Letter To Senator Hirono- Turbines Impact on Children

Let’s Talk Turbines!


Hi Senator Hirono,
You probably donʻt remember me but I will always remember your kindness. I wrote to you in 2008 and told you how I was one of very few LDS Democrats in Laie (Iʻm in Kahuku now, thereʻs a few more of us. haha), and I asked for a ticket to President Obamaʻs first Inauguration. You gave one to me and that day, with those speeches and performances, turned out to be a powerful life changing experience for me. Thank you, again.
Iʻm writing to ask for your help once again. Kahukuʻs children are at serious risk with the potential installation of more wind turbines. The research is clear and I wondered if you would take a moment to read the facts below and call me about this issue. Iʻm so very concerned and I believe that if Governor Abercrombie really knew the risks, he would not be supportive of this additional project. Below are just a few facts about the risks of having wind turbines in our community:

*40% of children who have Autism are hypersensitive to low-frequency noise produced by wind turbines. This “noise” will negatively affect children with autism, ADAD, those who are vulnerable to seizures, and other children and adults who have low tolerance to low frequency noise. (Steigler and Davis 2010).

*Stansfeld and Matheson (2003) note, “It is likely that children represent a group which is particularly vulnerable to the non-auditory (low frequency noise from wind turbines) health effects of noise … In view of the fact that children are still developing both physically and cognitively, there is a possible risk that exposure to an environmental stressor such as noise may have irreversible negative consequences for this group.”

The College of Family Physicians of Canada published an article on adverse health effects of wind energy facilities on May 2013. In the words of behavioral pediatrician Dr. Chrystella Calvert, from Dundas,Ontario, concerning children with developmental and mental health problems,
“noxious stimuli or unexpected, or unnatural stimuli, are a source of environmental stress that affect the human brain and mounts a physiological response to restabilize.”

I would like an injunction to stop current work on the additional wind turbines in Kahuku. The Nevada State Supreme Court put a stop to construction citing similar reasons stated above. I believe Hawaii can too. Please let me know if youʻd like a more detailed fact sheet including property values (drops 28%), solar saturation, environmental and cultural impacts, and impact on health in general. We also just started a facebook group called, “Mothers Against Industrial Turbines in Kahuku,” if you would like more information. Thank you for all the work you do, Senator. I hope to hear from you soon.
Best Wishes and Aloha,
Elizabeth J. Rago-Ka`ili

Wind Turbines, American Bird Conservancy, and the Nene

Wind Turbines, American Bird Conservancy, and the Nene

From: 🙂
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 4:11 AM
To: Michael Hutchins
National Coordinator, Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign
American Bird Conservancy

Subject: The Endangered Nene Bird Endemic to Hawaii

Aloha Michael,

My name is 🙂. My husband, 🙂 🙂, and I are one of many home owners here on Oahu’s North Shore who are fighting against wind turbine development by Chaplin, LLC aka “Na Pua Makani” (pandering to Hawaiians by using indigenous language).

About a month ago, I wrote Kevin Emmerich of Basin and Range Watch and he immediately responded with his support and some other ideas. He also referred us to you.

As Iʻm sure you know, there are several issues that will adversely effect our small community including the breeding of Hawaii’s endangered state bird, the Nene; which after 300 hundred years just nested here on Oahu about a mile from the site the wind turbines are being built.

These are beautiful birds and we are so humbled as a community that after 3 centuries, they chose to nest right here on the North Shore.

However, the Governor has taken campaign monies from the turbine company and word in the community is that two of our community association board members are being promised jobs as directors of the “booster club” if they can rally the support of the community for the wind turbines.

The community overwhelmingly is against turbines.

You should know a couple of things:

First, First Wind already has 12 turbines in Kahuku, HI (the rural town on the north shore where we live. Also, the town on where the Nene now lives!). We can actually see about 8 of these turbines from our kitchen window.

Second, the list of birds that have been killed by these turbines includes culturally significant birds and animals such as Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose), ʻUaʻu (Hawaiian Petrel), ʻIwa (Great Frigate Bird) and ʻŌpeʻapeʻa (Hawaiian Hoary Bat).

Hereʻs a list.

There are two facebook pages that you might be interested in: Makani Pono O Kahuku and Mothers Against More Turbines in Kahuku.

We know that you folks have filed a law suit against the federal government (thank you!) and weʻre wondering if there is any way you folks might have time to include us as plaintiffs. Either as a group or individuals.

If that is not possible, we are asking for your help in any way you can.

My phone number is: blah blah. The Husband’s is: blah blah blah. Feel free to call us about anything.

We appreciate the work you folks are doing and hope to hear from you soon.
The latest picture of the new Nene family!