Pollie Watch: Sen Madigan’s attack on medical association baseless

Anti-wind crusader Senator John Madigan has attacked the Australian Medical Association for releasing a public statement on wind energy. Senator Madigan told The Australian that the AMA’s statement on wind energy was “politically motivated.” Yes 2 Renewables responded to Senator Madigan’s claims in a … Continue reading Pollie Watch: Sen Madigan’s attack on medical association baseless

Pollie Watch: More hot air from Sen Madigan

This post was featured at Renew Economy, Australia’s leading source for energy news and analysis. Victorian Senator John Madigan (Democratic Labor Party) has alleged that Australia’s wind power generation sector is responsible for a health cover-up comparable to those perpetrated … Continue reading Pollie Watch: More hot air from Sen Madigan

Medical association gives wind energy clean bill of health

718384-doctorAustralia’s peak body for doctors and medical professionals has given wind energy a clean bill of health.

The Australian Medical Association has released a Position Statement outlining their view that there is no evidence wind farms harm human health. 

AMA Vice President and Chair of the AMA Public Health Committee, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said the available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that wind farms cause adverse health effects.  Continue reading “Medical association gives wind energy clean bill of health”

A war of words over wind in Australia

Illness Prime minister Tony Abbott says wind farms must monitor real-time turbine noise, despite numerous studies showing no ill-effect on health
Illness Prime minister Tony Abbott says wind farms must monitor real-time turbine noise, despite numerous studies showing no ill-effect on health

Originally posted at Wind Power Monthly. View the original post here

Two years ago, in an article for right-wing political magazine The Spectator Australia, Newman said of wind turbines: “They fail on all counts. They are grossly inefficient, extremely expensive, socially inequitable, a danger to human health, environmentally harmful, divisive for communities, a blot on the landscape, and don’t even achieve the purpose for which they were designed, namely the reliable generation of electricity and the reduction of CO2 emissions.” It is fair to say that he has not modified his views since.

None of which would matter all that much, except that Newman is the hand-picked chief business adviser to Australia’s recently elected prime minister, Tony Abbott. If his advice is heeded, and all the indications are that Abbott is largely in agreement, then Australia’s wind-power industry is facing a difficult and uncertain future.

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Black is white in anti-wind battle

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Originally posted at Climate Spectator. View original post here

While a fire in Victoria’s Hazelwood coal mine dumps assorted known carcinogens upon Morwell residents, the National Health and Medical Research Council finally released draft findings from its review of evidence on the possible health effects of wind farms.

A press release from the NHMRC states:

“The draft Information Paper provides a summary of the available scientific evidence. Based on the evidence, the paper concludes that ‘there is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms directly cause adverse health effects in humans’.”

That’s pretty much what the NHMRC found back in 2010 and it’s what other government health authorities have also found.

However, it appears that this saga will go through at least one further round of investigation.

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Crikey editorial calls for Coalition to stop “pandering” to anti-wind lobby

Crikey-306x190Crikey news have strongly endorsed the findings of the NHMRC’s recent review on wind energy and health. The online news paper calls on Coalition to stop ‘pandering’ to radical anti-wind farm fringe groups.

Here’s the editorial:

It’s time for politicians, particularly in the Coalition at both the state and federal level, to stop pandering to the nonsense and conspiracy theories of the anti-wind farm lobby. The health effects alleged to be caused by wind farms belong in the same category as chemtrails, the fluoridation conspiracy and anti-vaccination claims: they’re the preserve of tinfoil-wearers, cranks and vested interests.

The National Health and Medical Research Council yesterday release a draft report showing — yet again — the lack of any credible evidence for health problems linked to wind turbines.

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Study finds no evidence wind turbines make you sick – again

Originally posted at The Conversation. View original here.  There is no reliable or consistent evidence that proximity to wind farms or wind farm noise directly causes health effects. That’s the finding of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) … Continue reading Study finds no evidence wind turbines make you sick – again

Review finds wind energy is clean, safe: Political implications of NHMRC review

nhmrc_logoThe National Health and Medical Research Council has released its long-awaited review into wind farms and health. 

The NHMRC review shows, once again, that wind farms are clean and safe. 

The review finds no conclusive evidence linking wind farms to ill health affects. The Systematic review of the human health effects of wind farms states:

In summary, the systematic review indicated that there was no consistent evidence that noise from wind turbines, whether estimated in models or using distance as a proxy, is associated with self-reported human health effects. (p.17)

The evidence considered does not support the conclusion that wind turbines have direct adverse effects on human health, as the criteria for causation have not been fulfilled. Indirect effects of wind farms on human health through sleep disturbance, reduced sleep quality, quality of life and perhaps annoyance are possible. Bias and confounding could, however, be possible explanations for the reported associations upon which this conclusion is based. (p.18)

The findings are consistent with previous research, so should be no surprise to anyone.

Implications for the Abbott government:

The NHMRC review, the twentieth by a credible health body, was released just weeks after the Abbott government confirmed it would undertake its own study on wind energy and health. 

Yet further investigations at the behest of the Prime Minister will add fuel to fire of the anti-wind farm campaign. Now that the science is in, it’s time to for politicians to show leadership, accept the result and move on.  Continue reading “Review finds wind energy is clean, safe: Political implications of NHMRC review”

Wallies against wind turbines

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 … Continue reading Wallies against wind turbines

PollieWatch: Has Premier Napthine lost faith in the Health Dept?

In late January, the Abbott government was questioned about its forthcoming investigation into the alleged health impacts of wind farms. The Sydney Morning Herald report on the subject revealed that Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine will chip in $100,000 to fund the investigation. … Continue reading PollieWatch: Has Premier Napthine lost faith in the Health Dept?