Jo Nova on the self-destruction of South Australia

Literally blowing up their power stations. Richly symbolic!

For about $8 million a year over three years, they could have kept some coal power going and wouldn’t have needed to spend $400 million on emergency diesel generators they don’t want to use, and over $100 million on a battery that can supply 4% of the state for one hour. They also would’ve paid less than $120 million for two days of electricity last week.

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26 Responses to Jo Nova on the self-destruction of South Australia

  1. Neil

    Article also said the plant employed 185 people, the coal mine 200 all paying income tax and spending money. I guess the govt may have also got royalties from the Leigh Creek coal mine. Can U imagine what would happen if the Coalition caused the loss of 385 jobs

  2. John Constantine

    The racist Anglosphere settlements of Australia are a heresy, their United Nations are putting us to the stake.

    Symbolically immolating the plants that sustained industry in the doomed outposts of Rhodestralia is an example of the economic genocide that will arrive when the looting cartels get their local Mugabe running the show.

    Their shorten would happily throw away whitlams old footy socks and start wanking into Mugabe’s instead if the price is right.

  3. Their shorten would happily throw away whitlams old footy socks and start wanking into Mugabe’s instead if the price is right.

    Then it’s a good thing we have a Turdbull Liberal government – everything is so much better, eh John.
    Who knows what would happen under Shortfilth? Why, he might introduce a backdoor ETS, and force power distributors to buy ruinables over coal. Hell, he might even ban effective light bulbs.

    Oh . . . wait . . .

  4. Pete of Perth

    SA should blow up the inter connectors but they don’t have the balls.

  5. entropy

    Queensland should introduce the Little Red Hen surcharge. Double for SA!

  6. egg_

    SA should blow up the inter connectors but they don’t have the balls.

    “Gaia” might take care of that for them?
    /Karma

  7. Does anyone else see parallels with another certain group blowing up stuff in the middle east? These symbols of evil and false gods must be destroyed!

  8. Shy Ted

    I wouldn’t call it self-destruction, I’d just call it purposeful destruction by plundering the public purse to enrich the unions, Labor and mates, both State and council. If there was a credible opposition or a decent investigative reporter in the state or even someone who looked to America to see how it’s done things might be different but there isn’t. But the cultural diversity of the non-health staff in the new Royal Adelaide Hotel, I mean, Hospital is prize-winning. Hundreds of imported cleaners and corridor-walkers and sit-behind-a-deskers, jobs no Australian could do.

  9. VIC electricity production currently 5GW. Brown coal 4.7GW

    4.7/5 *100 =94%

    wind 0.094GW

  10. Garry

    Are SA voters really that stupid! Or are they all welfare recipients? Must be a reason this useless mob get RE-elected every time? Surely if there were enough smart people willing to exercise a sensible vote the gerrymander would be defeated?

  11. Shy Ted

    Weather report from SA. 100% cloud cover. Not a breath of wind. Just the distant sound of diesel generators.

  12. Chris M

    Must be a reason this useless mob get RE-elected every time?

    There are two reasons in fact:

    1) Strange gerrymander system where the majority vote often doesn’t translate to an actual electoral win.
    2) The opposition Liberal party* are equally useless (and actually appear to have little interest in winning) so it makes little difference which party is in.

    *BTW these ones kicked off this energy disaster with a botched privatisation deal with a low price and ridiculously generous open-ended conditions to the buyer guaranteed ongoing by the taxpayer.

  13. David Bidstrup

    While I appreciate the comments made we need to recognise that SA is an object lesson in what other governments want to do, federal included, and the consequences that flow from it.

    It is interesting that there was no public outcry over the closure of Port Augusta and no comment from our serial opposition. It just happened. In June 2016 I sent a letter to every Member of Parliament in SA, 69 in all, cautioning against the closure and urging it be reversed. There was zero response and we had the state wide blackout 3 months later. I have also written many letters to editors of our local rag and The Australian.

    The issue is the quality of people who we allow to govern us and this applies in all states and federally. Put simply, they are dopes.

    Perhaps we have not reached the bottom of the hole yet and recognised the disaster in its full glory.

