The Predation of Big Wind Continues in Turkey

The blitzkrieg of Big Wind continues to destroy everything in its path in Turkey. Communities, economies, and environments are decimated by the onslaught of companies like Nordex, who are operating outside the law and in flagrant disregard for both public and private property in places like Bodrum and Cesme, Turkey. The blitz to erect massive industrial wind turbine arrays in the midst of these beautiful seaside towns that depend heavily on tourism, threatens the undisturbed natural beauty of the local environment which attracts tourists from around the world.

If you have firsthand experience with the assault of Big Wind, this (English subtitled) video will sound all too familiar:

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Geoffrey Leventhall, Wind Industry Darling Duly Unmasked

[Editors Note: Geoffrey Leventhall, the long time darling of the wind industry, and Wind Turbine Syndrome denialist has finally been rightfully unmasked by a careful reading of his own comments, testimony, and claims. Skillfully dissected by Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation, Leventhal’s own observations are shown to actually support Dr. Nina Pierpont’s findings in her report called Wind Turbine Syndrome published in 2009–namely, that very low frequency sound emitted by industrial turbines is a direct cause of adverse health affects such as nausea, dizziness, tinnitus and sleep disturbance.]

Leventhall, G. Comments NHMRC June 2011: “Wind Turbine Syndrome” symptoms the same as “noise annoyance”

NHMRC Workshop, 7th June 2011, Canberra

In his comments to the NHMRC at this workshop in June 2011,UK Acoustician, and invited speaker Professor Geoffrey Leventhall stated that “Wind Turbine Syndrome” symptoms are the same as “noise annoyance” symptoms, and that he had known about them “for years” and that they were caused by exposure to audible noise, but not infrasound. 

There was no dispute about the very real existence of the same symptoms described by Dr Nina Pierpont.

Interestingly some of the symptoms which Professor Geoffrey Leventhall calls “noise annoyance” are symptoms which have also been noted by the researchers who have investigated and reported on vibroacoustic disease, also caused by chronic exposure to infrasound and low frequency noise eg nosebleeds.

Further Background

The disagreement between Professor Leventhall and Dr Pierpont on this occasion arises from the cause of those symptoms. Professor Leventhall attributed the cause to stress from severe annoyance caused by exposure to the audible noise, and disputed the role of infrasound. Dr Pierpont hypothesised in her 2009 study that infrasound was directly causing the symptoms she called “wind turbine syndrome”.

The Kelley / NASA research in the 1980’s, rediscovered in July 2013, demonstrated a direct causal link between impulsive wind turbine generated INFRAsound and low frequency noise and the “annoyance” symptoms reported by residents living near a gas fired power station and a single wind turbine (Kelley 1982, Kelley 1985). The “annoyance” symptoms included sleep disturbance and body vibrations. These Kelley / NASA research findings are in accordance with Dr Pierpont’s hypothesis when it is realised that when engineers are talking about “noise annoyance” or “annoyance” symptoms, the symptoms are identical to those of “wind turbine syndrome”.

Professor Leventhall’s statement to the NHMRC Workshop is important, because many people do not realise that “annoyance” when used by acoustic engineers and “wind turbine syndrome” are referring to the same symptoms. It is also important because Professor Leventhall has agreed that stress can be caused by audible noise. Chronic stress damages health, as does chronic sleep deprivation, and both can be caused by excessive audible noise.

Dr Pierpont was unaware of the Kelley research until 2013.

Professor Leventhall knew about the NASA / Kelley research in January 2011, five months prior to this NHMRC Workshop, but chose not to share that important NASA research with the NHMRC Workshop participants, and in particular the NASA/Kelley research finding that INFRA sound which was inaudible had caused some of the “annoyance” symptoms. Read more…

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Fantasy in Green

Mark Twain famously warned, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” Miles Grant carefully heeded Twain’s advice in his recent opinion about global climate change and wind opposition, . Grant is fairly brimming with religious fervor when he argues that wind power is necessary for reducing climate change. So much so, in fact, one might fairly say, he’s full of it!

The problem with Grant’s argument is that it assumes facts that are not in evidence. Wind turbines do not reduce CO2 emission, they increase it. In 2013, the U.S. spent some $80B subsidizing wind power, but CO2 only increased. In proportion to their economies, other industrialized nations around the world have invested far more heavily in wind energy than the U.S., but carbon emissions are still on the rise.

