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PM Abbott’s wind energy rhetoric out of step with medical experts

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has strayed beyond his area of expertise by lending weight to unsubstantiated claims wind energy is linked to adverse health impacts. This morning, Prime Minister told radio host Alan Jones he finds wind farms “visually disturbing” and believes … Continue reading PM Abbott’s wind energy rhetoric out of step with medical experts

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Aust Psychological Society: No evidence that wind farms affect health

At the turn of the decade, the anti-wind lobby escalated its campaign of exaggeration, cherry-picking, and scare tactics. The orchestrated scare campaign surrounding the alleged health impacts of wind energy created confusion among communities, and in some cases divided them. … Continue reading Aust Psychological Society: No evidence that wind farms affect health

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Voices from Regional Vic: NHMRC report supports no evidence claim

At the turn of the decade, the anti-wind lobby escalated its campaign of exaggeration, cherry-picking, and scare tactics. Just five years later, community members from regional Victoria are saying enough is enough. A recent letter to the editor by Sandra Hawkins … Continue reading Voices from Regional Vic: NHMRC report supports no evidence claim

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Voices from Regional Vic: Madigan perpetuating wind farm scare campaign

At the turn of the decade, the anti-wind lobby escalated its campaign of exaggeration, cherry-picking, and scare tactics. Just five years later, community members from regional Victoria are saying enough is enough. Ballarat local Sandra Hawkins calls out Senator John … Continue reading Voices from Regional Vic: Madigan perpetuating wind farm scare campaign

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Wind Inquiry: Family First senator’s wind energy rhetoric out of step with medical experts

Family First Senator Bob Day has strayed beyond his area of expertise by lending weight to unsubstantiated claims wind energy is linked to adverse health impacts. Senator Bob Day, who is on the senate select committee on wind turbines, has asked … Continue reading Wind Inquiry: Family First senator’s wind energy rhetoric out of step with medical experts

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Voices of the Valley: Wind much healthier than polluting coal

Just a week after the Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines held its first public hearing in Portland, Victoria, an important point of view has emerged in The Weekly Times‘ letters to the editor column. Latrobe Valley resident Wendy Farmer, who has first-hand … Continue reading Voices of the Valley: Wind much healthier than polluting coal

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Latrobe Valley resident slams wind technology’s detractors and dirty coal

Victoria's Hazlewood coalmine fire.
Victoria’s Hazlewood coalmine fire.

Two weeks ago Senator John Madigan (Democratic Labor Party) confounded the chamber by likening the renewable energy sector’s citation of leading Australian and international research on the safety of proximity to wind farms to the Tobacco industries’ manipulation of the medical establishment in the early twentieth century.

The invocation of the spectre of such insidious corporate intent, however, has failed to weaken the growing strength of the argument in support of wind farms while at the same time demonstrating the intensifying desperation of the anti-wind fringe.

Latrobe Valley resident and convener of the Latrobe Valley Sustainability Group, Danny Caffrey, wrote Senator Madigan in response to his claims. Mr Caffrey has shared this letter with Yes 2 Renewables in order to highlight the ridiculousness of any such comparison to wind energy technology, particulary when that of the more pollutant and unsafe, i.e. coal, continues largely unchallenged. Continue reading “Latrobe Valley resident slams wind technology’s detractors and dirty coal”

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Pollie Watch: Liberal MP sides with anti-wind fringe

For anyone who has been following the anti-wind farm lobby and their attempts to discredit the wind power sector over the years, this most recent offering might seem like their most desperate yet. Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Liberal MP sides with anti-wind fringe”

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Which are the dangerous technologies?

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Image: Australian Conservation Foundation

Yes 2 Renewables’ South Australian correspondent David Clarke:

Wind farms and solar power are replacing fossil fuel burning power stations. And electric vehicles powered by renewable energy could replace fossil fuel powered vehicles.

Wind turbines have been blamed for making people sick but both the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) and the AMA (Australian Medical Association) have recently made public statements that there is no evidence to support this claim. And, let’s face it, what could possibly be coming from wind turbines to cause illness? They are, after all, basically quite simple, although sophisticated, machines.

What about the other side of the coin? If we don’t replace fossil fuels with renewables how many deaths and illnesses can we expect from ‘business as usual’ with fossil fuels? A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that “Air pollution has become the world’s single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around 7 million – or nearly one in eight deaths – in 2012”. The WHO ascribed nearly half of these deaths to ambient air pollution (the other half were down to indoor pollution, from smoking, stoves, etc). Most of the world’s ambient air pollution comes from coal burning and vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

If we build more wind farms and solar power installations we can not only help reduce this health burden, but, at the same time, reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change and ocean acidification.

Continue reading “Which are the dangerous technologies?”