If I were to believe some of the negative things you are saying about wind energy were true, I would agree with you.
The energy team of County Sustainability Group (CSG) of Prince Edward County have completed a position statement with regard to the wind energy debate. You can read it on our web at
It attempts to explain why hard working intelligent people from non energy related fields, may be particularly vulnerable to the message of NIMBY voices, their presentations, and the nonsense of most of their stories. You will find links to many credible data sources that show a the stark contrast from data you may have read from local anti wind sources.
Please read the many links in the debunking section of WindTruth.
But if you see something incorrect in WindTruth, please let me know, we are always trying to improve
A letter to Mr. Chilsom from another wind warrior.
The links you’ve asked “nimby’s” (people trying to preserve their natural surroundings, quality of life, and property values) to rely upon on your web site generally point to sponsored research, which almost NEVER holds up to scrutiny, regardless of the issue. This is particularly true with industrial wind power development. Since I am a seasoned nimby (fighting the big-wind folly and intrusion for almost 7 years) I can tell you that even if there really were potential emission savings (I don’t believe there are, given the hundreds of studies and reports that counter this assumption), it’s the daily, moment to moment impact on the lives of the people, the actual human beings, in the destructive path of wind power developers that fire my passion to keep fighting against this very non-green energy alternative.
For instance: Phil Bloomstein (who ended up within the boundaries of the Beaver Ridge Wind Farm in Maine) says, “Do we leave the house we built, the gardens we’ve planted, the place my children and their children love? Or, do we stay and learn to deal with the noise, worry about unknown health hazards, keep windows closed on summer nights, sleep with earplugs — whatever it takes to stay sane?” or Rene Taylor of Illinois who testified before the Town of Union, “While we retain the use of our property, much of the time we are no longer able to enjoy it. We do what we need to do outside and hurry back inside, confined to our house to avoid the constant sounds from the turbines and substation. Even inside our home, we often still hear and feel the turbines.”
Or Ann Wirtz of Byron, Wisconsin, who told a reporter, “Last night it was whining. It wasn’t just the whoosh whoosh whoosh or the roaring. It was a high pitched whine. And I don’t just hear them, I can feel them“, she said. “When I first heard about the turbines I wasn’t alarmed. People were saying how bad they could be, but I just didn’t believe them.” Or Daniel d’Entremont of Nova Scotia, who packed up his family last year and abandoned his home of 20 years after unsuccessfully trying to sell it. “We are devastated, we are broken because we have lost the home we built with our own hands and we have lost the land which has been in the family for generations.”
And in a letter to the Ontario Premier, Barbara Ashbee of Canada writes, “We are suffering severe sleep deprivation and mental stress. The kicker is, our house is so vulnerable we could never sell it. I would not sell it to an unwary buyer. It would be totally unethical and so our biggest investment is now virtually worthless as it sits.” Or Barbara Pac of Wethersfield, NY who wrote in 2003, “The turbines are the first thing I hear when I wake up and the last thing I hear before I go to sleep each night“, and Richard, her husband who says in a later video-interview, “I can’t sit in my yard anymore after a long day and just enjoy a beer. It’s hard.” Or Rick Beyer of NY’s Tug Hill region, who reports, “I have to close the curtains because the reflection of the turning blades is like a continual moving mirror inside the house. My son can’t use his computer without closing two sets of heavy drapes. The wind company told me they’d buy me some blinds if I wanted them.”
Then there’s Charlie Porter of King City, Missouri, who owns a 20 acre horse farm that’s now surrounded by turbines, some as close as 1200 feet. After his family suffered with noise and flicker for months, they finally decided that moving was their only option. He brought a law suit against the wind company responsible. “Its not like we’re trying to get rich or make $5 million”, he said. “All we want is for the wind company to replace what they took from us — our peace and quiet and our property values.”
Many more residents in WNY towns have been similarly suffering for the past year. People in Sheldon and Cohocton have begun to speak out. Even some who’ve leased and are legally bound to silence – are speaking out instead. One homeowner recently said in a letter to the editor, “The road noise has quieted, and the workers are gone — just the spinning machines remain. The increased traffic over the summer was an annoyance, but now the ugly sticks are ruining my life. The light pollution in our night skies is horrible and the noise is driving me crazy. It’s so annoying that it’s no longer enjoyable to spend time outside. I don’t even enjoy riding my horses anymore. The noise creates anxiety and stress, and the lights often catch my attention even when I’m focused on other tasks…” Pastor Kathleen Danley of Fenner NY wrote in a 2006 editorial, “We were told that the turbines had been redesigned so as to be less noisy, but the grinding goes on 24 hours a day. When at the house, I find that my nerves are constantly on edge. The wind farm has brought much traffic. Drivers stop and gawk in the middle of the road. The project has pitted neighbor against neighbor. Long friendships have struggled. I find this to be very sad, and pray that others can find a better way through these issues without having such a huge impact on their lives.””
I feel quite confident basing my opinion on these real life people who are now suffering because of industrial wind power development, and I believe that groups like yours (well-meaning but misled – to the detriment of rural residents in Canada and the U.S. and indeed around the world) would do well to pay attention to the real-world experience that is occurring each day at the local level. Please take a closer look at what you are endorsing. People are finally starting to catch on. Isn’t it time that you do, too??