Part of the reason for this is that the energy from about 60% of the world’s power grids is supplied by coal, and all industrial turbines must be connected to a grid. Power grids must manage a careful balance between energy supply and demand. When wind turbines are spinning, the government requires coal generators to be slowed to balance the grid. This is called curtailment. When the turbines stop spinning, the coal plant production must be ramped back up again to preserve the balance of supply and demand. This process, called cycling, can take hours because coal generators ramp up very gradually.

The problem with cycling is that even the most efficient coal plants produce much greater CO2 emissions when they are not running at peak efficiency. As a result, wind farms connected to coal grids virtually ensure increased CO2 emissions—not to mention increased particulate air pollution—a dirty little secret that nobody wants you to know.

Grant mentioned the people who have to breathe the pollutants being belched out of the Brayton Point coal plant, but he forgot to mention the fact that connecting wind turbines to the same grid will make it much worse. The misguided demonstrators who marched into Fairhaven last year to support the turbines here clearly didn’t understand this danger either. The people who are being harmed by pollution from this coal plant should be doing everything in their power to prevent further turbines from being connected to the same grid.


Brayton Point Power Station, a coal-fired power plant located in Somerset, MA.

People like Grant, who look at wind power through jade-colored glasses, will be quick to argue that at least coal is not being burned when turbines generate power. Unfortunately, this too flies in the face of the macroeconomic facts. The U.S. has become an exporter of its coal surplus. The principal consumer of this surplus is China. When the Chinese burn our coal, however, their plants do not have to comply with EPA standards. As a result of these dirty coal plants, some industrialized cities in China now have local pollution so bad that the air is unbreathable for days on end. At least we can all agree on one thing; the climate is global, so we’re all breathing some of this pollution, too.


The result of burning coal in China.

Here are some other facts that the green zombies don’t want you to know. Every living plant growing in huge swaths of land are literally razed to the ground every time a wind turbine goes up. It isn’t just the ten acres needed for the site that get turned into a moonscape, either. Broad fire lanes and paved roads are often cut across ridges and mountain tops to accommodate the immense vehicles needed to build, service, and maintain these mechanical leviathans. The forest habitat is virtually hacked to ribbons that can no longer support the integrated native ecology of flora and fauna. Take a look at the wind farms in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine with Google Earth to see the true extent of environmental destruction cause by industrial turbines.


An aerial shot of the Groton Wind Project in New Hampshire. (Click for a full tour of the ecological devastation.)

Another impact that the Mr. Green Jeans won’t mention is the economic one. In the U.K., wind power has driven the cost of electrical energy so high that a new class of poverty has emerged. More and more people are slipping below the poverty line, because they can no longer afford the high cost of electricity produced by turbines. In the global economy, the worst impact is placed on those who are already languishing in poverty.  

In proportion to its economy, Germany has invested more in wind than any other industrialized nation. Once the powerhouse of the E.U., its economy has been ravaged by its gamble on the roulette wheel of wind. According to government-paid researchers, the wind energy misadventure known as the Energiewende (energy transformation) has damaged the German economy so badly, that the Germans are bringing ten new coal generators online and more are planned.


The $6-million-dollar turbines in Princeton, MA.

Princeton, MA, one of the earliest adopters of wind power in Massachusetts, has now reported a loss of $6 million, and has the highest electric rates in the Commonwealth.

Though the cost of wind energy is hidden by federal subsidies paid for with your tax dollars, a kilowatt of energy from a land-based turbine costs three times more to produce than conventional generators; and from offshore turbines, three times more than that, again. If Cape Wind is ever built, carbon emissions will continue to rise and Massachusetts will have the highest electric rates in the U.S.

By far the greatest cost of all, of course, is the human one. There is certainly no benefit to wind power sufficient to justify the damage to human health and well-being they cause. Wind turbine sites are ecological dead zones. The best science we have offers clear and compelling evidence that virtually everyone exposed to intense infrasound of the kind produced by industrial wind turbines will begin to suffer from cognitive impairment and/or cardiovascular disease. Turbines are a silent killer. Abandon hope, all ye who enter.

Contrary to the green dogma, the fact is that wind power doesn’t make sense whether you believe global climate change is real, or not. In the end, Grant’s fantasy-in-green isn’t even a good story. It’s just a fractured fairy tale, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Curt Devlin, Fairhaven, MA

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Elect Louise Barteau for Board of Health

Louise Barteau on the campaign trail.

