To the Editor:
As a public health professional for over three decades, I was dismayed by Sen. Tom Brewer’s op-ed “Wind Energy is not ‘Nebraska nice.’” What is really not nice is spreading false and misleading information.
Despite the scare tactics used in Sen. Brewer’s column, hundreds of thousands of people around the world live near wind farms, without adverse health effects. A long list of medical and other health professionals and organizations have written report after report about the importance of creating a new energy paradigm moving from fossil fuel dependency to clean energy - like wind energy. The Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change and Health is comprised of associations representing approximately 500,000 clinical practitioners. They advocate for decreasing the use of fossil fuels and increasing the use of clean energy sources that will “improve the quality of our air and water and bring immediate health benefits.” The American Public Health Association (APHA) national conference theme for 2017 is “Climate Changes Health.” APHA supports the Clean Power Plan that promotes the switch from dirty fuels to clean and renewable energy.
As an elected official, Sen. Brewer should avoid using unsupported accusations. Real-world evidence proves that wind energy is safer than fossil fuel energy. Let’s not shut down an important economic driver for Nebraska that is beneficial to our health.
David E. Corbin, Ph.D.
Emeritus professor, health education and public health, UNO