Friday, June 10, 2011

Wind Turbines Newburgh North Fife

Earlier this week I posted in support of the introduction of wind turbines at Newburgh North Fife.
Looking at the subject more deeply I came upon this publication. Outwardly it seemed an eminently sensible thing to do, cut down on fossil fuels and counter global warming.
Perhaps I am wrong.

The Wind Farm Scam
The spectre of global warming and the political panic surrounding it has triggered a goldrush for renewable energy sources without an open discussion of the merits and drawbacks of each. In The Wind Farm Scam Dr Etherington argues that in the case of wind power the latter far outweigh the former. Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global CO2 levels to a meaningful degree; what's more wind power is by nature intermittent and cannot generate a steady output, necessitating back-up coal and gas power plants that significantly negate the saving of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the inefficacy of wind power there are ecological drawbacks, including damage to habitats, wildlife and the far-from-insignificant aesthetic drawback of the assault upon natural beauty and the pristine landscape, which wind turbines entail. Dr Etherington argues that wind power has been, and is being, excessively financed at the cost of consumers who have not been consulted, nor informed that this effective subsidy is being paid from their bills to support an industry that cannot be cost efficient or, ultimately, favour the cause it purports to support.
About the Author
John Etherington was a Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Since his retirement from the University in 1990, he has devoted himself to researching the implications of intermittently available renewable electricity generation, in particular wind power. He is a Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and a former co-editor of the International Journal of Ecology.
If one is thinking globally and acting locally, then it is best to be fully informed. For those of us in the KY14 area, we should become more acquainted with the facts.
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For those of you who may live close to this and any proposed wind farm development then this publication below may be of interest.

Wind Turbine Syndrome.
Wind energy is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. It's billed as "clean, green, renewable." In this engagingly written, peer-reviewed report by a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine trained M.D. and Princeton (Population Biology) Ph.D., we discover wind energy's dirty little secret. Many people living within 2 km (1.25 miles) of these spinning giants get sick. So sick that they often abandon (as in, lock the door and leave) their homes. Nobody wants to buy their acoustically toxic homes. The "l ones" get quietly bought out by the wind developers, who steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that Wind Turbine Syndrome exists. (And yet the wind developers thoughtfully include a confidentiality clause in the sales agreement, forbidding their victim from discussing the matter further.) Dr. Nina Pierpont explains in simple, layman's terms how turbine infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN) create the seemingly incongruous constellation of symptoms she has christened Wind Turbine Syndrome. (Incongruous only to the non-clinician who does not understand Mother Nature's organs of balance, motion, and position sense.) For the high-level clinician, Pierpont provides a parallel chapter written in sophisticated medical language and format, complete with voluminous, up-to-date clinical and scientific references. The core of the book is 66 pages of ingeniously laid out tables wherein the author presents her clinical Case Histories--the hard data.
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Anonymous said...

Agree with this book I've been reading it too. The baseload for all power in the UK can never be anything other than nuclear +/-gas. It must be reliable...can't be in hospital and your life support turns off because it isn't breezy enough!

The whole turbine issue is a scam redistributing money to often rich farmers and landowners at the expense of consumers many now in worsening fuel poverty. The plans for Newburgh are a non-starter. It is the heart of the Tay Special Landscape Area, the stand-off isn't 2km (as it should be)and the plan has been slated by Scottish Natural Heritage. Really nothing more than an ill-considered act of landscape vandalism to make money.

bearwithasorehead said...

Thank you sir for staying objective and commenting on both sides of the story.
I too object to the proposed wind farm in newburgh on the grounds it would spoil newburghs natural beauty.
Reading also on the possibility of wind turbine syndrome,given that these turbines would overlook the local primary school i think Fife Council would be irresponsible to approve this while the possibility of adverse health effects remain.

Anonymous said...

I'd seen your earlier post and was going to comment, but decided against it.

I am glad that you have now looked into the issues and highlighted the negative issues surrounding wind energy development.

Many people just assume that wind energy is clean, I did as well, but a little research opens up a whole can of worms and highlights the insidious nature of the wind energy industry.

Well done for remaining objective and examining and publishing both sides of the issue.