Do you love renewable energy, like wind and solar?
Do you despise fossil fuels, those dirty, disgusting polluting horrors?
Have you been so totally seduced by the clean, green energy mantra that you have never really considered the side-effects of all those magnificent wind farms?
Well, it’s time to wake up your rational faculties and examine the issue in more depth.
Now, the date has been crunched and the results are in. Living near these clean energy monstrosities will make you sick, mentally and physically.
Andrew Gilligan reports in The London Telegraph:
American and British researchers compared two groups of residents in the US state of Maine. One group lived within a mile of a wind farm and the second group did not.
Both sets of people were demographically and socially similar, but the researchers found major differences in the quality of sleep the two groups enjoyed.
The findings provide the clearest evidence yet to support long-standing complaints from people living near turbines that the sound from their rotating blades disrupts sleep patterns and causes stress-related conditions.
Specifically, the survey showed:
More than a quarter of participants in the group living near the turbines said they had been medically diagnosed with depression or anxiety since the wind farm started. None of the participants in the group further away reported such problems.
Each person was also asked if they had been prescribed sleeping pills. More than a quarter of those living near the wind farm said they had. Less than a tenth of those living further away had been prescribed sleeping pills.
According to the researchers, the study, in the journal Noise and Health, is the first to show clear relationships between wind farms and “important clinical indicators of health, including sleep quality, daytime sleepiness and mental health”.
Surely, environmentalists did not know that wind farms would harm human beings. They did not know that these monstrosities would produce an avian holocaust. They did not know that wind farms only work when the wind is up, and therefore do not produce very much energy.
Now they do know, and we will see whether their passion for renewable energy trumps their concern for the quality of human life.