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Time to Drain the Energy Swamp

Viv Forbes

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

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The Australian electricity market has become a stinking swamp covered with a tangled net of treaties, laws, rules, obligations, prohibitions, targets, taxes and subsidies. The swamp conceals the rubble of demolished coal generators; another plant destined for destruction (Liddell) is gradually sinking in the green ooze.


The swamp is slowly claiming paddocks of subsidised solar panels that, at best, only work for six hours per sunny day. The scene is uglified by spec-built regiments of ailing wind turbines that are often idle, but sometimes whirling madly. 

To distract the gullible media from this mess, big diesel generators charge a gigantic battery which pumps water uphill and then lets it run down again. A garbage dump of dead lithium batteries fills a nearby gully and the swamp is fenced by locked green gates.


The stagnant water is stirred on sunny days by luxury launches carrying academics-with-models, green media evangelists, climate alarmists, emissions inspectors and power regulators. Speculative sharks constantly patrol the swamp snapping up every smelly subsidy morsel scattered by politicians in posh yachts fishing for votes.

Helicopters full of unelected UN officials hover overhead, creating choppy waves of uncertainty. A pleasant hill overlooking the swamp houses the air-conditioned offices of the power regulators. They have no windows to the world and few power engineers; they stare at screens, run models and press buttons.

                   The way out of the energy swamp is to retrace the way we got in.

First, get to the root of the problem – UN Climate Alarmism. Disown the Paris and Kyoto Treaties and dump all the obligations, costs, hobbles and distortions they have created. Stop their pointless war on carbon energy. Carbon dioxide does not control climate but it does support all life on earth.

Abolish green energy targets and renewable energy certificates – they belong in museums beside the WW2 ration cards.

Then de-fund and boycott the rotten core of climate alarmism - the UNIPCC. Shun their never-ending climate conferences and cease funding all of their green tentacles. Cancel the tax exempt status of political activists posing as honest scientists.

Then unravel the electricity regulations mess. Stop politicians from banning or promoting their energy favourites – speculators should be free to build wind, solar, geothermal, wave, coal, gas, nuclear or pig-poo power generators free of all special taxes, subsidies and market mandates. But no electricity distributor, retailer or consumer should be forced to accept unreliable or expensive electricity.

Then abolish all guaranteed returns on inflated capital for those who gold-plate power lines and poles, or expect big returns on under-used connections to remote wind farms or other green energy toys. Consumers should not be saddled with these hidden green taxes.

All electricity producers and retailers should face competitive market prices, get no special subsidies and obey the same tax laws. But they should be encouraged to enter into long term contracts to supply base-load or peak power at agreed prices. Such contracts could underpin construction of new reliable generation capacity.

                                      Politicians should stop backing losers

De-centralise decision making. Test energy theories properly by letting green states go deep green on intermittent energy, while others place their bets on long-term contracts from new HELE (High Energy Low Emissions) running on solid reliable black “fossil sunshine”. Allow isolated communities to try sealed transportable nuclear power packs.

The choice for our crippled electricity industry is stark – swift surgical reform and practical innovation; or let the lights go out as our once-cheap-and-reliable grid drowns in the smelly regulatory swamp.



Comments

haha, the old Bat from Ballina speaking to herself - now it's important to remember that when this was posted 'Monte' was Hooray Harry and 'rosa16' was Lights.

I won't forget June 10 lights and wish you a happy White Rose day my love. All those wigs and femine outfits/ makeup etc those guys wore back in a day. What hope did they have of not being Gay Lights. I'm glad times have changed its treble the cost to be a woman, clothes, hair cuts and all the garb.

demented? dementia? or both

http://pickeringpost.com/story/the-professor-professes-some-frog-shit/5920

Explaining Politics



I TOLD MY SON, "YOU WILL MARRY THE GIRL I CHOOSE."

HE SAID, "NO."

I TOLD HIM, "SHE IS BILL GATES' DAUGHTER."

HE SAID, "YES."



I CALLED BILL GATES AND SAID, "I WANT YOUR DAUGHTER TO MARRY MY SON."

BILL GATES SAID, "NO."

I TOLD BILL GATES, "MY SON IS THE CEO OF THE WORLD BANK."

BILL GATES SAID, "OK."



