Library from Australia
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."
Dr. Jay Tibbetts, a practicing physician, member of the Brown County Board of Health and Medical Adviser to the Brown County Health Department responds to the Australian Medical Association's position on wind power and the impacts on human health.
Senator John Madigan delivered this powerful speech on the floor of the Australian Federal Senate. In this speech, he details how one of Australia’s best known power companies, AGL, attempted to influence country doctors in their treatment of residents living near Macarthur wind farm.
The commission ignored the guidelines’ provision that turbines should not be located within two kilometres of homes in its approval for the 42-turbine project planned for Blayney, south of Orange. “The Commission notes that NSW has not finalised its draft guidelines from 2011 and understands that the draft did not prohibit turbines being constructed within two kilometres of a dwelling,” the PAC said.
Mrs Schneider said “proper research” needed to be done by independent experts without bias or by people on both sides of the debate working together. She said it should be up to governments to pay for the research. “If the governments are going to put poor planning policies in place ... they should be paying for the research,” she said.
Investment in regional Australia from new wind energy projects is uncertain after the government announced that the panel to review the Renewable Energy Target (RET) will be made up primarily of big business representatives.
The State Department of Planning and Infrastructure says wind turbines at the Gullen Range wind farm are not being built to plan. Many of the 73 turbines have been built at locations up to 187 metres away from those originally planned and authorised.
The company behind a 73-turbine wind farm currently under construction at Gullen Range near Crookwell has been rebuked by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for building turbines in unauthorised locations and as far as 187 metres away from the approved sites.
The NSW Government has asked the proponents of the Gullen Range Wind Farm to stop work on key turbines after an investigation by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure found “serious” breaches of its approval. Many of the 73 turbines have been constructed in different locations to what was originally approved.
A deal has at last been reached between Moyne Shire and AGL Australia over roads damaged from construction of the Macarthur wind farm. AGL has confirmed this week it has come to “a verbal agreement” on a settlement for roads torn up in the making of the $1 billion development.
Given that many poor people rent houses, or cannot afford to install solar panels and the like, they effectively subsidise the wealthier people who can. ...there has been no mechanism to help poor people meet the higher cost of electricity as a result of the RET. Apologists for the RET will make the claim that the extent to which the RET has contributed to higher electricity prices is small - 3-5 per cent. This claim is contentious. It should be noted that the estimate only covers the cost of complying with the RET and does not include the change to wholesale electricity prices.
NHMRC chief executive Warwick Anderson said work so far showed only seven studies worldwide were reliable enough to draw conclusions. "It's clear that further high quality research is needed, particularly exploring some of those health-related effects," he said. "At that stage we will consider calling for specific research to attack these particular gaps in knowledge."
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia has recommended a multidisciplinary research effort to determine the impact of industrial scale wind turbines on human health. The attached documents detail the NHMRC's review of current literature on the topic and its draft recommendations for further quality research to address the concerns that some people have raised. The NHMRC is asking Australia's best researchers to address the gaps in the evidence.
This is a story about the wind industry and turbine manufacturer, Vestas and the global campaign to counter dissent about the adverse impacts caused by their product to an often ignored minority of people living in rural communities worldwide.
"Look, the Renewable Energy Target is - it's corporate welfare on a massive scale directed towards the renewable sector. I don't know why anyone would have any level of sympathy for businesses that - they don't employ many people, that they don't export anything and they've surreptitiously imposed these massive costs on energy consumers for the sake of lining their own profits."