Assault and Battery


Climate nonsense, as usual

One of the unfortunate consequences of rising early is the extended interview slot on ABC News Radio, broadcast at about 5.45 am. Frequently this will be a lengthy regurgitation of a Lateline interview from the night before, and this morning’s was no exception.

This morning we were greeted by an almost unbelievable cosy fireside chat between David Lipson and Labor climate spokesperson Mark Butler, who proceeded to spout the most egregious climate nonsense, unchallenged at every step by the interviewer.

The South Australian miracle battery, for example, was made to sound like a cure for all the state’s energy ills, despite the fact that it is a band-aid solution to a problem that should never have arisen. Proper use of gas and clean coal generation will be essential until renewables and other forms of generation are economical, but South Australia’s ideological crusade (which has turned the state into the world’s electricity crash test dummy, as I read somewhere) has meant that the lights will continue to go out during periods of high demand, with or without Elon Musk’s Duracell.

Butler then proceeded to lecture us on how Australia’s emissions of “carbon pollution” (actually harmless CO2 gas, nothing to do with elemental carbon, and not pollution either) had risen by 1.4%. That’s 1.4% of the less than 2% of the contribution that Australia makes to global emissions, or just under three-hundredths of one percent – as if that was going to have any effect on the climate.

Lipson let all this through without challenge, including Butler’s heavily implied link between Australia’s actions and the ‘survival’ of the Great Barrier Reef. All complete nonsense, of course, since China and India cannot build coal-fired power stations fast enough, and their increasing emissions will obliterate any token reductions by Australia.

Suffice it to say, after all that I needed a cup of tea to calm down. You can watch/read the whole thing here.

High efficiency coal still cheaper than renewables


Surprisingly expensive for generating electricity

Yes, despite all the technology that must go into HELE (high efficiency, low emission) coal fired power stations, they are STILL cheaper than farts and sunbeams. What a surprise:

The construction of a new high-efficiency, low emissions coal-fired power station, being considered by the Turnbull government, would cost $2.2 billion — considerably less than the $3bn of subsidies handed out to renewable projects each year, a new technical study shows.

With Australians facing further hikes in their electricity and gas bills following moves by ­energy companies over the weekend to increase bills by up to 20 per cent, Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure to deliver relief for households, small businesses and manufacturers.

New analysis, compiled by power and energy sector specialists GHD and Solstice Development Services, reveals it would cost $2.2bn to build a 1000MW ultra-supercritical (USC) coal-power plant and that it would ­deliver the cheapest electricity on the market.

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Climate Institute shuts today


It is no more, it has ceased to be…

Long before the term fake news was even thought of, the activists at the Climate Institute, headed up by John Connor, were pushing it by the barrowload.

Now its time is up, going out as it came in, hyping the desire for ‘action’ on climate change as always:

Australians overwhelmingly want our country’s energy system to be powered by renewables because they see it as the “economically smart” thing for Australia’s future, The Climate Institute’s Climate of the Nation 2017 report has found.

Ninety-six percent of Australians want our nation’s primary energy to come from renewables, with 58 per cent wanting it supported by storage technologies and 38 per cent by fossil fuels,” said Acting CEO of The Climate Institute, Olivia Kember. “People see through the divisive politics, they want bipartisan action and clean solutions.”

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Paris Agreement cuts just one twentieth of a degree


This is the reality of efforts to alter the climate of the planet: huge expense for almost no result.

Bjorn Lomborg’s 2016 paper on the impact of current climate proposals (full text here) reveals that the trillions of dollars that the world is spending on climate change mitigation will result in a tiny fraction of a degree difference in the global temperature by the end of the century.

A tiny fraction of a degree that will be swamped by natural variation anyway.

This must be the worst value for money ever – in the history of the planet.

Lomborg writes ($) on the Paris agreement in The Australian today:

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate agreement leaves his country without a global warming policy. That is alarming. But the world’s response — to double down on the pact in opposition to Trump — should also cause concern. There have been two conflicting responses to Trump’s decision — often heard from the very same person.

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Power prices skyrocket


Turnbull policies make energy unaffordable

Who cares that fewer and fewer people in Australia can afford this most basic necessity? At least we’re saving the planet, right?

Actually no, since nothing Australia does makes any difference to the global climate. It just appeases the idiotic Green/Left activists, while India and China burn cheap coal to their hearts’ content.

The Australian highlights ($) the continuing price rises for electricity and gas:

About three-quarters of households and businesses on the east coast and South Australia face substantial increases in power bills from next month, after Origin Energy announced price rises for electricity and gas.

Origin, the biggest of the three major generators and retailers, confirmed the pressure on wholesale prices from a historic lack of investment in new baseload generation capacity. AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia also announced price rises in recent days.

NSW, which came close to blackouts amid soaring temperatures in February, faces the steepest percentage increases for power, with business bills set to rise 18 per cent, or an average $748 a year, while households will pay about $282 more, up 16.1 per cent.

But South Australians, who faced blackouts from September and who already pay most for power, will face the biggest dollar increases. Businesses are set to pay an average $920, or 15.3 per cent, more, while households will pay $313, or 15.9 per cent more.

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Oh, look what Energy Australia is doing…


Finkel’s new portrait

Would never have seen this coming, since Finkel is the magic pudding that cuts emissions and prices!

A MAJOR electricity retailer has announced a $130-a-year price hike and blamed closing coal-fire power plants, among other factors, as some government MPs dig in their heels on the Finkel report.

There is a growing push within the Coalition to ensure coal plays a key role in the government’s energy policy coming out of the Finkel report’s recommendations.

Queensland LNP MPs have been among the most vocal in the push to keep coal in the energy mix, since a three-hour Coalition party room meeting in which more than 20 backbenchers raised concerns with the proposed clean energy target.

Energy Australia, which has 120,000 customers in Queensland, announced yesterday it was putting up prices 7.3 per cent. (source)

Madness on stilts.

Adani vs Finkel


Just ship it to India…

Compare and contrast the following two current news stories:

  1. Australia will ‘Finkel around the edges’ of a tiny emissions footprint in order to make Malcolm look like he’s a really sensitive, new Age, trendy-lefty guy who cares about the environment (but clearly not the pensioners who can’t heat their homes in winter, or cool them in summer);
  2. Adani will dig millions of tonnes of coal out of Queensland, ship it to India and burn it to provide cheap energy to Indians, and obliterating any possible difference Finkel will make to the climate hundreds (thousands?) of times over.

Here’s an idea – I know it sounds really, really, reeeeaaaally stupid – but why don’t we [whispers] burn the coal here and give Australians dirt cheap electricity?

Freaking MADNESS.

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