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Monday, 25th March 2019

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Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


You can have your solar panels
            and your turbines on the hills;
You can use the warmth of sunshine
            to reduce your heating bills.

You can dream you’re self-sufficient
            as you weed your vegie bed;
As long as you make sure to keep

            A diesel in the shed. 

When I was a kid on a dairy farm in Queensland, we relied on green energy - horses and human muscles provided motive power; fire-wood and beeswax candles supplied heat and light; windmills pumped water and the sun provided solar energy for growing crops, vegies and pastures. The only “non-green” energy used was a bit of kerosene for the kitchen lamp, and petrol for a small Ford utility.

Our life changed dramatically when we put a diesel in the dairy shed. This single-cylinder engine drove the milking machines, the cream separator and an electricity generator, which charged 16 lead-acid 2 volt batteries sitting on the veranda. This 32 volt DC system powered a modern marvel – bright light, at any time, in every room, at the touch of a switch.

There were no electric self-starters for diesels in those days – just a heavy crank handle. But all that effort, noise and fumes were superseded when every house and dairy got connected to clean silent “coal power by wire”. Suddenly the trusty “Southern Cross” diesel engines disappeared from Australian sheds and dairies.

In just one life-time, candles and kerosene were replaced by diesel, which was then replaced by clean silent ever-ready electricity.

Today, after Aussies have enjoyed decades of abundant reliable cheap electricity from coal, green energy gambling has taken Australia back to the era which kept a diesel in the shed.

                                        No nasty outboards for Tassie

Tasmania is the greenest state in Australia. It once had a vibrant economy that created mines, saw-mills, farms, orchards, oil and metal refineries, dams, hydro-power and railways. It is now a green no-go land. Greens have stopped new hydro developments, opposed mining, crippled the timber industry, prevented new wood-chip developments and will probably celebrate when their last refinery closes.

Tasmanians get their electricity mainly from hydro assets created long ago by their more productive ancestors. But recently a long drought caused a shortage of Tasmanian hydro-energy - they became reliant for up to 40% of their electricity needs on the Bass-link undersea cable bringing electricity from reliable coal-fired stations in Victoria and NSW. However the overloaded Bass Link cable failed, and an old gas-powered station was brought back into service (importing gas from Victoria) to keep the lights on. 

Subsequently their politicians hurriedly put 150 diesel generators in their shed (costing A$11 million per month).

                       "I'm not interested in coal", said SA Premier Weatherill

South Australia is the next greenest state in Australia, hosting about 35% of Australia’s wind turbines. These were force-fed into existence by mandatory green energy targets and tax benefits. In a burst of green destruction they also closed their gas-fired power stations and demolished their coal-fired station. 

              SA's ineffective wind turbines are reaching their use-by dates all at once

However wind power failed recently and a storm tore down their life-line bringing reliable coal power from Victoria. Now Premier Weatherill is planning to install up to 200 megawatts of diesel generators in his shed. Many residents are following his lead.

As some wag said:
Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?”
Answer: “Electricity”.

                               Back-up generators now being installed in UK sheds

The UK has been badly infected by the green energy virus. Engineers warned that this intermittent and unpredictable supply had increased the risk of blackouts, so the UK government offered subsidies for emergency backup power. This subsidy, plus consumer concerns, put so many diesels in British sheds that they now provide a major backup capacity for UK electricity.

Many Spaniards found a diesel in the shed was very profitable. Their government had been drinking green-ale and offered attractive subsidies for solar power produced. The subsidy was very successful - so successful that someone eventually noticed that some suppliers were even producing “solar” power at night. It was coming from diesels in their sheds.

Finally, our green media likes to feature some green energy enthusiast who is “off the grid”. But it usually emerges later in the show that there is a diesel in their shed too.

                                               Viv Forbes gets it right again

Those who remember the days of relying on a noisy smelly diesel in the shed have no wish to be dragged back there by green zealots.



Excellent as always Viv. Thank you. What really gets me is that the sheer simplicity and logic of maintaining and growing our cheap reliable energy industry has been under insane attack simply to pursue a false "green god".

It says so much about the quality of people occupying seats in the Parliaments across Australia that they are acting complicitly in sacrificing our competitive edge and providing inexpensive, clean reliable energy simply to fulfil the desire of a bunch of misguided green government grants addicts to take us back to the stone age. Why aren't the silent majority displaying more outrage at this insane travesty?

