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My AWEA/CanWEA Expert Panel Critique

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) ganged together to produce this literature review of studies on health effects of wind turbines.  They  paid 7 “experts” (none of whom was an epidemiologist), one of whom was the same Dr. Colby who had previously staked out his position with the Chatham-Kent Health Study.  This study is also known as Colby (2009) since he was alphabetically first.

Like the earlier Colby work, this one never went into the field to see what was really going on.  It was published 3 days after the release of Dr. Pierpont’s Wind Turbine Syndrome and spent a great deal of ink disparaging her book.  It recognized that not much was known about some of the effects of wind turbines but then astonishingly recommended no further study.

My Critique of the AWEA/CanWEA Expert Panel

Dr. McCunney

Dr. Robert McCunney was one of the seven authors of the December 2009 AWEA/CanWEA Expert Panel Review on health, which I critiqued and more importantly the Society for Wind Vigilance critiqued.  Following the Review, McCunney has continued making appearances to different groups to present his opinions on the health issues of wind turbines, and has more recently appeared as an expert in hearings in Vermont.  He has solid credentials, MIT and all, but when you get past his predictably professional-sounding assertions, you end up discovering that either he didn’t do his homework or he is in the pocket of the wind industry.  I’ll let you decide. Continue reading Dr. McCunney