World Council for Nature
OPEN LETTER TO:
Commissioner Susan Pascoe
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
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.
(1) – WCFN press release, as published by:
– Canada Free Press: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/69270
– Economie Matin, IN FRENCH: http://www.economiematin.fr/news-nuisances-sonores-eoliennes-nombre-france
(2) Waubra Foundation’s expert opinion – Stony Gap Court Case: http://docs.wind-watch.org/Stony-Gap-Expert-Opinion-Laurie.pdf
(5) Dr Nissenbaum et al: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/effects-of-industrial-wind-turbine-noise-on-sleep-and-health/
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