|We must protect this beautiful world from climate change|
Nations and changeThe Australian and Canadian governments, both in countries that have been heavily reliant of fossil fuel exports, are resisting changes. They are being left behind by countries like Norway, which has also done very well out of fossil fuels, but is willingly encouraging change toward renewable energy rather than trying to cling to the past.
It seems that the Australian government believes that there is so much money invested in the Australian coal industry (in particular) that it must be propped up for as long as possible. Of course this is only delaying the inevitable. If the government was to recognise that change away from fossil fuels must come, if it was to accept that change and encourage it rather than resisting it, the transition would come with much less pain: environmental, emotional and financial.
Communities and changeIt happens that wind power has been more developed in my region and state, the Mid North region of South Australia, than elsewhere in Australia. The region has a top-class wind resource and the state has a government that has embraced the necessary change toward renewable energy.
I see communities that have welcomed wind farms and communities where there is a vociferous minority of people resisting the change by misrepresenting the facts, exaggerating, and downright lying. The reader will probably not have any difficulty in guessing which of these communities is the happier.
There are two ways of looking at a proposed local wind farm:
Similarly, Wattle Point Wind Farm near Edithburgh on southern Yorke Peninsula seems to have been happily accepted by the local people, Clements Gap Wind Farm on the south side of Crystal Brook and Hornsdale, north of Jamestown, too.
On the other hand there is the case of another wind farm that was proposed on the north side of Crystal Brook. Here there was resistance, particularly from one individual (Sarah Laurie) who went around telling people, with a complete lack of supporting evidence, that nearby wind turbines would make them ill.
The proposed Ceres Project, that would put 199 wind turbines around the middle of Yorke Peninsula also has met with vociferous resistance; most of it coming from a very few people who have little respect for the facts (the Heartland Farmers). Opponents of wind farms like to blame the wind farms for social disruption; they refuse to recognise that there is no social disruption where there is no dishonest and aggressive opposition.
We need to stop burning fossil fuels; coal should be the first to go, followed by the liquid and gas fossil fuels. Modern society demands cheap energy, the environment demands clean energy. Renewable energy development must happen if we are to pass on to our children and grandchildren a planet that we have not greatly damaged. Wind and solar power must be developed as quickly as possible. Embrace the change!
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Climate change disasters and the Australian government's actions
Coal seam gas: an environmental disaster
Crystal Brook Energy Park Supporters
Elec. gen. methods compared
The end of coal
Glossary of technical terms relating to wind power
Greatest crime in history
Impressive renewable energy developments in Australia
Major threatened disasters compared
Mid-North South Australia, leading the nation in renewable energy
Northern SA's renewables
Old King Coal is dying
Pumped hydro energy storage
South Australia's success with renewable power
Why support wind power
Wind power in Australia
Wind turbines save lives
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