Late last year, Senator John Madigan dispatched staffers to South Gippsland to stir up the community about the Bald Hills wind farm. Yes 2 Renewables responded to the visit, pointing out that claims of ‘excessive wind farm noise’ are speculative given the project haven’t even commenced construction.
Yes 2 Renewables aren’t the only people responding to anti-wind farm activism in the region. South Gippsland local Bernie McComb had the following to say about claims wind turbines cause ill health:
Some people may be persuaded that “there must be something to it”, when mainstream Rupert Murdoch type news pretends there’s a debate, with the very few noisy people, who organise protests against wind farms. Probably lost behind his other more crazy announcements this week, Tony Abbott is asking about another investigation by NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council).
Previously NHMRC has conducted 19 such investigations. From their own on site investigation and checking all peer reviewed research from around the world, they’ve never found any health problem link between people and wind farms. It’s only when, cult groups like Waubra Foundation and Landscape Guardians suddenly appear, here, there and everywhere that, even in communities where wind farms have been operating for years, without any complaint, suddenly the odd bystander reports symptoms which can neither be validated nor cured by modern medicine.
An interesting quote attributed to Unites States President JFK: “it’s not the lie that’s the enemy of truth… it’s the myth…allowing the comfort of opinion…without the effort of thought.”
Minister Ian Macfarlane recently expressed his opinion that wind farms are the only technology ready enough to install in time, to meet international treaty commitments, for emission reductions. It’ s time to lead, preferably not in all directions at once.