Posted by: WCFN | March 19, 2015

1st windfarm without subsidies


Cordal de Montouto inauguration - Galicia

The full extent of the windfarm scam comes to light

Yesterday was inaugurated in Spain the first wind farm that will operate without subsidies (1). In windy areas onshore, wind turbines are competitive with fossil fuel power plants – not counting external costs like new power lines, grid upgrading and back- up power. But as these costs are borne by the consumer, from a promoter’s point of view there is money to be made.

In the case of Galicia, 800 million euros will be invested in four reversible hydro-electrical plants (to store the electricity produced by wind farms when not needed): Belesar III, Os Peares III, Salas-Conchas and Edrada-San Estevo. And the coal-fired power plant of Meirama will be upgraded to be used as further back up.

The Cordal de Montouto project, in the State of Galicia, became operative on March 18th. It is owned by Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and is composed of 6 wind turbines. As windfarm subsidies were axed by the Spanish government in January 2012, it won’t receive any “primas”, the Spanish subsidies which double the cost of electricity produced by wind as compared to fossil fuels.

More windfarms will be built in Galicia, Spain’s windiest region, amounting to 83% of those that were in the pipe-line for that State before the elimination of subsidies. Onshore, a capacity factor (or load factor) of 34.2% is needed for a wind turbine to be cost effective, says Salvador Gabarró, president of GNF. In Spain, this is expressed in averaged-out hours of optimal wind per year, i.e. 3,000 hours in this case: 34.2% x 8760 hours = 3,000 hours.

For years, wind farms in Galicia have been raking in subsidies they didn’t need. They were actually being paid twice for the electricity they produced: once at the market price, and again the same amount as subsidies. In the rest of Spain, huge windfall profits were also being reaped, higher in windy regions like the Ebro valley and the Strait of Gibraltar, all the way down to Extremadura, known to have little wind. In that State, when the gates were open to wind developers, over 100 projects were applied for in spite of the poor wind record. None has materialised as the subsidy tap was shut shortly thereafter, but this goes to show the huge amount of taxpayers’ money that has been wasted on highly-inflated subsidies to wind energy – in Spain, but probably also in other countries.

The same squandering of taxpayers’ money occurred with other renewable energies, to the benefit of promoters but also to that of politicians, by virtue of revolving door schemes (2). In Spain, where I live, my own estimate is that over 40 billion euros have been paid out as subsidies to renewable energies. The hemorrhage has not completely stopped, because of previous engagements.

Contact:

Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736
Chairman

References:

1) – Article published in La Voz de Galicia

2) – Windfarms are only good for financing political parties



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Posted by: WCFN | March 7, 2015

wind turbines, infrasound and victims


New setback for wind turbines in France?


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World Council for Nature



Open letter to the Congressmen of France
7 March 2015



Mesdames, Messieurs les Députés et Sénateurs,

Read the letter on our French page, here: https://conseilmondialpourlanature.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/eoliennes-infrasons-et-victimes/



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Posted by: WCFN | February 20, 2015

Must see documentary


Ontario’s wind energy disaster


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Down Wind is the explosive documentary that examines Ontario’s controversial rush into wind farm development. Produced by Surge Media, Down Wind exposes how this Canadian provinces’ green energy dream turned into a nightmare for rural residents forced to live among the towering 50 storey turbines. We hear searing, personal stories of people experiencing mysterious health problems, insomnia, depression, even thoughts of suicide; their lives turned upside down by the constant noise and vibrations given off by the massive wind turbines. The documentary also reveals the staggering economic costs of these wind farms to taxpayers with huge subsidies going to big wind corporations. And how inside connections have made some government cronies wealthy, while rural communities suffer.

DOWN WIND – play the SHORT VERSION of the documentary

DOWN WIND – play the FULL DOCUMENTARY

Media write up here: The Toronto Sun.

DOWN WIND – Wind Farm documentary – FULL DOC in HD
by Surge Media Canada
The film aired on Canada’s Sun News Network.

For more information contact: jeff.wigle@surgemedia.ca.


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Posted by: WCFN | February 10, 2015

Dirty financing


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Do subsidies to wind energy help finance political parties?


This would explain why wind farms perdure in spite of their ineffectiveness



Wind energy is ineffective on all counts: it isn’t cheap; it can’t replace traditional energies; it doesn’t save on CO2; it isn’t green; it brings no benefits to society. No amount of money spent to finance mendacious studies can change these facts. So the question is: why do politicians keep spending billions to keep the wind industry afloat?


