Gallery: Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induc...


Claims of illnesses related to the presence of wind farms have spread throughout Australia lately like a bad high school rumor. While many believe they are experiencing a real sickness, a report by Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney has found that victims may be suffering more from a psychological illusion than a true physical malady. The study found evidence that areas targeted by anti-wind farm groups and propaganda were far more likely to express symptoms.

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  1. Alec Sevins June 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Nice spin propaganda. You simply ignore all the complaints or pigeonhole them as climate deniers. You people (I won’t call you environmentalists) are so obsessed with wind turbines that you can’t accept the inconvenient truth of their massive presence on the landscape. Their visceral impact alone in formerly quiet, scenic areas is obviously going to affect a lot of people and animals. They needn’t be the source of mystery illnesses to cause a lot of trouble. Lack of sleep alone is bad enough. Deal with the obvious.

    It baffles me that putting gigantic towers all over the countryside is considered environmentally benign, merely because they don’t pollute (after they’re installed, that is). Each blade and tower section requires an epic truck trip, plus the access roads, plus the cement pads, etc. Face reality! These are nothing less than skyscrapers in the countryside. Putting them on existing farmland is better than mountaintop destruction, but they are still aggravating and faux green at best.

  2. camackenzie November 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Nocebo effect. If you believe a pill is harming you, you get sick. If you believe a witch is hexing you, you get sick. And, if you believe the windmill creates bad vibrations…

  3. ronwagn March 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Good to see some serious study on this. I would like more partidulars regarding how close they should be, and just how annoying they can be. Annoyance can affect the enjoyment of life, property values etc. Some people also consider wind farms and solar panels to be serious visual blight. I do not. Does anyone have polls on that and NIMBY opinions?

  4. donrolando March 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    i fing it interesting that wind mills do not slow down when they put energy into the grid…

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