Pollie Watch: Victorian Senator shines a light on dodgy anti-wind farm group

“So I could set myself up as the organisation to prevent Football Withdrawal Syndrome and apply for DGR status? And you would have no basis in which to reference whether that is an illness or not?”  – Senator Richard DiNatale … Continue reading Pollie Watch: Victorian Senator shines a light on dodgy anti-wind farm group

ABC Helps Fox Promote Wind Power Hypochondria

Published by MediaMatters.  View original article.

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Fox Nation is claiming that “Wind Turbines [are] Making Cape Codders Sick” based on an ABCNews.com article. But the story of a resident in that article illustrates that there is no demonstrated impact of wind turbines on health, while substantial evidence suggests that reported health effects are psychological rather than physical in origin.

ABC News’ article began with the story of a resident of Falmouth, Massachusetts, who lived near a wind turbine: “Sue Hobart, a bridal florist from Massachusetts, couldn’t understand why she suddenly developed headaches, ringing in her ears, insomnia and dizziness to the point of falling ‘flat on my face’ in the driveway.” However, in an online interview with an anti-wind activist, Hobart admitted that she had suffered from ringing in her ears for “quite a while,” but claimed it had gotten worse “since the turbines.” Hobart, who has compared living near a wind turbine to being in the “line of fire” in a “war zone,” attributed various other symptoms to “wind turbine syndrome” in that interview, saying she had “no appetite” in her home and was experiencing “just unrest — just not being able to settle down — not really feeling relaxed.”
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Women in Power: Swedish co-op creates a stake for women in wind industry

Published in Midwest Energy News. View original article.

Editor’s note: Dan Haugen is traveling in Scandinavia this month as part of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Climate Media Fellowship program.

FALKÖPING, SWEDEN—When Wanja Wallemyr learned a community wind project would be built a few kilometers from her family farm, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

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Unable to afford a share of a community wind farm, Wanja Wallemyr started a co-op for women only. (Photo by Dan Haugen / Midwest Energy News)

Only problem: she couldn’t afford the 1 million Swedish Krona (roughly $154,000) minimum investment on her own.

That was in 2007, just as the farmer and rural activist was also preparing to attend a regional conference on creating economic opportunities for women.

With both issues on her mind, she came up with a single solution: Wallemyr would start an all-women wind energy cooperative.

It turned into a two-week sprint. She had just 14 days to commit to joining the wind project or not. Starting with other women at the conference, Wallemyr found nine others to join her in forming Qvinnovindar.

In an industry whose leadership still skews heavily towards men, it’s very likely Qvinnovindar is the only company of its kind anywhere in the world.

Last week, the company received a regional cooperative of the year award, and it’s been nominated for a similar prize at the national level. Continue reading “Women in Power: Swedish co-op creates a stake for women in wind industry”