Windfall For the Environment, Downfall For Health?
Imagine the low, constant lull of a clothes dryer tossing around a pair of tennis shoes.
Then, try to fathom the sound of a train going over a bridge, or a jet engine propeller slicing through the air.
Now, imagine a bumblebee stuck inside your ear.
These are the descriptions given by residents from New Zealand, Australia, and Great Britain, all living near wind farms. What is seen by many people as a solution to the world’s growing need for electricity has become, for these residents, a force so disruptive that they have had to uproot their lives to find relief.
One of those residents, Andreas Marciniak, lived in Waterloo, South Australia, until last year. In October 2010, the gas and electricity provider TruEnergy installed a 37-turbine wind farm on a ridge skirting his hometown . At the time, Marciniak says he was in favor of wind energy. “I was actually a firm believer that wind turbines were going to be a good idea,” he says. “We were all for wind power.”