Colette McLean on Health Canada Wind Turbine Study

'The viability of our farm is at stake,' said Colette McLean, who lives next door to the wind farm project and opposes it. (Tom Taylor/CBC)

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Colette McLean from Harrow has first hand knowledge of what it was like to be part of the Health Canada Wind Turbine Health Study. Listen here:

20 thoughts on “Colette McLean on Health Canada Wind Turbine Study

  1. Colette ROCKS!!!! Thank you to her and her unflagging efforts to expose wind for the con that it is!

    • Ditto the hero! Colette has never ceased informing the most difficult people, and those needing help understanding the issue (like myself) for what.. 9 years???

  2. Collette is correct that different people have different sensitivities to sub-sonic sound (vibration), and that wind turbines can emit repetitive subsonic vibration which travels through walls and tends to resonate inside structures, intensifying adverse impacts on those with sensitivity.

    The main health detriment I have borne witness to come from people who value the outdoors and a natural setting so much that they are willing to pay the extra time and costs to live away from towns and cities. When the most natural element of their surroundings – the sky they see – is interrupted by very tall industrial machinery with very large, exposed moving parts, these people feel they have lost much of the amenity which attracted them to invest in their home. This perception, along with the fact they have little if any say in the matter and may well lose significant equity in their home, creates a stress on them which is brought to their attention with noise from and views of such machines in their otherwise open sky view.

    I used to warn such people that their plight would find no sympathy among city dwellers – who greatly outnumber them – and so to focus on arguments against industrial wind which everyone has a stake in – such as electricity cost impacts and poor investment of our hard earned tax dollars.

    Today I feel these people should continue to press for their own property rights and preservation of land use characteristics which drew them to locate where they live. This IN ADDITION to the unresolvable issues wind energy faces such as low energy density of the fuel causing massive industrial sprawl, low ability to replace conventional power plants, and a high cost per unit of emissions intensity reduction they can offer to a regional electricity market.

    • Remember the old saying ‘worried to death” which is just as true today as it was in the past. Or “annoyed to death”.

      Used to have a family doctor who said worry kills people!

      • Being pounded by unrelenting infrasound and cyclical noise is more than a “worry”. And I guess no one understands until it is they who experience it. It is torture when you cannot sleep for days and days at a time, not to mention the headaches, stomach aches, ear pressure, dizziness…..
        Every home in a project is unique to terrain and placement of the towers. Some get hit hard and others not as hard. But a LOT of people suffer the effects. This has been known for years.

  3. Trust you kept copies of the questions themselves and your own personal responses which of course are private.

    Public only needs to know what the questions themselves were for this study.

  4. Why did this so called study cost 2 Million dollars? Similar studies we hear are about 100K. Please show us the trail. Show us the detailed accounting. Soaked again, Ontario! Canada!

  5. Short summary over the past few years:

    1. Old Hydo broken up so that private power could be sold to Ontarians
    2. Laws enacted to force IWTs onto rural Ontario including ERTs.
    3. Subsidies obtained for IWTs so that developers could obtain project financing with guaranteed returns.
    4. Federal regulations and radar changed to favour developers
    5. Power projects go the head of the line in front of other power producers to sell power and further guarantee investment returns.

    • During WPPI days, these developments were subject to the Federal Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Feds under Harper didn’t acknowledge that “annoyance” due to proximity to IWTs was an “adverse effect” that had to be considered when doing an environmental assessment. People started cried foul and the Feds changed how the IWTs were being subsidized (replace WPPI with a tax credit) so that the IWT developments were no longer subject to the CEAA.

  6. And research organizations like University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, and Health Canada have tried to legitimize dirty money. (laundering)

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    Delaware subsidiaries:
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    ITC Holdings Corp., Michigan to its:
    New York subsidiaries:
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    Two more subsidiaries.

    ITC Holdings Corp. subsidiary purchased the RIGHTS to build the Lake Erie HVDC line to Pennsylania in June 2014.

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  8. Here is a quick overview of carbon emissions, climate, extinction of species and the stupidity of wind turbines ……….

    After decades of wind energy growth Europe has installed the equivalent of around 117,000 1MW turbines (about twice the US). The EU consumes about 14 million barrels (25% less than the US) of crude oil a day. If these turbines are running at about 20% of capacity (which is unlikely), the net energy from these turbines equals no more than 1-2% of the energy Europe receives from crude oil.

    But there is something even more important, the amount of energy created from wind energy has not even covered the yearly increases in consumption of crude oil in Europe or America.

    Want to replace coal with wind turbines? Based just upon 2013 consumption, America needs to build about 3 million 1MW turbines and have them running at 20% installed capacity. To replace the crude oil America uses we need another 10 million 1 MW turbines. But we have only 61,000 and would need to build over 200 times the current number of turbines.

    Then since wind turbines contribute so little energy in the big picture and so many of them would be needed, how is Europe or America going to fit millions upon millions of turbines into their shrinking open spaces? Where is Europe or America even going to find enough good wind? It can not be done but if you listen to the paid wind industry shills and corrupt politicians these turbines will save mankind.

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