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The rich list absentee landowners behind Tassie anti-wind farm campaign

Two BRW rich listers have donated thousands of dollars to prevent a feasibility study into a wind farm off the coast of Tasmania.

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As fossil fuels rule with an iron fist, renewables flapping in the wind

Wind farms have been shown to have no ill health effects, but that won’t stop the anti-renewables lobby from repeating the furphy that they are bad for your health. All in all, it’s a bad time to be in the business of clean energy.

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Coalition draws a near-blank on support for wind power

How many Coalition MPs really support wind farms? Not many, it would seem.

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Clean energy providers bypassing the big power retailers

Pacific Hydro’s wind farm will be financed without a big power retailer involved. Is this the future or just a last hurrah for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation?

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Tiger vows green future, but Newman’s got it by the tail

The appointment of Tony Abbott’s business adviser to the board of Tigerair has cast doubt on its green credentials. One renewables campaigner says it tarnishes the campaign.

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The anti-wind farm spin

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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Piss and wind: Jones joins fight against pee-shifting turbines

The landed gentry gathered on Parliament House’s Federation Mall this morning to blame wind farms for falling property prices and urinary disruption.

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Research Council bows out of anti-wind-farm ethics complaint

The national peak body for medical research will not continue to examine the research ethics of well-known anti-wind farm activist Sarah Laurie, as the activist (and the group she is associated with) receives no Commonwealth funding.

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Essential: voters strong on vaccination, wind farms, Aussie cars

Voters want the government to go further on sports betting and strongly support compulsory vaccination, today’s Essential Report finds. Farz Edraki and Bernard Keane report.

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Sydney spinners sail to King Island for anti-turbine fight

The PR war over wind turbines on King Island is heating up as professional operatives jump on board. Ben Haslem and John Wells are backing the No TasWind Farm Group to run the project off the island.

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Leaked letter reveals pressure from anti-wind farm brigade

The chaotic anti-wind farm lobby in Australia has always leaked like a sieve and a letter to the National Health and Medical Research Council, now in wide circulation, contains some revealing assertions, writes Professor Simon Chapman.

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Wind farms, the Waubra Foundation and a post-office box

Senator John Madigan is due to call for a total moratorium on all wind farm development while the rest of the world reached a record level of output, with wind now contributing 3% of the world’s electricity generation.

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Baillieu govt one year on: a ‘let ‘er rip’ approach to environment

The new Victorian government has systematically dismantled environmental protections and determinedly ignored its stewardship responsibilities to the environment, write Sandi Keane and David Donovan of Independent Australia.

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Latest wind farm research is a load of hot air

The various organisations that are at the forefront of wind farm opposition recently published eight papers in a special edition of an allegedly peer-reviewed journal you could be excused from never having heard of.

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The pure political pragmatism of the climate change debate

Crikey readers have their say.

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The web of vested interests behind the anti-wind farm lobby

A network analysis of links between the principal voices involved in demonising wind farms in Australia has been circulating in recent weeks and reveals connections between some of the principal wind farm opponents.

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Taking the wind out of Ted Baillieu’s clean energy credentials

Recently a series of reforms passed by the Baillieu government seriously diminished Victoria’s capacity to protect its natural environmental and respond to the transitional challenge of cleaner energy production, writes Tom Dreyfus.

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Parkinson: why wind is cutting energy costs

The most common critique of wind energy, and renewables in general, in the mainstream media and anywhere the issue is discussed is that it is expensive, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

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A win for anti-wind farm campaigners in Victoria

The Victorian government has introduced new policies on wind farms, including the ability for households to veto wind turbines located within two kilometres of their homes, reports Larvatus Prodeo.

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Windfarms will make your children hate school, apparently

The lobby group at the centre of promoting the idea that windfarms cause disease, the Waubra Foundation, last week moved its aggression needle up several notches by sending this melodramatic “Explicit Cautionary Notice” to Australia’s wind energy companies and putting them on notice.

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Energy price increases: hiding behind treasury’s Pollyanna forecasts

What are the facts on energy price increases and what has caused the increases to date? Alan Moran, director, deregulation, at the Institute of Public Affairs, offers some answers.

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The Atlantic Wire | COMPANIES|

The wind beneath Google’s wings

Example #82732 of how Google is taking over the world: it’s now invested in wind farms. Specifically, a wind farm in the US with a projected capacity of 6,000 megawatts. But why is a search engine giant getting into the wind energy game?

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BigPond News | ENVIRONMENT|

NZ to build the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere

Two New Zealand energy companies have signed an agreement to construct a wind farm intended to power more than 220,000 homes and generate the equivalent of removing more than 400,000 cars off the road. And the bill? A measly $1 billion.

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Bob Hawke says “cheese” with some smiling former assassins

A happy snap of former PM Bob Hawke surrounded by the folks who ousted him from office shows time heals all wounds, the aesthetic costs of wind turbines, no outliers in the Crikey Election Indicator, and a thumbs up for the new Oz design.

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Business Insider | ENVIRONMENT|

The Italian Mafia goes green

In Australia, the Mafia (such as it is) tend to focus on drugs and armed robbery, but in Italy, they’ve turned their attentions elsewhere: windfarms.

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