In recent weeks, with the wind industry copping it from all sides, the battle lines have been drawn, with politicians choosing sides. Although, not always the side one might expect. Old guard Labor men – like Gary Johns have rumbled the fraud:
The Wind Industry’s “Fossil-Fuel-Free” Fantasy Scotched
And the PM, Tony Abbott – as a Liberal should be – is no lover of “these things”; and, true to his Conservative roots, is on record as being keen to further R.E.D.U.C.E the staggering LRET subsidy paid to wind power outfits:
Australia’s PM – Tony Abbott – Out to STOP THESE THINGS
Among his team of Liberals and Nationals, there are plenty who get it; and who are quick to call out the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time – such as Craig Kelly, Keith Pitt, Angus Taylor, Matt Canavan and Chris Back:
STT Champions in Coalition Ranks – Craig Kelly & Keith Pitt – Turn on $46 Billion LRET Debacle
The Wind Industry’s Worst Nightmare – Angus Taylor – says: time to kill the LRET
Senator Matt Canavan: Australia’s RET Policy: “Robin Hood visits Bizarro World”
Chris Back meets Alan Jones & Graham Richardson on Sky News
However, lurking amongst Conservative ranks are a handful of characters, whose recent wailings about the inevitable demise of the wind industry, sound more like the kind of hysterics we’ve come to expect from the lunatics that front up for the Australian Greens.
Separating what comes out of Environment Minister, young Gregory Hunt’s office from the 100% renewable-rantings of Christine Milne or Bill Shorten’s 50% flight of fan-tasy – and their endless tirades about the wonders of wind power – is like trying to pick fly shit out of pepper while wearing boxing gloves:
Australian Wind Industry’s ‘Armageddon’: PM Chops Public Finance for Wind Power
Having a pair of wind industry plants as his advisers, doesn’t help Greg come to grips with the most expensive and pointless policy ever designed. And, barely visible Liberal back-bencher, Dan Tehan suffers from the same lack of common sense and knowledge of basic economics – ‘attributes’ that would qualify him perfectly for Greens pre-selection:
Disappointing Dan: Liberal MP becomes Wind Industry Spruiker
Adding to the list of “Greens” in Conservative clothing is Victorian ‘Liberal’, Sarah Henderson – who in the last few weeks has been out helping to salvage the great wind power fraud with a zeal that would make Christine Milne proud.
Greg Hunt, Dan Tehan and Sarah Henderson all seem to believe (and publicly claim) that the cost of the massive subsidies directed to wind power outfits under the LRET is magically picked up by fairies and pixies; and that the policy is a no-cost, family and business friendly vote winner. And these policy lightweights also seem to think that treating the honest, hard-working country people, who have to suffer these things, with high-handed contempt will earn them a badge of “green” honour. Contempt for power consumers of all shades is a given – hell, why not simply follow the Green power model and condemn your constituents to freezing or boiling in the dark:
Victoria’s Wind Rush sees 34,000 Households Chopped from the Power Grid
Casualties of South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle Mount: Thousands Can’t Afford Power
As STT followers are well aware, the mandatory Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) and the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) issued to wind power generators under it amount to a Federal Tax on all Australian power consumers. The value of the REC Tax is then transferred to wind power outfits – like Union Super Fund backed, Pacific Hydro. Under Greg Hunt’s current formula, the REC Tax/Subsidy will add $45 billion to power bills from hereon.
As a direct consequence of the Federal government’s LRET policy, Pac Hydro speared 29 of these things into the heart of the peaceful Victorian coastal community of Cape Bridgewater back in 2008: no LRET, no RECs, no wind farm – pure and simple.
Pac Hydro’s Cape Bridgewater wind farm does not – and will never – comply with the noise conditions of its planning permit. The Victorian government are well aware of that fact but – in a form of malign acquiescence – aid and abet the offender, by doing nothing.
Some time ago, Sonia Trist – one of Pac Hydro’s numerous Cape Bridgewater victims – decided her ability to sleep and be healthy was more important than staying in her beautiful seaside home. Sonia’s decision to vacate it was made for no other reason than to escape the incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound generated by Pac Hydro’s turbines – and the impact that noise has on her ability to sleep, to use and enjoy her (otherwise) perfectly comfortable home.
Here is Sonia talking a while back about the merciless nature of the noise generated by Pac Hydro’s non-compliant wind farm.
Now, Sonia has launched into ‘Silly’ Sarah Henderson for running a line that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – a Green/Labor renewables slush fund – should keep throwing $millions at losers like Pac Hydro – despite her own party’s direction to the contrary.
Subject: CEFC comment on ABC radio national Monday 27/07.
Sarah Henderson, I woke this morning to hear you speaking with Fran Kelly on ABC National Radio.Over the past 6/7 years, living closeby wind turbines, I have learned to listen intently, on hearing mention of renewable energy. In particular wind energy, and matters concerning proposals, commissioning, operations and machinations of this careless industry.
