Your Tax Dollars At Work: the state of Vermont is offering $50,000 to a prominent anti-wind advocate to study the noise effects of wind turbines.
VPR had the details in a curiously understated article whose title, “State Funding for Research Into Turbine Noise Sets Stage for Vermont’s Next Wind Debate,” utterly fails to communicate the substance of the piece.
Which is this: in the late stages of this year’s legislative session, somebody slipped a $50,000 appropriation into the budget. The money goes to Lyndon State physics professor Ben Luce to buy sound-monitoring gear that he’ll use to study turbine-generated noise.
Fine so far. But Luce is a notorious critic of wind energy, having called ridgeline wind “a tragedy of inconceivable dimensions.” He sits on the board of Energize Vermont, a leading anti-wind organization.
And you say he’s going to be objective.
The Luce grant bears the fingerprints of Sen. John Rodgers, the pornstached leader of anti-wind forces in the Legsiature. When asked about the appropriateness of using taxpayer dollars to underwrite a biased advocate’s research, he responded:
“Well talk about the fox guarding the henhouse – who have we depended on so far?” Rodgers says. “We’ve depended on experts hired by the wind industry.”
Which is a big fat dirty stinkin’ lie, spelled L-I-E. Some research has been funded by wind interests, but it’s been carried out by academics with no ax to grind. And a lot of the research has had no direct connection to the industry.
And the scientific consensus is just as clear as it is for climate change: the noise effects of wind energy are somewhere between minimal and nonexistent.
But hey, I’m sure Professor Luce will come up with something. Maybe he’ll even thank you, the taxpayer, for your unwitting contribution to his “research.”