A reply to this question may be found here:
A humorous response from a German TV channel

and another here:

“the windfarms’ raison d’être is that they are being used to finance political parties. In a nutshell, windfarm-related interests finance election campaigns, and in return politicians vote huge subsidies.”

A radio interview, an article, a video and a book about financing political parties with subsidies to renewable energy.



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Posted by: WCFN | February 9, 2015

Gagging the Waubra Foundation


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World Council for Nature

OPEN LETTER TO:

Commissioner Susan Pascoe
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)


Commissioner,

We are critical of the ongoing massacre of birds and bats perpetrated by wind farms around the world. We are not impervious, however, to the negative effects these machines are having on humans.

Recently, we issued a press release about a new study which vindicates the work of the Waubra Foundation (1). Indeed, over the last few years, that world-renown Charity focused their efforts on the connection between infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN) emitted by wind turbines and the harmful sensations felt by nearby residents. Tirelessly, they insisted that this health risk should be objectively and scientifically investigated by ethical acoustic researchers. The Steven Cooper study (1) proved their concerns were justified, and recommended more complete studies to confirm its own findings.

We were therefore surprised to learn that, last December, ACNC Assistant Commissioner David Locke had ruled that the Waubra Foundation should no longer qualify as a Health Promotion Charity – a decision which would reduce its modest private funding to a trickle. He asserted, against mountains of evidence (see the Waubra Foundation’s Expert Opinion, Stony Gap Court Case (2)), that wind turbines are harmless and do not cause disease(s). He ignored the evidence about sleep deprivation caused by excessive night time noise from wind turbines and other sources. He ignored as well the evidence of serious psychiatric illnesses being reported by residents and psychiatrists (such as Dr William Hallstein from Falmouth USA (3)) – yet this has been suggested or confirmed by peer reviewed research such as that by Shepherd et al (4), Nissenbaum et al (5) and Dr Bob Thorne (6).

Your Assistant Commissioner went further and, against the opinion of scores of independent researchers and clinicians worldwide, and the documented suffering of thousands of residents, he denied the existence of the Wind Turbine Syndrome. He also denied the reality of the Vibro-Acoustic Disease, which is well-known internationally to be caused by ILFN emitted by a variety of sources.

These denials are so outrageous they can only be the result of a considerable bias. So considerable in fact that we believe Mr David Locke does not possess the moral qualities required for being your Assistant Commissioner.

Generally speaking, it has been our experience that special interests are sparing no effort or expense to silence independant researchers, when this helps the commercial interests of the global wind industry. We can only hope that you, as the ACNC Commissioner, will refuse to be their instrument to that end.

Mark Duchamp
Chairman

(1) – WCFN press release, as published by:

– Principia Scientific: http://www.principia-scientific.org/peer-reviewed-study-shatters-claims-that-wind-turbines-are-safe.html

– Canada Free Press: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/69270

– Economie Matin, IN FRENCH: http://www.economiematin.fr/news-nuisances-sonores-eoliennes-nombre-france

– WCFN: http://wcfn.org/2015/01/26/windfarm-victims-vindicated/

– etc.

(2) Waubra Foundation’s expert opinion – Stony Gap Court Case: http://docs.wind-watch.org/Stony-Gap-Expert-Opinion-Laurie.pdf

(3) Dr William Hallstein: http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/hallstein-w-falmouth-wind-turbines-sleep-deprivation-psychiatrist-weighs/

(4) Dr Shepherd et al: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/evaluating-the-impact-of-wind-turbine-noise-on-health-related-quality-of-life/

(5) Dr Nissenbaum et al: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/effects-of-industrial-wind-turbine-noise-on-sleep-and-health/

(6) Dr Bob Thorne: http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/thorne-r-victorian-wind-farm-review-updated-june-2014/




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Posted by: WCFN | January 26, 2015

Windfarm victims vindicated


Press Release from WCFN
26 January 2015

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Peer-reviewed study shatters claims that wind turbines are “safe”


Link found between infrasound emitted by wind turbines and complaints of “unbearable sensations” by residents



In a groundbreaking study at Pacific Hydro’s Cape Bridgewater windfarm in the state of Victoria, Australia’s leading acoustical engineer Steven Cooper found that a unique infrasound pattern, which he had labelled “Wind Turbine Signature” in previous studies, correlates (through a “trend line”) with the occurrence and severity of symptoms of residents who had complained of often-unbearable “sensations”. These include sleep disturbance, headaches, heart racing, pressure in the head, ears or chest, etc. as described by the residents (symptoms generally known as Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS), or the euphemism “noise annoyance” – ed). (1)


The acoustician also identified “discrete low frequency amplitude modulated signals” emitted by wind turbines, and found the windfarm victims were also reacting to those.


