Renewable Energy = Torture

Flickr-windmill

I was surprised to see this passed off as “given” in the NYT‘s big Sunday takeout on mountaintop removal:

“Many communities in West Virginia — and across the country — have been beating back wind projects they see as a blight on wide-angle views and, with the repetitive thrum of the turning blades and their strobe-like effect on daylight passing through them, psychological torture for those living nearby” (emphasis mine).

Really? Is there any actual proof of psychological damage from living near windmills? Strikes me that an editor let this assertion pass without challenging it.

Still, overall piece, which isn’t really about wind energy, is worth the read.

(Photo courtesy Vax-o-matic/Flickr)

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