Hide the decline: Hiding the birds

Self-proclaimed “environmentalists” have long denied the impact wind farms have on local birdlife. Bio-diversity doesn’t matter much when you’re trying to destroy the capitalist economy save the planet from dangerous warming.

Now the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) will investigate claims of fraud and cover-up surrounding wind farms.

THE beautiful native brolga is set to star in cover-up claims laid before the Victorian anti-corruption watchdog, after police referred allegations that brolga data went missing or was ignored when the state bureaucracy was considering permit applications for two wind farms.

Hamish Cumming, a mechanical engineer and farmer whose Darlington property is near two other proposed wind farm projects, alleges incorrect information about the brolgas flocking and nesting near Chepstowe and Mt Gellibrand was knowingly provided to and accepted by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (now Department of Environment and Primary Industries), with staff gagged if they expressed concern.

DSE guidelines specify wind turbines should be at least 3.2km from brolga nests and 5km from roosting sites. Mr Cumming said he believed senior bureaucrats had been pressured into overlooking the brolga information.

“We’ve got DSE by the short and curlies well and truly now because we’ve proved data has been removed, we’ve proved they’ve gagged staff,” he said. “I’ve had five (DSE) guys come to me and say they’ve been gagged.

“People are just covering their backsides. It’s fraud on a grand scale,” Mr Cumming said.

Indeed – this is fraud on a massive scale; but we all knew that already.

Update: I just wonder if the promoters of this fraud constitute a flight risk, unlike the birds they have murdered or maimed.

Update II: More denial. I got this tweet.

Birds denial

So I followed the link.

It’s not often you can actually say “case closed”, but in this case it’s literally true: climatologist Michael Mann has been cleared of all wrongdoing by the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation.

I was unaware that the highest court in the land was “the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation”. You learn something new everyday.

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54 Responses to Hide the decline: Hiding the birds

  1. Rabz

    Not to worry. I’m sure that sanctimonious twit Simon Chapman will ride to the defence of the bird thrashers, denouncing the opponents of these monuments to stupidity as crass, ill educated and unscientistic bogans.

  2. Leo G

    A real imbrolgalio.

    “We’ve got DSE by the short and curlies well and truly now …”

    DEPIlation time?

  3. Carpe Jugulum

    Who is that tweeting loon?

  4. Andrew

    Didn’t know Mann was involved in Brolgagate. Or maybe the argument is that if one pal-reviewer exonerated one warmie of data fraud then you can extrapolate that to all warmies for all data frauds.

    After all, the hockey stick was just an extrapolation over 102 years of the Late 20th Century Warm Period (starting 1980, after a very cold 1970′s that prompted many to warn of an Ice Age and ending at the 1998 el Nino). Non-linearity doesn’t feature prominently with these people.

    FWIW, my unscientific method sez: If you posted it and within 30 minutes the howler monkeys are running the coverup and you have 2 updates already, they are guilty as hell.

  5. Aristogeiton

    ‘Taken hugely out of context’. Who wrote this?

  6. Tom

    I was unaware that the highest court in the land was “the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation”. You learn something new everyday.

    In order to subvert the dominant paradigm, leftists lie about everything all the time. You’ll see it in the application form.

  7. unlike the birds they have murdered [!] or maimed.

    I’m as happy as the next cove to use snazzy terminology and even the occasional recherché polysyllable for rhetorical effect, and I too deplore the avicidal hypocrisy of exponents of littering the landscape with even more of those expensive, useless whirligigs, but murder is the unlawful, premeditated killing of one human being by another, and referring to the slaughter of birds, no matter how wicked or woeful, as murder is just another step closer to the position, favoured by too many loonies already, that anyone who kills an animal—even for food—must be prosecuted.

  8. Baldrick

    Hamish Cumming has an interesting website called Stop These Things.

  9. ar

    I was unaware that the highest court in the land was “the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation”.

    The Ponds Institute will interested to know this…

  10. ar

    but murder is the unlawful, premeditated killing of one human being by another

    uh, yeah… and meat. Meat is murder.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Who cares.
    Brolgas are vulgar.

  12. Sinclair Davidson

    Speciests – birds are people too.

  13. candy

    The Greens can’t even protect wildlife it seems, at least that used to be something they could be praised for, so what good are they now.

