By Keith Kappel | Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Our wind energy programs are leading the country into a monumental tax-funded disaster. Wind turbines are economical only because of subsidies. The same may well be true for ethanol. Tax subsidies support these industries. In addition to potential engine damage, my mpg goes down 7 to 10% when I use ethanol, and there is no price break at the pump.
Once again the politicians win. Subsidies go to those who support their campaigns. Tax revenues increase because we have to buy more to sustain the same level of driving –ergo more tax revenue for their earmarks. Here is a wake-up call from the Welland Tribune in Ontario, Canada:
The American and Canadian Wind Energy Association was created by the wind energy industry. The association recently sponsored a report, to be conducted by independent experts, into the adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines.
That report, An Expert Panel Review, 2009, acknowledged that people are experiencing adverse physiological and psychological symptoms from exposure to industrial turbines. The expert panel acknowledged that wind turbine noise, including low frequency noise, may cause annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance.
The World Health Organization lists annoyance and sleep disturbance as adverse health effects. Health Canada recognizes annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance lead to other adverse health effects.
One of the experts on the expert panel, Geoff Leventhall, PhD (U. K.) has stated, “The claim that their ‘lives have been ruined’ by the noise is not an exaggeration.”
Since receiving this report the American and Canadian Wind Industry Association have said they will “not advocate for funding further studies.” Why?
Along with a growing number of other Ontario communities, Chatham, Mapleton, County of Grey and the City of Kawartha Lakes have asked the provincial government to impose a moratorium on any further wind turbine construction until independent research into these already well documented adverse health effects are initiated by provincial government and the results analyzed fully and made public.
To date the Ontario government has refused to either impose a moratorium or initiate any serious investigation into the adverse health effects on their own citizens.
Instead they have introduced a Green Energy Act that will effectively allow the wind industry and its contractors to bypass already inadequate safeguards and legislation in order to develop more and more wind farms and as soon as possible regardless of any negative side effects.
The wind industry will be financed entirely by your tax dollars….
Once the scam is exposed and governments withdraw support the wind farm legacy will be hordes of these tall monstrosities, inert and useless, ugly towers of rotting junk, striding across the landscape from horizon to horizon, spanning what had been productive agricultural lands and natural and wilderness environments. There will be no one to take responsibility or bear the cost for their removal, except the taxpayer.
See also our earlier article — A Chill Wind.
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