Lamenting their rocketing power bills and dreading mass blackouts this coming summer, Australians can be forgiven for their sense of despair.
Australians once enjoyed the world’s cheapest power, reliably delivered, just like running water. No one talked about their power bills at backyard barbecues, or kept promising themselves that must have diesel generator to keep the lights on and freezers working.
But, like most things taken for granted, reliable and affordable electricity is only missed when it’s gone. And in Australia’s case, thanks to an obsession with chaotically intermittent and heavily subsidised wind and solar, it’s gone for good.
Wrecking an entire power generation and distribution system takes effort, but it can be done: ask a South Australian. Their self-inflicted renewable energy calamity didn’t start in earnest until 2002, when a bunch of ex-Enron crooks lobbed into town: How a Band of Criminals, Shysters & Chancers Conjured Up the Wind…
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It’s all over the news. The spontaneous protests in the streets of London to urge the government to act now to save humanity and the planet. The emotion behind the seriousness of the threat to humanity from catastrophic climate change. The celebrity pronouncements to act (lest we be judged by future generations). The chilling horror of die-ins and hunger strikes to balance the joyful carnival nature in the streets as “the people” rise up.
They are comparing themselves to Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
To a passive observer, this looks like humanity at its best and people who resist them, their message, the science and their hope for the future are merely ignorant climate deniers (old white men who are so emotionally weak that they need to “attack” a young Swedish girl). If I were a journalist, I would get my teeth into this polemic – the story writes itself.
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