  14. Kruddler

    What on earth are you doing with a Twitter account?? Tweets are for twits…

  15. Sinclair Davidson

    Candy – I’d have a lot more time for the Greenies if they did actually promote the environment. Several years ago I was looking at some election data that surveyed candidates and the Greens candidates didn’t rank the environment as the highest priority problem Australia faced.

  16. candy

    I’d have a lot more time for the Greenies if they did actually promote the environment.

    Me too, Sinclair. I’ve always thought there’s a good role for a party that has care for the environment only as its agenda, as it can get overlooked by the big parties.

  17. Eddystone

    I’ve always thought there’s a good role for a party that has care for the environment only as its agenda, as it can get overlooked by the big parties.

    I believe that was the Green’s reason for existing at first, and look what happened.

  18. ChrisPer

    Rabz, I am well aware of Simon Chapman’s dodgy work on guns and smoking, and tactless calls to override parents choices on vaccination, but has he distinguished himself in AGW and renewable energy as well?

  19. Paul

    Seems to be a common thing with them to create their own “authority” then claim exoneration from that same “authority”.

  20. Token

    Another case of the left having to kill the XXXX to save them.

    The body count of the organisms they take out to achieve their oh so noble aims is startling.

  21. Jim Rose

    Sinclair, on the priorities of the greens, nothing new as per http://greens.org.au/about

    The Greens are much more than an environmental party.

    While promoting meaningful and smart solutions to ensure future generations of Australians have clean air, clean water and clean soil – the Greens are also working in many other areas to champion integrity, decency and fairness.

    As well as representing constituents, the Greens speak on behalf of those who wouldn’t otherwise get much of a say inside parliament: children, refugees, students, individuals and families living in poverty and, of course, our natural environment.

  22. Leo G

    Here are the facts: the Earth is warming up. The rate of warming has increased in the past century or so. This corresponds to the time of the Industrial Revolution … Those are simply the facts. It’s not hard to connect them, as long as you stick to reality and don’t let ideology sway you.” – Phil Plait

    Well, I live and learn. There I was believing that the term Industrial Revolution was first publicised by the pommy historian Arnold Toynbee to describe England’s economic development from 1760 to his time of writing (mid 1800s). That period began how long ago? Over 250 years? Can’t argue with a Slater’s ‘facts’ though.

  23. Jim Rose

    see http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/technology/science/scientists-baffled-as-sun-activity-falls-to-century-low/story-fnjwlbug-1226805090679

    Mike Lockwood, professor of space environment physics at the University of Reading, told the BBC there was a significant chance that the Sun could become increasingly quiet.

    He compared the current circumstances to the latter half of the 17th Century, when the sun went through an extremely quiet phase referred to as the Maunder Minimum.

    That era of solar inactivity coincided with bitterly cold winters to Europe, where the Baltic Sea and London’s River Thames froze over. Conditions were so harsh that some described it as a mini-Ice Age.

  24. Jannie

    The champions of decency, integrity and fairness sound like a great outfit to join. Add in some social justice and cuddly furry animals and it will go viral with the girls. And the boys will follow. A tactic that would even impress Lenin. The ghost of Che Guevara lovingly embraces the children.

  25. Candy – I’d have a lot more time for the Greenies if they did actually promote the environment. Several years ago I was looking at some election data that surveyed candidates and the Greens candidates didn’t rank the environment as the highest priority problem Australia faced.

    We saw how much the Greens gave a fark for the environment when John Howard offered Bob Brown the chance to lock up Tasmanian forests forever.
    After a liftetime of advocating for just that, Bob Brown considered it more important to try to block the sale of Telstra.

    At that moment the Greens lost any claim they had regarding environmental protection.

  26. Craig Mc

    The Ponds Institute will interested to know this…

    Expect angry calls from The Elida Hair Institute.

  27. James of the Glen

    Australia is still the place where wind “farm” companies and their beneficiaries think everyone is too dumb to realise the destructiveness of the wind turbine rackets.

    The companies’ denials not only include destruction of bird life (mostly due to the down draft on the right hand side of each turbine slamming them into the ground) but also the huge devaluations of adjacent properties, community disruption, severe effects of audible and infra-sounds on neighbours, despoilation of visual amenity, grossly inflated claims about CO2 “saved”, and of course, the economic mayhem from Renewable Energy Certificates and jacking up of electricity prices.