I CALLED THE PRESIDENT OF WORLD BANK AND ASKED HIM TO MAKE MY SON THE CEO.

HE SAID, "NO."

I TOLD HIM, "MY SON IS BILL GATES' SON-IN-LAW."

HE SAID, "OK."



AND THAT'S EXACTLY HOW POLITICS WORKS.



And thus, began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in influential positions of government.



The practice is unbroken to this date.

It's always a pleasure to watch the eyes glaze over when you explain to the sheeple why they pay the horrendous prices they pay. They have no comprehension whatever of what they voted for.

Trump is on the warpath - that Iranian President sure pissed him off! https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-rouhani/irans-rouhani-warns-trump-about-mother-of-all-wars-idUSKBN1KC07Z so Trump tweeted Donald J. Trump
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Verified account

@realDonaldTrump
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To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!

Breaking....A shooting rumble unfolding in Toronto.What odds am I offered on the perps background.

Bet this lion chaser is after huge money for a non existent assault. Trying on the Lebo accident fraud without motor vehicles.....http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/south-sudanese-leader-claims-he-was-attacked/ar-BBKW886?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=ientp

https://twitter.com/DeplorableChoir Really good song

I see Sarah Shit Fr Brains has brought the poor unfortunate kid into her little Misogyny scam......http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/sarah-hanson-youngs-daughter-mum-i-want-to-be-able-to-have-my-say/ar-BBKXIoi?ocid=ientp

Talking of the energy swamp, spend half an hour watching this amazing clip about the war in Syria, the geopolitical players... I would love to read what Larry's take is on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot9cRcmbYLE

Taken together, none of that points to the big collusion/conspiracy/coordination indictment of Resistance dreams. Such an indictment might still be on the way, of course — no one on the outside has a full picture of what is going on inside Mueller's office — but the signs don't seem to be pointing toward it.

Finally, all the handed-off cases raise questions about whether a special prosecutor was needed at all. Mueller clearly felt there was no need for a special prosecutor to pursue Cohen or Butina — and one could argue that the Butina case, at least, was closer to Mueller's core mission than the Paul Manafort prosecution. And in the 12 Russians matter, if a case that goes to the heart of the Trump-Russia affair can be fairly tried by Department prosecutors, it's reasonable to ask: Why was a special counsel appointed in the first place?https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/why-is-mueller-handing-off-key-cases

Talking through the bottle again apedog?

Yes Oliver that DC Swamp is turning into quicksand as it swallows the USA.

they are for Free speech provided you dont tell the truth about them ,then you are a nazi

mean while our UN Zionist arse licking politicians are pissing away our taxes in Foreign ''AID'' ,but no aid for farmers like Marxist bitch Margaret Whitlam said at a womens meeting in the 70s, '' When we get rid of the farmers ,we will own the country ''

crypto jew and useful idiot ,who always get whacked when they are no longer ''useful''

The Mufti of Jerusalem: Jihadi Bloodlust, the Nazis, and British and French Perfidy
By Robert Spencer - on July 21, 2018

https://gellerreport.com/2018/07/mufti-bloodlust-perfidy.html/

JIHAD WATCH
Exposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts
German prosecutor on Muslim migrant stabbing rampage: “We have no indication of political radicalisation”

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/german-prosecutor-on-muslim-migrant-stabbing-rampage-we-have-no-indication-of-political-radicalisation

How many of the rescued ‘White Hats’ will be allocated to Australia for ‘resettlement’? Could this be the sting in the tail to the agreement by the US to take the Manus refugees?

Julian Assange is about to be turfed out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London so for his protection from that branch of the US Government who want his scalp for showing the video of a drone murdering civilians and journalists I reckon he should offer himself as witness to the Mueller investigation as their witness in that he has the goods on them all so he could fill in the gaps seeing whistle blowers in the US government thought badly of it that their information was wrong and very naughty and someone had to bring their information to account but because of their corrupt system of government they had no where to turn to so they went to WikiLeaks to show the world these horrid crimes against humanity exist in their USA so it would be in Mueller's best interest . (follow)

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper admitted in a CNN interview Saturday that former President Obama instigated the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump and those in his orbit.

Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Clapper let slip:

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-22/clapper-obama-was-behind-whole-thing