‘Giant wind farm fear for Penshurst’

A piece from the Warrnambool Standard. Once again, the Australian Environment Foundation has got involved in a wind farm issue, muddying the waters and making it unclear whether this is just about concerns of ‘visual amenity’ or if there is a deeper, anti environment agenda at play. “OPPONENTS of a huge new wind farm planned near Penshurst have clashed with developers at an open day aiming to shed more light on the project. Employees from RES Australia visited the south-west on Saturday armed with pamphlets on wind energy and a map showing the proposed location of up to 225 turbines. … Continue reading ‘Giant wind farm fear for Penshurst’

who are the Australian Environment Foundation?

Given the growing involvement of the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) in supporting ‘Landscape Guardian’ and other groups opposed to wind farm development, it is worth considering who is behind this group. The following information on the AEF is taken directly from the website SourceWatch (who describe themselves in the following way: “SourceWatch profiles the activities of front groups, PR spinners, industry-friendly experts, industry-funded organizations, and think tanks trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of corporations or government”.) The Australian Environment Foundation is a front group founded by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a conservative Melbourne-based think tank. The … Continue reading who are the Australian Environment Foundation?

Wind farm opposed by ‘Landscape Guardians’

The following is a report from regional paper the McIvor Times in Central North Victoria about opposition to the proposed Baynton wind farm near Tooborac. It is interesting to note that the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians have been supported by the Australian Environment Foundation. The AEF is, according to Wikipedia,  a “front group founded by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a conservative Melbourne-based think tank”. For details on the proposed wind farm (from the proponent Transfield Services) check here. Wind Farm Opposed November 3 2010 The first public meeting of the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians was held in the … Continue reading Wind farm opposed by ‘Landscape Guardians’

Climate deniers to protest against community wind farm

Friends of the Earth media release October 7, 2010 Climate deniers to protest against community wind farm The Australian Environment Foundation (founded by the Right wing Institute of Public Affairs) will join the Landscape Guardians to protest tomorrow morning against the ceremony to mark the commencement of the Hepburn community wind farm. “The vast majority of Australians know that climate change is real, and that we must take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse emissions” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. “Most people see renewable power as the energy source of the future. Wind in particular is a … Continue reading Climate deniers to protest against community wind farm