    The Renewable Energy Certificates subsidies are the main prize for each company. The electricity generated is almost incidental were it not that REC’s are tied to its production. No REC’s, no wind company.

    2014 should see the complete removal of these outrageous subsidies which were never intended to drain wealth out of Australia on the scale which is now happening, or to distort the electricity market enough to cause the continual loss of manufacturing jobs and domestic hardship.

    ( What is the unemployment rate in Spain where similar “investment” and subsidies have been practised? Now 27%, I believe. 27%. )

  28. H B Bear

    Just out of interest, is there a Victorian Independent Narrowly-focused Anti-corruption Commission (INAC)? They might be more effective.

  29. Ant

    In the US, wind farm operators have been given exemptions by the Obama administration from prosecution when their propellers kill eagles, including the relatively rare North American Bald Eagle.

    This is how corrupt and lunatic environmentalists think.

    They’ll shut down multibillion dollar investments around trumped up scares over threats to a population of insects, but when one of their stupid ideas is proven to slice and dice magnificent animals, like the Bald Eagle, they look the other way.

    These people need to be crushed.

  30. ChrisPer

    Rabz:

    ChrisPer – he certainly has.

    Thanks Rabz. I have sympathy with the idea of evidence-based examination on the claims of a new disease from being near wind turbines. Evidence ought to be our standard even if we dislike the wind farms.

    I like the idea of a valuation-based compensation approach – ie, if the presence of a wind farm drops the value of nearby properties and seeing its a subsidy-collecting rort anyway, the rent-seekers should share the rent with the people whose properties are degraded by their infrastructure. This might have bad implications in the city though – eg for protecting people’s views at the expense of their neighbour’s ability to use their property freely by building a high-roofed home.

  31. nonmus

    Ban also the infuriating ads by a global manufacturer of these monstrous engines, implying that their proliferation is somehow a great and noble achievement.

  32. Jim Rose

    Ant, thanks for the link on the 30 year federal exemption to U.S. wind farms on federal penalties for the non-purposeful killing of bald eagles.

    how can a wind farm accidently kill birds when, according to the wiki, the definition is

    “An accident, mishap, or, more archaically, misadventure, is an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity.”

  33. egg_

    These folk don’t mince their words birds?

  34. Turtle of WA

    I clicked on Phil Plait’s concluding and predictable remark: 97% of scientists blah blah blah. Wikipedia was the source. Lots of nonsense about that miserable woman Oreskes. The original 97% was arrived at be dividing 75 by 77. 97.4%. Only after they got rid of all the skeptics from a much larger sample. These claims that only skeptics are ideological is a laugh. They don’t know the cultural marxist history of their own movement, obviously.

  35. egg_

    The body count of the organisms they take out to achieve their oh so noble aims is startling.

    But won’t PETA save the sky kittens(TM)?

  36. Robbo

    Wind farms are a huge confidence trick. They do not produce anything like a reasonable amount of power, they are enormously costly and they are a blight on the landscape. Why any government would support the proliferation of these things is a mystery but I suppose that they want to be seen as doing something to generate alternative sources of energy even if that alternative is simply stupid. Want a serious and genuine alternative to coal fired energy? Try nuclear.

  37. boyfromtottenham

    I have been researching the way that windfarm noise is required to be measured, and found that the instruments typically (or required to be) used are incapable of measuring sounds below the agreed limit of human hearing (10-20 Hz). However I also found that the US military (and others) has been studying the use of “infrasound” (i.e. sound at frequencies below 10-20Hz) as a non-lethal weapon for decades. Reports on infrasound weapons state that the “adverse health effects” of infrasound includes nausea, dizziness, sleep disturbance and disorientation, and specifically these ill-effects do not relate to audible sound. Sounds to me like wind farm noise causes the same effect, so why do environment regulatory agencies require sound level tests to be performed only with instruments that specifically cannot measure infrasound frequencies? Cute!

  38. Mater

    but I suppose that they want to be seen as doing something to generate alternative sources of energy even if that alternative is simply stupid.

    An environmental placebo for the well meaning masses.

  39. Leigh Lowe

    These folk don’t mince their words birds?

