The hard left movement – AYCC – claims 84 630 young people as members, although this is based on people signing up for email alerts and presumably includes quite a number of people who do not support the movement and, indeed, may be old (yes, people do lie about their age).
Now the group wants to support a call for two coal-fired power stations in Port Augusta to be replaced by six solar power stations. Apparently the 4000 residents of Port Augusta want a nice and expensive solar plant, provided someone else pays of course. The option of renewing the coal-fired stations, or replacing them with gas is considered too terrible to contemplate.
To demonstrate the AYCC’s commitment, they will be walking from Port Augusta to Adelaide.
As the promo states:
It’s not pie in the sky. Solar thermal plants are already operating efficiently in the United States and Europe. And we can build one here.
The community, council, local business and even the power station company are all on board. But to make it happen we need the Federal Government to help fund it. We need to make Port Augusta a national issue.
This September, over 100 people will walk from Port Augusta to Adelaide’s Parliament House – a distance of 325 kilometres.
Isn’t there a disconnect here?
- if solar thermal plants are ‘operating efficiently’ then Government support is unnecessary.
- why are they walking to Adelaide’s Parliament House when they are asking for Federal Government support? Surely they should be walking from Port Augusta to Parliament House Canberra – a distance of 1338 km. Or is this just an example of laziness?
- as Tim Blair notes, the 100 walkers could be taken to Adelaide by bus for around $2600, but they want $20 000 to walk the distance.
AYCC – grow up.
Sdog has made a good point about Decarbonise SA – an attempt to abolish carbon. We will have to get Tom Lehrer to redo his song. For the past several thousand years, humans have been discovering new elements and ultimately cataloging them (such as in the periodic table invented by Dmitri Mendeleev). Now, for the first time in human history, scientists are trying to abolish an element.
There’s antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium, (gasp)
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.
There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.
There’s holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,
And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.
And lead, praseodymium and platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium, (gasp)
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.
There’s sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium,
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium,
chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium.
These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven’t been discovered.