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I expect more from the Smithsonian after they reference Chapman’s nocebo nonsense

Do Wind Turbines Need a Rethink?

Randy Rieland — Smithsonian — April 5, 2013

Bet you didn’t know that last year a record amount of wind power was installed around the planet. The U.S. set a record, too, and, once again, became the world leader in adding new wind power, pushing China into second place for the year.

You’re not alone in being clueless about this. So was I. After all, this is a subject that gets about as much attention as 17-year-cicadas in a off year. What generally passes for energy coverage in the U.S. these days is the relentless cycle of gas-prices-up, gas-prices-down stories and the occasional foray into the natural-gas-fracking-is-a-blessing-or-is-it-a-curse? debate.

Okay, so wind power had a very good year in 2012. But that doesn’t mean that it’s gone mainstream. Hardly. It accounts for only 4 percent of the energy produced in the U.S. Plus, a big reason for the spike last year was that companies scrambled to finish projects before a federal tax credit expired at the end of December. (It was renewed as part of the end of the year tax deal, but only for one more year.)

Truth is, wind power still has some familiar challenges, such as the wind’s refusal to blow 24/7 and the not insubstantial death toll inflicted on bird and bat populations by twirling turbine blades–estimated to be hundreds of thousands killed a year. (Although that pales in comparison to the hundreds of millions that die from flying into buildings.)

And it has some new ones–”wind turbine syndrome,” for instance. That’s the name that’s been given to the ill effects that some people who live near wind farms have complained about–headaches, dizziness, ear pain, difficulty sleeping. NPR ran a story on it just the other day.

But many scientists and public health experts think the ailment is more psychosomatic than physiological. In fact, a recent study in Australia found that the syndrome was much more prevalent in communities where anti-wind farm groups spread warnings about negative health effects. In short, the research concluded, people were more likely to feel sick if they were told turbines could make them sick.   Continue reading, here…..

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2 Comments on “I expect more from the Smithsonian after they reference Chapman’s nocebo nonsense”

  1. 1957chev April 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    They need to do their homework….pretty one-sided story, lacking in any real substance….a mere bit of fluff I’d say. Makes the Smithsonian look real bad.

  2. Andreas Marciniak April 6, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    This is a bit of a joke ? where did he do this resurge ? I have seen this stuff over 2 years ago,I wonder if he has interviewed any of the people that have been badly affected by Turbines ? the trouble in my town of Waterloo, stared long before we heard of WTS. Waterloo is now a Disaster Zone, and just my be ! the people felt sick and didn’t know why ! and that might be the reason there where hardly NO complaints, and after people speak about it , it all comes to light of day, and the link is then real, or all the resurge I found that link Turbines and people getting sick for over 20 years all around the world, it might just be that Randy Rieland , needs to go back and have a real look at what has been going on with wind Turbines and the way Wind Turbine Developers do there Business, it must be good if the Mafia has a hand in it ????

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