David Bidstrup: The clinking sound as the penny drops for AEMO

The clinking sound we heard this morning was the penny dropping for AEMO. They admit that coal is “the cheapest power option”, (Australian July 17 2018). As the young folk would say, Duh!!!!

It is amazing that they can come to this conclusion after the propaganda spouted about “cheap renewables” and the stratospheric heights of power prices, the plunge in reliability and the price gouging in their “market” that sees generators ripping us off at will.

It’s a bit like telling us everyone has a fundamental orifice.

We should be up in arms. They said nothing when Port Augusta power station was trashed by fanatical zealots in some grotesque display of naked political ideology. Likewise with the closure of Hazelwood where an equally fanatical and clueless government facilitated the closure by raising coal royalties and the foreign owners implemented their own twisted green agenda. Easy to do when your home country relies on nuclear power and sells it to Germany as their system falls over from renewables. The generator that is “getting out of coal”, but isn’t, wants to close another one and our ineffectual leaders seem to be powerless, (excuse the pun), to stop them.

Governments both state and federal stood aside because they wanted to show their “free market” credentials or were rabid dickheads or made a motza from their state owned coal fired stations when the renewable fell in a heap, as they do with monotonous regularity. The Finkel “green manifesto” told us “there is no going back” as they told the story that the masters wanted to hear, demonstrating the old adage that you only commission an enquiry when you know that the outcome will be what you want for whatever purpose – in this case political expediency.

The story goes on saying that the country needs to spend “between $8 and $27 Billion” – a fair spread and an indication that no one really knows – to facilitate “an orderly transition to renewables”. Why they still try to have us believe that renewables can ever power an industrial economy is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps it is part of the “Chinese water torture” method of messing with our heads.  First coal is bad and emissions will cook us all. Then there might be a role for coal but no new investment and finally the recognition that they have been barking up the wrong tree and causing economic havoc for the country.

The letters page has more people who are anti renewables than pro and it is heartening for an old twisted cynic like me to see there are still people around with common sense.

Now that the cat is out of the bag the opportunity exists for our leaders to finally do something useful. If we are to spend $8 to $27 billion let it be on new coal fired and nuclear power stations and not further wet the wall with pointless, inefficient and costly “solutions” like wind and solar or politically motivated grandiose but futile projects like Snowy 2.0 and the other “storage” proposals or batteries that everyone tells is will make it all OK.

We need to keep the pressure on these dopes and make a noise otherwise the loonies will get the keys to the asylum and we will be totally rooted.

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12 Responses to David Bidstrup: The clinking sound as the penny drops for AEMO

  1. Now that the cat is out of the bag the opportunity exists for our leaders to finally do something useful.

    Sadly, that is wishful thinking.

  2. Roger

    Why they still try to have us believe that renewables can ever power an industrial economy is beyond my comprehension.

    They can’t, something the Germans have admitted by stating that coal will always have a place in their energy mix.

    Unlike our leaders, German politicians are not so stupid as to follow the U.N.’s “decarbonisation” (i.e. de-industrialisation) policy to the bitter end.

  3. Delta

    We need to keep the pressure on these dopes and make a noise otherwise the loonies will get the keys to the asylum and we will be totally rooted.

    The loonies have had the keys for some time now. The supporting rent seeking juggernaut is still in full swing. Mind you, these acolytes won’t go quietly and I won’t be surprised if even the inevitable system black does not deter them. Hard times ahead indeed.

  4. wal1957

    Unfortunately we live in a world of fairy dust and make believe electrickery.

    I posted on another blog recently….

    “Imagine buying a new car that only works sometimes, randomly, and sometimes not at all! That is what we have been sold with renewable energy. Would we be within our rights to ask for a refund…you better believe we would!

    Isn’t it amazing how many schemes thunk up by our ‘underpaid’ politicians and their overpaid ‘experts’ fail, and/or become a never ending, bottomless money pit?
    Think NDIS, Pink Batts, BER, Diesel Subs, NBN, Unreliables, etc, etc….

    And the gullible public keep on voting for the same 2 major parties that inflicted these disasters onto us!
    Ain’t life just grand!

  5. Herodotus

    Heads, not eyes, should roll.

  6. RobK

    At a certain point, there’s nowhere to turn. AEMO has seen the light,(they always knew), now how long for the political penny to drop? Backing out of a tangled web is always a bastard but the long it takes, the harder it will be.

  7. Rob MW

    Now that the cat is out of the bag the opportunity exists for our leaders to finally do something useful.

    David – are you trying to imitate an expert in political science who studied at the university of the parallel universe ?

    Sinc – David’s quote is worth including as a liberty quote.

  8. Fang

    The first politician’s to say we will stop all RET and renewable subsidys on the day we are elected, can shut up shop, go on a holiday for next five months, turn up at election headquarters party, and say to the head of their election strategist, “I told you so! Oh, and just for non one policy electors, say you will repeal three former legislations for every one, parliament implement! Just to one up the Yanks! 🙂

  9. jupes

    Good post David. Even the ABC is allowing admissions that coal is the cheapest way to produce electricity in this article today. Of course you still have to read that Abbott666 is the main cause of electricity price rises but then they allow this quote from Energy Council chief executive officer Sarah McNamara:

    The reasons for that volatility are the sudden closure of two coal-fired power plants, the Northern power station in South Australia and Hazelwood in Victoria … and nothing in terms of dispatchable generation to replace them.

    Oh dear, that’s letting the cat out of the bag.

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    now how long for the political penny to drop?

    Pauline Hanson, Mark Latham, Cory Bernardi, Tony Abbott and all friends, come on down.
    We need a repetitive and constant stink about useless expenditure on ‘grandiose but futile’ projects being put in train right now. Halt these by an electoral storm, before it is too late and too costly.

    Coal is not deadly. Coal saves lives. Climate change is a hoax. Rinse and repeat. Often.

  11. Tel

    The clinking sound we heard this morning was the penny dropping for AEMO. They admit that coal is “the cheapest power option”, (Australian July 17 2018). As the young folk would say, Duh!!!!

    Coal is the cheapest until you factor in the RET certificate trade that mystically none of the media are capable of talking about. After that, not so cheap anymore.

  12. Mother Lode

    It’s a bit like telling us everyone has a fundamental orifice

    In all fairness, they might have been confused because not everyone speaks out of theirs.

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