Powering Australia: Keeping the Lights On Means Coal-Fired Power For Generations to Come

Posted: October 29, 2018 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, government
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Australia fiddles while its own coal burns…elsewhere. That’s exactly it, but what are its apparently confused leaders thinking to allow this to happen?


Australia is in the process of destroying what was the world’s most reliable and affordable power supply. The destruction is all down to heavily subsidised and chaotically intermittent wind and solar.

Meanwhile, our major Asian trading partners, China and Japan are chewing up Australian coal and uranium as fast as we can ship it – and building hundreds of new plants to use our high-grade thermal coal: Full-Steam Ahead: China & Japan Snub Intermittent Wind & Solar to Build Hundreds of New-Age Coal-Fired Plants

That a country once renowned as an affordable energy superpower is throttling itself to death with a cocktail of suicidal renewable energy policies, is not just ironic, it is flat out criminal.

Tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in mining, mineral processing and manufacturing have already been destroyed by rocketing power prices; and tens of thousands more remain under threat. Once lost, those jobs will never…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Cheap wind power? No.

    Date: 30/10/18 The Japan Times


  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    What happens when politicians get out of their depth. They thrash around making hysterical cries but fight off anybody who tries to help them.
    Nothing can be done in Australia until there is a major blackout, or a series of blackouts which cause major economic damage. Then, and only then, will commonsense prevail. Until then our ‘leaders’ will support more wind turbines and solar panels.
    In the meantime I notice that 29,900 wind turbines in Germany have not reduced the overall CO2 emissions since 2009.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Germany could reduce CO2 emissions very easily. Just impose a national speed limit on the autobahns like almost everyone else.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Maybe fusion energy can come to the rescue, or maybe not…

    Prince William tours UK’s new fusion energy experiment
    19 October 2018

    Fusion energy research aims to copy the process which powers the sun for a new large-scale source of clean energy on Earth
    . . .
    Prince William heard about the five-year project to build a machine capable of creating artificial stars and how in a few months’ time, temperatures of 50 million°C will be created – more than three times hotter than the sun.


  5. dai davies says:

    Eventually we will have catalytic fusion – the nuclear equivalent of the laser. Demonstrated in 1950s with muon catalysed fusion, but now a forbidden topic. Too much invested in plasma fusion, and too many careers at stake. Sound familiar?

  6. oldbrew says:

    Not that an ‘answer’ is needed – because the question is delusional – but…

    Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer

    Consider: meeting America’s current demand for electricity alone—not including gasoline or jet fuel, or the natural gas required for things like space heating and fertilizer production—would require covering a territory twice the size of California with wind turbines.


    And if it’s not windy on a given day, bad luck :/