Posted: August 14, 2017 Filed under: Alarmism Debunked, Australia, Climatism, Dud predictions, Empirical Evidence, Energy Poverty, Fact Check, Failed Green Schemes, Fossil Fuels, Green Energy, Propaganda, Renewables, Solar, Tim Flannery, Unreliables, Wind Farms | Tags: Climate Change, coal, Energy, Global Warming, Green Energy, Green Energy Failure, Renewable energy, RET, SA Blackouts, Solar panels, unreliables, wind, wind power
The ultra-supercritical Shanghai Waigaoqiao No. 3 is one of China’s flagship high-efficiency, low-emissions coal-fired power plants.
UNRELIABLE energy (wind/solar) proponents parrot the same mindless, groupthink propaganda about the so-called “green energy revolution” (which provides under 2% of the world’s power after trillions of dollars spent), demanding that we must “transition now!” so as to not be “left behind by the rest of the world!”.
MEMO to the misinformed …
From The New York Times
“1,600 new coal-fired power plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries.”
MEANWHILE, back in Australia, global warming theory obsessed politicians are giving up the countries once prized economic advantage of having cheap, reliable energy, by decommissioning and blowing up their last remaining coal-fired power plants. Greens and Labor parties even cheering about it!
Playford A Power Station Stack Felling
NPS West Coal Bunker and Tower Demolition
NPS East Coal Bunker and Coal Transfer Towers
via Augusta Power Stations – Flinders Power
NEIGHBOURING State, Victoria, whose Socialist Left government is also obsessed with green energy and the climate faith has closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station, which did not merely supply Victoria with a quarter of its power but also helped bail out South Australia.
ALL this destruction of Australia’s once cheap, efficient, relaible, baseload power supply has led to Australia now having some of the highest power prices in the world. South Australia officially has “the highest“!
THE world sure got the message: South Australia is closed for investment in heavy industry, and so, soon, will be the rest of Australia if they don’t learn from the dire consequences of destroying cheap power.
THE situation has become so dire in SA that the Weatherill Labor government is now spending a whopping $360 million on imported diesel generators in an attempt to maintain power supply after a summer of statewide blackouts 2016/17, which earned SA title of “the blackout capital of the world.”
More from The Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt:
The public is now waking up to this madness, and to the falsehoods that inspired it.
Let’s expose the five biggest.
FALSEHOOD ONE: We can afford Labor’s green energy target.
In fact, just to meet the targets set by Labor in Queensland and Victoria would force us to build 4800 wind generators at an estimated cost of $41 billion. And those states would then have a power system as dodgy as South Australia’s.
FALSEHOOD TWO: This green energy creates lots of “green jobs”.
In fact, it costs jobs. The wind power industry gives full-time jobs to just 1230 Australians, according to the Bureau of Statistics. But if the Victorian Government goes ahead with policies to close the giant Hazelwood coal-fired station, that alone would cost the jobs of 1000 Hazelwood workers.
Worse, other businesses would be hit with power price rises of up to 5 per cent, enough to probably kill the power-intensive Portland aluminium smelter, for one, with its 750 workers.
FALSEHOOD THREE: Australia will save the planet by switching to green power. In fact, cutting our emissions makes no measurable difference to global temperatures, which is why politicians refuse to say how much temperatures will fall as a consequence of the billions they are spending. Ask them yourself: for all this pain, how much will we gain? By how much will temperatures fall?
I’ve asked everyone from the Liberals’ Greg Hunt to Labor’s Penny Wong, from alarmist Tim Flannery to populist Kevin Rudd, and not one will answer.
FALSEHOOD FOUR: We are doomed if we don’t cut the temperature. In fact, the warmists’ predictions of doom keep bombing.
In 2007, Climate Council boss Flannery warned that “even the rain that falls will not fill our dams and our river systems”. In 2008, the weather bureau warned that drought could become “our new climate”. In 2012, the Australian Conservation Foundation warned it “will be less and less likely that we can feed the human population”.
But what do we see instead?
Years of good rain. Dams filling. Rivers flooding. A record world harvest of grain crops.
FALSEHOOD FIVE: the public still believes this warming scare.
In fact, even a survey for the embarrassed Climate Institute last month found just 30 per cent of Australians still believed the world was warming and humans were mostly to blame.
