The home page of Stop Keyneton Wind Farm (SKWF) / Eastern Mt Lofty
Ranges Landscape Guardians (EMLRLG) starts with the statement:
I wrote this on 2013/03/09.
The average maximum temperature for March so far has been four degrees
higher than the long-term average.
The BoM forecast for the next week if for above average temperatures every
The SKWF group don't care about climate change, they care only about
"The Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges Landscape Guardians is an organisation of
residents and landholders whose aim is to preserve the flora, fauna,
amenity and tranquility (sic) of the Mt. Lofty Ranges near the Barossa Valley,
Eden Valley, Cambrai, Sedan and surrounding areas in South Australia."
It can easily be shown that they don't really care about the environment...
|Spring temperatures, 2014
|This Bureau of Meteorology map shows that temperatures in SA
in the Spring of 2014 were between 2 and 4 degrees above average.
2014 was the hottest year on record world-wide to that time.
The official figure were not yet available, but at this time it seemed
certain that 2015 was again the hottest on record.
In common with other Landscape Guardians groups, these people do not really
care about things like flora and fauna, as they claim to do, they are only
concerned with stopping a wind farm from being built.
If EMLRLG 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.
|Wind farms are effective in reducing greenhous emissions
|Emissions intensity (EI) from the four large states in the Australian
National Electricity Market (NEM) and the average for the whole of the NEM,
Tasmania's EI is off-scale at the bottom of this graph.
Graph credit – Professor Mike Sandiford, University of Melbourne;
data from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Note the very large decline in South Australia's EI; due almost entirely to
the introduction of wind power.
Wind farms kill few birds.
The world's main bird protection groups recognise that climate
change is a far greater threat, so they support wind power development.
Australian flora and fauna will suffer badly as the climate changes;
damage is already
to be seen if you look for it
As the climate changes species will no longer suit their habitats, and those
that cannot move will be forced into at least local extinction.
As for the tranquillity that the EMLRLG talk about, wind turbines do not
noise and cannot often be
heard at all at distances greater than a kilometre or two.
Immediately beneath a wind turbine a conversation can easily be conducted
without raising one's voice, and often the sound of the breeze in nearby
vegetation drowns-out the sound of turbines at distances of a
kilometre or more.
The claim to aim to protect the local environment is a universal one by
the various Landscape Guardians groups.
It seems to be a ploy to sound positive.
Calling themselves the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges Wind Power Opposition Group
sounds negative; but it would be a more accurate name.
By far the main interest of the EMLRLG seems to be in pursuing a
short-sighted strategy of keeping wind farms out of their immediate
vicinity (see NIMBYism).
Environmentalists have long urged people to "think globally, act locally";
Landscape Guardians groups "think deviously, act selfishly".
How SKWF came to my notice
I received an email from one of the members on 2013/01/17.
The message mentioned the fact that I had
slept under wind turbines.
It went on to suggest that I would get a more scientific understanding of
wind turbines if I was to listen to an interview with acoustician Rick
If the anti-wind power
lobby has truth and justice on their side, why do they resort to lies and
misinformation to try to achieve their aims?
I have written about the
scientific method and
science in practice
elsewhere, so here I will confine myself to pointing out that science is
not about listening to "experts" who say things that agree with one's
preconceptions; it is about going out into the world, making direct
observations and measurements, and examining the scientific literature.
(There have been at least
20 reviews of the scientific literature,
of which has confirmed the claims of groups such as EMLRLG; they all
conclude that there is no credible evidence that wind farms harm anyone.)
The email went on to say that I should "Be glad [I am] 15km and not one[,]
two or up to ten km from wind turbines".
Apparently the writer is under the impression that while I found wind
turbines absolutely benign when I slept beneath them, and have not had any
problems relating to living 15km from a wind farm, if I lived between
one and ten km from them I would have problems!
This shows a very poor understanding of the propagation of
sound, of the
inverse square law of
physics and the
dose-response relationship between
environmental hazards and health.