Ottawa’s wind-farm study a case of suspiciously political science
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 16 2012, 7:30 PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Jul. 16 2012, 5:59 PM EDT
The Harper government is not known for fostering a strong relationship between science and public policy. Last week, scientists and researchers held a protest in Ottawa against cuts to hundreds of jobs and the closure of facilities like an Arctic atmospheric research laboratory that helps monitor the ozone layer and a facility to study the effects of water pollution. So it is peculiar, then, that the government has now commissioned a study on the health effects of living close to wind turbines – a decision that seems to have more to do with politics than with policy.
There are many valid concerns about the aggressive wind-energy strategy currently being implemented in Ontario, which is the impetus for the study. Among them are the costs to ratepayers, the aesthetic effects on rural landscapes and environmental impacts such as those on migrating birds. A body of research, including a report by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, already suggests that health impacts are marginal to non-existent. Claims of headaches, vertigo, tinnitus and other symptoms seem mostly to be manifestations of (perhaps understandable) anger about the placement of wind turbines without the consent of those living nearby................http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commenta ... le4420848/
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