The Wind Turbine Signature cannot be detected using traditional measuring indexes such as dB(A) or dB(C) and 1/3 Octave bands, concludes his study. Narrowband analysis must be used instead, with results expressed in dB(WTS).


He suggests medical studies be conducted using infrasound measurements in dB(WTS) in order to determine the threshold of what is unacceptable in terms of sound pressure level.

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The findings are consistent with the official Kelley studies published in the US more than 30 years ago, which showed that infrasound emitted by early, downwind turbines caused sleep disturbance and other WTS symptoms (2). These studies were shelved, upwind turbines were designed, and the regulatory authorities simply trusted the wind industry’s assertion that the new models did not emit dangerous infrasound. The Cooper study now proves they were wrong.


Another conclusion of his study is that the Danish method used for measuring low-frequency “noise annoyance” near wind farms is inadequate. So are the wind turbine noise standards applied to wind farms in Victoria, Australia and New Zealand, known as New Zealand Standard 6808. Just as inadequate are all other standards regulating “annoyance” near wind farms around the world. They simply don’t take infrasound into account.


The Waubra Foundation, Dr Sarah Laurie, Dr Nina Pierpont, Dr Robert McMurtry, Ms Carmen Krogh, Dr Michael Nissenbaum, Dr Chris Hanning, Dr Jay Tibbetts, Dr Sandy Reider, Dr David Iser, Dr Amanda Harry and scores of other medical practitioners and researchers from around the world are vindicated by this benchmark study, as are the residents reporting WTS symptoms themselves, many of whom have had to regularly or permanently abandon their homes.


Regarding the future, Steven Cooper recommends that further studies be conducted in order to establish “a threshold to protect against adverse impacts.” (1)


He also writes: “the vibration surges described by some residents as disturbance during the shutdown could be attributed to wind gusts exciting resonances of the blades/towers and requires further investigation“. (1)


This is a turning point. The wind industry can no longer claim that their machines do not emit enough infrasound to affect residents, nor that health professionals publicising the problems and calling for further research are causing the suffering, nor that wind farm victims are causing their own woes (the often-used argument that “it’s all in their heads” – i.e. the “nocebo effect”). Yet the wind industry and its abettors had clung to that straw despite the numerous accounts of ill-effects on animals. (3)

Contact:

Mark Duchamp
Chairman
+34 693 643 736
wcfn@live.com


References:

(1) Cooper study (released Jan 21 2015)


(2) Neil D. Kelley study, (1985)


(3) 1600 miscarriages at mink farm/

and…

Windfarms and birth defects


See also:

The statement from the residents who participated in the Cooper study


Letter (peer review) from Bob Thorne to Steven Cooper – 21 Jan 2015


Letter (peer review) from Robert Rand to Steven Cooper – 21 Jan 2015


Letter (peer review) from Stephen Ambrose to Steven Cooper – 22 Jan 2015


Radio interview of Steven Cooper


Dr Sarah Laurie’s comprehensive testimony on the health effects of wind turbine sound and vibrations


21 Peer Reviewed Articles On the Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbine Noise


TV podcast on the Cooper study





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Posted by: WCFN | January 18, 2015

Health and wind farms


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The PR job…




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… but the reality is often like this.


Dr Sarah Laurie, world expert on health and wind farms, speaks out


Provision of Expert Opinion concerning the Adverse Impacts of Wind Turbine Noise
(TruEnergy Renewable Developments v Goyder Regional Council, South Australia).



Dear Mr Abbott,


I confirm that I have been provided with practice direction 5.4 relating to Expert Witnesses (Rule 160), and that I have read it and understood it.


I have been asked by you to provide a report to address the following question:


“Will noise or other direct or indirect consequences (and which consequences) of the operation of the Stony Gap wind farm erected as contemplated in the Application, and involving turbines of the type and dimensions referred to in the Application, in your opinion be likely to cause adverse health effects or significantly exacerbate existing adverse health effects to a significant percentage of the population living within up to 10 kilometers of the turbines from the Stony Gap Wind Farm?”