    Some respect Egg.
    That could be your mother you’re talking about.

  40. Leigh Lowe

    Sort of on the subject of wind-farms and economics, can someone familiar with dumping regulations answer me this?
    Last week there was a story in the Oz about an anti-dumping case brought by the Australian manufacturers of wind turbine towers against Chinese imports. Now, I thought that the definition of dumping was a manufacturer selling below cost of manufacture in another country. However, the head of the Australian Tower Manufacturers body was complaining about high costs of labour and other production costs in Australia.
    Hello!!
    That is not dumping. That is common-or-garden uncompetitiveness. Is it possible we are not only subsidising the power produced by these turbines but also affording import protection the manufacturers of the towers?

  41. Notafan

    I’m pretty sure most of us have reached ‘peak wind’

    btw Youth unemployment in Spain is a staggering 50%. Portugal is as bad, if not worse.

  42. gabrianga

    The “Chosen One” ,Obama, has licenced the killing of birds including eagles by wind turbines.

    Where are Greenpeace, the Sierra Club ,WWF and their “millions of supporters on this one?

    “Big Wind” looking sicker by the day and ever more useless as a power source.

  43. Andrew

    btw Youth unemployment in Spain is a staggering 50%. Portugal is as bad, if not worse.

    Green jobs. Should be along any day now.

    Dismantling windmills that catch fire after 5 years. Going house to house disconnecting people who signed on for solar subsidies, had the govt default on their obligations and now don’t want to pay the Solar Tax. Picking up and disposing (in a carbon-neutral manner of course) knee-deep bird carcasses under the few windmills that actually turn. Sitting with binoculars waiting to turn off windmills if birds are sighted. They’ll be an economic miracle – any day now.

  44. Jim Rose

    Deadman, great link on bird killing is tassie

  45. Ripper

    We need a local version of this to see how much wind is actually contributing in real time.

    Crikey! As I post this, wind is currently producing 1.13% of the UK’s power.

  46. Bruce of Newcastle

    A good analysis of wind company reporting practices is here. Actual bird death numbers are much higher than input into the studies because of careful limitation of things like distance from the turbine that qualifies as cause. Even with that the numbers of birds officially massacred are vast.

    But dry statistics are trumped by this event last year.

    The White-throated Needletail – the world’s fastest flying bird – was thousands of miles off course after turning up at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. It was first seen by two bird spotters from Northumberland on Monday.

    There has not been a sighting of the species in Britain since 1991 when a single bird was seen four times – in Kent, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and finally Shetland.

    Now 22 years later another White-throated Needletail turned up in the UK, but after more than 80 twitchers flocked to Harris – with scores more on their way – the bird flew into a wind turbine at Tarbert, witnessed by around 40 people.

    Josh Jones of Bird Guides said: “It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine. It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK, it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator.

    To quote our friendly Green lady of the hyphenated name…”accidents happen”.

  47. iamok

    It is actually so laughable now that you could not write this as fiction and be believed.

  48. ABW

    What the hell is “the environment”? If it means the resources on which future generations will depend (and that is what it is sometimes implied to mean) then why are birds and wildlife part of “the environment”? And I think all this angst over birds being “massacred” is rather phoney when you consider that it is only the survival of the species that most environmentalists care about.

  49. JohnA

    referring to the slaughter of birds, no matter how wicked or woeful, as murder is just another step closer to the position, favoured by too many loonies already, that anyone who kills an animal—even for food—must be prosecuted.

    Unless, of course we are talking about crows.

  50. Cold-Hands

    According to his Twitter header, Evan Keith Beaver is “Project engineer for Solarshare, Canberra’s community solar project”. Thus his snout is deep in the “sustainable energy” government/grant funded trough. He’s also beloved of the ABC.

  51. Unless, of course we are talking about crows.

    Indeed; but, here in Tasmania, our corvids are ravens—the Tasmanian Forest Raven, Corvus tasmanicus, a beautiful bird—and their collective term is an unkindness of ravens. Greens could have the same collective description, perhaps; or, rather than an unkindness of Greens, an idiocy , a slyness, a deceit, a misconception or even an inconsistency of Greens, should we, as with the crows, go with a murder of Greens?
    A little raveny tune: “Raven’s Dance”.

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