Library from Australia
Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay. ...With new senators to take their seats on July 7, the bills are expected to be passed.
Australian Federal Senator John Madigan delivers a powerful speech on the floor of the Senate regarding the wind industry and its attempts to silence him.
Windfarm owners say the head of Tony Abbott's renewable energy review recently told them they were foolish to “build a whole business model on government largesse”, raising fears he will recommend a severe winding back of the renewable energy target.
Electrician Chris Gabler bought his plot 12 months ago and said he had no idea the area was part of EPYC's Jupiter project area. "I had no idea and we wouldn’t have bought it if I had known there was going to be a wind farm right next to me,” he said.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney will determine the fate of a controversial wind farm proposed on the far north's Atherton Tableland.
The Piper Alderman firm says the council has an obligation to take action after it received 20 official complaints from residents about noise coming from AGL’s 140-turbine wind farm last year.
This report describes the results of full spectrum acoustic monitoring conducted at a number of homes located between 2 km out to nearly 10km from the Waterloo Wind Energy facility. This monitoring was independent of the that conducted by the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (SA EPA) and was requested by Mrs Mary Morris and other concerned residents in the Waterloo district. The monitoring occurred during the period of the South Australian EPA Acoustic Survey, conducted in mid 2013. The conclusions of the monitoring are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
The Piper Alderman firm says the council has an obligation to take action after it received 20 official complaints from residents about noise coming from AGL’s 140-turbine wind farm last year. The council has begun investigating the nuisance complaints under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act
The renewable energy target is subsidising technologies that are already widely used around the world and is at odds with the Abbott government’s crackdown on corporate welfare, according to Queensland’s biggest electricity generator.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies into production and deployment, including funding world-leading solar research, is set to be scrapped, a cut of A$1.3 billion.
Noise levels from wind farms should be monitored by the state’s top environmental watchdog, a Western Victorian MP says.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has attacked wind farms as “utterly offensive and “a blight on the landscape” in the latest sign that the Abbott government intends to cut back on renewable energy.
A victorian construction union has been banned from leaving cars or equipment near entrances to a $400 million wind farm after a costly industrial battle reignited.
In this radio interview, the host, Alan Jones, discusses the high costs and impacts of wind energy development in Australia. To listen to the interview, click the link at the bottom of this page.
Mauri Johansson, MD, a specialist in Community and Occupational Medicine (including Environmental Medicine) in Denmark, sent this open letter to the heads of the Australian Medical Association in response to the AMA's recent position paper on industrial-scale wind energy where it claimed that "Individuals residing in the vicinity of wind farms who do experience adverse health or well-being, may do so as a consequence of their heightened anxiety or negative perceptions regarding wind farm developments in their area."
Dr. Bruce Rapley filed this response letter with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) objecting to the AMA's position on wind turbine noise that the "available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes adverse health effects on populations residing in their vicinity." The concluding paragraphs of the letter are posted below. The full letter can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
Senator John Madigan has attacked the country’s peak medical body for dismissing claims about health effects from wind farm turbines, questioning whether the position is politically motivated. The Australian Medical Association last week released its first official comments on the controversial subject, declaring existing evidence did not show infrasound from the turbines’ action caused adverse health effects.
The O'Farrell government on Wednesday removed the "critical infrastructure" status for wind farms created by the former Labor government, restoring the community's rights to appeal against decisions made by the independent Planning Assessment Commission. "We changed Labor's rotten laws in 2011 ensuring major projects like wind farms would be considered in an open and transparent process," Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said.
Dr. Gary Hopkins, a practicing physician in Australia, issued this letter to the President of the Australian Medical Association where he takes the AMA to task over its recent position statement claiming that "available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes adverse health effects on populations residing in their vicinity."