Since entering the Australian Senate in July 2011, lone Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan has emerged as a staunch opponent of wind farms. The Senator’s anti-wind farm position is articulated clearly in a short policy statement published on the DLP’s website.
Those of you who follow the wind energy debate closely will spot the whoppers a mile off. For those of you who are new to the debate, wind energy observer Mike Barnard has published a thorough debunking of Senator Madigan’s position at Renew Economy.
Barnard’s article addresses the claims listed below with forensic detail. But before you read on, I’d like to remind Victorian readers that you are one of Senator Madigan’s constituents. If you are troubled by the Senator’s position on wind energy, you are entitled to let his office know about it. The Office of Senator Madigan can be contacted in the following ways:
Ballarat Office: 17 Albert Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350. Phone: (03) 5331 2321.
Canberra Office: S1.24 Parliament House,Canberra 2600. Phone (02) 6277 3471.
Wind Reality 1: Wind is not heavily subsidized in Australia or the rest of the world
- The claim: The Democratic Labor Party (DLP) opposes this highly subsidised method of generating electricity
Wind Reality 2: Wind farms are financially viable and are reducing consumer electricity costs in Australia
- The claim: Senator John Madigan has questioned the viability … of these expensive, ugly machines
Wind Reality 3: Wind power improves the health of Australians, unlike coal energy
- The claim: Senator John Madigan has questioned … so-called reports that have been commissioned on the health effects of … of these … ugly machines. The DLP will push for the retention of our cheap, clean and efficient coal fired power stations.
Wind Reality 4: 100% of people polled agreed that wind farms are much more aesthetically pleasing than diseased lungs on a stainless steel tray
- The claim: Ugly blights on our landscape
Wind Reality 5: There are about 200,000 wind turbines operating today, and maybe a thousand inactive (and rapidly being replaced) world-wide
- The claim: California, which once boasted some 80% of the world’s wind generation and operated in some of the world’s best wind sites now has over 14,000 abandoned wind turbines scattered around there [sic] countryside. As Andrew Walden from “American Thinker” …
Wind Reality 6: Replace all fossil fuel generation with wind energy, save 70 million birds a year
- The claim: As Andrew Walden from “American Thinker” put it, they are “spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills.”
Wind Reality 7: Wind energy has been a tremendous success story in Europe and continues to provide clean, safe economical power there
- The claim: Germany has moved back to building new coal-fired power stations and Holland recently slashed their renewable subsidies there. European taxpayers have reportedly wasted over 285 Billion Euros on subsidising renewable energy and this alone should be a warning to our government and the taxpayers of Australia.