Trump Spreads Another Conspiracy Theory, Claiming Windmill Noise Causes Cancer
The United States has long sought to cut its dependence on oil and gas by finding renewable resources. One energy resource that’s experienced popularity in other countries is wind power.
While there are positives and negatives to every renewable resource, wind power particularly sticks in the craw of the president. Last week, he mocked the solution, saying, “sometimes the wind doesn’t blow.” Last night, he doubled down on his attack, claiming windmills lower home values and cause cancer.
Trump told the crowd at the NRCC dinner, “Hillary wanted to put up wind. Wind. If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer”
The idea that wind turbine noise causes cancer is a popular conspiracy theory. The science behind the theory, however, has been completely debunked.
While studies have shown that wind turbines do affect property value, it’s nowhere close to the 75% Trump claims. This study from appraiser, Michael McCann, estimates the depreciation at 25-40%.
Despite the president’s disapproval, wind power is on the rise in the United States. According to the Energy Information Association, “wind power is on track to surpass hydropower as the country’s largest source of renewable energy by 2019.”