As promised in part 1, here is my critique of the Australian NHMRC’s Rapid Review, which concerned health and wind turbines. To sum it up succinctly, the Rapid Review is arguably the worst in a long series of bad health reviews. Quite the honor, I suppose. My critique runs 13 pages; here are my Parting Thoughts from it.
In our western democratic tradition, governments exist to serve the interests of their citizens. In the case of wind turbines and health, I would think it self-evident that the citizen’s interests would best be served by an honest and rigorous examination of all the evidence that relates to the issue. Instead, in the Rapid Review, we have a government report that explicitly tries to support a statement that dismisses these health concerns out-of-hand.
It seems obvious to me that the Rapid Review was never intended to be an honest study of the issue. Rather, it seems designed to be part of a campaign to confuse the legal and legislative bodies, buying time for more projects to get installed. Unfortunately, those legal and legislative bodies are ill-suited to detect this type of gaming, and I expect the Rapid Review will have some success in accomplishing its purpose. Also unfortunately, real people living in real houses will suffer real damage as a result.
You have to ask: exactly what agenda are they pushing here? Have they decided that wind turbines represent a greater good, and the locals are thus expendable? Are the bureaucrats serving the interests of their political masters, who are trying to appear as green as possible? Or do they just want to stretch out the turbine building frenzy as long as possible to make as much money as they can for themselves and their friends?
Whatever the agenda is, it certainly does not serve the interests of Australia’s citizens.