Wind Power Under Assault, Maybe Rightly So?

I’ve been noticing more and more stories, particularly coming out of Europe, regarding the problems with wind energy and industrial-scale wind farms. Here’s a sample of the level of debate taking place across the pond on the British government’s wind energy policies. Today I noticed this NY Times blog post on a legal battle over the noise emitted by wind turbines. This seems to be a recurrent theme in complaints about wind farms: apparently, the low frequency humming emitted by the spinning rotors is driving people absolutely mad. It seems entirely possible to me that any device standing 300 feet in the air, spinning blades the size of the wing on a 747, may make more than a noticeable buzz, especially since wind turbines tend to be located in rural areas that generally experience low ambient background noise.

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