Congratulations to Peter Tuohey of the VFF who “gets it”. (Weekly Times September 10th “Ill wind blows over RET).
Tuohey understands that $9 billion of taxpayer’s money has already been spent on the ill-conceived and flawed technology of wind power. He understands that wind power is unreliable and inefficient and needs to be backed up by base load power. He understands that not only do we pay as taxpayers, but that we also pay as consumers of electricity.
Tuohey and the VFF understand that if the RET scheme is left untouched a further $22 billion of OUR money will be handed to developers and turbine hosts.
I have no sympathy for hosts or potential hosts who feel their $100,000s of our money EACH year is threatened. They give no consideration to the impacts on residents in the surrounding district when they make their grab for money. They ignore the fact that people are suffering severe sleep deprivation, headaches, nausea and other debilitating symptoms. They don’t care that people have deserted their homes because they can no longer put up with the torture. It doesn’t concern them that our farms, our superannuation, are unsaleable.
Hosts fall for the propaganda perpetuated by Andrew Bray of the Australian Wind Alliance, and Leigh Ewbank of Friends of the Earth that turbines are clean and green.
Are they unaware of the thousands of tonnes of concrete that will be planted in their land? Do they not consider the footprint involved in the production of that concrete, or the footprint of the steel production, the rare earths used in the turbines that poison environments and people, and the millions of litres of fuel consumed in construction and transport?
As taxpayers we should all be standing up and saying that this $22 billion would serve us better being spent on health, education, police, ambulance, roads…
rather than lining the pockets of the few.
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