Huff and puff as Alan Jones leads wind farm protest

By , 10/03/2019 15:50

Broadcaster Alan Jones at the anti-wind farm rally out the front of Parliament House in Canberra on June 18. Photo: Alex EllinghausenIt was a quiet rally by Alan Jones’ normally rambunctious standards.
Nanjing Night Net

Fittingly quiet, considering the protest was over wind farms.

Some people, including much of the scientific community, view the gentle whoosh of turbines as basically harmless while others insist they are an ultrasonic threat to public health and a massive drain on the taxpayer through government subsidies.

The 150-or so people who turned up on the front lawn of Parliament to greet Mr Jones were firmly in the second camp.

The Sydney shock jock, whose last trip to Canberra was the headline-grabbing – if also thin on numbers – “convoy of no confidence”, was delayed an hour by fog at Canberra airport, according to organisers.

“There aren’t a lot of people here,” he acknowledged, taking the stage in the Canberra cold. “They don’t have the time, they don’t have the resources to be able to make the kind of statement they want to make.”

Mr Jones said if there was no health risk posed by turbines, they should be put on Parramatta Road or outside his apartment on Macquarie Street, Sydney.

He took aim at the economics of wind power. “If it is as good as they say it is then, obviously, it doesn’t need our money to subsidise it,” he said. Adding: “This is absurd for a country that’s broke.”

The protest group, drawn mainly from concerned resident groups from country NSW, held placards including, “we are wind refugees” and “stop the spin”.

There were differing views between individual protesters and some of the speakers.

A woman held a placard behind Queensland senator Ron Boswell urging “yes solar, no wind farms”.

At the same time, senator Boswell was lambasting “fraudulent” renewables of all kinds.

“The world belongs to those who turn up and today you have turned up and you are going to make your opposition to this fraudulent wind, solar power, renewable energy … heard,” he said.

Senator Boswell, a National Party member, called the 20 per cent renewable energy target, which the Coalition is committed to along with Labor, as “ridiculous”.

“The wind farms only work 30 per cent of the time, but when you really need the power, in the peak periods, it’s only about eight per cent of the time. So it doesn’t work. In anyone’s language it is just a fraud,” he said.

Organisers of the event included Max Rheese of the Australian Environment Foundation, a front group for the right-aligned, climate sceptic Institute of Public Affairs.

A pro-wind rally held in Canberra’s city centre at the same time drew a larger crowd of up to 500, according to organisers.

Greens leader Christine Milne said the party wanted to see a “100 per cent renewable” target as soon as possible.

“What is extraordinary is wind farm sickness only affects people who speak English. How come the Danes, Spanish and Germans don’t suffer from wind farm sickness?” she asked.

“The renewable industry is providing a solution to greenhouse gas emissions as well as providing new jobs, new industries and giving a better future for our children.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments are closed

Panorama Theme by Themocracy