Blustery conditions in South Australia and Victoria over the last few weeks have helped wind energy break records. Peter Hannam reported Australia’s wind farms generated 7.6 percent of electricity in the national grid–enough to power 2.3 million homes.
Given the proven ability of the technology, one wonders why the Liberal party has put forward several candidates this election who are opposed to wind energy.
One of which is the candidate for the seat of Hume, Angus Taylor, who has emerged as a staunch critic of wind energy and the national Renewable Energy Target–Australia’s most effective climate change policy. Mr Taylor even threw his weight behind a ‘wind power fraud’ rally organised by radical fringe groups at Parliament House in June.
Another is Sarah Henderson, who is running in Australia’s most marginal seat, Corangamite. Ms Henderson recently backed Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws at a community forum. According to Henderson wind farms are “dividing communities.”
Dividing communities?… I don’t think so.
Poll after poll shows Australians are united in support of wind farms. When will Tony Abbott act to ensure the views of Liberal party candidates align with mainstream opinion? With political leadership on wind energy, Australians can address climate change, drought-proof communities, and have lower power bills.