Read this story at Quixote’s Last Stand about a family in the U.K. that had to make the decision to move because of the planned installation of three wind turbines on the property of a nearby farm.
That decision was not an example of the NIMBY syndrome either. Their son has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and extremely sensitive to sound and would have had to stay indoors all the time had they not moved.
Yet, the farmer is alleged to have made the ridiculous claim that the wind turbines wouldn’t be heard inside nearby homes.
Pardon me? Has the farmer only stood under a turbine when it is not working? I mean, when the blades are whirling in the wind, they make a very loud whooshing sound. Plus, they set off vibrations which can be felt under foot or, in some cases, even hundreds of metres away.
Look, wind turbines are here to stay because, like solar power, they are an alternative sources of energy. However, throughout the entire developed world, they are going up faster than proper health studies can be completed.
With the result, that people living near them have essentially become guinea pigs for the investors — more often than not subsidized by their local governments using the property taxes of the very people suffering.
Interestingly, at the end of the BBC article, it states that wind projects were turned down in the case of twins who had autism. So, that key information is obviously out there.
A little history. I understand autism and learning disabilities disorders from both a professional and personal point of view.
First of all, my adult son has an ASD and, like the young fellow in the U.K., he is extremely sensitive, not only to touch, but sound and vibrations as well. Plus, I did research and worked with children and youth with mild to moderate autism in my private practice. Therefore, I can say that I know, first hand, that sensory sensitivity is an aspect of the syndrome.
By way of comparison, just imagine having to live in an environment that would be very similar to sitting, lying down or standing in an idling passenger jet aircraft 24/7.
So, I say to all government officials worldwide, those who are in a position to approve wind turbine projects, slow down with both the subsidies and the installations until unbiased health studies can be completed. Plus, when decisions are made about wind turbine installations, keep them away from where people live (e.g, the CAW turbine in Ontario’s Port Elgin).