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Wind turbines: annoying, sure, but probably not actually unhealthy

Photo: Vlasta JuricekCross-posted from Midwest Energy News. There's no denying that wind turbines make noise. A giant rotor blade the size of an aircraft wing swooshing through the air is going to make a noticeable sound, particularly in a quiet, rural setting. And it's an often-repeated claim of wind farm opponents that this noise can lead to a whole host of health issues, including headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Health fears, among other objections, have sometimes been cited by local governments as they establish large setbacks, moratoriums, or other restrictions on wind farm development. But a new study published …

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Could Nebraska stop Keystone XL?

Photo: Steve WhiteCross-posted from Midwest Energy News. Increasingly, the focus on the Keystone XL debate is shifting from Washington, D.C. to Lincoln, Neb. Despite the arrests of more than 1,000 protesters in front of the White House, and a letter from the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and others opposing the pipeline, a greater impact is likely to come from another group of constituents: Nebraska football fans. A story last week in the Lincoln Journal Star described fans at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium booing as a TransCanada-sponsored "Husker Pipeline" video played on the big screen. The outcry prompted University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic …

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