State Senator Frank Lasee ( R-Flatulence) seems determined to break wind. Wind power, that is.
Last October Lasee sought a moratorium on new construction of wind turbines until the Public Service Commission received a report from the Department of Health Services on the possible health effects of wind farms. To date there is no evidence to suggest that wind turbines cause so-called ” Wind Turbine Syndrome”, though researchers have conceded that the noise of a turbine can be an annoyance . Of course, so can freeway traffic, airports, railroad yards, barking dogs, late night parties, college frat houses and infant children, among myriad other things.
Now Lasee wants local communities to have authority to set their own requirements for siting wind turbines instead of adhering to a statewide standard. Lasee says he’s heard from several people claiming that wind turbines are causing them health problems. Just like Michelle Bachmann heard from a woman that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation in her daughter.