Meantime, there is much political hand wringing about housing affordability and the high cost of energy to industry and mums and dads. The green agenda is a key culprit by ripping into household and business budgets – the green agenda has been very successful in Queensland alone where our energy costs have risen by over 150% in a handful of years and for what beneficial outcome? To make a few misguided and irresponsible economic vandals enrich themselves from government grants and tell us that we should all feel good about saving the planet from nasty, but vital, CO2?

As is often said , you wouldn’t dream that this could our lifetime. A stroke of the pen could reverse this utter insanity. We are governed by simpletons, indeed.

Don't they teach our children critical thinking at school?

It does not take too long to realise the whole global warming scene is bullshit. Point 1. From the bed wetters point of view, any increase in temperature ALWAYS has a negative impact. This prospect is totally absurd of course. Why do we like to holiday at the beach in summer? Come to think of it, rising sea levels means the beach comes to us!! WIN WIN !! Point 2. When ever any kind of expert claims or has evidence that man made global warming is wrong, all the bed wetters immediatly shriek with anger. Will not stop for a second to think about new data....... We are dealing with a religion... By the very people who want to kill Christianity...... Just like our Muslim brothers want!

If you think or aren't sure that global warming has anthropogenic causes then ask yourself this rhetical question. If anthropogenic global warming is real then why do they keep falsifying the data to suit the narrative.

I also grew up with a 32v generator in a shed. It was my job to start/stop it and top up the fuel and water. Each major city had it'sown power source and some of them were from the major industry in the town. Then i grew up seeing the entire state connected together. Later the entire country was made all one big grid. Now it seems they want to dismantle most of it ?? The only big change since those earlier days is that we signed onto the UN Agenda 21. Seems we have been going downhill ever since..

Two Ladies Talking in Heaven…..

1st woman: Hi! Wanda.

2nd woman: Hi! Sylvia. How'd you die?

1st woman: I froze to death.

2nd woman: How horrible!

1st woman: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?

2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack.

I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act.

But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.

1st woman: So, what happened?

2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking.

I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement.

Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds.

I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

1st woman: Too bad you didn't look in the freezer---we'd both still be alive.

The ongoing lies and deceit from the seemingly unstoppable global warming bullshitters with the most recent being revealed by Dr John Bates , head scientist for the IPCC, blowing the whistle on the IPCC falsifying data to dupe nations into signing the Paris agreement is just par for the course. If you don't think it odd that the Aust government hasn't suspended the agreement and launched its own investigation then you my friend have been manipulated.

The green disease is exactly that . Gangrene!

Thanks, Dusty. I must say, your anthropological knowledge is impressive. Unfortunately though, the dastardly Yids are now firmly entrenched in [the former] Palestine and I doubt, even in light of the revelations uncovered by your extensive research, that they'd be willing to move. You could give the UN a shot - package up your posts and send them off - the heavies at the UN may force the Yids to f**k off back to Yidland On The Dnieper. Ta leme!

Disraeli Sat 15 Apr 2017 10:12:17 am
"stringybark Sat 15 Apr 2017 08:57:45 am
Ultimately the goal was the invasion of Russia. Just like Trump."

Hahahahahaha!!! Rats in the top paddock. No one has the slightest interest in invading Russia.

THORN Sat 15 Apr 2017 11:00:56 am
Why would anyone invade Russia? Maybe they want to make money exporting their snow?

Disraeli Sat 15 Apr 2017 11:03:52 am
It's a fantasy Putin likes to promote amongst his devotees.

Frank Is Back Sat 15 Apr 2017 04:31:15 pm
It looks like stringybark
has been eating the loco weed.
If it does not improve you can put it down tomorrow.

.......and whole sections engaged in mass debate Thorn!....:)

" Government is not reason, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master".

George Washington

I'll let you have the last word Dirty, you need something to cheer you up after all your attempts to disparage me have failed so miserably. Interesting that you know about lithium, I was unaware of its use, but then I am obviously not in the same mental age as you.

Denial they say is the first sign of mental illness. Better take your lithium rumple and have a good lie down.

What's a 'Shabbos' . . .?

Don't need fake news, Gent. Real news proves it : )

The atmosphere is like the Cuban missile crisis, counting the minutes............

Despite my age Dirty I am probably fitter and healthier than you, especially in the mental health area.

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