dward you can't put anything on the internet that isn't true. Therefore everything you are saying must be true. You are just leaving out the parts about the good paying jobs being created are at the expense of ratepayers and taxpayers. How about an honest breakdown of the economic benefits to the ecomony? How much CO2 emissions are really reduced by wind energy? And would you want your family to live 1000 feet from a 400 hundred foot tall wind turbine? Wind farm siting is not about one turbine near your home. It is about your home being surrounde by wind turbines. Nimby means Next Idiot Might Be You.
David, this article was not meant to validate the claims of opponents, but to just explain how opposition, regardless of what month, what year or what renewable industry, has slowed and stopped progress on bringing clean, renewable energy faster to America and beyond.
Al Maiorino’s post reiterates several myths of wind power and casts a misinformed light on wind power in America. The reality is that American wind power is one of safest, cleanest, most reliable energy sources. It drives billions of dollars in new investments to local and rural economies nationwide annually and supports over 75,000 well-paid jobs that will never be outsourced. The following points addresses Mr. Maiorino’s specific points about wind power. • Various reviews of literature state that no studies or scientific evidence links shadow flicker to adverse health effects. Further, the balance of scientific evidence and human experience to date clearly concludes that sound from wind turbines does not adversely impact human health. Wind energy is broadly understood to be one of the safest and most environmentally benign forms of electricity generation today and is being developed in more than 89 countries. As a responsible industry, CanWEA and AWEA continue to work with medical and scientific experts from Canada, the United States and around the world to ensure all credible information on this subject is reviewed and that Canadians and Americans have access to fact-based answers to their questions in order to make informed decisions about our energy future. For information on wind energy and health, visit: http://www.awea.org/learnabout/publications/upload/Wind-Turbines-and-Health-Factsheet_WP11.pdf • The Massachusetts Departments of Public Health and Environmental Protection recently commissioned a panel of experts to analyze “the biological plausibility or basis for health effects of turbines (noise, vibration, and flicker).” The experts - who had backgrounds in public health, epidemiology, toxicology, neurology and sleep medicine, neuroscience, and mechanical engineering - found no evidence of health effects from wind turbines. The Massachusetts study included both peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed literature. Read more here: http://www.awea.org/newsroom/pressreleases/statement_Massachusetts_health_study.cfm • Finally, there is a comprehensive approval process in order for wind projects to begin development. Wind farms can make great neighbors, but it is the obligation of the developer to work to ensure that a project proceeds in a fashion that is acceptable to regulators and the local community. AWEA has developed a Siting Handbook that can be a useful tool in addressing siting considerations. The Handbook is available online at http://www.awea.org/sitinghandbook/.
I find that the word "nimby" is always used by people who don't have any of these renewable projects in their own backyard either. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black.