Most Australians are now sceptics. The great warming scare is failing, which explains the panic over South Australia’s blackout.
The lights went out. But for many Australians, a light bulb went on.
Pardon? Here were storms bringing the rains the warmists told us were gone, and switching off the green power the warmists told us would stay.
Green power, gone with the wind.
South Australian blackout puts questions on value of wind power | Herald Sun
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Posted: July 8, 2017 Filed under: Australia, BIG Government, Climate Alarmism, Climatism, Energy Poverty, Fact Check, Failed Green Schemes, Govt Climate Agenda, Green Agenda, Green Energy, Renewables, Solar, Unreliables, Wind Farms | Tags: Cimate Change, Climate Change Scam, Energy Poverty, Fuel Poverty, Global Warming Scam, Green Climate Fund, Green Energy Failure, Hazlewood, Jay Weatherill, Josh Frydenberg, Liberal Party, Renewable energy, RET, SAblackout, unreliables, Wind Energy, wind energy scam, Wind Farms, wind power
via The Herald Sun
Politicians mad with global warming theory are destroying our economy and hurting the poor.
They have driven cheap coal-fired power out of business and made electricity a luxury the very poor cannot afford this winter – and all this sacrifice will make zero difference to the climate:
Australia is entering the “realm of third world countries” with residential power disconnections rising by as much as 140 per cent in six years and the average household paying more than double what it did a decade ago to keep the lights on.
Australian Energy Regulator figures reveal almost 60,000 households are on electricity hardship payments and another 151,862 customers are on electricity payment plans.
Escalating consumers’ pain, electricity prices increased up to 20 per cent last weekend and Victoria yesterday introduced emissions restrictions that would prevent even the cleanest coal-fired power.
Energy bill pain: surge in cut-offs – The Australian
This is one of the greatest disgraces of public policy. What makes it worse is that some of the politicians responsible have known that the global warming scare is wildly exaggerated and most know that dismantling our coal-fired power stations actually makes no difference anyway.
This is close to criminal.
WHILST the regressive, green pandering, unreliable-energy-obsessed Australian government blows up its last remaining coal-fired power stations, the rest of the sane/smart World secures its real-energy future with a massive ramping up of cheap, efficient and reliable baseload coal-fired power technology…
Via the NYT
1,600 new coal-fired power plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries.
When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as President Trump vowed to “bring back coal” in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing’s new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.
But new data on the world’s biggest developers of coal-fired power plants paints a very different picture: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade.
These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.
Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent.
Time to Wake-Up Australia…
All that pain, for ABSOLUTELY NO CLIMATE GAIN!
South Australia Demolished their last coal plant April this year: NPS West Coal Bunker and Tower Demolition.
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Posted: June 29, 2017 Filed under: Australia, Climatism, Energy Poverty, Failed Green Schemes, Government Grants/Funding, Govt Climate Agenda, Green Agenda, Green Energy, Renewables, Solar, Unreliables, Wind Farms | Tags: Climate Scam, Energy, Energy Poverty, Fuel Poverty, Global Warming Scam, green energy scam, Green Policies, Jay Weatherill, Josh Frydenberg, PGS, Plastics Granulating Services, Renewable energy, RET, SA Blackout, Solar panels, unreliables, wind energy scam, Wind Farms, wind power
SOUTH Australia will this weekend overtake Denmark with the highest electricity prices in the world.
The South Australian Labor government’s mad rush into
renewable unreliable energy, particularly wind power … has helped generate a surge in South Australian electricity prices.
South Australian businesses face wholesale electricity prices of between $87 and $90 per megawatt hour, compared with $37-$41 in Victoria and $43-$48 in New South Wales.
In South Australia, wholesale prices are regularly spiking to the market-allowed maximum of $14,000 per megawatt hour. In July 2016, South Australia’s wholesale price spiked above $13,000 per megawatt hour 32 times! Reliance on weather-dependent wind and solar power is responsible for these absurd prices.
SA already gets more than 40 per cent of its power from intermittent renewable sources, mostly wind.
That is a nation-leading level, which energy experts say has contributed to higher prices and statewide blackouts by undermining baseload power like the “blown-up” Port Augusta coal plant.
ARTIFICIAL MARKET DISTORTION (“RET”)
WIND and SOLAR projects are primarily funded through subsidies — Renewable Energy Certificates.
The Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target is currently 23.5% green power by 2020.
SA is already easily ahead of the national target, and likely to be for some time.
The subsidy is imposed by the Federal Government, but paid for by power retailers. This forced cost of green power eventually paid for by power users.
Because wind farms make money from these subsidies, they can afford to underbid coal and gas into the wholesale electricity market.
To be financially viable, wind and solar generally require prices for their power that are higher than what other existing power generators receive.
For a while, they helped stimulate competition and put downward pressure on prices in a not-particularly-competitive (aka artificially distorted) market.
Things have started changing rapidly in the past year. This abundance of cheap wind (in a market sense) has helped contribute to the closure of a coal-fired power station and the partial mothballing of a gas plant.
The state now survives on wind, solar, gas, diesel (and perhaps even an offshore Turkish “power ship” if the SA grid destabilises further, especially with the closure of neighbouring Victoria’s “Hazlewood” coal-fired power station which supplied 25% of SA’s baseload power via a giant extension cord).
UNRELIABLE ENERGY = WORLD RECORD POWER BILLS
THE PROBLEM is, the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. The high peaks in South Australia’s energy usage don’t always match up with a large chunk of its increasingly intermittent supply.
If the demand for electricity is low – on a public holiday, say – while the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, the price of electricity in South Australia will be low. Conventional generators will make losses, while the market losses of the renewable generators will be (artificially) covered by their sale of Generation Certificates.
If the demand for electricity is high – a heat wave on a working day, say – and it is a still, overcast day, the price of electricity in South Australia will soar, because it will be mostly produced by high-cost, back-up, peaking generators.
The high price of electricity in South Australia is eating away at our economic competitiveness. The probability that we will become, sometime in the distant future, a “low carbon electricity powerhouse” looks extremely low.
Greg Sheridan puts it brilliantly about windfarm-obsessed South Australia:
South Australia, truly the Athens of the south. SA shows that, like Greece, economic misfortune will not drive it to good policy. A state with chronic unemployment, disinvestment and deindustrialisation is determined to have the most expensive and unreliable source of power in Australia, if not the Western world, providing maximum disincentive to any investment other than a socialist enterprise backed by the Australian taxpayer. This is what you get from modern centre-left governments — identity politics, green gestures, economic failure.
NO BUSINESS, big or small, has been spared SA’s skyrocketing power prices.
But, perhaps the most symbolic case of a South Australian business shutting its doors due to soaring electricity costs is that of the very green, ethical, eco-friendly, planet saving recycling business “Plastics Granulating Services (PGS)”, based in Kilburn in Adelaide’s inner-north.
South Australia’s sky-high electricity prices have forced an Adelaide plastics recycling business to shut its doors, costing 35 workers their jobs, its managing director says.
Plastics Granulating Services (PGS), based in Kilburn in Adelaide’s inner-north, said it had seen its monthly power bills increase from $80,000 to $180,000 over the past 18 months.
Managing director Stephen Scherer said the high cost of power had crippled his business of 38 years and plans for expansion, and had led to his company being placed in liquidation.
“It’s where the cash went out of the business, and without the cash, we couldn’t service what we needed to service,” he said.
“We process about 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste [and] that’s now currently turned off, so South Australia won’t be recycling 10,000 tonnes [of plastic],” he said.
“To scope 10,000 tonnes for you, 10,000 tonnes is 15 per cent of the Australian market [of low-grade recycled plastic] … so Australia has lost 15 per cent of its supply.
SA plastics recycling business closes due to $100k hike in power bills – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
38 YEARS of hard work over. 35 workers out of a job and 10,000 tonnes of plastic that will now not be recycled, thanks to SA’s mad obsession with windmills, solar panels and their associated economy-wrecking policies.
It is astonishing that a Government should deliberately create such an expensive and unreliable power supply – destroying the cheap and reliable one it had – without even being able to explain just how much difference any of this would make to the world’s temperatures.
This is ideology gone mad. How often must it be said that what South Australian Governments have done to their power system at such vast expense MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO GLOBAL WARMING ANYWAY.
The brutal closure of PGS – yet more evidence of virtue-signalling
global warming climate change policies causing far more damage, right now, than any slight warming could ever do by 2100.
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