Many people I know listen for any item of news which might bring a ray of hope to our domestic circumstances, living and working as we do, in the all pervasive shadow of the wind industry.
My personal definition of closeby is 620 metres from the kitchen area of my home at Cape Bridgewater.
A very old cypress tree on my fence line, partially shields me, visually, from the revolutions of Pacific Hydro’s number three turbine. Further to the right of the tree I can see five 110m high turbines, each under a kilometre from the kitchen window. 29 wind generators in total, constitute Pacific Hydro’s Cape Bridgewater energy facility. All visible on the approach to my home.
Proximity, and the sanctioning of this proximity, is culpable.
For some reason, known only to themselves and speculated on by others, Pacific Hydro agreed, and negotiated with Steven Cooper, to participate with six residents, of whom I was one, in acoustic testing for a period of eight weeks mid 2014. Pacific Hydro’s acknowledged plan was to ‘restore our lives to those we had had prior to the wind farm.’
Just why this was undergone, only to be reneged upon so brutally by CEO Lane Crockett, at the public presentation of the Cooper Report in PORTLAND in February this year, is beyond words. The company’s reasons can only be suspect.
Now Pacific Hydro’s complaints service has been thoroughly degraded. The 24 hour complaints phone line can ring out when we phone to complain of grotesque noises emanating from the turbines at midnight and the early hours of morning.
Recently we recorded a previously unheard noise from the turbine behind our house. This was sent to Pacific Hydro, only to be asked by them in a brusque, accusatory email, what equipment we had used to capture the noise, alleging falsification.
The family member who resides here with me, has professional photographic and recording equipment and has no need to tamper with the recording process, having been woken by the noise, and not being able to ‘get through’ on the 24 hour complaints service.
I am tired. I did not plan to spend precious years in “the pervasive shadow of this careless wind industry.” It is a nightmare situation, and seems to intensify each time we seek to resolve it.
I simply ask you, why? Why do you want us to cradle this industry, which has already been overfed by subsidies, pampered to our destruction, exposing the wilful emanations of the industry’s influence and power play.
If this industry is so mature, dependable and productive, why does it need to bleed our coffers?
We know the reason and so do you, if you reflect on the process in an informed way.
Wind turbines are not the ‘be all’ of renewables. They can never be, whilst dependent on gas and coal fired back up, intermittent wind, causing health issues of various symptoms, harmful sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks. The effects roll on. The pressure fluctuations in my home last evening caused punchy ear and head aches and breathlessness. Infrasound … well known by the industry for years and years.
Be humanely professional. Let your informed coalition colleagues get on with the job of directing the financing of innovative and reliable renewables. The CEFC was set up for precisely that reason.
In a fragmented world let’s be caring adults. Divisive commentary concerning your Party, to a media saturated in pro-wind propaganda, belatedly destabilising Senator Mathias Cormann’s progress in putting the CEFC back on track, is exceedingly questionable.
It exposes an insensitivity to afflicted residents, struggling to maintain some balance, in conditions knowingly imposed upon them, which suspend and threaten their productivity and lives, in uninhabitable and unsaleable homes.
Loyalty to your electorate and considered respect for your political advocacy, should be paramount.
Why was your position on this matter not discussed within the party at the appropriate time? What is your disruptive agenda?
You have recreated doubt in the minds of people, struggling to understand how they can survive a parliamentary process which permits an out of control industry to control that very process, just when they had taken a breath at the realigning of process by Senator Mathias Cormann and colleagues in the Coalition, regarding the CEFC.
To give some idea of what Pac Hydro has done to destroy the lives of those – like Sonia – trying to live at Cape Bridgewater, cop an earful of this:
The “screech” heard in the video is a “special” feature that was added in 2011 to the “Psychopath’s Symphony” that Pac Hydro has faithfully rendered, whenever the wind is blowing, since 2008 (see our post here). In the result, a law-abiding Australian citizen is driven from her own home.
The offender was only placed in the position to ruin Sonia Trist’s life (and many other citizens’ lives) by virtue of a perverse Federal government industry subsidy scheme, that has added $billions to power consumers’ bills – lining the pockets of outfits like Pac Hydro – and which has done nothing at all to reduce CO2 emissions in the electricity sector (its stated aim).
In substance, the mandatory LRET/REC scheme is financing outfits like Pac Hydro to take peoples’ homes (some 40, so far) without paying any valuable consideration – or, in simpler terms again, Pac Hydro and other wind power outfits are literally stealing Australian citizens’ homes with Commonwealth government assistance (see our post here). Call us old fashioned, but in STT’s view there’s something very wrong with that picture.
The fact that so-called Conservatives, like Greg Hunt, Dan Tehan and Sarah Henderson have chosen to side with the offenders is nothing short of a disgrace.
