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Experts? Don’t think so  

Credit:  The Recorder, www.recorder.com 26 January 2012 ~~

I was curious about this panel of experts investigating the health effects of industrial-scale wind tubines, and discovered the following:

Kimberly Sullivan’s research focuses on the health effects of pesticides and other neurotoxins.

Marc Weisskopf’s work is on organochlorine exposure and Parkinson’s Disease.

Dora Anne Mills – as the chief Health Officer of Maine, she was unambiguously in favor of wind power development. So she was a natural choice for the panel by the Patrick administration, hoping for a pro-wind conclusion.

James Manwell and Sheryl Grace are mechanical engineers with expertise in wind turbines (Prof. Grace specifically on air turbulence). Obvious choices for a pro-wind panel, but surely not one focusing on health effects. What would our engineers make of reports of toddlers waking with night terrors, I wonder?

Wendy Heiger-Bernays recently did a study on the remediation of contaminated soils.

Jeffrey Ellenbogen has done a few studies on sleep and noise (audible), but Ellenbogen is not an expert on the vestibular system or infrasound.

So no one on the panel is an expert on the vestibular system, which is critical to “Wind Power Syndrome” as described in physicians’ case reports all over the world. Such experts exist, but Ken Kimmel, head of the DEP and perpetrator of the infamous Wind Power Siting Reform Act (which sought to deny the people of the commonwealth the right to debate and decide these issues in their town meetings), chose not to appoint them to this panel. It’s amazing how the media trumpets this study as the definitive statement from on high on the health effects of industrial-scale wind turbines. Evidently we all need to shut up and eat our peas (or our sound pressure waves)! The “experts” have spoken!

Dave Hopkins

Source:  The Recorder, www.recorder.com 26 January 2012

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