Wind turbines are hateful and ruddy dangerous

James Delingpole celebrates the collapse of a wind turbine:

Richard Dawkins you are WRONG. There IS definitely a God – and for proof, look no further than His decision to topple a ruddy great wind turbine at Bradworthy in Devon just a day before my first ever appearance on Question Time.

With luck, this will mean a wind turbine question pops up. I do hope so, for it will give me the perfect opportunity to the point out yet another of the myriad reasons why wind turbines are such a monstrous and utterly indefensible blight. Apart from being ugly, noisy, expensive, inefficient, destructive to wildlife and incapable of doing the one thing that notionally they’re supposed to do – “reduce CO2″ – they are also BLOODY DANGEROUS. 

For chapter and verse on this go to Caithness Windfarm Information Forum. It has compiled a list of accidents and fatalities caused by wind turbines. Since the 1970s, for example, there have been at least 133 fatalities caused by wind turbines. The worst of these was an accident in Brazil last year when a turbine fell onto a bus, killing 17 passengers.

Really, though, given the proliferation of wind farms in the last five years – and given their inherent instability and the number of wind turbines now being placed irresponsibly next to people’s homes or to roads – it’s amazing that the death and injury rate hasn’t been higher.

Here is an example:

  • dotcom

    Wind turbines in strategically placed locations, are less ugly than Tui billboards saying “Mate, I won’t piss in your wetsuit” placed in the most offensive place possible.

  • Captain Crab

    dScientific papers are starting to emerge which show the noise and vibrations are affecting locals health. Heres one.

    http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2012;volume=14;issue=60;spage=237;epage=243;aulast=Nissenbaum;type=3

    “Validated questionnaires were used to collect information on sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index – PSQI), daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Score – ESS), and general health (SF36v2), together with psychiatric disorders, attitude, and demographics. Descriptive and multivariate analyses were performed to investigate the effect of the main exposure variable of interest (distance to the nearest IWT) on various health outcome measures. Participants living within 1.4 km of an IWT had worse sleep, were sleepier during the day, and had worse SF36 Mental Component Scores compared to those living further than 1.4 km away. Significant dose-response relationships between PSQI, ESS, SF36 Mental Component Score, and log-distance to the nearest IWT were identified after controlling for gender, age, and household clustering. The adverse event reports of sleep disturbance and ill health by those living close to IWTs are supported”

    Given this threat to the future viability of Wind Turbines, shouldnt Windflow Technology be alerting the Stock Exchange of this threat to their financial viability?

  • BJ

    Wind turbines are the largest threat by far, to our pristine landscapes. They also are very bad for the physical, spiritual, physiological and psychological well-being of all humans subjected to such a blight on the horizon – the very essence of what the Greens use to appeal for support of their cause. Delusional, destructive, wankers!

    • dotcom

      Wind turbines are the largest threat by far, to our pristine landscapes.

      No, Tui billboards are, especially ones with the word “piss” in them, right in the middle of our children-filled neighbourhoods.

      • BJ

        agreed

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