Watch CBC documentary “Wind Rush” online!

Doc Zone | Season 2013-2013, Episode 18 | Feb 7, 2013 | 45:14 – Wind Rush
A growing anti-wind movement says giant turbines have gone up without sufficient research into health impacts. In the rush to embrace wind power, have the people who live among the wind farms been forgotten?CBC Wind Rush

27 thoughts on “Watch CBC documentary “Wind Rush” online!

  1. This link seems to be not working for those of us logging on from the US. Can anyone verify that to be the case and when we might expect Wind Rush to become widely available?

  2. It begins with a media-sexy first line that is a complete myth and a lie: “wind energy is both clean and green”. Both concepts, Green and Clean, are bogus and cannot be substantiated scientifically. The terms are bromides sold by politicians and re-sold by wind proponents. How can they be true, not unless they breach the laws of thermodynamics. The first line presents the point of view, completely untenable; and how can health effects not be part of clean and green> Clean is healthy, right? Green is salubrious, right? CBC is not worth the money we pay for it.

  3. Some people thought that the MSM was going to come to their rescue with this documentary. I’m sure they are disappointed. But this is a do it yourself project.

    • There are people who for one reason or another can’t get out to council meetings and protests but who do watch TV news, listen to radio talk programs and read newspapers. Maybe they would be able to help out by covering these and make a note of any misinformation they encounter. This will be important from now on.

  4. Love the wind rep who is doing an interview with the Hudson’s Bay blanket in the background, a symbol of Trojan horse carrying disease and illness. I thought this was a good introduction for new people to explain human health issues. Still need to speak about animal health, farm land destruction and the corruption of governments with businesses.

  5. And still need to talk about the clear cutting of trees and the slaughter of birds, bats and butterflies. What does it take to get a complete documentary about this subject?

  6. Stop whining and applaud folks.
    This documentary was not intended to cover all issues. It was specifically about audible noise and infrasound. It is technically accurate and comprehensive. Dr Nissenbaum’s explanation of modulating audible noise, and the Danes’s remarks and explanations of infrasound and horizontal propagation were very clear. Also the effect of larger Turbines (stronger sound) was clearly presented. They did a remarkable job.

    • I agree Ron, this was the best one ever. It would take weeks to get through all the issues and they had less than 1 hour to touch on all they did. It’s the same as being told you only have 5 min at a council meeting when you really need 5 hours

    • Also agree, there are a lot of people with the
      mind set that if its considered green. it must
      be good. This documentary would open a
      few eyes to some of the issues and at least
      give them food for thought.

  7. How did you like how Nature of things aired their show on Fracking before “Wind Rush”.

    Either CBC was trying to show how big business is crushing the little guy or some one named David was trying to under mind our concerns regarding turbines.

    Regardless, I thought it was a good start to reveling the negatives to wind even if it didn’t go for the throat.

  8. Spiegel Online, Feb.8,2013
    “A Mere Breeze: Era of Fast Growth Ends for Wind Energy in Europe”
    “With wind, the initial capital investment is especially important. And the political uncertainity surrounding subsidies can have a negative knock-on effect. With increased investment risk, the uncertainty can make borrowing money for projects considerably more expensive. This double threat appears likely to push the wind power growth into the doldrums in 2013.”
    This whole renewable energy scam is a pot-of-gold for rich fat-cats. Any negative information or news makes it more difficult to make all the money they want to make out of this scam. So don’t expect the MSM to publish negative IWT news or information.
    The present government wants to get as many of these fat-cat’s projects approved as is possible to do before there is an election called.

  9. CBC hit a nerve with CanWea!

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    02/08/2013 Wind Rush documentary requires fact-checks on health and global wind experience

    Ottawa, February 8, 2013 – According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA),the documentary Wind Rush, presented on CBC’s Doc Zone February 7, 2013, requires clarification and fact-checks concerning wind energy development in Canada and around the world.

    CanWEA regularly consults with experts in science, medicine, and acoustics here in Canada and around the world to ensure the industry is reviewing all credible information related to wind energy and health. While the wind energy industry welcomes a fact-based debate about energy choices, CanWEA is disappointed that the film did not provide multiple nor balanced expert views on a wide range of issues discussed, particularly with respect to wind energy and human health.

    CanWEA was also not contacted by the filmmakers to provide comment, background, or context with respect to wind energy development across Canada and the film makes no effort to present the views of regulators, utilities or electricity system operators.

