QMI News Agency: Dr. Colby’s “Weak Defense”

Study needed to measure effects of wind turbines
Posted By QMI AGENCY

Dr. Colby, CanWEA-paid "Yes Man"

Colby’s statement to QMI Agency that “there’s no evidence to indicate that money should be wasted on such a study, which will never satisfy people anyway” is a weak defence.
Health issues are being reported by some individuals living near wind turbines.  Because the technology is relatively new to Ontario, the government needs to undertake a study now so that data can be gathered from the past two or three years in areas where the turbines have been in use.
To fully satisfy the public, the province should commission an independent study to find out if there are any health effects related to wind turbines.

This week, an industry-funded review concluded that the sound coming from wind turbines is not harming the public’s health. Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s acting medical officer of health, was one of seven members of a “five star, internationally known” panel that reviewed “substantial” existing scientific literature on wind turbine sound and possible health effects for the Canadian and American wind energy associations.

The panel determined the sound wind turbines make isn’t any different from what can be heard in a typical urban environment, Dr. Colby said.

“And they’re not loud,” he said. “There’s really no plausible mechanism that they could cause health effects, and there’s no evidence that they do.”

While the review will certainly allow the public an opportunity to look at more literature on the issue, an independent study commissioned by the province is what is really needed to ease public concerns. The study needs to gather up-to-date data from individuals living near wind turbines and investigate the health effects being reported.

Colby’s statement to QMI Agency that “there’s no evidence to indicate that money should be wasted on such a study, which will never satisfy people anyway” is a weak defence. Health issues are being reported by some individuals living near wind turbines. Because the technology is relatively new to Ontario, the government needs to undertake a study now so that data can be gathered from the past two or three years in areas where the turbines have been in use.

Dr. Colby says the “unrestricted study” was conducted with no limitations on panel members and that the associations did not instruct them to ignore any findings or to come to any particular conclusions.

That’s refreshing to hear, but an independent health study by the province is a relevant and necessary step for an industry that is so new to Ontario.

Wind turbines have been steadily making their way throughout the province. As this green technology takes off across the province, the public needs to be reassured there are no health risks associated with it.

— QMI Agency

2 thoughts on “QMI News Agency: Dr. Colby’s “Weak Defense”

  1. Just because some “hack” states that Wind Turbines don’t cause Health Problems does not mean anything considering his “credibility” on the subject which is little to nill!

    Possibly he should be dragged from his cushy office into the cold dark night and forced to live inside one of the many ABANDONED homes that are located next to this “new technology” before he quacks off anymore “psycho babble” statements!

  2. Note that Dr. Colby was asked to investigate the complaints arising from his own jurisdiction of Chatham/Kent. He refused to contact these people.

    Also Note that the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario Committee state the following concerning the esteemed doctor. ” Dr. Colby expertise is in medical microbiology and infectious disease, an area quite distinct from audiology or other fields related to the physical impact of wind turbines on human health. Thus, the Committee wishes to remind Dr. Colby, going forward, of the importance of fully disclosing the extent of his qualifications in a field in which he has been retained as an “expert” and also to ensure that he fully disclose to the public the organization or corporation by whom he has been retained as an expert. Such actions on Dr. Colby’s part may help prevent additional, similar complaints being lodged against him.

    Dr. Colby explained that he has made no original scientific contributions to peer-reviewed literature on audiological effects of wind turbines, but nonetheless has had to become knowledgeable in this area. He further noted that he has recently been contacted by the Ontario Ministry of Health asking if he would be willing to serve as an advisor with regards to wind turbines and health. Dr. Colby pointed out that it is important to note that original scientific contributions to the peer-reviewed literature have also not been made by those whom wind activists cite as refuting his opinion, such as Dr. McMurtry and Dr. Nina Pierpont”.
    Interesting wording, when one considers that Dr. McMurtry and Dr. Nina Pierpont are also knowledgeable about Industrial Wind Energy (approx. 5 years) and in fact Dr Pierpont’s data has been peer-reviewed by specialists in otolaryngology such as Dr. Owen Black. Please keep in mind, the CanWEA/AWEA “Health Study” is nothing more than a literature review and the panel of experts have never interviewed anybody who is presently suffering from living near IWT’s.

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