Did you know that wind turbines in Holland emit low-frequency radio waves over a distance of five kilometres capable of killing humans by destroying their intestines and that this is why they have moved all turbines offshore? No? Well perhaps you should read "Les bruits de l'éolien," a book produced by French energy agency ADEME, which examines some of the more common rumours, lies and misconceptions surrounding wind energy and sets out to dispel them. If you were to believe the rumour mill, turbines provoke miscarriages, interfere with pacemakers, cause sterility, bring on epileptic fits and render children sickly, possibly even retarded. In warmer climes, the spinning blades attract sharks and can whip up a cyclone. Farmers should take note that downwind of a turbine their crops will be flattened by turbulence and earth worms will flee in terror. More serious still, in France, their ducks will stop producing foie gras. Conspiracy theorists will be glad to hear that governments can listen in to our mobile phone conversations thanks to turbines. But still we build them. So much so, say people, that they are slowing down the spin of the earth.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol