Noisy Chips, Noisy Wind

by Greg Pollowitz

Yesterday I wrote, while poking fun at the noisy biodegradable SunChips bag, “If Americans can’t tolerate a noisy bag of tasty treats, does Al Gore and Co. really think we’ll tolerate a gazillion wind turbines dotting the countryside?”

Here’s the answer in today’s NY Times:

Noisy Wind Turbines Attract Complaints

VINALHAVEN, Me. – Like nearly all of the residents on this island in Penobscot Bay, Art Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated the arrival of three giant wind turbines late last year. That was before they were turned on.

“In the first 10 minutes, our jaws dropped to the ground,” Mr. Lindgren said. “Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.”

Now, the Lindgrens, along with a dozen or so neighbors living less than a mile from the $15 million wind facility here, say the industrial whoosh-and-whoop of the 123-foot blades is making life in this otherwise tranquil corner of the island unbearable.

They are among a small but growing number of families and homeowners across the country who say they have learned the hard way that wind power – a clean alternative to electricity from fossil fuels – is not without emissions of its own.

A new form of NIMBY: No Noise In My Backyard

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