Bollocks of the day: Wind farms cause sleep deprivation, migraines and hearing problems

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The right wing of the Tory party continues to protect our countryside by insisting it is spoiled by Georgian architecture and not by sublime skyscraper sized masses of steel, concrete, and fibreglass.

This desire is wholly understandable. We all know that anything that looks as if it was built after concrete became a widely used construction material can do nothing but despoil what is green and pleasant.

A typical example of this is Glenfinnan Viaduct:

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Concrete ruins landscapes and cities in that it makes them interesting, something the average right wing Tory back bencher will not have.

However, NIMBYism, aesthetic dullardism, and their corollaries, are rarely enough. One must seek social, political, preferably medical, reasons to oppose wind turbines or any other visually imposing piece of kit.

Brutalist architecture was not only ugly and a visual reflection of a brand of social democratic thought many would like to wipe out, it was also a cause of misery for the urban poor we may not want to help but would certainly do not want to be reminded of via imposing tower blocks.

And with wind farms we get the made up illness called “wind turbine syndrome”. The evidence for this syndrome is, well, there is none.

Of course this lack of evidence for a made up medical condition does not stop some anti-wind farm types from producing that evidence.

This week the Daily Mail reports that Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris, a prominent pusher of fruitcake claims about wind farms, has “presented Ministers with a report warning that sleep deprivation, migraines and hearing problems could be just some of the effects of living within a mile of a wind farm”.

Sleep deprivation, migraines and hearing problems. And these are just some of the effects. An admirable willingness to believe piffle. And what glorious theft from the nutty green playbook – for “wind turbine syndrome” read the long debunked claim that nuclear power plants cause all types of cancer to those living nearby.

But what could be the solution for this made up public health problem?

Could it be that there is a way of restricting the spread of wind turbines and of made up health conditions?

Well, there is. And I’ll give it to you free of charge: Triple windows.

Triple glazed windows will reduce the energy consumption of a house, thus reducing the need to build ghastly wind turbines to reduce carbon emissions. They will also reduce the noise coming from your neighbouring wind turbine from a medically trivial level to an even more medically trivial level.

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