The Liberal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor is an economics expert with an agricultural focus. Born in Nimmitabel in southeast NSW, Angus studied honours economics/law at the University of Sydney, winning the university medal for economics. He is an Oxford Rhodes Scholar in postgraduate economics. He is a director of management company Port Jackson Partners and co-founded Growth Farms, responsible for the management of $300 million worth of agricultural assets across Australia.
Angus shared his views about the economic fraud of wind power at the 2013 Rally as well as his concern for the destruction of rural communities. Angus is an expert in the economics of the Renewable Energy Target and how the current Government subsidies will economically strangle Australia.
Dr Alan Moran
Dr Alan Moran is an energy economist expert from the Institute of Public Affairs. He argues that we are destroying our natural economic advantage by throwing 20-30 billion dollars a year, the equivalent of the Australian Defence budget, towards policies designed to reduce carbon emissions. Alan reasons that these energy policies will not work in reducing global emissions as our productive industries move overseas and we continue to increase our export of coal and gas. As wind energy needs to be backed up by conventional power plants, increasing our emissions, blowing out our power bills and making us increasingly vulnerable to blackouts. Alan shared his research into the wind power fraud at the 2013 Rally.
Peter is an Adelaide-based barrister who has supported and successfully represented communities fighting wind turbines. His first success was in South Australia, where AGL’s planned Hallett 3 wind farm was blocked. Peter is currently representing community members against Infigen’s planned Cherry Tree wind farm – an action which has essentially blocked any further wind farm developments in Victoria until noise and health concerns are addressed.
Cooper denies he is anti-wind farm and also (unlike engineers working for wind farm companies) refuses to be drawn on questions of health. But he says his work has identified serious problems with low frequency noise in houses close to turbines.
The wind industry continues to deny this, and continues to slander him.
Cooper has been threatened but refuses to back down, saying he won’t stop until governments and health authorities recognise the truth about wind farms. Cooper says he has witnessed first-hand the way the wind lobby distorts factual evidence.
Find out more – including papers, on the Waubra Foundation Web site.
For those STT readers with access to academic libraries, here are some journal articles to back up our claims.
Wind Turbine Noise and Health
Ambrose, S. E., Rand, R. W., & Krogh, C. M. (2012). Wind Turbine Acoustic Investigation Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise—A Case Study. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 32(2), 128-141.
Doolan, C., Moreau, D. J., & Brooks, L. A. (2012). Wind turbine noise mechanisms and some concepts for its control. Acoustics Australia, 40(1), 7-13. Available online.
Farboud, A., Crunkhorn, R., & Trinidade, A. (2013). ‘Wind turbine syndrome’: fact or fiction? J Laryngol Otol, 1-5.
Harding, G. W., Bohne, B. A., Lee, S. C., & Salt, A. N. (2007). Effect of infrasound on cochlear damage from exposure to a 4-kHz octave band of noise. Hearing research, 225(1-2), 128.
Hessler, D. M., & Hessler, G. F. (2011). Recommended noise level design goals and limits at residential receptors for wind turbine developments in the United States. Noise Control Engineering Journal, 59(1), 94-104.
Jeffery, R. D., Krogh, C., & Horner, B. (2013). Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines. Canadian Family Physician, 59(5), 473-475.
Kelley, N. D., McKenna, H. E., Hemphill, R. R., Etter, C. L., Garrelts, R. L., & Linn, N. C. (1985). Acoustic noise associated with the MOD-1 wind turbine: its source, impact, and control. US Department of Energy. Book -PDF download
Kelley, N. D. (1987). A proposed metric for assessing the potential of community annoyance from wind turbine low-frequency noise emissions. Presented at Windpower’87, San Franscisco, Calif., 5 Oct. 1987 (Vol. 1). PDF Download
Laratro, A., Arjomandi, M., Kelso, R., & Cazzolato, B. (2014). A discussion of wind turbine interaction and stall contributions to wind farm noise. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 127, 1-10. PDF Download
Larsson, C., & Öhlund, O. (2014). Amplitude modulation of sound from wind turbines under various meteorological conditions. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135(1), 67-73. PDF Download
McKenna, H. E., Hemphill, R. R., Etter, C. L., Garrelts, R. L., & Linn, N. C. (1985). Acoustic noise associated with the MOD-1 wind turbine: its source, impact, and control. US Department of Energy.
Nissenbaum, M. A., Aramini, J. J., & Hanning, C. D. (2012). Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health. Noise and Health, 14(60), 237. Available from: http://www.noiseandhealth.org/text.asp?2012/14/60/237/102961
Salt, A. N., & Hullar, T. E. (2010). Responses of the ear to low frequency sounds, infrasound and wind turbines. Hearing research, 268(1), 12-21.
Schomer, P. D., Erdreich, J., Boyle, J. and Pamidighantam, P. (2013). A proposed theory to explain some adverse physiological effects of the infrasonic emissions at some wind farm sites. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise, Denver 28-30 August 2013. Paper available.
Walker, B., Hessler, G., Hessler, D., Rand, R., & Schomer, P. (2012). A Cooperative Measurement Survey and Analysis of Low Frequency and Infrasound at the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County, Wisconsin (Report No. 122412-1). Wisconsin: Public Service Commission. Available from http://docs.wind-watch.org/Shirley-LFN-infrasound.pdf
Haggett, C. (2012). The Social Experience of Noise from Wind Farms. In Learning from Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy, (pp. 153-173).
Krogh, C. M. (2011). Industrial wind turbine development and loss of social justice? Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 31(4), 321-333.
Intermittent Wind and Power Prices
Evans, R., & Quirk, T. (2012). The ruinous privileges of renewable energy. Quadrant, 56(7-8), 8. Available from http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/7-8/the-ruinous-privileges-of-renewable-energy
Hirth, L. (2013). The market value of variable renewables: The effect of solar wind power variability on their relative price. Energy Economics, 38(July), 218-236.
Joskoaw, P. L. (2011). Comparing the costs of intermittent and dispatchable electricity generating technologies. The American Economic Review, 101(3), 238-241. http://cadmus.eui.eu/bitstream/handle/1814/18239/RSCAS_2011_45.pdf?sequence