Engineer Writes: More Wind Than Science In Turbine Debate

Engineer Derek Satnik looks at the resistance to wind turbines in the Toronto Star, and notes that they save lives:

The chief medical officer of Ontario publishes annual reports that mention the 9,000 Ontarians who die every year from respiratory ailments caused in part by emissions from coal-fired electric plants. Most of these deaths are seniors and children. When we turn on our lights, get a drink from the fridge, perk a coffee or charge a cellphone, most of us never think about what happens at the other end of the wire.

He completely rejects the arguments of "wind sickness."

I suspect the lessons other countries have learned are the same ones we're learning: I've read reports that gave a medical definition of "wind sickness" named after the Latin word for anger. The report concluded that people who feel powerless or disrespected get angry, and that angry people develop symptoms like headaches and loss of sleep. The science shows that communities which own their own turbines love them, but that communities invaded by foreign developers get upset. Developers who treat the neighbours well become friends, some even job-creating eco-heroes.

This sounds like a respect issue to me, not a medical one.

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