Wind Turbines: NOT “Pollution-Free”

If you’ve read my posts and published articles you’ve gleaned some understanding of the noise pollution created near the large, three-blade industrial wind turbines being proliferated across the formerly beautiful and quiet lands of Maine.

Some visiting my site appear incensed at my cautions about this technology, insisting we must do something to reduce pollution from other power generation technologies such as coal, and touting wind technology as a pollution-free alternative.

Now, I already know that wind technology is not pollution-free. It produces noise pollution, a world-around formally recognized and serious health impact, within a locale around each turbine of perhaps a mile, and that locale increases in size for multiple-turbine facilities especially near water or in hill-valley topography. Yet: did you know that the wind turbines require very large quantities of so-called “rare earth” metals to form the large magnets in the generators? That these metals are mined? That these mines are a total ecological disaster, directly affecting the health of thousands of people living nearby?

It appears that wind turbines pollute heavily from inception through operation.

With the instant availability of news reports on the internet, how could anyone maintain an allegiance to this technology and this industry- unless they are profiting from it?

If you are incensed at my cautions and feel wind technology is indeed, “pollution-free,” perhaps you should read this news article. We’ll get back to noise pollution, my area of interest, in the next post. Thanks for reading. May you find this useful.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-green-wind-power-experiment-Pollution-disastrous-scale.html

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-a comment on the news article from Ontario…

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/christina_blizzard/2011/02/25/17412836.html

…A story by Simon Parry and Ed Douglas in the Daily Mail, Jan. 29, describes a horrific toxic stew brewing in China as a result of our search for the great, green holy grail. … The toxic lake left behind after mining for “rare earth metals” needed for the turbines’ magnets is creating an environmental boondoggle of epic proportions. … The city of Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, is home to more than 90% of the world’s rare earth metals.

The story quotes retired farmer Su Bairen, 69: “‘At first it was just a hole in the ground,’ he says. ‘When it dried in the winter and summer, it turned into a black crust and children would play on it. Then one or two of them fell through and drowned in the sludge below. Since then, children have stayed away.’”

Plants withered. Livestock died.

“Villagers say their teeth began to fall out, their hair turned white at unusually young ages, and they suffered from severe skin and respiratory diseases. Children were born with soft bones and cancer rates rocketed,” says the Mail.

Still gung-ho to go green?

Every time I see a new turbine I’ll think of those children dying horrific deaths. And I’ll hang my head in shame at the environmental disaster we’ve created.

christina.blizzard@sunmedia.ca Twitter: @ChrizBlizz