Max Rheese — February 16, 2014
On-line Opinion — Australia’s Journal of Social and Political Debate
This is a story about the wind industry and turbine manufacturer, Vestas and the global campaign to counter dissent about the adverse impacts caused by their product to an often ignored minority of people living in rural communities worldwide.
It is also about the useful idiots co-opted to help sell its message. A term used for those who are seen to unwittingly support an objectionable cause which they naïvely believe to be a force for good.
For a decade individuals and community groups have been calling for studies into the adverse health impacts of wind turbine noise both in Australia and overseas.
This relatively recent phenomenon coincides remarkably with the growth in size of wind turbines from 50m in height to over 150m, taller than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Noise from these massively larger…
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