[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Gloves off as wind farm opponents stage rallies  

Credit:  By SEAN McCOMISH | June 18, 2013 | www.standard.net.au ~~

Media savvy and backed by powerful corporations with pockets full of cash to spend on lobbyists – both sides of the wind farm debate will throw similar claims at each other at two rallies today.

In Melbourne, the company behind the massive Macarthur wind farm, Vestas International, will launch an international campaign targeting the claims of anti-wind groups, many of which come from the south-west.

At the same time, a slick anonymous website called Stop These Things will hold a rally in Canberra against “wind farm fraud” and “greentards”.

Vestas, a Danish turbine maker, will unveil its campaign to rouse “the silent majority” of people they say support wind energy.

They are also hoping to slow the traction of anti-wind groups who have recently gathered a foothold in the federal Coalition, best demonstrated by a handful of senators due to speak at the Canberra rally this morning.

Vestas public affairs director Ken McAlpine said Australia had been chosen for the campaign launch because it was home to some of the world’s most vehement anti-wind groups.

“It’s an issue for our business and our customers,” Mr McAlpine said.

“And we’re taking steps to address that.”

From today a website called Act on Facts would go live in an attempt to mobilise support for wind farms in regional communities.

“What we’re trying to do is to demonstrate to policy makers that we have support,” he said.

The gathering in Melbourne will also focus on Victorian issues, such as strict regulations on where turbines can be built.

Grazier David Fletcher was among a group of Dundonnell farmers who initially sought out interest for a wind farm in his area, but has since found himself locked out of benefiting from the 90-turbine proposal because his home is within the two-kilometre boundary limit.

“The state government introduced the two-kilometre radius so no towers could be built around our place,” Mr Fletcher said.

Plans for the wind farm have stalled as the company assesses whether it poses a threat to an endangered species of bat. Opponents say it will also harm a unique and isolated population of brolga.

But Mr Fletcher said farmers had a vested interest in protecting the environment.

“We’ve got a responsibility for the environment. If we muck it up we’re the first to know,” he said.

Source:  By SEAN McCOMISH | June 18, 2013 | www.standard.net.au

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.