One thing I have learned over the last 40 years is that if you set the wrong targets, you get the wrong behaviour and, in turn, the wrong outcomes.
If you want to fix a problem, you look at what actions are necessary to resolve it. Setting Renewable Energy Targets (RET) will not resolve a Power Supply Crisis, only action will!
So what action is needed? We need Power Stations that produce reliable ‘baseload supply’ when renewal energies sources cannot… and we need to start building them now! What we don’t need is further delays talking about fanciful targets, while power stations continue to be closed without being replaced.
It is simple supply and demand economics: the lower the supply the higher the price, the greater the chances of power blackouts and that’s what we have now, prices soaring at a rate of 20% pa!
I want to be clear: I am in favour of renewable energy and clean energy technology and I’m certainly in favour of lowering greenhouse emissions. However, the priority must be a top-down solution where we secure a reliable baseload power source to cover demand when intermittent renewable supplies are inadequate to meet peak loads or when weather conditions are unfavourable.
Build what we need not what we want! Wanting to build a power supply network based on Renewable Energy Targets has managed to bring the system to its knees, it has not worked, it has failed. We clearly have the wrong outcomes, all because Australia has taken a bottom-up (arse-about) approach to resolving a simple supply problem.
Build clean energy power stations. There are plenty of options for a country of only 24 million people and ample raw materials like coal and uranium, which can easily supplement renewable power sources, which still only accounts for approx. 40% of the energy supply when weather conditions permit.
What a moronic mindset; Australia exporting its coal to fuel the rest of the world’s ‘clean coal’ power stations, yet we refuse to build them at home! Is that how Australia achieves its Targets, by exporting their greenhouse emissions overseas and then taking the high moral ground for having a lower carbon footprint? Meanwhile Aussies are literally suffering in the dark through a long cold winter, particularly the youth, poor and disadvantaged!
Now, I know the solution sounds too simple and sensible, so I’ve probably lost the Green anarchists, the academic left, the wealthy and the under 35s; the politically apathetic demographic who are more likely to whinge the loudest when the system fails.
How can Australia get something so simple so completely wrong? “She’ll be right!”… I don’t think so!
8 July 2017
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.