If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
EMILE ZOLA

Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age

Christopher Booker UK

"I have been following this (wind turbine) extraordinary story for ten years ever since, in 2002, I first began looking carefully at what really lay behind this deceptive obsession with the charms of wind power. It didn’t take me long, talking to experts and reading up on the technical facts, to see that the fashionable enthusiasm for wind energy was based on a colossal illusion. I first warned about what I called ‘the greatest mistake in our history’ in an article in the Mail almost ten years ago.
I described the claim that it would be the answer to all our future energy problems as a catastrophic failure of judgment. I feared that windpower was stupendously inefficient and ludicrously expensive and that by falling for the greatest energy hoax of our time, the Labour government could be consigning Britain to a very dark future. So unreliable are wind turbines — thanks to the wind’s constant vagaries — that they are one of the most inefficient means of producing electricity ever devised."


"The erection of a wind turbine creates apprehension in the general public, which makes the property less desirable and thus diminishes the prices of neighbouring property...” “Continuing scientific uncertainty over the adverse health consequences of wind turbines only serves to perpetuate the debilitating effect of wind turbines on property prices.”
Ben Lansink, Appraiser

Listen to internet radio with Wind Wise Radio on Blog Talk Radio

February 02, 2013

wind-watch.org

 

Local councils are bracing for a surge of residents who live near wind farms demanding recognition that their land value has dropped, after a Victorian regional council granted one resident a cut in rates.

The precedent set by South Gippsland Shire Council has also triggered concerns that council revenue could be hit if enough residents mount a challenge, despite contradictory evidence of whether wind farms reduce neighbouring land values.

Municipal Association of Victoria chief executive Rob Spence said the issue was likely to gain momentum as another factor for council decisions regarding wind farm development, along with noise levels and setback distance.

“I would have thought with one council doing this then other councils will come under pressure to do it,’’ he said.

“There is a feeling in a component of the community that it does devalue their property. We have got some councils who are very supportive of wind farms and we’ve got others who are very cautious about them.”

The South Gippsland council has agreed to cut rates by 32 per cent for a resident living adjacent to the Bald Hills Wind Farm project, which is yet to erect any of its 52 planned turbines.

On the other side of Victoria, Moyne Shire is also expecting complaints from locals as the nation’s biggest wind farm starts to come online at Macarthur, near Warrnambool.

Mayor Jim Doukas said councils would have to adapt to potentially reduced revenue streams.

Clean Energy Council policy director Russell Marsh said property values were dependent on many factors and some towns near wind farms were experiencing booms.