The Shark of Morro

How bad is Scott Morrison’s decision to give a billion dollars to rich chancers and panhandling carpetbaggers buzzing around the “clean energy” trough? Click it and weep: this bad. Speaking to Alan Jones this morning, Mark Latham excoriated the prime minister for bankrolling investments that the jackpot winners should be financing themselves. Morrison had “finally jumped the shark,” he said. No money for clean coal, though – our “conservative” prime minister had ruled that out. What this highlights (yet again) is that there is no genuine business case for renewables; they always require compulsory donations from the public. With blackouts looming, we are being forced to spend a billion dollars on what The Australian calls an “energy gamble.” We know this money will do nothing to make renewables viable for baseload power generation. The decision is so birdbrained that we have to assume it was conceived to 1) further flummox Anthony Albanese; 2) crush the remnants of Abbott-era scepticism in the Liberal party room; and 3) allow the government to be seen as proactive on economic growth (with its own version of school halls and pink batts).

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46 Responses to The Shark of Morro

  1. stackja

    ScoMo is finished as PM.

  2. Iampeter

    What this highlights (yet again) is that there is no genuine business case for renewables; they always require compulsory donations from the public.

    What this highlights is that no one cares and that the needle hasn’t even remotely moved to counter the environmentalist agenda.
    There are no counter arguments in the mainstream, certainly not from conservatives, who cooked a lot of this mess up in the first place way before Morrison.

  3. Tel

    If you can’t beat ’em, then buy ’em.

    Where capital and government intersect right above a pool of other people’s money.

  4. If one didn’t know any better, you’d think they were all in the pay of Big Renewables (big Oil, Big Banks, Big Financiers etc). And maybe they are.

  5. pbw

    I,ammeter,

    What’s your working definition of conservative?

  6. RobK

    Hmmm. 1 billion into the climate fund. So what happens with the RET. If it stays the same, the pool of RE vying for the certificates will drive the price of the certificates down further. Consequently, viability of projects will suffer. This is of itself not a bad thing but I fear the 1 billion will go to enabling infrastructure such as transmission lines required for Snowy2.0, and other existing projects and perhaps interconnectors.
    If the RET is subsequently increased, the increased hosting capacity of the grid has been met by the taxpayer in yet another hiding of the true cost of RE. At some point the RET will run out of steam and we will be left with a dysfunctional energy system.
    Morrison is putting good money after bad money, as my mother used to say. The longer this goes on, the worse it becomes.
    .

  7. Iampeter

    pbw, conservatives = religious collectivists who don’t understand politics and so have no political arguments re anything.

    Sorry if that sounds mean, but I haven’t seen anything to suggest otherwise.

  8. Its Remarkable

    Mr Morrison has just taken the first steps to losing the next election.

    The true colours are now beginning the to show. And some thought he was a conservative.

  9. The reason for this decision is that there was a wild chance in hell that I would vote for the libs.

    They needed to to remove that possibility.

  10. Ben

    Technically the billion is a ‘grid reliability fund’ administered by the CEFC. It still has a few billion left from its first ten billion kickstarter fund.

    It looks as if the money can’t be spent on wind and solar directly, although gas, hydro, batteries, transmission and UNGI is eligible. And transmission is what the RE crew are really after at the moment.

    I think the most likely thing will to come out of it will be part-funding for transmission line and batteries. It’s probably why Matt Canavan was heard swearing at the PM this week… in my head the conversation goes like this: “batteries get a billion dollars but we can’t even find ten million for feasibility for a coal plant – this is f*&%ed”.

    https://www.cefc.com.au/media/files/cefc-welcomes-announcement-of-1-billion-grid-reliability-fund/

  11. Mak Siccar

    I despair. This grovermint goes from bad to worse wasting OPM hand over fist.

  12. Beachcomber

    Its Remarkable at 4:41 pm

    Mr Morrison has just taken the first steps to losing the next election.

    Yes, Morrison won the last election in Queensland and WA when he un-apologetically supported coal mining. The voters loved it and Labor-Green and their ABC couldn’t wedge him on it.
    If the Coalition would just go ahead and build some new coal-fired power stations they could easily beat Labor-Green at the next election. SFLs!!

