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Posted By: TriassicNEW technology has long attracted "modern health worries".
Neil Andersen: We knew there was a turbine going over there, we were not notified of any meetings or any type of concerns. In other words, there was no input from this residence. I am an energy conservationist, I’ve had my own passive solar building company for 35 years. I was actually looking forward to that turbine being erected there. Although when it went up it was quite astounding the size of it. I was proud looking at it from this viewpoint until it started turning. And it is dangerous, Sean. Headaches. Loss of sleep. And the ringing in my ears is constant. Never goes away. That started probably in May. It’s a constant reminder of that thing. I can look at it all day long, and it does not bother me. It’s quite majestic. But it’s way too close. Sean Corcoran: How long after it started to spin did you start feeling some sort of symptoms? Myself, it took me about a month and a half, maybe two months, to manifest all the symptoms. First it was the pressure in the head. The ears popping for no reason at all. Trying to get the water out of your ears and there was no water there. My wife, the first day, she feels it and notices it, and she feels it and notices it every day. People talk about the noise, it gets loud. It gets jet-engine loud from this point right here. But the noise is the minimum component of that turbine. There is a pressure involved that gets into your ear, like you’re climbing at altitude in an airplane and your ears pop. And there is a low-frequency pulse that particularly drives me crazy and some of the neighbors around here. It is a once-per-second low-frequency pulse, and it messes up your vestibular organs in your inner ear. And gives you a sense of off-balance and vertigo. We both have signs of these symptoms. Headaches. My wife gets headaches three or four times a week, she wakes up with a headache. She’s actually sleeping in a back bedroom right now with earplugs and a white noise machine trying to mask the sound. But it is really not doing any good because the sound just comes right through the windows, right through the insulation, right through the earplugs. And the pulse is right there. Can you hear it right now? You don’t hear it. It’s inaudible. There’s testimony from all over the country of the same thing, people complaining about the turbines. Denmark, Australia, Canada, the United States. But there is really no peer-reviewed medical info, which I hear all the time. Prove it, they’re saying. Prove it. (my comment: Yes there is peer reviewed info but gov’t's will not recognize it because it didn’t come from industry)Come down here and hear it yourself if you want. And do you take that as people calling you a liar or people calling you a fool? I’m not sure. I think they just don’t want to believe it. It’s so ironic, here I have to try to get that thing knocked down. Basically it’s a good principle, anything that can wean us off the number-two fuel, heating oil, and that type of thing is good for us, but it has to be done correctly. In this case it certainly wasn’t. They look at us as being the bad aspect of this. But the people in the wind industry, you cannot turn a blind eye to this. You know about it. I’m sorry we don’t have doctors that have come to prove it. I welcome anybody to come down here with their testing equipment and test what this thing does, but I will tell you, it does hurt the wind industry. And I know there are properly-sited wind projects out there that are getting knocked down because of this. But that’s okay too. I think everybody should just stop for awhile and figure this out. You can’t just be forcing these on people.The Andersens decided to keep a calendar to document the turbine’s noise and its effects on them. They let us photograph parts of their log: http://climatide.wgbh.org/2011/03/extended-interview-you-cant-be-forcing-these-on-people/
Posted By: TriassicSleep problems are mentioned most, but insomnia is incredibly common.
(Editor’s note: Neil Andersen lives 1,320 feet (402 meters) from Wind One. The turbine is 262 feet tall from the ground to the hub. Total height to blade tip is just under 400 feet. Interestingly, Neil is the owner of a solar energy company and an avid supporter of green energy.)
Posted By: djhPosted By: TriassicSleep problems are mentioned most, but insomnia is incredibly common.Indeed but just because insomnia is common doesn't mean some of it isn't caused by wind turbines. Death is very common, but that doesn't mean no-one dies of cancer.
Posted By: fostertomScience's huge mistake is to say 'if we can't measure it, it's just someone's silly imagination'.
Posted By: fostertomRather, say 'there's something interesting here
Posted By: fostertomThat's what the Victorian 'natural philosophers' did
Posted By: Ed Davies(Editor’s note: Neil Andersen lives 1,320 feet (402 meters) from Wind One. The turbine is 262 feet tall
Posted By: fostertomMany people report effects that science can't explain or measure. Science's huge mistake is to say 'if we can't measure it, it's just someone's silly imagination'.Rather, say 'there's something interesting here - at very least the person's feeling is real - lets look into it, maybe find something hitherto unsuspected'.That's what the Victorian 'natural philosophers' did - but since re-branding as 'science' that open-minded curiosity has been self-censored out of sight. Peer ridicule is scientists' biggest fear.
Posted By: SeretHell, there are whole branches of science built on a lot of pretty flimsy assumptions.
Posted By: SeretPainting such a large and diverse group with a brush that broad isn't likely to be accurate or helpful.
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