Abbott’s Triumph of Anecdote Over Science

Just in case you may have thought Tony Abbott’s negative comments about wind power on Thursday last week agreeing with Alan Jones were a one off, he expanding on these views on Friday. He explained that his negative attitudes were informed by his experience with one single wind turbine located on Rottnest Island – off the coast of Perth.

Abbott said: "Well, I was on Rottnest Island a few years ago and I cycled around the island most mornings and my path took me almost directly under the big wind turbine which has been on Rottnest Island for some time." He explained that, “up close, they are ugly, they are noisy and they may have all sorts of other impacts which I will leave to the scientists to study."

In case you were wondering what those "other impacts" might be, he added:

"It's right and proper that we are having an inquiry into the health impacts of these things and, frankly, it's right and proper that we have reduced the Renewable Energy Target because as things stood, there was going to be an explosion of these things right around our country."

In the end whether you think they’re ugly or not is a matter of aesthetic opinion rather than objective fact. Although, one might want to consider the aesthetic aspects of the alternatives as well, you’d think.

Also read:

Abbott's Triumph of Anecdote Over Science - Tristan Edis, Business Spectator 15 June 2015