- Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’
The frequency and repetitive nature of these symptoms should not be ignored, but we must carefully weigh their origins. The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) is among those doing serious research into the potential health effects of Wind Turbine Syndrome. Hopefully, these researchers are turning to history as an indicator of what, more broadly, might be happening here.
There is a strong argument to be made that Wind Turbine Syndrome isn’t a product of wind turbines themselves, but rather, the physical manifestation of anxiety caused by the presence of wind turbines. This makes total sense. There are countless examples of people who have severe physiological responses caused by the presence of external factors, but not by those factors themselves. There’s a word for this phenomenon – phobia.
The renewable energy train has left the station; the winds of change are upon us. It makes more sense to put up a sail than it does to turn our backs.