Tag Archives: junk science

Wind Crank Index: can you communicate?

There are many people who are mildly concerned about wind energy and nervous about wind farms going into their rural areas. That doesn’t make them wind cranks. It makes them concerned about change. It likely means that they have been exposed to wind cranks and the disinformation that wind cranks spread. But there are quite a few […]

Sheerwind Invelox: an informed look

Recently, several people have brought a published paper by Dr. Daryoush Allaei, inventor of the Invelox ducted wind generator, to my attention. Here’s the opening statement of the published paper to get a sense of why it might be worth questioning: A new concept in wind power harnessing is described which significantly outperforms traditional wind turbines […]

How communities end up divided over wind energy

In general, wind energy proposals were started by wind developers and firms who saw clearly that there was massive social license for wind farms in every survey and poll ever done. They typically underestimated the NIMBY factor, as well as other factors. As such, they came into communities expecting much higher on-the-ground and active support than they actually received.  […]

Vertical axis wind turbines aren’t replacing horizontal axis offshore turbines

Over the past few months, an interesting wrinkle on the vertical-axis-wind-turbines-are-better mythology has surfaced: that they are superior offshore and that many countries are investing heavily in offshore VAWTs. Over the course of several discussions, numerous named countries and companies were thrown at me, always without links or documents proving assertions. A little digging found […]

Anti-wind Experts: a species that is actually endangered by wind energy

Over the past five years, a few anti-wind campaigners with credentials or experience unrelated to wind energy and its purported effects on humans have attempted to bootstrap themselves into the role of expert witnesses on a variety of subjects that they are not qualified to speak about in civil suits, Environmental Review Tribunals in Canada […]

Ex-pharmacist Krogh repeats attempt to deceive Canadian doctors

Last year, three people with irrelevant credentials but seats on the Advisory Group of an anti-wind campaigning organization managed to bootstrap extremely weak papers and material into a Commentary in Canadian Family Physician claiming that family doctors would see health problems near wind farms. It was deeply slanted, cited extraordinarily weak evidence as if it […]

CBC’s Wind Rush documentary should be given the bum’s rush

What if I made a documentary about people suffering? What if several people talked about their horrific symptoms? What if five experts agreed that they had a real concern? What if video evidence was shown making the problem obvious? What if the only people saying that there wasn’t a problem were the people making money […]

Assessment of Quality of References from Wind Victims Ontario site

I was asked to provide an assessment of the quality of evidence referenced on the Wind Victims Ontario site. Summary: In general, they have chosen a collection of material of very low evidentiary value and reliability that has for the most part not been published in indexed, impact-factor assessed and quality journals. Those papers which […]

Ontario Tribunal dismisses health scares and health scarers

On the 23rd of December, 2013, the latest delaying challenge to building out clean, safe wind power in Ontario was thrown out by an Environmental Review Tribunal. The full decision, in all of it’s 127-page glory, can be read in full here: Bovaird v. Director, Ministry of the Environment. For your convenience, however, here are the highlights. […]

Windstrument: another off-key wind energy ‘innovation’

On Quora recently, someone asked “Windstrument – yet another revolutionary wind turbine. Have they got it right?“. I answered, there and have reposted my answer here. I have a set of 13 questions I always ask when confronted with yet-another-wind-energy-innovation to give it a quick sniff test. I asked these questions of the Windstrument based on publicly […]

Pseudoscience debate tactics: a VAD case study

In a rare occurrence, an anti-wind pseudoscientist engaged in a public debate with someone who wasn’t already convinced that wind turbines cause horrible diseases and actually knew what the evidence really said. The argumentative tricks that pseudoscientists use to try to win such debates were on full display. This post details those tricks. First, a […]

VAD: Vibro Acoustic Disease or Venal Arrogant Distortion?

For several years, a Portuguese research group has been touting the horrors of something they termed “vibroacoustic disease” or VAD, claiming that this was a physiological affliction due to extended exposure to infrasound. In recent years, they’ve been making the claim that wind turbines can cause this affliction. What claims do they make about VAD? […]

Waubra Foundation not anti-wind? How funny is that?

Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation, gets quite indignant that people continue to call the Waubra Foundation an anti-wind organization. She said as much in an interview on a European radio interview: I should just say Bill we are frequently represented, I should say misrepresented in the media of being an anti-wind group and […]

Wind turbines are sonic weapons if feathers are speeding trucks

As each of anti-wind types’ arguments get shot down in flames, they usually resort to more and more outlandish claims. One of the most outlandish is that research on sonic or acoustic weapons is somehow pertinent to wind turbines and the health impacts that people claim that they cause. Read this for the basics on […]

Windfall: a seriously flawed US documentary on wind energy

Windfall is a 2010 documentary by Laura Israel about her perspective on a wind farm being proposed, built and operating in her small upstate New York town. It’s still worth debunking it, as even though it’s been out for a while it continues to bubble up as a talking point. How does it stand up? […]

W.H.O. has seen the wind! Well, not really

One of the B-movie monsters of wind energy that hasn’t lurched out of the woodshed recently, the splitting maul still stuck in its thick skull, is the favoured meme that somehow the World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed that wind energy causes health issues and has issued proclamations against it, or favours extraordinary setbacks. The […]

How should you assess the quality of a wind health study?

