Ottawa takes new interest in the health effects of wind energy

STEVEN CHASE – The Globe and Mail
The Harper government, an ardent defender of oil sands extraction, is taking a keen new interest in Ontario voters’ concerns that wind power generation may be harmful to humans. As part of its push to develop a green-energy sector, the Ontario government has encouraged the installation of solar generation and industrial-size wind power turbines. But Ontario’s Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty has run into resistance from rural landowners over wind turbines – opposition that may have cost him his majority in the last election.

His rival, Tim Hudak of the Progressive Conservatives, has courted anti-wind power sentiment. People living close to the massive turbines worry that they hurt property values. Some blame noise from the turning blades for a variety of health problems including disrupted sleep, stress, headaches and nausea.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq indicated this week that Ottawa is now officially getting involved, announcing that the government will underwrite an in-depth scientific study into possible adverse effects of living near wind power projects. She said she was responding to public concern. Read article

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