Australian PM argues the case for coal power 

Posted: January 18, 2017 by oldbrew in Energy, government, ideology, Politics
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Dumper truck symbol = coal production [click on image to enlarge]

Dumper truck symbol = coal production [click on image to enlarge]

Can politicians put sanity ahead of ideology for Australian electricity generation following recent blackout fiascos?

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reinforced his belief in the importance of coal as a pragmatic part of the global energy mix, reports PEI. The Australian online reports Turnbull as saying he had the same opinion while leader of the opposition in 2009.

“We are the biggest coal exporter in the world. If anybody — if any country — has a vested interest in demonstrating that clean coal and cleaner coal with new technologies can make a big contribution to our energy mix — and, at the same time, reduce our emissions in net terms — it’s us.”

“Our approach, and my approach, to energy is absolutely pragmatic and practical. This is not a matter for ideology.” Mr Turnbull said both renewables and fossil fuels would have a role to play in energy production in the future.

“Treating this as an ideological thing where people say, “Renewables are bad” or “All fossil fuel is bad” is wrong. You’ve got to make sure you get the right mix,” he said. “And above all, this is the most important point — energy has to be affordable. We’ve got to be able to afford to pay the bills, and it’s got to be reliable.”

Turnbull added that he wanted to avoid the situation currently facing South Australia which he says has the most expensive and least reliable electricity in the country.

Source: Australian PM argues the case for coal power – Power Engineering International

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    “And above all, this is the most important point — energy has to be affordable. We’ve got to be able to afford to pay the bills, and it’s got to be reliable.”

    At one time that would have been seen as stating the obvious, but not now it seems :/

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  3. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Can politicians put sanity ahead of ideology for Australian electricity generation following recent blackout fiascos?”

    Without being negative of a naysayer, Turnbull is simply appealing to his conservative base who have deserted him in droves for holding a zealot-like belief in man-made “Global Warming” (CAGW). Turnbull has always been a staunch advocate of an emissions trading scheme/scam to “tackle climate change”. And he signed a midnight deal to include Australia in the Paris climate fraud.

    Once a (Lefty) zealot, always a zealot.

    Don’t believe the hype.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Still dreaming of carbon capture and storage for China’s coal plants, but..

    ‘China currently has over 900 gigawatts (GW) of installed coal-fired power capacity, representing almost 50% of the global total, and had nearly 200 GW under construction at last count.’
    http://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2017/january/the-potential-for-carbon-capture-and-storage-in-china.html

  5. hunter says:

    The Honorable PM is blinking hard. More and more cracks in the “consensus” will hopefully keep appearing. The hysteric reaction to Trump by our lefty and insider friends bodes well for people everywhere.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    The real point is that Turnbull is dropping rapidly in the polls, but has decided to be different to the opposition and appeal to the ordinary citizen, who are getting very annoyed by rising electricity bills. These rises are helped along by the behaviour of various State Premiers, by coincidence all Labor, who believe that electricity from wind is cheap so pushing for more wind turbines. Something else must be causing those increases, and those blackout in S.A.
    What Turnbull is saying is commonsense but that isn’t at all common among politicians.

  7. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    “Turnbull added that he wanted to avoid the situation currently facing South Australia which he says has the most expensive and least reliable electricity in the country.”
    Shock horror 😉

  8. gregole says:

    “pragmatic and practical” = sane

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