The wind industry in Australia today is in a state of constant hysteria.
The events that have culminated in South Australia’s electricity supply and pricing calamity have thrown a spotlight on wind power, with public sentiment shifting from benign indifference to outright hostility (readers of The Australian’s online stories will find hundreds of comments from people who are both astonished and furious at the political incompetence that led to the greatest energy disaster in Australia’s history).
The wind industry’s parasites and spruikers are mounting a faltering rear-guard action, resorting to hackneyed propaganda and inventing downright lies, in the hope of deflecting attention from the obvious cause. Some of them have resorted to undergraduate ranting, directed at the (obviously) ‘evil corporations’ who are profiting from South Australia’s, now routine, $14,000 per MWh spot price spikes (ignoring, of course, the wind power output collapses upon which such rorting necessarily depends).
The same class of rent-seeking, subsidy-sucking Trotskyites have always used the wondrous ‘benefits’ of wind power to excuse the endless suffering caused to wind farm neighbours by incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound. You know, the old “it’s for the greater good”, chestnut.
Now, however, the mainstream media have come to grips with a few unassailable facts: viz, that a power source which is delivered at the whims of nature is utterly meaningless; that without secure, reliable and affordable power businesses will fast go out of business, killing employment and Australia’s future prospects for growth in income and wealth; and that the fast-rising (and already crippling) cost of electricity is crushing cash-strapped families and, for thousands of the poorest, denying them the opportunity of enjoying any power at all.
Against that backdrop, the suffering meted out by Union Superfund backed outfits, like Pacific Hydro to people like Melissa Ware and her family is not only unjustified, it is criminal.
A while back, STT covered the story about one of Melissa’s neighbours, Jo Kermond, when she appeared on national television, ABC’s green-left echo chamber, Q&A (which is like a ‘progressive’s’ version of Jerry Springer). Electricity Bill Shorten, doggedly following the eco-fascist line, publicly denigrated and ridiculed the suffering that Jo and her family have had to tolerate for over six years – calling her a ‘wind farm sceptic’: Labor’s Bill Shorten Publicly Ridicules Joanne Kermond – a Victim of Pacific Hydro’s Non-Compliant Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm
Pacific Hydro’s, Cape Bridgewater wind farm is the place where the Victorian government knows full well the noise levels exceed the limit set by its planning consent. And it’s the place where Marshall Day Acoustics presented fabricated acoustic reports which allowed Pac Hydro to falsely claim compliance with that limit: Pacific Hydro & Acciona’s Acoustic ‘Consultant’ Fakes ‘Compliance’ Reports for Non-Compliant Wind Farms
And it’s also the place where Steven Cooper’s groundbreaking acoustic study proved that the suffering experienced by these people is the direct cause of turbine generated noise and vibration: Steven Cooper’s Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm Study the Beginning of the End for the Wind Industry
Among those victims, Melissa Ware is not only deserving of compassion she is an eloquent voice for the hundreds like her who suffer at the hands of an industry with the moral rectitude of the Roman Emperor Caligula.
In this brilliant letter, published in the Hamilton Spectator, Melissa not only outlines her daily acoustic torment, she delivers a well-deserved swipe at the local Liberal Federal Member, Disappointing Dan Tehan, a pathetic sap who, apparently, hasn’t caught up with events across the border in South Australia.
16 July 2016
As a property owner and neighbour to the Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm my family and I directly experience unmitigated, unbearable noise/sound, vibrations and sensations; and the associated negative health impacts resulting from living in too close proximity, at less than 1km to 29 turbines. We are forced to leave our home for extended periods of time and live elsewhere while we continue to be ignored by the Planning Department and by Shires supposedly responsible for adherence to planning permits which we find unsuited to conditions. These authorities neglect the duty of care to the public they are in service to.
The Glenelg and the Moyne Shire refuse to acknowledge and remedy our complaints even while the National Health and Medical Research Council believe the health of a small proportion of the population are impacted by turbines, and are committed to and currently investigating these serious issues particularly at distances less than 1.5km.
Annoyance and sleep disturbance are recognised by the World Health Organisation as a major and authentic issue impacting on public health. For those of us trying to live near wind energy plants; the turbine, tower, blade and substation emissions can be unbearable. Without full investigations of our complaints why keep inflicting this agony onto more and more rural people?
As proven in SA these turbines are useless at providing cheap or constant electricity and the Victorian government are approving the rapid construction of bigger turbines in ruggedly beautiful rural areas without heeding expert warnings.
These and many other issues have been recognised in the 2015 Federal Senate Inquiry into Wind Farms and the 15 recommendations have inconceivably not been formally acknowledged by the Government despite Senator John Madigan’s request to do so as tabled in Parliament.
Infrasound, LFN and amplitude modulation from wind turbines has not been proven to be safe and have NO detrimental effect on public health. Instead the issues are buried by departmental and wind industry disregard and ignorance or justification for the tornado of turbines is unacceptable and no excuse.
There is no question that turbine issues such as amplitude modulation does impact and destroy health. Infrasound or LFN may not be heard by most people but it is certainly felt and our bodies have an unwanted autonomic response to it. Infrasound has such a profound impact on unsuspecting people that infrasonic emitting weapons are utilised by Police Forces to control crowds and public health in the US has been harmed by the practice.
No epidemiological health investigations have been independently conducted in the homes of anyone being adversely impacted by wind energy plants in Australia. Pacific Hydro refused this opportunity during the Steven Cooper extensive acoustic investigation for 8 weeks and months analysing the data obtained from homes and the wind farm. Finding a particular and unique signature of sound which correlates with the sensations experienced by residents was unequivocably squelched by Pacific Hydro and the owners and the board continues to ignore our plight. Wind in trees and dBA as a measurement or boundary of what we’re exposed to and experience is outdated and irrelevant and should be changed as recommended by the Inquiry to fit current and larger turbines.
To ignore the important findings of not only the Inquiry but also independent experts in the acoustic field, such as Thorne, Huson, Cooper, Hanson, Rapley and others, is selfish and foolish and puts greed before public health.
Many rural Australians like me are losing their health, homes, farms and property values because a wind farm is built despite all well researched objections and disapproval. Mr Tehan has stood by allowing these developments and has virtually ignored these issues. Not once has he stood up in Parliament and spoken of our personal issues nor has he ever been in constant contact with me or acted in any progressive way to represent me. In opposition of our concerns he publically supports the renewable industry and businesses within the Shire at the expense of our wellbeing and amenity and is frequently seen in the media photographed alongside industry representatives.
After at least 6 years awareness of these problems Mr Tehan has little to exclaim that in response to his constituents his government supports health studies or he facilitated a meeting with Mr Dyer the wind farm commissioner. Mr Tehan your Australian public is telling you and the Government, that to put ‘jobs and growth’ above our daily concerns and doing your own job which is paid by and for us, is not only incomprehensible but reprehensible.
11 Nicholson Rd, Cape Bridgewater.
Dan Tehan may well ignore the suffering of his constituents, while his wind industry mates fall over themselves to deliver to Victorians precisely what they’ve delivered to South Australians: South Australia’s Lessons for the World: Subsidised Wind Power The Fastest Route to Social & Economic Disaster
But no amount of benign indifference on Dan’s part will save Victorians from what’s coming, if his wind industry buddies get their way. Welcome to your State’s wind powered future, Dan.