Australia’s top science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has just published a timely report on the Acceptance of rural wind farms in Australia.
Its publication is a powerful boost to morale for the renewable energy industry, which has been battling a well-organised and very vocal anti-wind lobby in Australia, and hostile regulation in key states such as Victoria.
The report establishes that wind farms have broad social acceptance in rural communities, and that the media has played a distorting role in the debate, by amplifying the voice of wind energy opponents. The CSIRO also finds there is no scientific evidence linking wind farms to adverse health effects.
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