To the Editor:
In response to wind developer Rob Johnson's July 3 letter:
Again, the developers and profiteers of wind energy and wind farms are becoming irritated as their dirty little secrets are being exposed. The letter states, "as significant research has shown, there is no scientific consensus to support the so-called "Wind Turbine Syndrome." And he points to a government study from Massachusetts saying "there was no evidence found regarding negative health impacts on people living in the surrounding community."
It is amazing how carefully developers choose their words, hoping that no one honestly thinks about what is really being said and what is not. We are not talking about the "surrounding community." We are talking about the people living under the turbines within approximately 1 to 2 miles.
"Nocebo effect"? Sounds like something a government study would come up with. Are you aware that in Massachusetts in November 2013, a judge restricted the operation of the Falmouth Municipal Wind Farm because of annoyance to local residents?
You might also want to read about the Shirley Wind Farm in Wisconsin being declared a "human health hazard," and three families having to move out of their homes.
Or Dr. Nina Pierpont's study on rural residents in New York. Of the 10 families living within 1.5 miles of a wind turbine, someone from each family was sick. Eight of the 10 families have moved away; the other two families are having a hard time selling their homes.
Maybe you should talk to the doctor in Knox County, Neb., that couldn't get a good night's sleep for two years after the turbines went up.
They would all beg to differ with your "other sources" comment.
As usual, your agenda is exposed at the end of your letter: "The future of wind energy will provide great opportunities, both financially and as a clean energy source." Financial opportunities for you, Mr. Johnson, and a few others. But, for those of us who would be forced to live under the turbines, a violation and loss of our quality of life.