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President Trump said wind turbines cause cancer, Gov. Reynolds said it’s ‘not my place’ to disagree with Trump

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Wind turbines in Iowa. — photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

During a televised speech to the National Republican Congressional Committee, President Donald Trump made the bizarre and unfounded claim that sounds made by wind turbines cause cancer. Multiple news organizations asked the White House what evidence on which the president was relying, but the Trump administration has so far not responded.

It’s possible that Trump was referencing a decades-old fringe belief that low-frequency sounds can cause cancer and other fatal diseases. But there’s been no evidence to support those claims since they were first made in the 1960s.

“If wind turbines were harmful to nearby residents, entire cities and small nations would be stricken across much of Europe, where we see the highest density. Copenhagen is surrounded by turbines but my Danish colleagues are not seeing queues of sick people,” Simon Chapman, emeritus professor in the School Public Health at the University of Sydney, told The Atlantic in 2017.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds was asked about Trump’s comments. As Radio Iowa reported, Reynolds began by saying she was proud of Iowa’s leadership on wind energy, before refusing to criticize, or even disagree with, Trump.

“You know how those things change. One year coffee’s good for you. The next year coffee causes cancer, I mean, that’s what happens,” Reynolds said.

A reporter then asked: “Can you just say he’s wrong?”

Reynolds replied: “That’s not my place.”

Also on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley addressed Trump’s comment during a conference call with reporters. He called Trump’s claim “idiotic.”


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