The following was published in
Climate Spectator regarding the proposed Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council and its leader Maurice Newman, supposing that the Liberals got into government.
On wind power Mr Newman wrote in the publication The Spectator (not associated
with Business or Climate Spectator) on January 21, 2012:
"Even before they threatened my property, I was opposed to wind farms.
They fail on all counts.
They are grossly
socially inequitable, a danger to human
divisive for communities, a blot on the landscape, and don't even achieve
the purpose for which they were designed, namely the
generation of electricity and the
reduction of CO2
I have given links to seven of the fallacies to provide the facts.
Wind farms are less 'socially inequitable' than other forms of energy
community funding for
Wind farms are much less
environmentally harmful than coal, coal-seam gas,
gas and nuclear.
Whether they are a 'blot on the landscape' is subjective.
Impressive, nine fallacies in one sentence!
The IPCC is composed of climate scientists.
There is a
strong consensus among
climate scientists about anthropogenic climate change.
It seems Mr Newman either doesn't trust science or doesn't understand
how it works.
On the issue of whether human activity is leading to warming of the
atmosphere he wrote in The Australian on November 5 last year:
"When Mother Nature decided in 1980 to change gears from cooler to warmer,
a new global warming religion was born, replete with its own church (the
UN), a papacy, (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and a global
warming priesthood masquerading as climate scientists."
That a man with such opinions and capable of such misrepresentations could
ever be chief of a business advisory committee to a Prime Minister of
Australia can only be called depressing.
If Australia was to follow the opinions of people like Mr Newman it would
put us very much out of step with our trading partners who recognise the
need to act on climate change, on reducing the air pollution resulting from
burning coal and can see the
value of sustainable energy, wind power in particular.
For example the
USA installed a record 13.2GW and
China 14GW of wind power in 2012.
(Australia's total wind power at the end of 2012 was 2.7GW.)
Mr Newman is, in effect, saying the Americans and Chinese are stupid
Why are the Americans and Chinese building so much wind power if it is as
useless as Mr Newman claims?
He must think that they are incapable of seeing the facts.
Is this likely?
Are the Americans and Chinese stupid, or is Mr Newman's opinion naïve
and foolish in the extreme?
If people like Mr Newman have their way, Australia will be left behind with
the most climate-polluting power generation system in the developed world
while the more progressive nations change to modern, clean energy.
Is it good international relations for Australia to have a Prime Minister's
chief advisor who believes our main trading partners to be stupid?