Wind Power Foes Just Naive Blowhards

Wind-power has limited potential, but it is a step forward in changing the unsustainable way we live.

Published: 28-Mar-2005

Fred and Ethel Nerk and other like-minded people in South Gippsland and western Victoria are bleating - in much the same way that Chicken Licken did - that wind-power turbines will industrialise, or worse, destroy their landscape.

They call them wind factories, and Fred has gone so far as to use the word desecrate, suggesting he and others have a spiritual relationship with their rural retreats that the turbines would destroy.

But as long as the big smoke is out of sight, Fred, Ethel and the like are deluding themselves that they are innocent parties in the modern maelstrom.


As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy

With an area of 568 and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.


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