  13. The Barking Toad

    The opportunity to bury the socialist union controlled labor party for decades has now been wasted by the fucking wet liberals.

  14. Bar Beach Swimmer

    The Barking Toad
    #3197696, posted on October 30, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    +1

  15. A Lurker

    ScoMo is finished as PM.

    I’d like a clean start. Turf out all our politicians and start again, selecting a bunch of ordinary Aussies from the electoral roll to run the country.

    They h0nestly couldn’t do a worse job than the current incumbents.

  16. candy

    It would not surprise me if Malcolm Turnbull has advised PM Morrison on this.

    It just sounds so Turnbullish – crush any Abbott type stuff, wedge the Labor leader by dong the same as Labor, and be popular for spending on something called “clean energy” and batteries and Snowy 2 and impress the Greta generation.

    It’s got that Turnbull feel to it.

  17. Cui Bono

    Spot on Toad. It’s the NSW Libs absolutely dominated by the Phaction….Photios and Hawke…who are fully committed to ‘action on climate change’. Remarkably our fate lies with Barnaby and Canavan but thats 2 votes among 100+ softies.

  18. A Lurker
    #3197703, posted on October 30, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    ScoMo is finished as PM.

    I’d like a clean start. Turf out all our politicians and start again, selecting a bunch of ordinary Aussies from the electoral roll to run the country.

    Sortition is spreading like wildfire on the Cat. 🔥

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sortition

  19. RobK

    Sortition is spreading like wildfire on the Cat. 🔥

    I’m not sure it will be a match for the technocrats. It will take a big crowbar to shift them.

  20. C.L.

    the Greta generation

    Eek. A chilling new phrase.

  21. Perfidious Albino

    Before I even saw the details of Scomo’s announcement, the first headline I saw was that Turnbull had come out in support of it and that this was further evidence that Abbott was wrong, so I knew straight away it would be a steaming pile of… I mean, a renewable investors wet dream…

  22. TFX

    I have no problems with governments doing experiments to find low carbon emissions electricity generating technologies. However they should be open to all possible technologies that meet the technical criteria. Apart from low carbon emission fossil fuels, which I think might have a few technical hurdles to overcome there is the obvious one of Nuclear power. The ideal option that I can think of would be for a French submarine nuclear power plant to be operational as an electricity generating plant in South Australia. There can be all kinds of restrictions on how much can be provided to each project etc but at least be technology neutral in addressing an issue.

  23. Davo

    God when will we have strong leader with a brain or the guts to do what best for the country?

    To be prime minister because you are not as bad as since hero or peanut head is just sad….for the public.

    He must have been listening to the self interested CSIRO guys again on climate change

  24. jo

    If you rearrange the letters Scomo it spells softcock. I told my local Senator although I support him personally I will never vote liberal again.

  25. Faye

    As an ex-Liberal member (resigned when Turnbull’s bloody hands took over the Liberal Party PM position), I received a call from a very nice gentleman who said he was ringing on behalf of the Liberal Party and would I consider donating to the party (as I had done in the past). After I said “no”, I gave the reasons why the present leadership/party would not be seeing any money from me. The above article confirms my decision.

  26. Dr Fred Lenin

    T to toThe morrison leftist government is still following turnbulls globalist fascist crony capitalist agenda , they just beat the extreme left of the uniparty , led by shorten , but they are following the same path , dictated by the global fascist scum . Wonder if soros has bought most of our career pollies ,be interesting to know how many he has bought in the western world , I mean you gotta have a few bucks put away for when you retire to spend more time with your family .

  27. candy

    If there is global warming Brisbane is not included. It’s sweater weather still at the end of October.

  28. Squirrel

    This might be about trying to win back Warringah and hold on to Kooyong etc.

    Having spent tens of billions to hold a seat, or two, in SA, it almost looks like a bargain (if it works…..)

  29. Faye

    The question is… how do we get rid of Morrison?

  30. candy

    This might be about trying to win back Warringah and hold on to Kooyong etc.

