Some anti-wind campaigners from NSW have been circulating famous Australian paintings with turbines super imposed – presumably to highlight the perceived visual impacts of turbines.
It does beg the question of impact – given that we need to get energy from somewhere, what would we prefer: an open cut coal mine or a turbine?
It also highlights, yet again, the fact that anti-wind and Landscape ‘Guardian’ groups are almost always missing in action when there is an open cut mine, CSG operation, or other serious environmental threat to a region.
6 thoughts on “What’s worse: an open cut or a turbine?”
Well colour me surprised! Not a single comment of concern from those teeth gnashing, wailing landscape guardians about the damage done courtesy of coal mines and CSG.
I’m still waiting to hear the Guardians rail against the hundreds of thousands of high tension power pylons that march across the landscape and the TV transmission towers that ‘adorn’ the tops of some of our most impressive mountains and ridges.
That’s dumb. The Yarra River at Heidelberg, looking towards Doncaster. Looks a little different now.
The Landscape Guardians are not set up to protect the landscape. They are set up to protect entrenched power and the preferences of old rural money. They have had plenty of help from conservative State governments in Victoria and NSW. See http://duggyvans.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/wind-farms-waubra-foundation-and-post.html http://duggyvans.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/lies-deceit-landscape-guardians-and.html http://duggyvans.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/climate-crimes.html http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/environment/the-ugly-landscape-of-the-guardians/
“Still glides the Morwell River and shall forever glide”(after it floods the open cut and get pumped without any sort of filtration straight into the Latrobe River and into the Gippsland Lakes)
Landscape Guardians: No need to alter this picture:
I do agree the turbines are a visual distraction, Couldnt we think outside the square and disguise them as electrical transmission towers, Mc Donalds signs, mutant palm trees in the tropics or even intercontental ballistic missies.
Sure would be more interesting than looking at industrial estates and chemical plants.
As for coal mines they have a lovely one in Gippsland that is in the process of turning its self into a terrific lake. If we leave it alone in a couple of years and the fish may even start to breed.