NIMBYs Battle Windmills Like Quixote
This Wired article
points out a couple of organizations, Save Upstate New York
and the Concerned Citizens of Steuben County, that are waging a campaign against energy-generating wind turbines, as though someone was trying to build a nuclear power plant in their backyards. These groups are comprised of property owners worried that the wind turbines will bring down their property values and mar the scenery of rural New York. The Wired piece points out, in this campaign, they've cited the following health concerns in opposition to the turbines:
Group members also warned of health problems ranging from strokes caused by the sunlight as it pulsates through the spinning turbine blades to mange in cattle. Others claimed that women living near the wind farms are having as many as five menstrual cycles a month.
While I can see the dangers of turbines physically falling over, the hurting someone, I don't take these other health concerns seriously (5 periods a month??!!). As for their aesthetic worries, one of my favorite sights on childhood drives were the windmills near the Altamont pass
. Plus, in California the windmills give us the added aesthetic pleasure of cleaner air, since they generate 1.5% of the state's electricty (see link in preceding sentence for reference), thus, decreasing smog.
In another universe
, ToastyKen links to this other wacky Wired article
regarding wind farms in the sky, oh my!