    More likely Ms Steggall will join the LNP and the seat will be theirs again.
    Plus other traditional wealthy seats that tilt to Green. In any case, they really do want to crush out vestiges of the Abbott years/group that remain, and get on with new renewable stuff, as Malcolm Turnbull had started the process anyway.

  31. egg_

    The question is… how do we get rid of Morrison?

    SloMo may not be as “renewable” as he thinks!

  32. Scott Osmond

    The upside to this decision is that having abandoned the Liberals 4 years back nothing they do can ever disappoint or surprise me. No more feelings of betrayal. No more wondering what the team I supported are thinking. They are as much my opponents as the Labor and Greenfilth.

  33. Tel

    The question is… how do we get rid of Morrison?

    Start by naming someone better, preferably in the Liberal Party.

  34. Roger

    The decision is so birdbrained that we have to assume it was conceived to 1) further flummox Anthony Albanese; 2) crush the remnants of Abbott-era scepticism in the Liberal party room; and 3) allow the government to be seen as proactive on economic growth (with its own version of school halls and pink batts).

    Number 1, I suggest.

    The government is a principle and policy free zone that has quickly been reduced to shadow boxing Albanese.

  35. The decision is so birdbrained that we have to assume it”

    Seemed like a good idea at the time (according to slomo’s dog)

  36. kaysee

    Mr Morrison has just taken the first steps to losing the next election.

    If only Trump had lent the titanium man a single vertebra during his visit last month.

  37. Howard Hill

    LOL! Don’t vote Labor because the liberals are worse.

  38. All part of the foul plan to drive Australia
    into an irredeemable debt.

    “They” will then demand unhindered access to our minerals, timber, agricultural land etc.

    Best we quickly seek forgiveness for spitting in God’s face.

    And hope that we are not too late.

  39. Ian of Brisbane

    Haven’t liked Morrison since the superannuation fiasco under Turnbull. This seals the deal, we need a new PM!

  40. Beachcomber:

    Yes, Morrison won the last election in Queensland and WA when he un-apologetically supported coal mining. The voters loved it and Labor-Green and their ABC couldn’t wedge him on it.
    If the Coalition would just go ahead and build some new coal-fired power stations they could easily beat Labor-Green at the next election. SFLs!!

    Morrison made noises about supporting coal mining.
    That was all he did.
    He has absolutely refused to do anything tangible to fix the electrical generation and transmission problems that currently are crippling Australian industry. The same goes for water.
    Morrisons Liberal Party is like a pillow – it bears the imprint of the last person to park his arse on it.

  41. herodotus

    There’s a lot of ruin in a nation before the shit really hits the fan, but we’re on the downhill track.

  42. Rossini

    All the useless wankers looking for renewable(?) energy are either well off financially
    or on the public teat one way or another!

  43. How cruel. You think you have dodged a bullet by seeing in, remarkably, a conservative government when Labor expected an easy victory.

    But Liberals have a way of seizing misfortune from the jaws of victory. Just as the much anointed John Howard thought he would win over the Greens by ceding the farmer’s lifeblood water for our Riverina food bowl from the Murray Darling to “environmental flows” , Morrison has given $1 billion of our money to dubious “clean energy” projects.

    Will they never learn? The Left is grateful for NOTHING. It will only embolden their claims. Watch as they gleefully await the fatal decline of our meat & milk industries through the failure of this government to act in time to save the remnants of the cattle & sheep numbers in eastern Australia. The inner cadre of the Green devotees are convinced that livestock are contributing to global warming. The public service is infested with them, & they have clearly convinced the PM not to risk the sacred Surplus when rain will eventually change everything. Well, it won’t. The road back will be all up hill & many will not have the heart left to face it.

    Canberra taints all.

  44. The question is… how do we get rid of Morrison?

    Start by naming someone better, preferably in the Liberal Party.

    None there, except for Hastie who is too inexperienced as yet. Taylor has the creeds and smarts – but has been too prone to play his cards & run with the big kids.

    No – the down-to-earth, smart, decent & principled is undoubtedly Matt Kanavan, & he’s a Nat.

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