On the Radio: Iowans don’t connect wind turbines to health issues

A wind farm in Iowa (4Neus / Flickr)
A wind farm in Iowa (4Neus / Flickr)
January 5, 2015

This week’s On the Radio segment looks at a study on Iowans’ perceptions of health issues related to wind turbines. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: Iowans reject wind energy health issues

A bi-partisan poll about energy issues found respondents from Iowa were least likely to think that wind turbines create health problems.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

An August poll published by Midwest Energy News interviewed people in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin and found that 14 percent of the nearly 2,500 respondents agreed that wind turbines were causing health problems in their state such as noise pollution and the “flicker effect.” Only 7 percent of Iowans agreed that wind turbines are harmful to public health. Iowa leads the county in proportion of wind energy generated with more than 3,000 turbines across the state.

The poll also found that more than 85 percent supported increased use of solar and wind energy. Support for renewable energy and energy efficiency was consistent across a variety of demographic groups.

For more information about the poll and Iowa wind energy, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.


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