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This week, two prominent cases where noisiness threatened to thwart the environment rose to the fore: First, SunChips announced that it was discontinuing its biodegradable chip bag because consumers complained that it was too noisy. Secondly, in an only slightly less ridiculous story, the New York Times profiled residents across the country who live near wind turbines and complain about the noise. Thankfully, Stephen Colbert is around to lampoon both.The response in the blogosphere to the SunChips debacle can only be described as collective disbelief -- disbelief that not only would SunChips discontinue their product for such a reason, but that consumers were actually complaining about it. Alas, the damage is done, and the bags are discontinued (for better or for worse, many remained unconvinced that the biodegradable bags were all that much of an improvement).
As for the wind farms, I've already commented at length on how preposterous that story is earlier this week -- the important thing to remember there being that the loudness of the wind turbines clocked in around 47-48 decibels. That's about the volume of a relatively quiet conversation. Colbert nails how ridiculous the complaints about wind turbines are in the scheme of things with his closing remarks:
"Luckily we can save the planet from unpleasant sound by using new quiet coal technologies and breakthroughs in silent oil. And if we just do that much, eventually the ice caps will melt, the seas will rise, and our coastal cities will be underwater, where it's nice and quiet."
Hat tip to Huffington Post Green
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