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Windfarms ‘Appalling’ for Australian Landscape, Hockey Says

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said he doesn’t regret calling windfarms “utterly offensive,” as the government considers scrapping a renewable energy target that’s fostered A$20 billion ($18.1 billion) of investment.

“We get some beautiful landscapes in Australia and frankly putting up those towers is just, to me, quite appalling in those places,” Hockey said at the Bloomberg Summit in Sydney today. In a May radio interview, the treasurer described wind turbines operating between Sydney and Canberra as “a blight.”