CanWEA insists wind energy is safe—moratorium would kill investment and jobs
By Anthony Capkun
July 20, 2012 – Calls for a moratorium on wind energy development pending results of a Health Canada study are not warranted, argues the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), saying the balance of scientific and medical evidence to date concludes that sound from wind turbines does not adversely impact human health.
“When discussing an issue as important as our energy future we must look at the facts. It is clear that the balance of research and experience to date—including hundreds of thousands of people living and working near wind turbines in 89 countries around the world—concludes that wind energy does not adversely impact human health,” said Chris Forrest, CanWEA’s VP of communications.
The association says an Oracle Research poll conducted this year finds 78% of Ontarians believe wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation.
“Wind energy is broadly understood to be one of the safest and most environmentally friendly forms of electricity generation around the world,” continued Forrest, adding that a moratorium would prevent thousands of individuals, landowners and dozens of municipalities and First Nations groups from participating in the clean energy economy.