Live by the environmental sword, die by the environmental sword. That may be the lesson from today’s news that Australia’s federal government has overruled a state decision to erect a 52-turbine wind farm in Victoria’s South Gippsland.
Federal officials and activists are concerned that the farm would threaten the survival of the orange bellied parrot. “A lot of these birds migrate at night, but if they’re coming across wind farms then there is potential to collide with these things,” said Chris Tzaros from Birds Australia.
The developer is considering legal action to keep the project alive. But that does raise an interesting public-relations dilemma. Can the wind industry, which stands to benefit greatly from its relationship to the environmental movement, risk being thought of as a threat to wild animals?