Louise Barteau on the campaign trail.

Louise Barteau is not originally from Fairhaven; she chose it. When she and her late husband left Philadelphia they came here because they wanted to, because they loved it here. Since she is running for the Board of Health, that’s important. It means she doesn’t owe anyone political favors. Unlike her opponent, Jeannine Lopes, who works for Brian Bowcock; Louise Barteau doesn’t have to do what her boss—or anyone else—tells her. She is accountable to the voters alone.

Louise Barteau is retired now, too. So she can be a completely independent voice on the Board of Health. We won’t have to worry about her using her elected office as a means to promote her own business- or self-interests, as some members of the Board have apparently done for years. No wonder the political establishment in Fairhaven is afraid. They know she will put matters of public health and safety first.

This fear is what motivates the drones in the machine, a.k.a. Friends of Fairhaven Wind, to resort to scaremongering and attack ads to convince voters that she will somehow put the town at financial risk.

If you have been taken in by this nonsense, here is something you should know. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has a long and unbroken track record of upholding local Boards of Health and other boards, when they enact reasonable regulations to promote health and safety. Massachusetts law (Ch. 111, section 31) empowers them to do so. In 2001, for example, it upheld the Barnstable Board of Health for enacting second hand smoking regulations in restaurants. Just this past year, the Falmouth ZBA was upheld twice for finding the town’s turbines to be a noise nuisance. It is Fairhaven Wind that faces the real risk of reasonable regulations and that is the real concern for the drones. That’s why they call themselves Friends of Fairhaven Wind instead of just Friends of Fairhaven.

As Roosevelt put it, on the other hand, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Louise Barteau has a genuine, natural concern for people. When the turbines began to spin, she was concerned about the impacts they were having on health and property values; but she was unwilling to take anyone’s word for what was really happening. Instead, she went door-to-door throughout the affected neighborhoods to hear firsthand what people were actually experiencing. That is how so many people in Fairhaven came to know her for the honest, decent, and considerate person that she really is. For her part, she felt that using her personal time to get to know her neighbors better, was time well spent. Anyone who has gotten to know her, knows this is the type of person she truly is.

Her opponent, Jeannine Lopes, by contrast, has steadfastly and obstinately refused to even listen to anyone who is being harmed. As a sitting member of the Board, she has voted twice to deny residents the chance to even be heard in an open public forum. For more than two years now, she has chosen to ignore nearly 700 complaints made directly to her office. She has declined to even investigate these complaints because she already knows that they are perfectly legitimate. Investigating them would be highly inconvenient for her, because it would force her to do something she has never done before: take action to protect the public. That would be the last thing that those who are holding her political markers would want—and she knows it.

Voters have a clear choice.

Louise Barteau is intelligent and well-educated. She is a Harvard grad and she has spent most of her adult life studying botany and the ecology of native plants and birds. She has the demonstrated intellect to understand the complexities involved in public health policies and the natural curiosity to educate herself about issues which are unfamiliar to her. Her opponent demonstrably does not.

Democracy in America is based on a system of checks and balances, to ensure limitations on the power of any one branch. For government to work correctly, though, we have to elect strong-minded, intelligent, responsible people who have the courage to do the right thing. Louise Barteau is all those things.

On April 7th, we have a chance to make government work correctly again in Fairhaven, but voters will have to have the courage to do the right thing as well: Elect Louise Barteau.

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An Open Letter Opposing the Australian Medical Association

[Editor’s note: Recently, the Australian Medical Association issued a position statement regarding wind turbines and health. In brief, the AMA claims that there is no evidence that wind turbines cause adverse health effects. What follows in an open letter to the Australian Minister of Health, the Honorable Peter Dutton, and to Senator Fiona Nash, criticizing the AMA, disputing its position, and supporting the governments decision to initiate independent research into the health impacts of industrial wind turbines. ]

March 23, 2014

Dear Mr. Dutton and Senator Nash,

Let me begin by congratulating you for taking the initiative to ensure that much needed research into the adverse health impacts from industrial wind turbines is undertaken. In this respect, Australia is truly leading the world.

Today, I write to you concerning the recently published statement by the Australian Medical Association. While we await the results of further independent study, this is a matter which I consider to be urgently important for public health policy in Australia and around the world. My first reaction to the AMA’s remarks was stunned disbelief. My second reaction was that history has begun repeating itself with amazing velocity. Allow me to explain.

