The discussion over the wind energy inquiry continues with those in the community pitching their opinions over the political dilemma. These two opinion letters appear in stark contrast to the federal government’s attitude to a viable industry.
No evidence of harm, The Canberra Times:
The Prime Minister is obviously set on having inquiry after inquiry into the alleged health effects of wind-farm turbines until he finds someone, somewhere willing to tell him want he wants to hear.
Never mind that not one science or medical-based inquiry in the world has found any evidence of the health effects alleged by opponents.
As with the most important issue in the world today, cutting or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions to limit the extent to which we are changing our climate and accelerating global sea level rises, the government seems to be under the delusion that wishing will make it so.
In 2013, I stood beside a huge wind turbine supplying electricity to the main port and town on the Orkney Islands, off Scotland’s north-east coast.
I suffered no ill-effects.
I marvelled that the people of Orkney generate much of their electricity from wind turbines, despite their proximity to the North Sea oil and gasfields.
Rod Olsen, Flynn
Local doctors and WTS:
My home is in Crystal Brook where the local medical practice happens to be the nearest to the 27-turbine Clements Gap Wind Farm. I visited one of the local doctors today. She is relatively new to Crystal Brook, has been here for only four months. It was the first time I had consulted her and I asked if anyone had complained to her about being made ill by the wind turbines.
Less than 15km separates the town from the turbines, and Sarah Laurie (who was for a short while a GP at the same medical practice) is also a local. Sarah has for years been busy telling the world that turbines can harm people even from a distance of 15km, and there are quite a few who live much closer to the turbines than the town itself, some within a kilometre or so. You’d think, even in the knowledge that wind turbines don’t really make people ill, at least a few people in the vicinity might believe that their health had been affected and complain to the local doctors.
The astute reader is probably foreseeing what is coming. The doctor had not had anyone complain about being made ill by the turbines. Some readers might quite reasonably ask: “Yes, but she was new to the town, what about the other doctors?”
She was the sixth doctor in the Crystal Brook medical practice who I have asked over the years. Not one of them reported any medical complaints relating to the wind farm!
Regards, Dave Clarke
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