Jonathan Upson from Infigen Energy suggests my letter to the editor (September 22) on industrial wind turbines is dishonest (Letters, September 27). Yet he says the Ontario case example I used ”appeared to indicate that wind turbines caused harm to humans”. The quote from the conclusion to the case is unequivocal: ”This case has successfully shown that the debate should not be simplified to one about whether wind turbines can cause harm to humans. The evidence presented to the tribunal demonstrates that they can, if facilities are placed too close to residents.” Communities worldwide are waking up to the truth about the adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines. Moreover, the implementation of wind energy is conflict-ridden and wrecking the landscape. Almost daily, news reports from a variety of countries and more detailed analytical reports from experts are added to the National Wind Watch website (wind-watch.org).
One recent example is a press release from the Friends of Collector. They commissioned research by an independent market research company, which surveyed 238 households within a 10 kilometre radius of the proposed wind farm. It found that 81 per cent of residents do not wish the wind farm to proceed.
This is in marked contrast with the survey done for the wind company, which used a catchment area of 50 kilometre from the proposed wind farm. It purported to show that 68 per cent of respondents supported the wind farm. Who would you trust?
Dr Murray May, Cook
Jonathan Upson, of Infigen Energy (Letters, September 27) should examine his own standard of ”honest marketing”. He says wind energy has proven to be a safe source of electricity. If that was the case, then what was the Ontario court case about? The ”beauty” of the argument over health and wind turbines is in the eye of the beholder, much like a toothpick. If one believes they can go to sleep at night with a toothpick inserted into their bottom eyelid, then they should at least accept the very obvious problem: endless noise nuisance and rattling vibrations, perhaps won’t cause any health problems if one is still able to get a good night’s sleep.
George Papadopoulos, Yass, NSW
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