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Wind companies becoming arrogant  

Credit:  The Courier, 1 March 2011 ~~

Andrew Bray from BREAZE (February 25) has no right to dictate to rural landowners around Ballarat on what they should have to put up with from wind energy companies.

The solar energy schemes still allowed each home owner to decide what goes on his roof, and whether he wants to put panels up there. Panels make no noise and are unobtrusive.

Wind energy gives no one any rights except the landowner who wants the money for having turbines on his land.

At Chepstowe, there are a number of very serious environmental issues.

The size of the turbines structures means they will always affect wildlife, the visual amenity of others, and will impact seriously on their health due to the noise of the blades.

Sub-audible noise makes you sick. Sub-audible noise is emitted by turbines.

Wind companies are now so arrogant, and so sure of victory over concerned landowners that they no longer even bother to put up a wind speed testing tower to check how much wind there is.

This makes any claims of greenhouse gas savings from a particular proposal ridiculous.

Add to that that wind is totally unpredictable anyway, and you have a situation where the wind companies’ claims are arbitrary and completely unprovable.

In May 2009, Dr Gabriel Calzada, Professor of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, said: “Right now there is a debt related to these renewable energies that nobody knows how it is going to be paid – of 16 billion euros.”

Calzada continues: “What can we do with all this industry that we have been creating, with subsidies now collapsing?

“The president of the renewable industry in Spain argued that the only way is finding other countries that will give taxpayers money away to take it and continue maintaining these jobs” (Andrew Walden, February 15th, 2010).

We know where they’ve gone, don’t we, Andrew Bray?

Renate Metzger,

Source:  The Courier, 1 March 2011

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