Posted by: WCFN | April 22, 2015

Huge wind farm corruption scandal in Spain


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Spanish tax agency uncovers wind farm payoff scheme



Only part of the Spanish press covers the story, and television channels ignore it so far. The wind business is taboo in this country, where Greenpeace and other wind-crazy NGOs have a huge audience.


Tax inspectors have only started to reveal their findings in this complex web of corruption: €110 million worth of illegal commissions paid in Castilla y León, one of Spain’s 17 states (Spain is a de facto federation of 17 “autonomous communities”: Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, the Basque country, etc.). The Spanish IRS is presently investigating in other states. At the national level, illicit enrichment at the cost of taxpayers could easily top one billion euros.


Unexplained payments to public officials received from Switzerland, shares in obscure windfarm companies resold for hundreds, even thousands of times the initial capital invested, home mortgages paid off by opaque entities, homes renovated by generous donators, etc. Some names and amounts are already known, but these suspected officials decline to comment. One of them now lives in Poland.


“Private renewable energy firms may have paid more than €110 million in commissions to government officials and local businessmen in Castilla y León to help them obtain licenses and push through paperwork to install wind farms across the region between 2004 and 2007, tax inspectors said.”


Read more in one of Spain’s leading newspaper, English edition:El País


Wind corruption is also rampant in France*, the United States**, and most probably in other countries as well. Where there are government subsidies, there is fraud. Where subsidies are huge, fraud is huge.


* Wind corruption in France: in this video, an anonymous windfarm victim relates that commissions paid to village councillors to vote in favour of a wind project range from €100,000 to €150,000 –> The Big Swindle


** Wind corruption in the US: read about the Obama bundlers –> Windfarms used to finance political parties


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Posted by: WCFN | April 12, 2015

Petition to save the Amazon


Help create the largest environmental reserve in the world


Avaaz: “837,527 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000,000″

Kayapo Trust Fund Created



AVAAZ: “An ambitious project is underway to create the largest environmental reserve in the world, protecting 135 million hectares of Amazon forest. That’s more than twice the size of France! But it won’t happen unless Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela’s leaders know the public wants it. That’s where we come in.


“Colombia has just said it is on board. Now, if we create a huge global push to save the Amazon and combine it with national polls in all three countries, we can give the Colombian president the support he needs to convince Brazil and Venezuela. All three leaders are looking for opportunities to shine at the next UN climate summit. Let’s give it to them.


“The Amazon is vital to life on earth — 10% of known species live in this magnificent rainforest, and its billions of trees play a key role in mitigating global climate change. Experts say this reserve would be a total game-changer for stopping rampant deforestation. Sign the petition now, when we reach 1 million signers, indigenous leaders will deliver our petition and polls directly to the three governments.”


To sign the petition: AVAAZ PETITION



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Posted by: WCFN | April 8, 2015

A martyr of the republic?


The apparent suicide of French Senator Jean Germain, a friend of windfarm victims


Jean Germain



“He is a martyr of the republic. He has been thrown to the dogs” said his lawyer (1).


Recently, Jean Germain had convinced his fellow Senators to propose an amendment doubling the setback between wind turbines and habitations to 1,000 meters. The French government, house of representatives and wind industry are opposed to it. In a country like France, a 1,000-meter buffer zone would make relatively few wind projects possible. But Jean Germain, and the majority of Senators, thought the health of their constituents was more important.


Other French politicians who, according to the authorities, committed suicide:
– Pierre Bérégovoy in 1993, who “shot himself” – yet it turned out later that he had two bullets in his head (sic) (2).
– Robert Boulin, who was found in a pond in 1979, with clear evidence of blows to his face – in other words, this Minister would have commited suicide by beating himself up (3).
– There may be more examples…


We are not implying that the death of Jean Germain is suspicious. We are just remembering that, in these matters, it may take years before the whole truth is known. Prudent, a number of media have been titling: French senator found dead in apparent suicide (4).


If you read French, see the moving letter from Pascale Hoffmeyer, WCFN’s Coordinator for Switzerland: “… the distress of giant turbines’ neighbours …” (5).




