Hot air system to descend on Canberra

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The rally against renewable energy will get another year of Australian democracy off to a flying start.

Bless the DEA (that’s Doctors for the Environment Australia, not the Drug Enforcement Administration for you Breaking Bad/War on Drugs fans).  

They never tire of pointing out the obvious, i.e. that human health, which is high on the list of legitimate concerns for doctors, largely depends on the health of our habitat.  

They patiently repeat that climate change will bring more destructive weather events and make regions uninhabitable, that air pollution is directly responsible for a lot of human mortality, and that investment in fossil fuels encourages both climate change and air pollution.  

They’ve had to repeat all that again today in light of the National Rally Against Reckless Renewables happening tomorrow in Canberra. 

To get the first parliamentary sitting week of 2024 off to a rollicking start, the organisers of this rally “urge the federal and state governments to cease their reckless rollout of unreliable, unaffordable, and environmentally destructive wind, solar, limited ‘firming’ batteries, and high-voltage transmission lines, amidst an ever-increasing demand for reliable electricity”. 

The lineup of speakers against the pestilence of clean, sustainable energy includes UAP national director and porn retweeter Craig Kelly; former deputy PM and walking “shocking error of judgment”  Barnaby Joyce; Senator with “no connection to reality” Matt Canavan; One Nation leader and free Uber to the airport Pauline Hanson; the “utterly stupid” One Nation Senator, former coalminer and modern Galileo Malcolm-Ieuan: Roberts.; and plenty more.  

“This is a national grassroots call for a responsible and sustainable approach to our energy future,” they say.  

Funny: that’s exactly how most proponents would describe renewable energy.  

The Back Page hasn’t seen such an audacious co-opting of the other side’s rhetoric since John Howard campaigned for re-election with the slogan “Who do you trust?”  

“This government’s reckless rollout of ‘renewables’ poses a significant threat to our nation, threatening food production for Australians and 80 million consumers globally,” the call to arms states.  

“Our fauna and flora are facing unprecedented destruction, as hundreds of thousands of hectares of land and ocean floors are being deforested and/or damaged.” 

The collateral for the rally includes images like this, which would lead you to believe the perfidious greenies of Australia want every native species lined up and shot:  

Beetrooter and friends will call for the suspension of all renewables projects until after a Senate inquiry into so-called “““renewables””” and a lifting of the ban on nuclear power.  

The DEA, instead of just smacking itself in the face, has called on the government to double down on solar and wind energy and cease investment in the fuels that increase global heating and pollution. 

“Phasing out coal is the single most important thing that we can do to limit climate change, which is driving hotter and more prolonged heatwaves and devastating wild weather that we are seeing in large parts of Australia,” says DEA spokesman Dr Ben Ewald. 

“The burning of fossil fuels is also causing air pollution with multiple detrimental health impacts, including heart and lung conditions and some cancers.” 

The DEA notes for good measure that wind turbine syndrome is very probably not a thing.  

Last year researchers from our own Woolcock Institute published a study investigating the effects of infrasound compared with sham infrasound and traffic noise, and found actual infrasound made no difference on a large list of measures, subjective and objective, including sleep disturbance, heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol, adrenaline, dopamine, mood, depression, anxiety, irritability and fatigue.  

There are good reasons to feel some of those last few things, and wind power isn’t one of them.  

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