Wind turbines - more myths and scaremongering

Wind-farm opponents are scaremongering again.

A letter (express, April5) with a website reference suggested “there is peer-reviewed evidence for detrimental effects on health of wind-farms”.

No, there isn’t. The website repeats the myth about turbine infrasound.

Sussex Express readers know of infrasound expert Dr Leventhal, who says turbines don’t generate infrasound, so it can’t damage your health.

The text referred to on the website repeats the nonsense that a long list of individuals with varied complaints (‘flu, nausea, blood pressure, headache, etc etc) amounts to scientific proof that turbines cause bad health. That’s not science, that’s conjecture.

Of course people living near turbines will get a plethora of illnesses. Some may wish to ascribe those illnesses to the turbines. But post hoc is not propter hoc, as the lawyers would say – because some illness happened after a turbine was erected does not mean that it was caused by the turbine.

Then there is a statement about Denmark, Dong Energy and onshore turbines.

The reason Dong Energy isn’t proposing more onshore turbines is because Denmark has many onshore turbines already.

Wind power provided 24.1 per cent of Danish generation capacity in 2008 and yielded 18.9 per cent of Danish electricity. In 2012 the Danish Government adopted a plan to increase the share of electricity production from wind to 50 per cent by 2020. Danes don’t find turbines unreliable, or think they are doomed!

Sussex Express has just reported Glyndebourne has generated about 90 per cent of their yearly needs. That’s what Glyndebourne’s experts said it would. So UK turbines are reliable too, as in the UK wind blows in most places, most of the time.

We will need all the renewable power sources we can get, including turbines, as Cambridge Professor David MacKay, FRS, says. Now there’s a real scientist.

Peter Gardiner