Press contact:


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


References:


1) – The Guardian reports on the death of the Senator


2) – the prime minister, “who shot himself”, had two bullets in his head


3) – a minister who commited suicide by beating himself up (video, in French)


4) – Senator Jean Germain, who took an interest in wind farm victims, will be missed (letter, in French)


5) – French senator found dead in apparent suicide ahead of ‘Chinese weddings’ trial




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Posted by: WCFN | April 2, 2015

Wind farms and deformities


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Illustration only. The other picture, below, is from the farm of Bill and Sandy Rogerson, Australia, mentioned in the article.

Deformed lambs in Australia


“The number of deformed lambs increased over the period of the wind farm operating near our property. The lambing rate in our merino stock decreased to a rate of 37 per cent from 85 per cent prior to the wind farms being established.”


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From Rogersons’ ranch in Glenthompson, State of Victoria, Australia.



Wind turbines hell to live near, residents tell Portland hearing
By EVERARD HIMMELREICH April 1, 2015, 4 a.m.


EXERPTS:


“LIFE near turbines is hell, according to a panel of south-west property owners who have battled against wind farms for the best part of a decade.

“Several wind farm opponents expressed their anguish and frustration with energy companies to the Select Committee on Turbines which was instigated by crossbench senators six months ago to examine the renewable energy source.

“The panel held its first hearing in Portland this week and senators met with farmers and other property owners concerned about the health impacts of living near wind turbines.

“Glenthompson residents Bill and Sandy Rogerson addressed the committee about their concerns regarding their personal health and the well-being of their livestock.

“ "There is a real need for all wind turbines to be shut down at night across Australia,” Mr Rogerson told the senate panel. “Within months of the wind turbines operating near our farm, we both experienced health problems.

“The number of deformed lambs increased over the period of the wind farm operating near our property. The lambing rate in our merino stock decreased to a rate of 37 per cent from 85 per cent prior to the wind farms being established.” ”


Read more: The Standard, Australia


Read also:
1600 miscarriages
wind farms and birth defects
Another horror story from Denmark
wind turbines disrupt ovulation


More data:

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2011/animals-too-suffer-from-wind-turbine-syndrome/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/i-want-you-to-know-what-i-went-through-wisconsin/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/dairy-cattle-suffer-from-wind-turbine-syndrome-japan/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/nine-goats-have-died-since-december-illinois/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2011/one-third-of-the-dairy-herd-died-since-the-turbines-began-operation-wisconsin/



Peer-reviewed medical studies on infrasound, as published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21946944
Infrasound may cause damage to the central nervous system through the Ca²⁺‑mediated apoptotic pathway in hippocampal neurons.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24634254
Infrasound can cause impairment of learning and memory.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23691087
Infrasound can cause avoidance reactions (fleeing) in salmons.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23632742
Infrasound can induce oxidative damage in rat cardiomyocytes by inactivating PPAR-γ.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24597302
Some adverse effects of raising geese close to wind turbines.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23046076
Infrasound at 2 and 6 Hz stimulates bacteria proliferation, but inhibits at it 4, 8, and 10 Hz.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24002225
Evidence that glial cell-expressed TRPV4 is a potential key factor responsible for infrasound-induced neuronal impairment.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24746834
Epigallocatechin gallate can be used as a promising drug for the treatment of infrasound-induced central nervous system damage.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25175368
Infrasound promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23165942
Infrasound can enhance the chemotherapeutic effects of cisplatin in a clinical setting.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23959686
Tractors should be tested re: infrasonic noise levels.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25092127
Chicken are more sensitive to infrasound than humans, even more than the homing pigeon.

http://informahealthcare.com/doi/full/10.3109/15368378.2014.906449
Effects of infrasound on the proliferation of E. coli K-12 cells (bacteria) – (unlike the others, a subscription is needed for this article).

Not to forget the Russian review of scientific literature on the health effects of infrasound, where we find these interesting quotes, on page 4:

“I – Infrasound of > 185 dB, which is of fatal danger (the variable pressure of such levels can induce pulmonary alveolar rupture).”

“IV – Infrasound of < 120 dB, which is not health harmful if its exposure time is less than several minutes; reactions of the long-time exposure are the subject for future studies.”


Read more: Dr. Vladimir Stepanov






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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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