    Here in SA we will pick the next lot of people to “run the place” next March and there is not much to be excited about. An incumbent government of idiotic zealots, an “opposition” that is weakly led and has not laid a glove on the government for 16 years, a man who has done zero for 20 years but thinks he can “save” us, Mr Bernardi’s mob who are yet to state their “policies” and assorted special interest groups and The Greens .
    All agree that we must “reduce emissions” despite plenty of evidence that the “greenhouse effect” is a scientific fraud.

    As we read various blogs and make comments we need to recognise that we are engaging in passive resistance that is pointless.

    Until people get behind good people and assist them to get inside the tent and change things we will just cruise down the plug hole at an increasing speed.

  14. H B Bear

    Good luck to Pony Girl getting the Pony Club running on renewables. Current generation 7,739 MW wind and other 3 MW. Currently sending around 1,000 MW of dirty coal electricity south.

  15. H B Bear

    Meanwhile in Victoriastan current generation 5,063 MW wind and other 14 MW.

    Won’t hear this from the ALPBC or Dr Hewson. Sucking in dirty coal electricity from where-ever it can get it.

  16. egg_

    Weather report from SA. 100% cloud cover. Not a breath of wind. Just the distant sound of diesel generators.

    Ah, the serenity of a 1500 rpm diesel genset.

  17. egg_

    Good luck to Pony Girl getting the Pony Club running on renewables. Current generation 7,739 MW wind and other 3 MW.

    Di Natale’s au pairs down in the basement can probably manage more than that, on rations of bread and water.

  18. Roger

    Good luck to Pony Girl getting the Pony Club running on renewables.

    She’s set on it:

    22 renewables projects presently underway or shortly to be so, kick started by her government’s grants and subsidies, more than any other state.

    Such is the amount of tax payer largesse going to renewables that when the LNP proposed a new HELE coal fired plant in last year’s election campaign QLD energy market “experts” declared it “uneconomical” and “unviable”.

    The destruction continues apace, funded by the tax payer.

    Thing is, how are those millions of electric cars going to be charged with an unreliable and eye wateringly expensive power supply?

  19. H B Bear

    That AEMO page is great. Watching it is like watching the future of Australia disappear down the S-bend. In about 10 minutes about 500 MW of wind has come on line in Mainland Tasmania and under the NEM rules goes straight to the front of the queue.

    Imagine trying to run a chugging coal plant when that can happen on a daily basis. Frydenberg should be made to sit and watch it for a week.

  20. marcus classis

    So although the pure entertainment value would be high, let us hope that SA-dwelling conservatives do not start taking out the interconnector towers at peak usage and low-unreliables product times.

    You can take the towers out with a pair of big spanners, as they are bolted together, and they are completely indefensible. Take out most of the bolts in a number of remote towers and wait for the wind to cause their collapse. Only the clueless could get caught.

    It was how the BRA took out the power supply for Panguna during the Bougainville Civil War.

  21. marcus classis

    David Bidstrup
    #2619985, posted on January 26, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Feel sorry for you. Only did a single posting in SA and I was glad to leave. An Emeritus Prof told me that SA was what happens when the best and brightest leave for 2 generations. His best students all fought for D-HD averages and worked their butts off for them – as an Adelaide Uni or Uni SA D-HD average degree was comparable to an east coast sandstone uni’s C-D in the entry-level professional career marketplace. So they go to Sydney or Melbourne or Perth or overseas and NEVER come back to SA.

    He’s educated a third of the then-ALP and Lib front benchers and was scathing of them, they were the dregs of his classes. All they know about is cheating and stealing. Many he named as ‘Family’ members and other varieties of disgusting sexual deviant.

    Two generations of brain drain gives you the aspiring third-world shithole that is todays SA.

    If you can, leave. The rot is systemic and endemic. There’s nothing you can do.

  22. Up The Workers!

    Cars without internal combustion motors?

    Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble had the right idea after all.

    For only a squillion dollars or three, I’m betting Elon Musk could pull a prototype out of his great big carpet-bag for Premier Weatherdill and the mendicant State of Greater Snowtown, any year now.

  23. Egg;

    Ah, the serenity of a 1500 rpm diesel genset.

    A basketful of kittens, all purring.

  24. John Constantine

    Marcus, lithium battery powered rattle guns are louder, but rapid.

  25. duncanm

    I for one welcome the complete collapse of SA.

    1. they deserve it for continually voting in labor (even with a gerrymander)
    2. It can serve as an instructive lesson for similar idiots in our other states.

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