It is easy to demonstrate that the BDLG are not interested in protecting
their local environment.
On the BDLG 'about' page they list many 'developments that threaten
landscapes' including: excessive urban sprawl, inappropriately sited
structures, poorly placed infrastructure, intrusive and ugly signage
and poorly planned land clearing, recreational developments, mining and
quarrying, etcetera; all highly commendable aims.
But then go to the 'issues' page and you will find that it is exclusively
about wind farms; not a word about all the other issues!
What are the facts?|
The reputable Australia Institute provides the facts on
Wind Enegy, Climate and Health
What is important?
My opinion is of little importance.
It is the facts and the research that matter, and the reasoning that can
be based on them.
If BDLG truly wanted to preserve the environment of the area they would
be supporting renewable energy rather than opposing it.
Carbon emissions from fossil fuel fired power stations are one of the main
causes of climate change and
and these are
far greater threats to the Australian environment than are wind farms.
On the Home Page
The SA Liberal's brochure on wind farms
The BDLG have a copy of a brochure released by the SA Liberal Party in
It is interesting that BDLG have the first draft of the brochure that
stated the Liberals would not allow wind turbines within five kilometres
of a home; this was apparently an error and a later draft changed the
figure to two kilometres.
The Liberals brochure is full of lies and half-truths and is worth a study on
its own; I have critiqued it
elsewhere on these pages.
The BDLG brochure about wind turbine
This brochure is stuffed full of lies.
|Wind farms are effective in reducing greenhous emissions
|Graph credit – Professor Mike Sandiford, University of Melbourne;
data from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Fact: Wind power reduces greenhouse emissions
Starting with the BDLG claim:
"Does wind power measurably reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from
power generation – NO, detailed anaysis shows net savings are
miniscule, no more than about 5% of that claimed by promoters (and
supported by government)."
BDLG do not give the source of this remarkable and unbelievable analysis,
but it is probably from wind power opponent
Hamish Cumming, whose
'analysis' was written up by anti-wind power 'Environmental Editor' of
The Australian, Graham Lloyd.
report by the US Department of Energy came to a very different
There have been several studies on how much greenhouse gasses are
abated by wind farms; see
obviously BDLG choose to ignore the studies by experts and selected an
analysis by a lone amateur because it suited their preconceptions.
The graph on the right shows emissions intensity (EI) from the four large
states in the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM) and the average
for the whole of the NEM, including Tasmania.
(Tasmania's EI is off-scale at the bottom of this graph.)
There has been a slight decline in electricity consumption in Australia in
the past very few years.
It is important to understand that while this may result in a corresponding
decrease in total emissions it would not reduce emissions
The only thing that would reduce EI is cleaner generations methods, eg.
wind power and solar power.
Note the very large decline in South Australia's EI; due almost entirely to
the introduction of wind power.
SA has far more wind power per capita than any other state.
Fact: Fossil fuelled power stations have been shut down because of wind
And then there is the BDLG claim:
"Does wind power allow the decommissioning of a single fossil fuelled power
generator? – NO, not at anytime anywhere in the world!"
Quite false, for example:
There are probably more examples that could be found.
Both the Thomas Playford and the Northern coal-fired Power Stations at Port
Augusta in South Australia have been shut down largely due to the
expansion of wind power in that state.
On 2012/10/15 Renew Economy
reported that half of the Tarong coal-fired power station in Queensland
is to be shut down.
On 2013/01/11 it was noted in
Scientific American that the Canadian
province of Ontario was to phase out all its coal-fired power stations.
The same article notes that wind and gas power will fill the gap.
Ontario has 2000MW of installed wind power (compared to 2500MW for the
whole of Australia at the end of 2012).
A large part of Scotland's power is generated by wind farms and it closed its
last coal-fired power station on 2016/03/24.
Another claim by BDLG:
"Does wind power increase energy costs – YES, very significantly."
Again, quite false; a number of breakdowns of the costs of
electricity have been done and all show that wind power has played a very
small part in the increased
price of electricity.
If the BDLG have truth and justice on their side, why do they resort to