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One of the things the wind power proponents enjoy doing, especially for the urban dwellers who believe that wind power generation is clean and green and inexpensive, is to claim that no one in other countires is having a problem with exposure to industrial-scale wind turbines and the noise and infrasound they produce.

Wrong.

Last month, Denmark announced it is not putting up any more onshore turbines because of the health problems and noise complaints; we know that people in every other country in the world with wind turbines are having problems, too. Now, here is a news release from Australian physician Dr Sarah Laurie, whom we had the pleasure meeting at the recent First International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry and Health Effects.

November 16, 2010

Media Release   

Doctor Advises Clean Energy Council to Admit Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines

Former Rural GP, Dr Sarah Laurie condemned a report released by the Clean Energy Council last week as lacking integrity for not admitting  that some rural Australians are indeed becoming very ill, when they live or work adjacent to wind turbines.

“The major issue for families living in the vicinity of wind turbines is noise for extended periods of time leading to chronic sleep deprivation, which itself is associated with all sorts of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, suppressed immunity, difficulties concentrating and depression” said Dr Laurie.

The Clean Energy Council commissioned SONUS report acknowledged that complaints generally relate to concerns regarding noise and health related impacts.

Dr Laurie is now the Medical Director of the Waubra Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation committed to the independent study of health effects of wind turbines on rural communities.

The foundation is concerned at the absence of any published independent peer reviewed studies showing wind turbines are actually safe in close proximity to people over the longer term.

There is however, mounting evidence across the world that these turbines do cause major health problems, identical to those described by Dr Nina Pierpont and Dr Michael Nissenbaum at an international conference in Canada in October attended by Dr Laurie.

“I have now interviewed over 40  people in rural Australia who have been affected by wind turbines, with the same symptoms”.

“The reality for some neighbours of wind turbines in Australia is that they become extremely unwell.  Some have been forced to leave their family homes, farms and livelihoods as they can no longer work their land.  Others are unable to leave, as their main asset is their house and land, which becomes unsaleable” said Dr Laurie.

The SONUS report states that only a few field studies on noise annoyance among people living close to turbines have been conducted and further investigations have been recommended.

The Waubra Foundation believes there is an urgent need for independent academic acoustic and medical research into this important area before more turbines are constructed close to people’s homes and workplaces.

“We call on the government and the wind industry to commit to funding these independent studies without delay,” concluded Dr Laurie.

Contact Dr Sarah Laurie  08 8636 2051 or 0439 865 914

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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More news: this ship is sinking fast. Note Duguid’s comments about the 50,000 jobs being created by “green energy”—none of that is true, and the jobs that are being created come at a price tag–according to Randall Denley of The Citizen, and the experience of other countries like Germany and Spain–of over $300,000 PER JOB.

A new wind action group was born in Ontario this week, too. The citizens of Whittington Ontario are fighting for democracy.

October 14, 2010

Green power driving up prices: Hudak
By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QMI Agency
 

TORONTO — Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak said he won’t rip up signed energy contracts, but the days of attracting solar and wind power to the province with pledges of highly lucrative rates would end under a PC government.

A Hudak government would also seek out “willing hosts” for energy projects and allow people to opt back to flat electricity rates, he said.

“Energy policy is about economics and stop treating it like a social program,” Hudak said in breakfast speech Thursday hosted by the Ontario Energy Association. “Quite frankly, we cannot continue to pursue green energy policies that unnecessarily drive up the cost for consumers and have punitive impacts on our broader economy.”

With the provincial election less than a year away, and the Ontario Liberals taking heat on rising hydro rates, many players in the power sector were interested to hear Hudak’s vision for energy.

The PC leader said he would hit the green light on new nuclear and water power.

Hudak said he would also put a consumer advocate into the Ontario Energy Board — the body that regulates the province’s electricity and natural gas sectors in the public interest.

While he isn’t dismissing renewable energy, Hudak said wind and solar power can’t continue to be purchased at guaranteed prices well above the market rate for electricity.

The Liberal policy on green energy is driving up hydro prices, he said.

Hudak said one of the measures most needed in electricity is consistency and long-range planning, criticizing both the Liberals who just pulled the plug on a natural gas Oakville power plant after inking a deal, and on his own government under former Conservative Premier Ernie Eves who pulled a “180” when it abruptly abandoned its own plans for the electricity sector.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid said Hudak’s vision is backward-looking and would return the province to a time when it was forced to rely on dirty sources of energy.

It’s the Liberal government’s commitment to finding additional cleaner sources of energy that has given the system the option of nixing the Oakville plant, which is no longer needed to meet electricity demand, he said.

“With (Hudak’s) policies, there’s no question there would have to be a gas plant in Oakville because we wouldn’t have the flexibility to consider any other options,” Duguid said, predicting the Tory leader’s views on hydro would kill many of the 50,000 jobs that the Liberal’s Green Energy Act is creating.

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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One of our members/supporters asked recently about land near Hunt Club and why it couldn’t be used for industrial wind turbines, as it’s close to transmission lines etc. There are a lot of reasons why that wouldn’t work (the fact that wind energy is a complete scam being top of the list) including closeness to the airport etc., but among them is the fact that that land is considered the greenbelt and is immune to development.

Or so the people north of Toronto thought, about their greenbelt lands.

Turns out the McGuinty government is trying to push through construction of a natural gas power generation plant in the area north of Toronto, specifically near the market gardens of Holland Marsh. How does the province plan to do this? Simply by passing a regulation to the Planning Act, making this power plant exempt from rules for the greenbelt.

Like the Green Energy Act, this new regulation will remove any planning powers the municipalities have, and citizens will have no choice…and no say.

“This should scare the living Jesus out of everybody in the province,” said Jamie Reaume, head of the Holland Marsh Growers Association. If the Greenbelt isn’t sacred, he argued, “this means this can be done anywhere, any time.”

Ontario Energy and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid says that’s not what the government intends.

Read the full article from the Globe and Mail here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/province-pushing-through-greenbelt-power-plant/article1590343/

To get in touch with us, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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