In my opinion, it is inevitable that this proposed wind development, if built in this location with turbines of the specified size, will cause serious harm to the physical and mental health of a significant percentage of the surrounding population, including particularly to vulnerable groups such as young children, the elderly, and those with pre existing medical and psychiatric conditions, who live and work in the sound energy impact zone of this proposed Stony Gap Wind Farm (SGWF), out to a distance of at least 10 kilometers from the turbines, over the lifetime of the project. This harm will be caused directly by the audible and inaudible sound energy generated by the wind turbines, which will cause significant repetitive sleep disturbance, and physiological stress. The physiological mechanisms have been demonstrated in animals to be due to abnormal activation of the vestibular system and sympathetic nervous system by the effect of infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN) on the inner ear. (1)


These are serious adverse health effects, which lead to a range of other symptoms and illnesses by interfering with the hypothalamic-pituitary axis (“master” control mechanism of the endocrine system), disturbance of the autonomic nervous system and compromise of immunological competence. (2)


This report is confined to the adverse health effects on human health from sound energy, reported by residents living near wind turbines as this is my specific area of knowledge and expertise. Other adverse health effects such as symptoms and illnesses resulting from exposure to shadow flicker have certainly been reported by residents at wind developments, but are not addressed in this report.


My opinion is informed by my direct knowledge of the reported health problems of residents living near existing Wind Turbine Developments, particularly in Australia and Ontario. My opinion is also informed by the known adverse health consequences resulting from exposure to environmental noise, and the known serious adverse health consequences of chronic sleep deprivation and chronic stress.


Sleep deprivation (3) and stress (4) related symptoms are the commonest health complaints reported by residents living near wind turbines, and in my opinion, they are individually and collectively responsible for the observed and reported deterioration in some residents’ health with cumulative exposure to operating wind turbines.


There is extensive and longstanding peer reviewed published clinical research detailing the known interconnections and associations between chronic sleep deprivation, stress and numerous clinical disorders (5) including ischemic heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, immune suppression resulting in increased infections and malignancies (cancers), depression, and anxiety.


The observation of these particular preexisting symptoms and health problems worsening with exposure to wind turbine noise is not surprising to clinicians and mental health professionals, when they learn what is now known about the way infrasound and low frequency noise, regardless of the source of the noise, are known to affect health via repetitive sleep disturbance, and the physiological and psychological stress pathways. (6)


The specific reasons for my opinion are set out below.
CONTINUE READING HERE DR LAURIE’S REMARKABLE COMPILATION OF STUDIES, MANY OF WHICH PEER-REVIEWED


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Posted by: WCFN | December 29, 2014

Windfarm contaminates water


Doctor claims Scotland’s biggest windfarm has contaminated public water supply with cancer-causing chemical

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The implantation of a wind turbine causes a significant impact on the land, on nearby water courses (sedimentation etc.) and on the water supply (filtrations into the soil). This particular picture is from the US.



“The radiologist, 58, said: “I obtained test results in 2013 from East Ayrshire Council and discovered that our water had been grossly contaminated with E.coli bacteria.

“That was bad enough but I am far more concerned about the presence of THMs in the public supply.

“We are drinking the stuff now but all the medical advice is that the effects may not be seen for 10 or 20 years.”


“Last week, MSP Graeme Pearson met Scottish Water’s director of strategic customer service planning, Professor Simon Parsons, to discuss Dr Connor’s findings.

“He said: “Dr Connor has identified that higher levels of cancer experienced in Scotland currently aren’t particularly well explained.

““She is not saying THMs are to blame but she has raised a question mark, saying it would be worth investigating.””


Read more:
Water contaminated with E.coli and potentially cancer-causing chemical trihalomethane (THM)


See other forms of contamination by wind turbines: click “Contamination” in the right hand margin.

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Posted by: WCFN | December 12, 2014

Renewable energy kills 900 jobs


Alcoa to close two plants in Spain
High cost of energy to blame

Alcoa plant in Avilés


“Alcoa’s Spanish power costs could lead to closures” (unless subsidies are granted)
See the article: Spanish power costs



A Spanish news media puts it this way: “El cierre de Alcoa en España levanta a la industria contra el alto coste de la energía”
Translation: the closure of Alcoa in Spain causes the industrial sector to stand up against the high cost of energy.


In the article we read: “[Alcoa] ha anunciado un despido colectivo que supone, de hecho, el cierre de dos de sus seis fábricas en España, la de Avilés (Asturias) y A Coruña.”
Translation: [Alcoa] has announced a cut in its workforce which means, effectively, the closure of two of its six plants (in Spain), those of Avilés (Asturias) and La Coruña [Galicia].”

