Wind Industry Claims about “Peer-Reviewed” Health Research Exonerating Turbines a Tissue of Lies

The wind industry, its parasites and spruikers – and shills like the NHMRC – keep banging on about the existence of a great body of “peer-reviewed” health research said to prove that wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound has absolutely no effect on the health of the victims, who have the misfortune of living next door.

STT is happy to direct their attention to 21 peer reviewed and published articles which say entirely the opposite (see our post here) – a solid body of research, if ever there was one, but which the NHMRC treats as “inconsistent evidence”.

That’s if its merry band of wind industry barrackers (see our post here and this Sydney Morning Herald article here) didn’t simply reject it because it was provided “too late” – as it did in the case of Steven Cooper’s groundbreaking study at Cape Bridgewater (see our post here); and extremely high quality, peer-reviewed and published scientific research carried out by the University of Adelaide at Waterloo in South Australia (see our posts here and here).

The “research” routinely trotted out by the wind industry and its parasites involves little more than wind industry backed literature reviews of, you guessed it, other literature reviews carried out by wind industry backed “researchers”.

Although, the NHMRC even has trouble at the library. God knows how it missed a decade’s worth of research carried out by NASA during the 1980s that proved the sensations experienced by wind farm neighbours were the direct result of low-frequency noise and infrasound  (see our posts here and here and here) but it did, and, even now that it’s been brought to its attention, the NHMRC still chooses to ignore it (see our post here).

girl in library

Tracey returned to the NHMRC later in the day, with nothing to report.


But, as we pointed out in this post, the wind industry and its advocates, like the NHMRC, have NO interest in carrying out proper research or advancing science. For the NHMRC’s Bruce Armstrong setting out to prove his argument that there are no adverse heath effects caused by wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound is just too “difficult”.

Then, of course, there’s the general approach taken by the wind industry, of either covering up the facts or making them up as it goes along.

In this little story from Maryland in the US, Ryan Taylor, an associate professor of biology and bioacoustics at Salisbury University, decided to call a wind power outfit’s bluff, when its manager claimed that he was sitting on “more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific studies that dispel health concerns related to turbines.”

The truth, as is usually the case when it’s coming from the wind industry, turns out to be just a little different.

Peer-reviewed literature supports anti-wind sentiment
Ryan Taylor
11 February 2015

OPINION: Wind developers, local governments ignore health hazards, put profits before people.

In a recent WBOC newscast, Paul Harris, development manager for Pioneer Green’s Somerset County wind farm project, said there are “more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific studies that dispel health concerns related to turbines.”

I asked Harris to provide a list of these publications, which he did. Upon inspection, however, the list included only seven peer-reviewed literature reviews, none of which were experimental studies. Most of the list consisted of non peer-reviewed reports, some written by paid consultants for the wind industry.

Peer-reviewed experimental studies are important because they are the gold standard for scientific knowledge. As scientists conduct studies, they gather evidence, interpret the results and write a paper that is submitted for publication in a scientific journal.

Prior to publication, the journal sends the paper to anonymous reviewers who are experts on the topic. The expert reviewers are asked to provide a critique of the paper to ensure it meets rigorous scientific standards.

If the paper does not stand up to such scrutiny, it is not published. This process ensures the data provide the best information available and are as unbiased possible.

Contrary to Harris’s claims that industrial wind turbines pose no health risks, a quick literature search turned up more than 30 peer-reviewed studies showing negative health impacts from wind-turbine noise. Specifically, these studies include multiple human experiments demonstrating that industrial wind turbine-type noise affects human ear function and interferes with sleep.

The fact that communities continue to sue wind developers and utilities on the grounds that their quality of life and health has been compromised further reflects this reality.

Sadly, wind developers and local governments continue to ignore known health hazards and put profits before citizens.

Ryan Taylor of Westover is an associate professor of biology and bioacoustics at Salisbury University.


More peer-reviewed proof for the wind industry and its shills to ignore.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Keith Staff says:

    It is worthwhile to remind all Politicians of the speech retired
    Federal M.P Alby Schulz made In Parliament so long ago, he said, “Wind Power is the greatest economic fraud Australia has ever seen.”

    Time for many in the circus on the hill to stand up and be counted.

  2. This strange lack of human concern extends elsewhere, and is interestingly expressed by those “comrades” who self-appointed themselves as champions of the poor, discriminated etc etc. A recent example is found here: a NSW Parliamentary enquiry concerns itself with the long term human impacts of the Coonabarabran bushfires – the Greens seem more fussed about propaganda on climate change:

  3. Another example of weird attitudes is found here: the NSW Government is concerned over the impacts the Coonabarabran fires had on residents. In contrast the Greens seems more concerned that climate change is factored into the report…

  4. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    The NHMRC and others seem to be exhibiting a problem.
    Truth becomes a lie which in turn becomes truth!
    Could this be an example of the way being so close to the propelling force of the wind turbine industry can cause some to turn summersaults?

  5. Because the NHMRC are in bed with the corrupt windweasel grubs they don’t want to go out and do any research and will not do any field research at wind farms. They know that they will find evidence that will upset their cosy relationship, and they will have to leave the windweasel grub beds, Oh! what a relationship.

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