Opinion: Wind turbine syndrome is complete quackery, says Massena man
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 9:00 am

To the Editor:

In response to “Research Wind Turbine Syndrome Before Too Late,” which appeared in the May 3-9 issue of North Country This Week: I must completely disagree.

The reason why wind developers don't bring up the phenomenon is because it's complete quackery. It should be noted that the claims in the book of question ("Wind Turbine Syndrome"), have not been corroborated by any professional science journal or organization.

In fact, Dr. Nina Pierpont is the only notable activist who has come out in belief of the phenomenon. This should immediately be a red flag to everyone. Saying turbines cause 'wind turbine syndrome' is as scientifically proven as saying you can locate any object with a dowsing rod or saying you know the Apocalypse is coming precisely on October 12, 2027.

It saddens me to see local groups come out against wind turbines being built when the evidence says we would be smart to invest in green energy up in the North Country.

It doesn't help that at least one of these anti-wind groups have been found to be a front for the fossil fuel industry and I wouldn't be surprised if one of these locals one were.

This brings about another piece of food for thought. The North Country desperately needs jobs. Wouldn't you want these wind turbine projects to create said jobs? This is what the politicians and citizens keep saying but then it baffles me why when opportunity comes knocking, they promptly show it the door.

Last week, concerned citizens held a March for Science in our nation's capital. It seems the North Country is letting these concerned citizens down by turning away science and promoting quackery, pseudoscience and other non-provable concepts. Where has the drive for imagination gone? Where has thinking and reasoning gone? Where has rationality gone? It's being eroded and we're doing nothing to stop it.

We need to promote more rational thinking, and promote further scientific endeavors to educate the public.

Lastly, let 'Big Wind' know that I'd be the first to let them build a wind turbine in my backyard and I'll be proud to know that I'm helping America progress into the future.

Jon Ralston