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Wind turbines are indeed blight  

Credit:  North Adams Transcript | www.thetranscript.com 23 August 2012 ~~

When I read Mr. Moreau’s letter (Aug. 11) calling industrial wind turbines (IWTs) majestic and not blight, he really gored my ox.

If by “majestic” he means big like the Grand Canyon, he may be correct. That they are man-made is certain. According to my Random House Dictionary of the English Language, “blight” is defined as “any cause of impairment, destruction, ruin or frustration Š .” “Blighter” is defined “as a contemptible, worthless man; a rascal.”

As energy producers, windpower machines just don’t work. They can’t make more that 25 percent in a good year of their megawatt ratings. They are weather dependent and intermittent in their operation. They never replace any fossil fuel or nuclear power generating stations, and as a matter of fact, they require the construction of new gas-fired plants to keep up grid voltage when they are not working. The gas-fired plants cannot run at peak efficiency, as they must quickly shut off when the wind blows. Le Pair, et al, Dutch physicists, studying this marriage of wind and natural gas power, concluded that more CO2 was created by the stop and go operation of the gas-fired plants, than if the windturbines were never there. And so, the windpower mantra of clean, sustainable power simply goes up the stack. Isn’t this a form of blight?

Yes, IWTs are good tax shelters, ask any developer or their investors.

Oh, and what about the stream of wind turbine refugees, all over the world, who are having to abandon their homes to escape the terrible hammering that they have taken from the IWTs located two to three miles from their residences?

Do you mean to tell me that they are just imagining their medical problems that range from sleeplessness, to chronic anxiety, suicidal depression, to catastrophic hypertension, arrhythmias, heart failures, metabolic dysfunction like diabetes, cognitive dysfunction similar to attention deficit disorder (ADD), and even the loss of a second trimester fetus in Ontario, Canada?

Oh, and then we have the kids in Fairhaven coming home from their school – located about 2,000 feet from two 1.5 MW windturbines – with migraine headaches, earaches and tummy aches.

The most likely culprit for many of these physiological problems are the ILFNs, (infra-sound and low frequency noise) that is inaudible and only measurable on the dbC and dbG scales, something the state never looks at. ILFNs exist in the 0-200 hertz range. They are propagated by the huge blades of the wind turbines as pressure waves, the same force that causes bats’ lungs to implode and smooth muscle organ systems in humans, like arterial blood vessels in brain, and gut linings, to malfunction.

If this isn’t blight, Mr. Moreau, what would you call it? If the proponents are not blighters, rascals and liars, what are they?

Mr. Moreau, I pity you. If you are indeed a resident of Clarksburg, you stand to receive the full pounding of the Hoosac Wind Project that is being erected next door to you in Florida-Monroe; 19, 1.5 MW windturbines, slated to begin operation this November.

Marshall Rosenthal


Aug. 21

Source:  North Adams Transcript | www.thetranscript.com 23 August 2012

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