In the spring of 2012, backed by financial enticements and enormous political pressures from the State of Massachusetts and the Governor’s office, a wind project began in my home town of Fairhaven. This project began over the vocal objections of many local residents and without any of the safeguards ordinarily required for industrial construction in a residential zone. During construction, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health (MA-DEP) issued its now infamous report, entitled Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of Independent Expert Panel.

I was immediately reminded of this report by the statement from the AMA. Though the Massachusetts report called itself a health impact study, no subjects were actually examined or even interviewed. Though it was purported to be a report by a panel of experts, none of its contributors had any recognized expertise related to turbine health impacts; and, by their own admission, none of them had ever conducted a single study in this area. Ostensibly, the study was about wind turbine noise, but not a single sound measurement was taken. From its inception, it was nothing more than a thin façade to hide the danger and lull the public into a false sense of security about turbines.

Meanwhile, two 1.5 Mw turbines were planted in the midst of very quiet, but densely populated residential neighborhoods in Fairhaven. Compared to most, this project seems very small, but it is uniquely hazardous because there are more than 6,000 residents living within the known radius of health impacts, some as close as 600 feet. In short, there are few places in the world where this many people are living this close to turbines this large. The Fairhaven project has generated some 700 formal, written complaints to the local Board of Health in just two years; yet, only now, when the impact is already plain for everyone to see, the Massachusetts legislature has decided to fund a real health study.

Since it was published, the Massachusetts report has been widely criticized by recognized experts as junk science, a veritable masterpiece of cherry-picking from publications primarily paid for by the wind industry itself. I suspect that the opinions expressed by the AMA are quite similar in this regard—merely pseudo-scientific opinionating. Despite the obvious defects of the Massachusetts “study,” and despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, the MA-DEP continues to cite it as proof that living near turbines is perfectly safe. It is being used, in my opinion, to fraudulently reassure the unsuspecting public that there is no risk. It is my grave concern that history is repeating itself. I’m confident that the groundless AMA claims will be used in the same way by an unscrupulous wind industry and its zealous proponents.

In writing this open letter to you, it is my hope that the Ministry of Health can benefit from understanding the mistakes made in Massachusetts and perhaps hold the AMA accountable for its irresponsible remarks. Even today, the MA-DEP report is used by pro-wind groups around the world to dismiss the harm caused by wind turbines, and to provide an authoritative justification for industry practices which lie at the root of an unending stream of human misery, illness, and home abandonment. You can find firsthand accounts of these impacts in Fairhaven here. You may be sure that the AMA comments will be utilized in a similar way, to rationalize further violations of the basic human right to health and to dismiss the suffering and legitimate complaints of residents forced to live amidst wind farms in rural Australia.

The flaws of the MA-DEP report and the AMA pronouncement are strikingly similar. Note, for example, that the AMA claims that “Wind turbine technology is considered a comparatively inexpensive and effective means of energy production.” Not only is this statement demonstrably false, it presupposes an expertise in energy production and economics which the AMA board can lay no claim to possess.

The AMA also echoes the tired refrain of the wind industry that “upwind turbines generate much lower levels of infrasound and low frequency sound.” This claim has been debunked by acoustic experts for many years now; but, again, the AMA lacks any credible expertise in acoustics, and fails to cite any studies by true acoustic experts that support this view—and it never will, because such studies do not exist.

Outrageously, the AMA imputes that “Individuals residing in the vicinity of wind farms who do experience adverse health or well-being, may do so as a consequence of their heightened anxiety or negative perceptions regarding wind farm developments in their area.” This explanation is patently ridiculous; it flies in the face of the obvious fact that most people who are now suffering from the symptoms of wind turbine syndrome had a very positive perception of wind farms initially—until they had firsthand experience of living close to them. Such perceptions must be very negative indeed to force whole families to abandon their multi-generational homes and farms in epidemic proportions. In several years of intense personal research about these health impacts, I have never found a single, quantitative study, by any reputable researcher that supports this explanation.

In Fairhaven, a good friend has suffered from intense tinnitus and debilitating migraines whenever the nearby turbines are spinning. Out of concern that she might foster an atmosphere of fear or anxiety for her ten year-old son, she shielded him completely from any discussion about turbines in their home. Imagine her despair when her son came downstairs late one night and said “Mommy, I can’t sleep because there’s a buzzing in my head and I feel dizzy.” What explanation does the AMA offer when someone suffers from health effects without any perceptions about wind farms at all?