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Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” correctly implies that until the coal mining and petro-hydrocarbon industries are threatened with world wide non-existence, the world’s residents are threatened with discomfort, disease, and for some, extinction.
The fossil carbon industry is not in the least threatened by wind turbines, or even whole deserts (pre-existing or not) paved with PV panels.
Nuclear energy is renewable, if only the Carter ban on processing spent nuclear fuel is abolished. Disappointingly enough, Al Gore must have been a party to that ban.
Please read the piece in today’s Australian by Graham Lloyd.
I know all of the people badly impacted at Cape Bridgwater, Macarthur, Glen Thompson and other places.
These people are not imagining things. Take note, Disappointing Dan Tehan, “Silly ” Sarah Henderson and stupid S. Chapman. Follow the money trail.
I am not in favour of the Labor party norm of making all their politicians orate and stand on the party line.
Nor am I a supporter of Liberal MP’s talking in public against their parties actions in favour of other parties policies in such a blatant manner that voters are not sure which party they belong to
They can have differing opinions but their core beliefs should be those of the party they are a representative of.
Tehan, Henderson and any others from the Liberal party should remember they were voted in because of their Liberal policies, they were not voted in as Independents, Labor, Greens or any other party.
In addition it should have been expected they would have had intelligence enough to understand people are suffering, education sufficient to read and understand things such as the Hansard and submissions of the Senate Inquiry Wind Farms. They should also be honest enough to keep their word to constituents who came to them before they were elected and sought and believed they had their support, they should be able to stand tall and accept they have to juggle differing calls on their support without demonising any one of those calling.
If they do not believe those they represent they should stay silent and not demonise them in public and finally they should not show their ignorance in public as it is deeply hurtful to those who have been damaged by an industry these MP’s say they support.
To Sonia, Annie and all those who put their trust in these people, hold your heads high and keep exposing them.
Each of you individually has more morals and decency than they have as a group.
Simon Ramsay seemed to be talking sense back in 2012, at a meeting in Penshurst to discuss the RES proposal to build another wind farm next to AGL’s Macarthur nightmare. This would add another 227 turbines to the 140 that are already there. Video link below.
Sarah Henderson and Dan Tehan would do well to view this too because despite all the pro wind propaganda, people in the community are NOT HAPPY!
And remember that for the Seats of Rippon and the South West, voters voted Liberal! NOT Labor.
As for UK wind company RES. They make me feel ashamed to be British. SHAME ON YOU!!!
Penshurst meeting Part 1
Penshurst meeting Part 2
The obvious explanation is that large amounts of money are being transferred to politicians’ coffers from wind farm devlopers. This is widely discussed in far north qld with regard to the mount emerald proposal but it’s very hard to get proof. One day a politician somewhere will come clean and the truth will be revealed!
Ignorance of serious potential problems for citizens living next to wind factories can no longer be an excuse for elected representatives of any persuasion, with any trace of honesty, integrity or at the very least, sense of a ‘fair go’ for all. The need for comprehensive and independant scientific investigation has been made plain by the recent senate committee investigation.
One can only ponder Sarah Henderson’s motivation, for it is clearly not in the interest of public health and wellbeing. Political self interest first comes to mind, but surely she is not that ignorant of the facts, or is she? She could do no better than consult STT to assist her salvation. For the longer the wind liars hold out, the bigger their fall as the scientific facts and economic truths accumulate to further expose their systemic deceit.
One only has to “read” and feel the essence of the words to understand who speaks with honesty, integrity and is earnest in their appraisal of their situation.
Thankfully, I have had the privilege of the company of Annie and Gus Gardner. I have met Jan Hetherington and listened to the emotionally moving, the integrity of Sonia Trist, Jackie Rovensky, and Richard Paltridge.
Then there is “Professor” Simon Chapman, a Professor of sociology and who has NO expertise outside of said learning, who has more in common with the albeit, fictional character and nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, the evil Professor Moriarty
Good verses evil.
Make no mistake. Chapman is pure evil.
You can add Warren Entsch, Liberal Federal Member for Leichhardt in Far North Queensland, to the list with Dan Tehan and Sarah Henderson. His unbridled enthusiasm for the Mt Emerald Wind Farm project is nauseating. Entsch vociferously defends the wind industry at every opportunity which has his political colleagues asking “Why?”
In Feb 25, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation told John Madigan at Senate Estimates that there was a ‘ridiculous’ problem with getting clarity re compliance of wind farms in Victoria, recognizing a significant “planning failure
As a Victorian MP, Sarah should spend less time spruiking generically for the wind industry and more time compelling her boyfriend, Simon Ramsay, MLC for Western Vic to use his position in parliament to expose the State’s regulatory failures of Victorian wind farms like Toora, Waubra, Glen Thompson, Cape Bridgewater, Macarthur in order to understand and sort out the problem.