April 5th, 2006 – The Orange-bellied parrot versus the windfarm…

On this day in 2006 the then Australian Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell vetoed a Victorian windfarm on the extremely  spurious grounds that it would harm an endangered species, the Orange-bellied parrot, that hadn’t been spotted within 10km of the proposed site.

He used a controversial Biodiversity Act that had been opposed by most of the big Green groups (with the exception of WWF).  The decision was later overturned, but it contributed to the sense that the Howard government was taking the mickey.

The conservative hate-affair with wind energy continues down unto this day, for reasons that we might come back to…

 

Also on this day

On April 5, 2010, an explosion at another Massey Energy facility in Raleigh County killed 29 out of the 31 miners onsite, the worst mining accident in the U.S. since 1970. An investigation found Massey Energy’s negligent safety practices directly

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