Why voters should vote YES and YES to oppose turbines

Saint Albans Messenger; November 16, 2015

Please Vote Yes and Yes on 17 Nov for the following reasons. Studies show that industrial wind turbines 1.Produce noise that disrupts sleep; 2. Reduces P property values; 3. Cost rate payers more money; 4. 

Will not have an impact on reducing global warming. Please see the sources for four reasons to vote yes and yes on 17 Nov. 

1. The following 3 studies show that industrial wind turbines produce noise that disrupts sleep. 

• July 2015 report on Infrasound http://docs.windwatch.org/Infrasound-wind-turbines-4-August-2015. pdf see page 39, Medical doctor and sleep specialist, Dr Christopher Hanning testifies at Alberta Utilities Commission Hearing for development of wind power plant. “In my expert opinion, there is now more than sufficient evidence to conclude that wind turbine noise impairs the sleep and health of residents ….There is a real risk to the sleep and health of any resident living within 1.5km of a turbine.” 

-Canadian Health Report states, 5.3 Annoyance and Health: Wind Turbine Noise annoyance was found to be statistically related to several self-reported health effects including, but not limited to, blood pressure, migraines, tinnitus, dizziness, scores on the PSQI, and perceived stress when noise levels exceed 35 dBA, see page 4 http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ ewh-semt/noise-bruit/turbine-eoliennes/summaryresume-eng.php -Falmouth Mass orders industrial wind turbines to shut down at night and weekends because of excessive noise. http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20151110/NEWS/151119877 2. Studies show decline in property values for homes near industrial wind turbines. http://www.clarkson.edu/busness/centers/environmentaleconomics.html http://fairwindenergy.org/propertyvalues.html. Study shows property values falling 23% to 33% for homes near wind turbines. This study also found that it took an extra year to sell the properties in Lee and DeKalb Counties. (IL) 

3. Industrial Wind turbines will cost rate payers more money. According to Swanton Village Electric, Governor Shumlin, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Electric Co-op, and 15 other utilities, Swanton Industrial Wind will hurt rate payers. 

Christine Hallquist, CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, states the power lines are maxed out in the northern part of the state and can’t accept any more big wind or solar projects. She further states they’re not going to make members pay for new transmission infrastructure. 

4. Industrial wind turbines will not have an impact on reducing global warming. Chris Recchia, Commissioner of the Pubic Service Department, said “Vermont is too small to make a difference in the nation’s carbon footprint.” 

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers find that as we add wind and solar to the grid, our CO2 emissions will increase. 

“Wind and Solar require flexible backup generation. Consequently natural gas provides the backup for wind and solar in North America. Wind and solar with natural gas backup produces electricity at about 200 grams of CO2 emissions/ kWh. Therefore adding wind and solar to Ontario’s grid drives CO2 emissions higher. We need to stop adding solar and wind for ideological reasons and focus on using them only when their economic and environmental contributions are positive”. http://c.ymcdn.com/ sites/www.ospe.on.ca/resource/resmgr/DOC_advocacy/2015_Presentation_Elec_Dilem.pdf The Northeast Vermont Development Association, (nvda.net) after their experience with the Lowell and Sheffield Wind projects, conducted a wind study. 

Their conclusion was, “no further development of industrial-scale wind turbines should take place in the Northeast Kingdom. 

Wind energy is unreliable and does not produce enough energy to justify the social and environmental disruption, the higher cost of the electricity, and the doubtful claims of environmental benefit. We are even more troubled by the potential impacts on human health, essential wildlife habitat, water quality, aesthetics, property values, and our tourism industry.” Let’s learn from our neighbors in the northeast kingdom who have experienced all the negative impacts of industrial wind. 

This Tuesday, Nov 17, please vote YES to OPPOSE Swanton Wind and please also vote YES for local control on industrial energy projects.

Brian Dubie, Fairfield

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