You may rest assured that if valid scientific evidence existed to demonstrate that turbines are safe, the wind industry would trumpet it daily from every media outlet in the industrialized world. Such evidence simply doesn’t exist. This is not my opinion, but the result of the most extensive literature review ever undertaken on this topic, conducted by the Canadian doctors, Hazel Lynn and Ian Arra. After searching through millions of documents in almost every peer-reviewed journal in the English language, they found that there are NO studies in the world that prove there is NO association at all between turbine noise and health impacts.

To get to the bedrock truth about the real adverse health effects caused by wind turbines, I strongly urge the Ministry of Health to ensure that the proposed study is a multidisciplinary one that combines independent experts in acoustics, medical research (especially in the area of neurophysiology), and epidemiology. Unless careful measurements are obtained from the full sound spectrum, specifically including infrasound and low frequency noise and vibration, both indoors and out; the root causes of these impacts will not be captured. In addition, sound must be monitored in direct combination with standard, objective physiological measurements of subjects, such as EEG during sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones such as cortisol. Only when turbine noise and its direct impact on the body are observed together can the link between cause and effect be placed beyond dispute.

I realize that a study of this kind will be very costly, but not nearly as costly as the burgeoning health crisis that has been created by the willful ignorance of the wind industry and now the complicity of the AMA. Shouldn’t both embrace such investigations with open arms as an opportunity to prove what they have said all along? Or, are they already aware that very different conclusions will be reached?

In the absence of a bona fide health study, the Massachusetts report at least made a pretense of adducing evidence, but the AMA evidently expects Australians to blindly accept its findings based purely on its own authority. One might expect such a statement from the Vatican, but it strains credulity coming from an organization which takes the term medical as its middle name and which presumably embraces a foundation in science. Conveniently, the AMA offered no references for its opinion, so none can be disputed in the glaring light of day. To quote the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis on matters such as this, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

It is most telling that the AMA has chosen to advance a claim without providing a basis in evidence, rather than calling for a scientific study that could decide a matter of such supreme importance to public health on the basis of fact. Under these circumstances, it is only reasonable to demand that the AMA produce the evidence which support its “findings” so that they can be scrutinized and validated by other researchers and experts. In addition, if the AMA is advancing a medical opinion intended to influence public policy, it is also sensible to insist upon full disclosure of any influences, gifts, or other financial inducements from the wind industry, or other interested parties, that would constitute a legitimate conflict of interest.

Should the AMA prove unwilling to accede to these demands, it will have revealed the true nature and import of its opinion as nothing more an implicit product endorsement on behalf of the wind industry. It is remarkable to me that an organization founded by a profession whose primary concern should be the health and medical care of Australians, could make promotion of wind energy a top priority. In the future, perhaps the public will realize that AMA opinions deserve no more respect or credibility than those of any other industry PR group.

History is rife with shameful examples in which physicians have allowed their medical judgment to be distorted by undue industry influence. In the U.S., the influence of the tobacco and asbestos industries are perhaps the most notable, but there are many others. The wind industry is the latest entrant in this time-honored tradition of enlisting the help of physicians to cloak real health hazards in the mantle of greater public good. I have written at length about this comparison in my recent article: Is Big Wind the New Big Tobacco?

If left unchallenged, this unholy alliance between doctors and industry seems destined to produce a domino effect of damage to public health that extends far beyond the borders of Australia, just as the alliance of Big Tobacco and physicians has proliferated smoking-related illnesses around the world. In this regard, I believe we have common cause for action.

Respectfully yours,

Curt Devlin

Fairhaven, MA

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A Factual Response to the Vestas Propaganda Machinery…

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Is Big Wind the New Big Tobacco?

Feb 17, 2014
— Curt Devlin, Guest Editor
Faced with growing evidence that industrial wind turbines (IWT’s) cause serious adverse health impacts, comparisons between the wind industry and the tobacco industry are getting more obvious all the time. The Big Wind tactics of stalling, dismissing legitimate concerns, and outright denial of the link between turbines and health problems seem straight out of the Big Tobacco playbook.

Perhaps this pattern is standard behavior for dirty industries, especially when there is no easy way to acknowledge the harm they cause without damaging profits as well. Despite these similarities, there are also fundamental differences between these two industries, the problems they create, and how they create them. Anyone looking to hold Big Wind accountable for the havoc it creates should pay careful attention to these differences as well. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more…

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