Noise issues with wind are not new. They surfaced in a 1987 US report many years ago and a continuing flow of data and analysis starting with the Waubra report and the evidence of Dr. Nina Pierepoint. There are now a long and detailed raft of peer reviewed reports on health implications from wind. Recent reports from Taiwan suggest a flock of goats have suffered and another that mink at a farm in Denmark have been seriously effected raises a great number of questions. If animals are suffering then certainly humans are not immune. In the UK there is irrefutable evidence that people have been adversely affected which backs up evidence from Ottawa, the US and Australia. The only people blind to the problem are the DECC, the Scottish Government and the Renewables Industry. Noise is a strange thing. Some people are more affected than others and there is good evidence that suggests some effects are psychological. However these induce stress and every doctor will tell you stress can be a silent killer. Certainly sleep deprivation can have serious health implications. More information is slowly being identified from low frequency noise(infrasound) but as neither the government or the industry measures this (not even included in ETSU-R97) it really is a hidden, although known, concern. And not only the turbines but the new substations and the 400KV lines have been identified with the substation at the northern end of the Beauly Denny line being issued with a noise abatement order. What is certain that the government has not taken these concerns on board and engaged in proper peer reviewed research, preferring to accept the words of the Industry. Something that they have a long record of doing. You really cannot take seriously the Scottish government who have asked Climate X-Change(ClimateXChange is Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change) for their opinion. This is not a Climate issue, it is a Health and Acoustic problem. DEFRA identified problems in 2005 and commission the NANR45 report. The Scottish Government’s arrogance beggars belief. But then Climate and Wind are a religion not a science. They really should listen to Murdo Fraser MSP and Convenor of the Energy, Economy and Tourism Committee who suggests ignoring the people effected, the anti-wind lobby, is unwise.
One further comment. The term ‘Anti-Wind’ has been trumpeted by the Industry in the same way as Climate Deniers and Sceptics by the ‘Climatologists and Carbonistas’ of the Climate religion. The word Anti always has negative connotations. perhaps a more accurate definition would be Pro-Sustainable Energy. Because Wind certainly ain’t! We are Pro Homo Sapiens, Pro the Rural Environment, Pro the Wild Lands, Pro Tourism, Pro our Quality of Life, Pro Sustainable and Economical Energy Supplies. I don’t see much Anti in that!