Being concerned with the volume of errors and partial truths in Robert Hornung’s article re: wind turbines in July 14 issue, I searched original documents for my information. I’ll share as many points as space will allow.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)’s website describes them as “…a non-profit trade association that promotes the appropriate development and application of all aspects of wind energy…” Could this agenda bias the author’s comments?
CanWEA’s 420 members likely include companies proposing or building wind farms in your area.
The May 20 Ontario Medical Officer of Health’s report says there is no evidence available to date of a direct causal relationship between wind turbines and adverse health effects.
This does not mean this topic has been studied and they found that wind turbines cause no problems. The wind industry continues to misquote the report by omitting “available to date”.
A recent scientific paper by Salt and Hullar links negative health effects caused by wind turbine proximity to human residences. Also, expert testimony by epidemiologist Dr. Carl Phillips who reviewed the existing evidence states, “It would certainly make little sense to conclude that there is definitely no problem, and those who make this claim offer arguments that are fundamentally unscientific.”
Mr. Hornung attempts to impress with real estate research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (funded by the US Department of Energy).
Their conclusion states property values were not affected by proximity of wind turbines.
However, a leading real estate valuation, Appraisal Journal, studied the same data which revealed that 310 properties with a vista rated as poor sold for 21 per cent lower than 2,857 properties with an average vista.
Going on, to quote Mr. Hornung, “Successful wind energy development will result when the proponent and developer listens, understands, and responds to community needs. No wind energy project can be successful without a strong base of community support.”
Unfortunately the words of the community members have been nulified by 1) the Ontario Government taking away the right of our elected Municipal Council to represent us and pass legislation to control wind farm companies and their use of our lands, and 2) the lack of response from the wind energy companies to our requests for information and to have our questions answered.
We often get either no response or a form letter in reply. This is not listening, understanding and responding, Mr. Hornung.
I am pretty sure many who read this letter do not believe everything Mr. Hournug was saying to downplay the seriousness of industrial wind turbines invading our beautiful rural area.
Our kids and grandkids are counting on us to search out the truth and protect our environment and heritage.
John Robson Belwood