In many public discussions about wind turbines and the nuisance they create there seems to be a variant of Godwin’s law: the longer the discussion goes on, the closer to 1.0 the odds on someone mentioning living next to a coal plant. From Nova Scotia there was this item [backup link] about the Frasers, who are having tremendous problems with seven wind turbines built too close to their house. No new news about that, but what interested me was that they also lived not just next to the turbines, but also next to the existing coal plant. They’d been happily living next to the coal plant for some years, even built their house there after that plant was there. But the wind turbines proved too much.
I know this is just one data point, but here’s some actual evidence that one family would rather live by a coal plant than by wind turbines.