Workers protest - Alcoa



Read more:
El cierre de Alcoa en España


Our comments:
The protests were shown on Spanish television last night, and mentioned in the regional newspaper La Voz de Galicia But as usual, the Spanish media WON’T mention the high cost of renewable energy, responsible for this new fiasco… Obfuscation reigns supreme, and the blame will be put on the usual culprits: multinational corporations, energy companies, capitalism…


Alcoa has closed other plants in Australia and Italy: countries with costly renewable energy can’t compete with China’s expanding aluminum industry, fuelled by cheap, abundant coal energy. See: Reuters on Alcoa Australia

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Posted by: WCFN | November 8, 2014

Wind farms and torture


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Wind farms: criminal charges for torture?


Public Statement from the Waubra Foundation:



Public Officials At Risk of Criminal Charges for Torture, by Ignoring Prolonged Sleep Deprivation from Environmental Noise



Excerpts:


All public officials involved in the investigation, assessment and regulation of environmental noise, or in giving authoritative advice on that matter, are at personal risk of being charged with a serious criminal offence under Australian law, based on international human rights covenants and conventions, if their actions and decisions lead to, or are complicit in, prolonged sleep deprivation for residents in excessive noise impacted communities. (1)


[Our comment: it goes without saying that this applies not only to Australian public officials, but to those of other countries that have adopted international human rights covenants and conventions.]

Prolonged Sleep Deprivation Confirmed As A Method Of Torture


The UN Committee Against Torture (UN CAT) has explicitly identified prolonged sleep deprivation as a method of torture. The Committee had this to say about the impact of prolonged sleep deprivation:




The Committee against Torture (CAT) has noted that sleep deprivation used for prolonged periods constitutes a breach of the CAT, and is primarily used to break down the will of the detainee. Sleep deprivation can cause impaired memory and cognitive functioning, decreased short term memory, speech impairment, hallucinations, psychosis, lowered immunity, headaches, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety and depression. (2)


The Physicians for Human Rights also consider sleep deprivation as well as sensory bombardment with noise to be methods of torture, and list the clinical evidence of the harm to physical and mental health, and the legal precedents to support this opinion in their document “Leave No Marks”. (3)


We therefore bring to the attention of all public officials, including elected officials and public servants, that if they are complicit in allowing torture and cruel inhuman and degrading treatment to occur, or to continue, this behaviour is punishable with criminal offences, under the provisions of the UN Convention Against Torture, to which Australia is a signatory.

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Article 4 of the UN Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment states:

    • Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law. The same shall apply to an attempt to commit torture and to an act by any person which constitutes complicity or participation in torture.
    • Each State Party shall make these offences punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account their grave nature. (18)”



[Our comment: most countries have enacted international human rights covenants and conventions. It behooves everyone concerned by sleep disruption issues at wind farms to check the applicable legislation in their respective countries regarding human rights and torture, and complain to the public officials involved in the approval of wind farms which are known to cause this form of torture. And no, the word is not too strong. We know a number of windfarm neighbours who have contemplated suicide and may some day act upon it. Others, no doubt, already have, but this is something their families may not be willing to speak about.]


There is no legal excuse for any public official to allow torture to occur, not even “following orders”.
[Our comment: this point is really important, and windfarm victims should consult it with their lawyers.]

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[The Waubra Foundation concludes:]
Legal action may be initiated at any time in the future against individuals who have authorized, participated in or advised activities constituting torture.

Read more: Prolonged sleep deprivation = torture, says the UN



[Our comment: viewed from another angle, windfarm victims are being experimented upon without their informed consent, which is against the provisions of the Nuremberg code. Curt Devlin gave a powerful talk at Falmouth about this: VIDEO: experimenting on windfarm neighbours .]




References:


1) – (1) Information about the variety of sources of environmental night time noise including coal mines, gas fired power stations, gas fired power stations, CSG field compressors and wind turbines is detailed here: http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/environmental-noise-sleep-deprivation-torture-september-2014/


2) – http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/un-convention-against-torture/
Original source for this quote is at: http://thejusticecampaign.org/?page_id=273#T2


3) – http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/physicians-for-human-rights-leave-no-marks/
This document can also be sourced from the Physicians for Human Rights website library at: http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/library/reports/leave-no-marks-report-2007.html


18) – http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/un-convention-against-torture/

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