Wind Power Wilts: Brewing Voter Fury Means Coal-Power Set to Drive Australia’s Fossil Fuelled Renaissance

Posted: February 6, 2017 by oldbrew in Energy, Politics
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Politicians who sabotage the public’s power supplies do so at their own risk.


turnbull-frydenberg Yes, boy wonder, it’s a place called ‘Queensland’.


In 2016 no two words struck more fear into the hearts of the city-bound, political elite than ‘Trump’ and ‘Brexit’.

In both instances, ignorance amongst the media and political class meant that – for them – what were predictable, if not inevitable, results came as visceral, gut-wrenching, bewildering shocks.

If there is a single issue that has the potential to destroy political incumbents, it has to be energy.

South Australia has proved, without doubt, that skyrocketing power prices and unreliable supply are part and parcel of attempting to run economies on sunshine and breezes. Dutifully ignoring the effect of rolling blackouts and punishing power bills on the businesses and people who grow, build and create things (other than whipping up fair-trade, skinny-soy lattes and smashed avocado on toast at hipster cafés) is a recipe for political disaster.

Ever since it became…

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  1. “Nincompoops Unite”, Mr. Turnbull. Just double down, keep digging, you’re bound to strike open air sooner or later, right? And who’s counting? Well…

  2. rishrac says:

    You don’t need many whistle blowers to bring the CAGW house of cards down. Politicians forget in the west they aren’t elected for life. We can and do fire them.

  3. Rishrac “don’t need many scandals” – perhaps only one! NOAAgate has a long way to run. The bit that interests sceptics has blown up – that’s the data manipulation – which we’re so familiar with that it’s just another day to us.

    But the thing that is still to come – is the question of why NOAA illegally refused to comply with the subpoena for information from their oversight committee. Now, these committees are at the heart of the US constitution and way of government. And if a committee cannot compel those over whom they have oversight to comply with requests, then you may as well pack them all up – which would hurt all politicians. So, these aren’t just “for show” committees.

    But NOAA blatantly refused to comply with a legal subpoena (which is criminal behaviour by them) citing “science”. It now is very clear the reason they did not comply was because they could not justify their methodology and they were basically using Fake Science to create warming to replace the pause.

    Furthermore, it is very clear that if this had come out before the presidential election, that it would have had a serious impact on Clinton. So, again there is the clear suggestion that the information was withheld for political reasons … perhaps with a paper trail pointing right the way up to Obama.

    And yes … the press, particularly under Obama had absolutely no interest in data fiddling. But when it comes to high politics and illegally withholding sensitive information in order to favour the democrats … politicians understand what that means and few Republicans are going to let that lie.

    [mod note] this should be on the ‘NOAA Whistleblower’ thread

  4. oldbrew says:

    Resources Minister Matt Canavan has opened the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund to fund new so-called clean-coal power stations.

  5. oldbrew says:

    ABC News: SA heatwave forces blackouts to cope with electricity demand, angering Government

    Mr Frydenberg [Federal Energy Minister] said the Australian Energy Market Operator disputed some claims that it was to blame and it was preparing an “urgent report” on the blackout.

    “The point in South Australia was that there was a lack of supply because the wind was only down to providing 2.5 per cent of South Australia’s energy needs,” he said.

    “That’s a lot less than is otherwise expected and that is one of the problems we have with intermittent sources of power.”

    Not being windy was only ONE of the problems with renewables? Oh dear 😦

  6. oldbrew says:

    Date: 10/02/17 Editorial, The Adelaide Advertiser

    South Australia has become a laughing stock — a state that, literally, cannot keep the lights on. South Australians are seething. We have been let down by our state and federal politicians.

    Time for SA voters to catch on to what ‘green’ policy means for them.

  7. oldbrew says:

    “Power in South Australia is more akin to what you would expect in a backpackers’ hostel in a third world country.”

    STT reports: ‘SA’s 18 wind farms (with a notional capacity of 1,576MW) were belting out a tad over 1,000MW around 8am, but fell in a flabbergasted heap as the day wore on: plummeting to a piddling 70MW by 7pm (or 4% of notional capacity). So much for ‘wonderful, free’ wind energy routinely ‘powering’ the hundreds of thousands of homes claimed as gospel fact by the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers.’
    – – –
    STT also reports how rapidly falling output causes the price of wholesale electricity to rocket to mad levels.

    Q: What did South Australians use before candles? A: Electricity.
    [from STT]

  8. oldbrew says:

    Date: 12/02/17 Miles Kemp, Sunday Mail (South Australia)

    Mr Heard said it was well known that extreme heat conditions in SA were accompanied by very little wind.

    “Our expectation at the time was that this would make it impossible to retire other generators from the market because of the security risk.

    “Instead, the generators were allowed to retire, we took the risk, and we have started paying the price.”

  9. oldbrew says:

    Don’t do that, do this – the heatwave has impacted NSW as well…

    ‘Authorities were preparing to temporarily suspend power to selected areas of NSW state late on Friday to prevent overload just days after 40 000 homes and businesses lost electricity in the state of South Australia.

    NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin asked residents to consider reducing their energy usage after work.

    “Rather than going straight home and turning on the television and cooking, (you might) want to consider going to a movie, going out to a shopping center, keeping the load low, every bit like that helps,” Harwin told journalists in Sydney.’