Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Great article at the NY Times today, a side “benefit” to wind power, it’s loud.

But judging by a lot of the comments at the end of the article, don’t expect much sympathy
from the enlightened readership. The word “moron” comes to mind, but using that term
would be an intolerable insult to the less mentally endowed.

The story is set on an island off the coast of Maine, and I believe 3 giant turbines were
installed, which happen to be next door to the folks doing the complaining. Evidently there
is a low frequency “swoosh” and other extremely irritating sounds to be heard at all times,
but have their greatest effect around two o’clock in the morning, when most people would
be dead to the world.

Judging by the article, when the project was pitched to the saps, I mean island residents,
sound wasn’t a part of the sales pitch. My guess is like any other sales situation, the key
would be to focus everyone’s attention on the great benefits, and steer the conversation
away from the niggling details. That’s Selling 101, right out of the handbook. It’s worked
for thousands of years and will continue to work long into the future, as California’s deserts
are about to find out.

In this case, the folks closest to the intruder are staying up at night, hell they can’t sleep anyway due to the racket, and are monitoring the noise levels with sophisticated gear, and
their results have been backed up by the bureaucrats. Of course, big wind doesn’t agree
but has promised to abide by the final decision and results.

A personal observation, this is a low frequency hum and swoosh, which would probably be
similar to what I experienced a few years ago when I lived in a mobile home park. A new neighbor moved in behind me and had this need to turn on his big bass stereo system at
0200 when the bars closed and he returned home. He didn’t think it was that loud, but that
low frequency bass creeps up from the floor, through your bed, then your pillow, and right
into your skull. It’s maddening. I understand what these folks are complaining about.

You can read all about this here. You can also watch a video which includes the neighbor
out at night recording the racket here.

Check it out, it’s well worth a visit.


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