While it is difficult to prove, there can be little doubt that the fossil
fuel industry in general, and the coal industry in particular, are the
primary source of the opposition to the increased adoption of renewable
energy in Australia.
They rightly see renewable energy as a danger to their near monopoly on
electricity generation in Australia.
|Toora Wind Farm
|Calves grazing peacefully beneath wind turbines
The fossil fuel industry also
see money spent on lobbying (and paying-off?) politicians as well
spent if it can keep their profits high for a few more years.
The Liberal Party and the
Abbott government are both very
compliant with the desires of the fossil fuel lobby, presumably because of
the very generous campaign donations involved.
Then there are several cross-bench senators, in particular
Back who strongly oppose wind power.
These in particular have dominated a Senate committee on wind power in
While these men use delusional
health grounds to justify their
opposition we must wonder whether they also have other, hidden,
Then there are people and groups opposing wind farms.
- Some have aesthetic objections to the appearance of wind turbines;
- Some honestly believe that wind turbines are harming their health, or are
harming other people's health (there is no scientific evidence for this
- Some simply don't want wind turbines near them;
- Some are
jealous of neighbours who
they see will be doing very well
from leases for hosting wind turbines;
- Some have been taken in by the
lies spread by the less
scrupulous of the wind power opponents (of
whom there is no shortage);
Notes on who is opposing the wind energy industry in Australia, and the
fallacies of their claims, is given in
Wind energy opposition.