Macfarlane: on the road to Damascus?

STT has always had its suspicions about Ian Macfarlane.  Is he a Green in Wolf’s clothing?  Is he “featherbedding” for a career after politics?  Why is it that he seems hesitant to really sink the boots into an industry so ridden with corruption and pure corporate evil that even pure stink smells good by comparison?


What are you looking at?  Even I smell better than the wind industry.

A concerted effort by STT fans might just bring Macfarlane back to the land of common sense, decency and fairness. If his past utterances are anything to go by, Ian at least knows where to find the road to Damascus.

With the National Rally just around the corner, there may even be a chance of a full “conversion”.  And when Ian finally sees the light, STT will be the first to announce his complete redemption.


One of our operatives went to the archives and dug up this epistle from the greentard blog “reneweconomy” which reported (with some horror, we might add) on a speech Ian gave last July to the wind industry and its fellow parasitic travelers.  STT is impressed with Ian’s grip on the fact that wind power is simply unreliable and ridiculously expensive. Well, OK, not THAT impressed – after all, it’s a “no brainer” – anyone with a pulse gets it.

Macfarlane: There needs to be more to renewables than wind and solar
By Giles Parkinson on 26 July 2012

Ian Macfarlane, the Coalition energy spokesman and likely future Energy Minister, today told the Australian clean energy industry that it needed to look beyond wind and solar as renewable energy sources, because they were unreliable and too expensive.

Instead, he said, Australia needed to give more emphasis to emerging technologies such as wave energy – and specifically cited wave energy technologies that are being developed by Carnegie Wave Energy.

“It’s time to show that there is more than wind and solar,” he told the Clean Energy Week conference. “The future of renewable energy in Australia needs to be more diverse.”

Macfarlane said the Coalition would continue to give bipartisan support to the 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target, but refused to commit to retaining the fixed target of 41,000GWh – saying he would be guided by the conclusions of a review by the Climate Change Authority.  He said while the Coalition supported the RET, it wanted to see evidence that the development is done in a cost-effective way and to the nation’s interests.

He also repeated the Opposition’s intent to repeal the carbon tax – “no ifs, no buts” – and to close down the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) which, ironically, is designed to help bring forward alternatives to wind energy. He described it as a fund that uses “taxpayers money to buy shares in green energy projects that the private sector will not support.”

Macfarlane said both wind energy and solar PV technologies were in danger of losing community support, if they hadn’t already.

He pointed to the cost of renewables as imposing a cost on households of around $130/year, which he described as “unbearable” burden on households.  (Most of this cost came from large-scale renewables, the rest from small-scale.  This is out of total bills of around $2,500, more than half of which are made up of network costs).

He expected wind energy would remain the dominant source of renewable energy under the RET, but said there was “significant community anxiety and resentment in regard to wind turbines.”  While not all of that resentment was based on science, he noted, it did need to be addressed.

He said solar PV had taken off, but only due to poorly designed political quick fixes with tariffs imposed by populist (read Labor) state governments.  He said these unsustainable schemes were shifting enormous costs on households that do not have solar.

Instead, he said, Australia should focus on areas of natural advantage, such as wave energy and solar hot water.  He said he would like to see geothermal be successful, but was becoming “impatient” with its lack of success.

Well, Ian, what are you waiting for?  If wind power was an expensive sop to the Greens a year ago (when we were still talking about a seemingly never ending mining boom and there was still supposed to be something in the Commonwealth tank) what is it now?  With an economy about to hit the skids, and at a time when Swanny tells us the Federal coffers are already empty?

Go on Ian, put them out of their misery.  You wouldn’t leave a dog that had been run over to die a slow and agonizing death?  Why leave the wind scammers suffering any longer?  Let ’em know that the RET and the REC are finished.

dog injured

I was “top dog” at Infigen, back in 2012.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Old Ranga from Victoria says:

    If the Greens get desperate, they could always hand out free Whoopee Cushions for use at appropriate public events. Mightn’t actually emit much CO2, but they’d certainly be making the appropriate noises. Renewable, too, if you give ’em a few minutes.

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