peter Mitchell “has major interests in uranium and coal seam gas”

Mr Mitchell was a one-time chairman of the Science and Economics Committee of the Australian Landscape Guardians,” Ref..

Curtin University Professor of Sustainability and director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute says the issue becomes clearer when “the politics is clarified”

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Landscape guardians - source of funding is secret.

People behind the Landscape Guardians

Landscape guardians propose to outlaw the wind..

The ugly landscape of the guardians - Independent Australia

/fourteen-wind-energy-myths-debunked - RenewEconomy

Blog on debunking wind power myths

 Sir Bernard Ingham, former Chief Press Secretary to Prime Minister Thatcher and later Britain’s leading spokesman for nuclear power, reportedly claimed to have personally stopped two-thirds of Britain’s windpower projects. At over 80, he’s still at it.  Source  

Nocebo effect

The symptoms and diseases said by opponents to be caused by turbines now numbers 125 – more than for any known syndrome other than perhaps hypochondria. A search of the US National Library of Medicine’s 21 million research papers via PubMed for the main problem championed by these opponents (‘wind turbine syndrome’)  returns precisely zero reports. Source

Just as a placebo (blank pill) can persuade people to get better, the reverse is also true. A suggestion of a symptom can persuade people to experience the symptom. This is the nocebo effect Wiki

 

According to a  Swiss study, “the larger the (wind) turbine is, the greener the electricity becomes.” The study claims that for every doubling of the size of the turbine, “global warming potential per kWh (is) reduced by 14 per cent.”

 

Vestas has developed a website aimed at dispelling wind denier's myths http://www.actonfacts.org/map

It should be pointed out that there are a lot more buildings than wind turbines.