Thanks to his many controversial views, Australia’s Prime Minister is regularly mocked on social media. On 11 June 2015, Tony Abbott's description of wind farms as visually awful and noisy brought both ridicule and outrage.
A blogger using the name Roswell responded quickly on the Australian Independent Media Network:
Are wind farms noisy? Tony Abbott thinks they are. And if Tony Abbott thinks they’re noisy then I imagine that every right-winger in the country will be using Abbott’s opinion as scientific evidence that your eardrums will be blown out if you dare to venture within two postcodes of the ‘awful’ things.
Abbott has been keen to slash Australia's Renewable Energy Target, and his comment about wind farms prompted additional criticism from supporters of renewable energy on Twitter:
— Ella Belfanti (@EllaBelfanti) June 11, 2015
— Nigel Dobson (@Nigel_Dobson) June 11, 2015
On the same day, Mr. Abbott opened a terrorism summit in Sydney. Many people on thee Internet quickly linked the two:
— Kingslayer (@squig_) June 11, 2015
— David Marler (@Qldaah) June 11, 2015
Comparisons with coal-fired power stations were also popular:
— Geoff Sawyer (@geofsawyer) June 11, 2015
— amjulie (@amjemmo) June 11, 2015
A Senate Committee is currently looking into wind farms as a renewable source of energy. Gaetan Burgio recommended a piece published at The Conversation, which studies the science of wind farms.
— Gaetan Burgio (@GaetanBurgio) June 11, 2015
The Prime Minister has some colourful support. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm has been vocal lately on the issue:
David Leyonhjelm swears at satirical protest group outside windfarm inquiry http://t.co/fKsZQQx2RL brilliant work. He's a senator, folks.
— Reasonable Hank (@reasonable_hank) June 9, 2015
One of the protesters, Liz Conor, responded online at New Matilda:
The Leyonhjelm Offensive: How And Why The Senator Told Me To F**k Off: Dr Liz Conor joined a protest of Tuesda… http://t.co/idlFBmWkwD
— newmatilda (@newmatilda) June 10, 2015
Others are concerned that Australia's head of state is damaging the country's reputation abroad by defying international efforts to promote alternative energy:
Does Abbott realise his #windfarms comments are pretty much saying FU to the international community on Climate Change Action.
— Jo Barnes (@Jo_Barnes) June 11, 2015