Live From Houston Texas

Your intrepid correspondent has previously written about and quoted Professor Craig Pirrong from the University of Houston, but he has recently posted about the Australian election and Australia’s climate policies.  Here he is, live from Houston Texas:

G’Day, Greenies: I Frolic In Your Salty Tears

It’s amazing to see how stupidity knows no distance or no nationality and that Australia’s tale made it that far.  Here is the Streetwise Professor:

Check out the logic. Australia closes its coal plants (highly efficient, reliable, and with a cheap source of fuel given Australia is a dominant coal producer), and replaces them with wind. Wind, being highly erratic, requires (given the closure of the coal plants) gas-fueled plants to offset the variability of wind output, and as a result gas is on the margin most hours in Australia. And Australian power prices are sky-high because . . . LNG exports reduce gas supplies in Australia, keeping the price of gas high.

Riiiggghhhttt.

You cannot make up this stuff.

Now remember, Professor Pirrong is an energy market EXPERT.  EXPERT.  And the Greens and Labor love to quote and refer to experts.  Unless of course the expert’s advice does not accord with their world view.

The Professor also noted:

Given the track record (e.g., the high electricity prices that motivated this post), this was a target rich environment for Mr. Morrison and the Liberals. And it is evident that they put much steel on the target.

Well spotted.  But what the Professor may have missed is that the Liberal Party has been in government for 6 years; this was not an election that replaced incumbents.  And much of the folly the Professor notes occurred under the Liberal Government’s watch; including the Liberals signing up to Paris and taking a commitment to remain in Paris to the election.

Yes.  Saturday’s result was a miracle.  What will also be a miracle is if the Morrison Government takes the message and unwinds current policies.

As an addendum, TAFKAS was watching the evening news where the new (soon to be?) leader of the NSW State Labor opposition Chris Minns, was fronting the media.  What was Minn’s big play?  CLIMATE change.

It’s not sufficiently stupid for Australia to take unilateral climate action, but apparently having lost the recent last election, NSW Labor wants NSW to take unilateral climate action.

Yes Professor.  You could not make this stuff up.

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20 Responses to Live From Houston Texas

  1. Roger

    Two words:

    Michael Photios.

  2. Herodotus

    There are no majorities in either the political ranks or the media ranks for a retreat from climate madness.

  3. Wasn’t Abbott hamstrung by the wets in his party, as well as the Senate, which prevented him from winding back all this green crap (and he called it crap)? Didn’t Australia’s Biggest Loser and his 50 of his loyal arse-snugglers embrace all the green crap and pushed it on the party?

    There is a chance following this election that things may change with the full realisation that Australians don’t want this green crap and are actually looking for a change in direction. As I noted in the previous post, how about we wait a tad and see what happens.

    Maybe we might be as surprised as we were with the election outcome.

  4. Chopper

    Don’t forget the diesel generators, mainly in SA.

  5. duncanm

    And it is evident that they put much steel on the target.

    really? I didn’t see any.

    I haven’t seen the LNP step up and hit anything.. despite it having a big ‘kick me’ sign on its back.

  6. Boambee John

    Chopper
    #3023854, posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Don’t forget the diesel generators, mainly in SA.

    And those carried on flat bed trucks to support Brown Bob’s Convoy of Unemployables.

  7. Oh come on

    I’ve been surprised at the amount of overseas attention the Australian election result has received. It’s not quite on the par of a Brexit event or a Trump election, but it seems to be being regarded as a political event that conservative movements around the world need to pay attention to.

  8. 132andBush

    There is a chance following this election that things may change with the full realisation that Australians don’t want this green crap and are actually looking for a change in direction. As I noted in the previous post, how about we wait a tad and see what happens.

    Maybe we might be as surprised as we were with the election outcome.

    Adherence to this climate scam should be used as a proxy for IQ.
    If the SFL call bullshit on it all they will be in power for a very long time.

    Unfortunately, I can’t see them doing it. Too many soft cocks/no cocks.

  9. Rob MW

    It’s not sufficiently stupid for Australia to take unilateral climate action, but apparently having lost the recent last election, NSW Labor wants NSW to take unilateral climate action.

    And again they’ll either get taken to the woodshed, or get to find out what it is like to sit down with a diesel Toyota HiLux shoved up their collective arses by their working base.

  10. Goanna

    Show us your coal, Mr Morrison

    Hit the ground running.

  11. Art Vandelay

    But what the Professor may have missed is that the Liberal Party has been in government for 6 years; this was not an election that replaced incumbents. And much of the folly the Professor notes occurred under the Liberal Government’s watch; including the Liberals signing up to Paris and taking a commitment to remain in Paris to the election.

    Not to mention it was the Howard government that introduced the Renewable Energy Target in the first place in 2001.

  12. Seco

    Oh come on
    #3023886, posted on May 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm
    I’ve been surprised at the amount of overseas attention the Australian election result has received. It’s not quite on the par of a Brexit event or a Trump election, but it seems to be being regarded as a political event that conservative movements around the world need to pay attention to.

    It got a run on the Andrew Klavan Show in his weekly spot with Michael Knowles.

  13. EJ.

    Photios has got to go..he is a snake & underminer just like Turnbull..his mate!

  14. areff

    Two words: Michael Photios.

    That’s why Molan, for all his faults, making it back into the Senate is vital. He get’s in, Photios is revealed as the little man behind the curtain.

  15. It’s not quite on the par of a Brexit event or a Trump election, but it seems to be being regarded as a political event that conservative movements around the world need to pay attention to.

    The Modi landslide was the next shoe to drop. Maybe you need a Trump. Any prospects ?

    My last visit to Australia was 20 years ago and to Queensland, specifically to Toowoomba. It was my impression from the friends I made there that Queensland was the most conservative state.

  16. NuThink

    But what the Professor may have missed is that the Liberal Party has been in government for 6 years;

    Not true – the Turnbull Coalition was in power for too much of that time.

  17. bollux

    Just a note to show how far left we have gone, not just on climate, we need to do the following as a bare minimum:

    1. Abandon the Paris agreement.
    2. Embrace nuclear power.
    3.Embrace coal power.
    4. No more giveaways to the U.N.
    5. No o/seas aid in cash-ever.
    6. No more renewable subsidies.
    7. No funding to schools preaching “climate change”.
    8. No diesel submarines.
    9. No Snowy 2.0
    10. Re jig NDIS
    11. Abandon NBN now 5g is here.
    12. 13. Abandon the HRC.
    14. Scrap the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
    15. Sell the ABC except for regional Australia.
    16. Downsize the Public Service.
    17. Get rid of the RBA and it’s wealth destroying “emergency interest rates”.
    18. Get rid of compulsory voting.Freeze immigration, especially 3rd world immigration.
    How many of these do you think Morrison would have the courage to take on? Not many, if any.

  18. Russell Willis

    Libs need to realise this is a reprieve only, unless they start dismantling Paris and all the AGW crap they’ll be turfed without a moments delay by the Quite Aussies!

  19. Muddy

    State clear & concise demands. Set a date by which we expect these demands to be met. State clearly the consequences of not meeting our demands. ENFORCE the threatened consequences.

    We need to be RUTHLESS.
    Change is forced, not limply wished for.

  20. Dr Fred Lenin

    Hear ,hear , Muddy ,its time the voters started ordering the polliemuppets around and forces them to do what they promised plus the things we want ,their own agenda is of no consequence . Just because they were indoctrinated with rubbish at university means nothing unless the voters want it ,and furthering your own career means nothing to the voters ,do what you are told and we ont throw you out at the next election

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