Every day or so headlines pop up in various parts of the world claiming that research has shown that wind turbines cause health impacts, or wind turbines don’t cause health problems or that someone has proven something or other negative or positive about wind energy. How can you figure out which ones to trust relatively […]

Good and bad bets: new wind technologies rated

How do specific new wind energy innovations and products stack up? This post looks at eighteen technologies and companies that have been in the press or otherwise crossed my desk recently and assesses whether they are good bets or not. For context, one of the technologies with the most red flags is getting the most press. […]

When medical practitioners mislead: trio targets family doctors with bad information

Three Canadians — two with current and historical medical credentials — have  jointly written a commentary in Canadian Family Physician (CFP), a peer-reviewed medical journal which is the official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. They warn of negative health impacts from wind energy that family physicians should watch for near wind generation […]

Invest carefully; wind energy ‘innovations’ are rarely kosher

Wind energy is a big business world-wide, with billions of dollars flowing around at various levels. And as in any large and growing market, a wide variety of people are attracted to it.  Most are solid, competent professionals. Some are superstars.  A slightly larger percentage than in other fields are engaged in part because it’s […]

Medical ethics violations by anti-wind lobbyists such as Sarah Laurie receiving attention

There are at least three former and current medical professionals who are leveraging their no-longer-active or irrelevant medical credentials to lend weight to their campaigns against wind energy and performing research without oversight. Medical ethics watchdogs are starting to take note. Perhaps the most prominent is Nina Pierpont, a paediatrician who advertised via anti-wind groups looking […]

Seven things you must know about the Waubra Foundation and Sarah Laurie

The Waubra Foundation, Sarah Laurie and Peter Mitchell promote themselves as an independent and neutral agency in discussions of wind energy. They present to wind generation siting review boards, government inquires and communities eager for information about wind proposals world wide. Ms. Laurie attempts to gain expert witness status in court cases related to wind energy, […]

Not just NIMBYs: understanding anti-wind energy campaigners

NIMBY is a nice crisp acronym, but it is completely inadequate as a categorization of the various people fighting against broader penetration of renewables in energy grids world wide and their motivations. When mounting a campaign for increased renewables in a region, or when battling disinformation campaigns around proposed or existing wind farms, it’s useful […]

Open Letter: Wind Energy Fears and Waubra Foundation

This open letter was sent to Sarah Laurie, Chief Executive Officer of the Waubra Foundation, an anti-wind lobbying group on Monday March 25th, 2013. Several individuals, representatives of news organizations and news organization email addresses were copied (list at bottom).This form of direct advocacy is available to those reading this blog.  Please feel free to […]

Have ten minutes? Write a letter to your representative supporting wind power

Politicians are elected to represent us. But how do you help them know what you care about? One quick way is through a letter or email. Below you will find clear guidance and examples to enable you to quickly write a letter or email supporting wind power to your representative. Also consider these other options for making […]

Have one minute? Promote #windpower on Twitter

Twitter: it’s instantaneous, brief , reaches politicians, celebrities and your Aunt Doreen, and is often maddeningly wrong.  But who has time to go find the perfect data point to rebut the anti-wind myths that float around or provide the perfect credible argument in a discussion?  Or just bust out a cool, referenced fact because you […]

Have five minutes? Correct anti-wind myths in articles and comments

Have you read an article or comment thread online that contains anti-wind myths and disinformation but didn’t have the resources at your fingertips to counter the spin? This post is intended to let you create factual, solid, referenced comments debunking disinformation in five minutes or less in the areas of Health, Environment and Smart Grid. […]

Have five minutes? Write a Letter to the Editor supporting Wind Energy

Poll after poll is clear: the large majority of people, rural and urban, support wind energy in general and support wind energy near them.  But the small minority of people against wind energy are the ones who are being heard. With the guide and examples below, you should be able to have a good Letter to the […]

Wind farms co-exist with other land uses: debunking the myth of energy density

Wind farms sit lightly on the land, taking up at most 1-2% of the area they cover, leaving the rest  available for farming, hunting, snowmobiling, hiking, grazing or any number of other uses including tulip farming (see below). Yet anti-wind lobbyists and campaigners persist in making the claim that enormous swathes of land would be […]

Wind energy reduces green house gas emissions

Despite the reality that wind farms are one of the most environmentally benign forms of generation going and their displacement of fossil fuels, many anti-wind lobbyists and campaigners are spreading a myth that they don’t actually help with global warming. Sadly, James Lovelock who has done so much for the environment is among them in […]

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