The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Nic Crowther
Wed 19 Nov

Head back down the Federal Highway on your way back from Sydney and it’s hard not stare across Lake George at the hypnotic spinning blades of the Capital Wind Farm. Meanwhile, only 30 kilometres away there are so many mixed messages regarding investment in renewable energy it’s difficult to know what our future energy mix might look like.

Treasurer Joe Hockey been particularly vocal in expressing his hatred of them. Here’s the last week in the wonderful world of wind farms.


In Beijing, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping suddenly appear together on the world stage and announce a new world order when it comes to clean energy and carbon emissions.

In Brisbane, scripts are hastily rewritten.


Back in BrisVegas, host of the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was working hard to cointer the moves of the US and China by fighting as hard as possible to keep climate change out of the final communiqué while his newfound frenemies around the table marveled at his love affair with coal.


Aussie traveller and wind lover President Jinping was at it again today, crossing Tasmania of his list and dropping off a few million dollars worth of investment by nominating the Apple Isle as the test site for new generation Chinese turbines.

In Brisbane, scripts are hastily rewritten.


Now this is true. We are not making this up.

Crossbench Senators Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm as well as Liberal Chris Black have asked for another inquiry into the health impacts of wind turbines. Somehow, they still think there is some possibility that spinning blades can give you the heebie-jeebies or some other mystical condition.

They could read thisthis and this, but we’ll save them even more time and money by summing up nice and succinctly:

There are none.


Sacre bleu! The French Prez is in town, and he’s hanging out with our PM and talking a lot about coal wind power! Well, not so much, but he’s definitely committed to.