Lisa Linowes and the Disinformation of Industrial Wind Action Group
August 12, 2011 1 Comment
Lisa Linowes is the Founder and Executive Director of Industrial Wind Action Group, a group dedicated to “counteract misleading information” and provide “residents, as well as government officials, the information to make informed decisions” about wind energy projects.
However, the organization routinely promotes discredited problems and messengers instead of credible sources. On their website, the Industrial Wind Action Group links to articles and information from sources whose work is unscientific or has been linked to the fossil fuel industry – rather than objective sources that could help residents and government officials make informed decisions. According to our investigative research, the Industrial Wind Action Group continues to hype anti-wind rhetoric above reality.
Promotes Discredited “Problems”
|Wind energy installations cause “Wind Turbine Syndrome” by Nina Pierpont||Discredited by panel of scientists and medical professionals including a professor of audiology (Expert Panel Review, 2009)|
|Birds populations are disproportionately affected by wind turbines||Most construction including housing and skyscrapers impact bird populations. Wind’s impact on bird populations is much less than traditional energy sources, with coal being the largest risk to wildlife (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 2009)|
|The Shadow Flicker caused by spinning turbine blades are causing health problems||Expert panel for the National Academy of Sciences found shadow flicker to be harmless to humans (National Research Council, 2007)|
|Property Values decrease because of wind energy facilities||Wind energy facilities were found to have no evidence of widespread impacts on home property values (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009)|
“Experts” tied to the Fossil Fuel Industry
|Andrew P. Morriss
Not Fulfilling The Mission
The Industrial Wind Action Group states its mission is to “counteract misleading information” and to “provid[e] residents, as well as government officials, the information to make informed decisions.” Unfortunately, the sources routinely cited on www.windaction.org spread misleading information and promote fossil fuel talking points through purportedly neutral third party sources.