Greens Senator for Victoria, Richard Di Natale, has thrown his weight behind the wind power sector, publishing a short video of support while visiting the Yambuk wind farm near Warnambool. Appearing in front of whirling wind turbines, Senator Di Natale praises wind farms as a source of ‘clean, green power… unlike coal and coal seam gas.’
Senator Di Natale has previously condemned the claims made by anti-wind farm campaign groups that link wind farms to health issues. For those who are still concerned by such claims, Senator Di Natale, a doctor and medical health specialist, had the following offering:
‘The science is absolutely clear: there’s no connection whatsoever between wind power and poor health. In fact, quite the opposite. If you produce clean green electricity… you don’t have those nasty emissions that come from coal-fired power stations and that come from coal mining.’
Political leadership is sorely needed on wind energy. The notion of a wind farm noise disease has been debunked time and time again, yet anti-wind farm campaigners refuse to accept this finding. Their fear campaign puts jobs, investment and income for landholders (and neighbours) in regional Australia at risk. It’s time for more political leaders of Di Natale’s ilk to stand up for wind farms and the benefits they can deliver.