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A Must Read Narrative on Life Next to a California Industrial Wind Facility

Tip o’ the hat to Mothers Against Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are everywhere out here

They’re over 300 feet high. They kill birds. They’re linked to cancer.

Siobhan Braun — San Diego Reader — August 21, 2013

Donna Tisdale’s home office looks like  something out of an episode of the TV show Hoarders. Paperwork spills  off a crowded desk. Boxes are strewn on the floor. Every inch of space is  consumed with reports, educational mailers, studies, and oversized maps of  green-energy projects slated for the community of Boulevard.

“Unfortunately, this is my full-time job right now,” she  says. “It’s a whirlwind. Sometimes I stay up all night. Basically, it’s a shit  storm, and it’s coming from all angles: our federal government, our state  government, and our local government. They all want these green-energy  projects.”

California has mandated that by 2020, 33 percent of our  energy must come from renewable sources. As of 2010, only 14.5 percent of  California’s energy came from renewable sources, resulting in a push to create  more solar and wind farms. In 2012, California’s wind-energy generation soared,  and we are now second in the nation for wind-generated electricity.

The community of Boulevard is transitioning into an  industrial, green-energy zone. Wind and solar companies have descended on the  area with plans to erect wind turbines, solar panels, electric substations, and  access roads. Iberdrola’s Tule Wind (15,000 acres), Invenergy’s Shu’luuk (4739  acres), and Enel’s Jewel Valley (8000 acres) are all green-energy projects  currently in the works for this small backcountry community. If they are  approved, thousands of acres in Boulevard will be consumed.

Donna Tisdale is doing her best to prevent it. …

… Tisdale grew up down the hill in  Imperial County, in Brawley, and has resided in Boulevard for over 30 years. She  feels an obligation to protect her community’s beauty and integrity.

“I  couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything when the  Southwest Power Company came through here in the ’80s. I was pretty young, in my  20s, and I didn’t understand what was happening. Looking back now, it was as big  of a fraud as all these other green-energy projects. But when the Kumeyaay wind  turbines went up [on land adjacent to Boulevard], we thought, They are clean and  green.”

As you enter the Manzanita Indian  Reservation north of Boulevard, the Kumeyaay Wind Farm turbines can be seen from  the road. They stretch across the hillside, resembling skyscraper versions of  pinwheels placed in springtime gardens.

The 25 wind turbines stand side-by-side. They are the  size of 20-story buildings, with 218-foot-tall towers and 141-foot blades. The  gentle whooshing sound combines with spinning shadows tossed against the ground  to produce a hypnotic feeling. They look serene.

Turbines owned by the Campo Tribe are on the Campo  Reservation, which borders the Manzanita Reservation.

Ginger Thompson, a Manzanita tribal  member, owns a home less than a football field away from the turbines. Since the  construction of the wind farm, Thompson and her neighbors have complained about  serious health issues. Thompson recently had part of her kidney removed after  being diagnosed with kidney cancer. She and a handful of her neighbors were  invited to participate in a Cal State San Marcos medical study to determine if  their ailments are linked to the turbines.

An epidemiologist tested the homes that sit closest to  the wind turbines on the Manzanita Reservation, confirming the presence of  unconventional levels of electrical current, electromagnetic fields, and  electromagnetic interference with power quality.

“A lot of tribal members got their houses tested after  they found out about the different cancers going around,” Thompson says. “It  scared people. We don’t want to panic. We just want to know what is going on,  what these [wind turbines] produce, and if they’re harming us.”

Epidemiologist  Dr. Samuel Milham, adjunct professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and  author of Dirty Electricity, visited the Manzanita Reservation twice to  measure ground, air, and building stray voltage. He found that those living on  the reservation are exposed to levels of transient voltage a thousand times  higher than normal in their air and soil. Milham reports that the turbines  produce enough dirty energy to sufficiently increase the risk of cancer,  diabetes, heart disease, and attention-deficit disorder.  Continue reading full article, here…..

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One Comment on “A Must Read Narrative on Life Next to a California Industrial Wind Facility”

  1. cornwallwindwatch August 22, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

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