Dis­be­lief over claims in wind farm ar­ti­cle

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I read with dis­be­lief your full page ar­ti­cle about plans for ex­pan­sion of wind farms in the west of Scot­land.

It is not ac­cept­able to use shock­ing lan­guage claim­ing wind farms can cause ‘chronic neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems, epilepsy and sui­cide’ with­out back­ing these claims up with sound sci­en­tific ev­i­dence. ‘ Ac­cord­ing to Chris­tine and oth­ers’ will not do. We know well by the end of the ar­ti­cle who Chris­tine is, her history, her likes and dis­likes. Who are the ‘oth­ers’?

Your ar­ti­cle has caused out­rage on Face­book and Twit­ter - not be­cause Chris­tine is against wind power - that is her right - and, in­deed, her view is stun­ning, but be­cause it is bla­tantly bi­ased and de­signed to en­gen­der fear. A quick skim on the in­ter­net will present you, Chris­tine and oth­ers with lots of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that con­tra­dicts al­most ev­ery claim made in this ar­ti­cle,

but if I may die or be­come neu­ro­log­i­cally im­paired by the wind tur­bines that have been erected near me, I want to be prop­erly in­formed. It is clearly a mat­ter of life and death. I look for­ward to a fur­ther ar­ti­cle ex­trap­o­lat­ing the the­o­ries posited in this one.

Jen­nifer Baker, Lag­gan, Lis­more.

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