What’s worse: an open cut or a turbine?

Some anti-wind campaigners from NSW have been circulating famous Australian paintings with turbines super imposed – presumably to highlight the perceived visual impacts of turbines. It does beg the question of impact – given that we need to get energy from somewhere, what would we prefer: an open cut coal mine or a turbine? It also highlights, yet again, the fact that anti-wind and Landscape ‘Guardian’ groups are almost always missing in action when there is an open cut mine, CSG operation, or other serious environmental threat to a region. Continue reading What’s worse: an open cut or a turbine?

Let’s have a real discussion, not orchestrated rallies against wind farms

Last week’s anti-windfarm meeting at Penshurst made a minor stir in the news after renewable energy advocate Matt Wright, from Beyond Zero Emissions, was able to grab the floor of the meeting to briefly respond to the stacked anti-windfarm panel. … Continue reading Let’s have a real discussion, not orchestrated rallies against wind farms

where are the Landscape Guardians when you need them?

The following letter, from Russell Pearce, which was recently published in the Ararat Advertiser, asks a question we often ask ourselves… when there is a major threat to the environment, where are the so-called Landscape ‘Guardians’. As usual, no where to be found … Local climate action group, Ararat Greenhouse Action Group, have joined a call for a moratorium on new coal mining and unconventional gas extraction (including coal seam gas) in Victoria. There is little or no support from the Victorian population for further development of fossil fuel resources, with many being deeply concerned about the impact of such … Continue reading where are the Landscape Guardians when you need them?

NSW: wind supporters, speak up!

The opening for submissions on the NSW wind guidelines has brought out many supporters of wind to highlight some of the practical reasons why they think wind energy will benefit them and their community. Predictably, there are also numerous submissions … Continue reading NSW: wind supporters, speak up!

On the trail of the Landscape Guardians (a detective story)

Journalist Sandi Keane at Independent Australia has already published the most thorough exposure of the modus operandi of the anti-windfarm “Landscape Guardians” and their associated groups like the Waubra Foundation and Australian Environment Foundation. Today, Independent Australia has published her account of how she researched the group, reading a bit like a detective story – as good investigative journalism should. Here’s a sample: Exploring the Guardians’ history, their MO was to spring up spontaneously wherever a wind farm was planned. This is not unusual in itself, but in all my years working with community environment groups, we never achieved that … Continue reading On the trail of the Landscape Guardians (a detective story)

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Federal MP blasts anti-windfarm groups

John Murphy, federal ALP MP for the seat of Reid (inner-western Sydney)  made some extensive comments regarding the Landscape Guardians and other anti-windfarm groups in Federal Parliament on Wednesday 15 February. Independent Australia has republished his comments in full, here … Continue reading Federal MP blasts anti-windfarm groups

Time to stop listening to Front group’s junk science

media release 24 January 2012 Friends of the Earth Time to stop listening to Front group’s junk science Documents received under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to NSW Health cast doubt on the credentials of anti-wind farm campaigners who … Continue reading Time to stop listening to Front group’s junk science

Wind farms popular despite protests

Friends of the Earth’s Yes2Renewables campaign has welcomed today’s polling results that show rural residents remain overwhelmingly supportive of wind energy. The survey, commissioned by wind farm developer Pacific Hydro, polled residents in areas where wind farms had been built. … Continue reading Wind farms popular despite protests

Wind farm opponents ‘aided and abetted’ by climate sceptic groups

This article comes from the Sydney Morning Herald, journalists are Ben Cubby and Josephine Tovey. THE anti-wind farm movement that is gaining influence in the NSW Parliament is being ”aided and abetted” by climate sceptic groups and some mining figures. The cabinet debated new wind farm guidelines yesterday, with division over whether NSW should follow Victoria and order wind turbines to be set further back from houses. The Shooters and Fishers Party, which shares the balance of power in the upper house with the Christian Democrats, said yesterday it wanted a moratorium on new wind farms. Advertisement: Story continues below … Continue reading Wind farm opponents ‘aided and abetted’ by climate sceptic groups

‘Policy an ill wind that blows nobody any good’

This article, by Paddy Manning, appeared in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on November 5, 2011. Ted Baillieu’s draconian anti-wind laws render many promising energy projects impossible. TODAY more than 500 people are expected in Daylesford to celebrate the launch of Hepburn Wind, a community-owned wind farm generating more than enough power for the 2000 local homes. The twin turbines were commissioned a few months ago and the launch is the culmination of six years’ effort and a $13.5 million investment. No matter how sunny the weather, a cloud will hang over the launch: Premier Ted Baillieu’s draconian anti-wind … Continue reading ‘Policy an ill wind that blows nobody any good’