    We provide important fact-checks here:

    Wind Energy and Health

    The wind industry has been delivering clean electricity for more than 30 years. Worldwide, there is now over 240,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity, delivering affordable and reliable electricity in over 90 countries. Today the majority of people that live and work around wind turbines have productive and positive experiences in Canada and around the world.
    The balance of scientific evidence and human experience to date clearly shows that wind energy is not harmful to humans. The documentary does not provide a balance of perspectives on wind energy and human health. Please consult the 17 international reviews on this matter that have engaged dozens of scientific, medical, and acoustics experts – none of whom appear in the documentary.
    The documentary raises concerns related to infrasound from wind turbines. A report recently released by the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA), consistent with most studies in this area, concluded that “…the level of infrasound at houses near the wind turbines assessed is no greater than that experienced in other urban and rural environments, and that the contribution of wind turbines to the measured infrasound levels is insignificant in comparison with the background level of infrasound in the environment.”
    The documentary features many comments by Dr. Nissenbaum. However it is important to note that much of the research he has undertaken that is referenced in the documentary has been reviewed by experts at the first Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) in Ontario, by the Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan and by an independent expert panel established by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MassDEP/MDPH, 2012). Both courts, as well as the Massachusetts independent expert panel, found no justification for halting wind energy development as a result of the information presented by Dr. Nissenbaum. Further, the MassDEP/MDPH panel concluded that “attributing any of the observed associations to the wind turbines (either noise from them or the sight of them) is premature”.
    The documentary suggested that the distances wind turbines are setback from residences in Ontario is a cause for concern. In fact, a 2011 study from the Minnesota Department of Commerce found in their review of setbacks in thirteen countries that “the average lower setback distance is approximately 470 meters, and the average upper setback distance is 700 meters.” In Ontario, the regulations do not permit wind turbines to be closer than 550 metres to a residential home.
    Wind Energy in Denmark

    The documentary argues the Danish population has turned against wind energy – this is not the case. A June 2012 survey from the Danish Ministry of Energy, Climate and Buildings, however, showed that 83 per cent of Danes support continued development of wind power both on- and offshore. In addition, 95 percent of Danish parliamentarians, from multiple political parties, have supported Denmark’s new and more aggressive wind energy targets.

    A Responsible Industry Delivering Real Benefits
    As the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, CanWEA supports the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy. CanWEA’s global industry-first Best Practices for Community Engagement and Local Consultation recognize the fundamental right of every citizen to play an active role in any new development in their area. These Best Practices were informed directly by input from local municipal officials and stakeholders.

    Wind energy is universally recognized as one of the safest and most environmentally friendly sources of electricity available to us today. It also provides significant economic benefits to rural communities and is now cost-competitive with most conventional forms of electricity generation.

    For more information or interview opportunities, please contact:

    Ulrike Kucera, Media Relations Officer
    Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
    Tel: 613-234-8716 ext. 228 | Mob: 613-867-4433

    Lejla Latifovic, Communications Officer
    Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
    Tel: 613-234-8716 ext. 241 | Mob: 613-608-8226

    • The Courier, Feb.7,2013
      “A Scots politician has claimed wind farm subsidies are plunging Scots into fuel poverty”
      Almost 30% of Scotland residents are being left in fuel poverty and the figure could go as high as 40%.

    • Chicago Tribune, Feb.8,2013
      “Exelon chief: Wind-power subsidies could threaten nuclear plants”
      The rapid pace of subsidized wind energy could force it to close nuclear plants. Exelon’s stance against the extension of the wind production tax credit resulted in the company being ousted from AWEA.
      The tax credit keeps the turbines spinning when there is no demand for power which drives up prices.
      Illinois has a lot of IWTs but they produced almost no power during last summer’s heat.
      Maybe it’s time for some conventional power to be shut down and let people find out just how much power can be had from renewable energy.–20130208,0,2015410.story

      • Thanks for the chuckle. Well-said and witty – some might say “nervy.”

    • CANWEA said:
      “CanWEA was also not contacted by the filmmakers to provide comment, background, or context with respect to wind energy development across Canada”
      The CBC Documentary wasn’t about wind energy development “across Canada” (where in primarily-coal-burning jurisdictions it makes some sense). It was about Ontario, which burns very little coal, no thanks to wind, and where wind power makes no sense. The issues of audible sound and infrasound were laid out accurately and clearly.
      CANWEA’s rebuttal was very wordy. They dost defendeth too much. Seems the CBC Documentary struck a well-deserved nerve.

    • canWEA said:
      “the average lower setback distance is approximately 470 meters, and the average upper setback distance is 700 meters.”
      To talk about average setbacks, with a data pool dominated by older, smaller Turbines, is blatantly misleading. Sound and infrasound will be stronger from larger Turbines, it will be at lower frequencies, and it will propagate farther.
      Furthermore, the spokesperson for one company recently said that sound from larger Turbines wiould be of less concern because the rotors are at higher elevation and the farther away from receptors. Based upon a long R and D career, in unsteady aerodynamics, vibration and sound, that claim is absolutely and totally absurd.

  10. Thanks to CBC for airing this!!!!! I thought it was a great step in the right direction towards changing public perception about turbines. Send them lots of positive feedback so they will want to air part 2, 3… etc and fully expose wind for the scam that it is!!!!

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