Huh boy. Vermont’s anti-wind zealots appear to be establishing a Holy Place for their belief system of junk science and outright dogma. (Perhaps tax-free status as a religious organization is the next step.)
And where will this Medjugorje of the Muggles be created? Glad you asked.
The Therrien family property in Sheffield… will become a dedicated research hub to study the noise, vibrations and environmental impacts of 16 418-foot-tall nearby turbines known as Vermont Wind.
Ah, the Therriens, perennial poster family for the alleged hazards of wind. The anti-wind organization Energize Vermont bought their place at a tax sale, and now plans to use it as headquarters of the Vermont Center for Turbine Impact Studies — a name that seems to presage its findings. Because the overwhelming bulk of actual scientific inquiry has found little to no impact.
(Indeed, a massive study in Australia found a high correlation between reports of turbine-related sickness and protests over the construction of wind farms. Nearly two-thirds of all wind farms in the country had never received a single report of ill effects, while a handful of facilities that had attracted opposition was also responsible for the vast majority of health complaints. The conclusion: “wind turbine syndrome” is a “disease” spread by word of mouth.)
Energize Vermont’s Mark Whitworth explains why his group is setting up a “research center” in an abandoned house out in the boonies.
“The Therrien family abandoned their home, and we want to start to figure out why,” he said. “What are the conditions that those turbines created that could cause a family to take the extreme step of abandoning their home and property?”
Good question, Mark. Here’s another for your Center to ponder: Why the hell hasn’t anyone else followed in their footsteps?
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Vermonters who live closer to wind farms than did the Therriens. Why are they the only ones to flee?
When I make my frequent drives to visit family in Michigan, I pass dozens and dozens of turbines on the plaints of northern New York and southwest Ontario, all of them very close to farms and family homes. I haven’t seen any evidence of massive out-migration.
That’s the real question that’d be explored by the V.C.T.I.S. — that is, if it were an actual scientific organization instead of a propaganda outfit.
I’m assuming the V.C.T.I.S. will be the new home base for Ben Luce’s taxpayer-funded sound monitoring gear, if and when he manages to scare up the matching funds needed to activate the state grant. And, if Whitworth and Luce have their way, it will become a new wellspring for faux-science and fearmongering.
Maybe there’ll even be a gift shop. I can see the T-shirt now: an outline of a group of people running away as a wind turbine hovers nearby, shooting invisible rays at their backs.