Time to Drain the Energy Swamp


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 into 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 permitted 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 distributer, 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.

De-centralise decision making. Politicians should stop backing losers. Test energy theories properly by letting green states go deep green on intermittent energy (and pay for gas to fill the gaps), while others place their bets on long-term contracts from efficient modern coal generators running on solid reliable “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.

Further Reading:

Political Dickheads have Created Australia’s Electricity Shambles:
http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/07/15/david-bidstrup-the-dickhead-factor/

http://joannenova.com.au/2018/05/australias-national-energy-market-is-run-by-a-lawyer-and-climate-changey-activist/

If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

Another Opinion on Australia’s electricity shambles:
http://www.bryanleyland.co.nz/uploads/2/9/7/1/29710909/bryan_leyland-death_spiral.pdf

Australian Carbon Tax Contortions – a 50:1 bad bet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw5Lda06iK0

Even the Government Regulator recognises the green power poison in Australia’s grid:
https://stopthesethings.com/2018/07/14/competition-watchdog-slams-subsidised-wind-solar-demands-government-investment-in-reliable-affordable-coal-fired-power/

But Ontario shows the way ahead:
http://joannenova.com.au/2018/07/ontarios-government-cancels-758-solar-and-wind-contracts/
https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/malcolm-liberals-carbon-tax-racket-is-coming-to-an-end

Green Energy Pollution on a monster scale:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-green-wind-power-experiment-Pollution-disastrous-scale.html

Viv Forbes

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by Nick Marshall on August 1, 2018 4:28 pm

    Mate!
    That is devestatingly brilliant! Your best news letter yet !
    Please send to Alan Jones at 4BC(?) so hopefully he will read out at least some of it
    Please keep up the good work;
    With best wishes
    Nick

  2. Comment by Doug Fenwick on September 11, 2018 9:47 am

    Along with tens of thousands of other scientists, I believe that the claims associating atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations with atmospheric warming (4 feet above ground)are based on the worst scientific basis I’ve ever seen. I have scoured the literature on the properties of absorption of infrared radiation by carbon dioxide and have discovered zilch since the days of John Tyndall 160 years ago. Almost every Physics and Chemistry department of every University in the world has an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer that can be modified to measure the properties of absorption of infrared radiation by carbon dioxide, but NO ONE appears to have conducted such an experiment since Tyndall. Tyndall’s experiment was very crude by today’s standards, but he did conclude that carbon dioxide (in the form of nebulised carbonic acid)lost its absorbed heat as fast as it absorbed it.

    We had a Marrakesh Accord back before 2008 in which 37 countries as well as the European Union agreed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 2012. It could be regarded as a pilot experiment. It did not produce a blip in the carbon dioxide graphs.

    — my 2 cents worth

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