Look at the scoreboard

This week.  Last week.  Next week.  The issue that will not go away is energy policy.

But why?  Why does a country which is one of the world’s largest energy exporters, a country that perhaps 10-15 years ago had amongst the lowest electricity prices in the world, now have amongst the highest electricity prices in the world?  Oh and not just the highest prices; high prices with a generous sprinkling of non-reliability.

Why, why, why?  Well.  As Ronald Reagan said:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

But for what end?  Under the claim of standing up for science and climate change, government after government, has meddled in a generally well functioning, far from perfect, but generally well functioning market.  And this includes the Abbott Government who did nothing about the Renewable Energy Target that was initiated under the Howard Government.  Canberra – take a bow.  Thank you very much.

And current line.  No private capital will invest in coal powered generation in Australia thus the market has spoken.  Yeah.  The market has spoken all over Asia where they are building hundreds of coal fired generators that will use Australian coal.

No sane investor will build a coal fired generator in Australia because of the sovereign risk of doing so.  And this includes the economic terrorists enabled by governments who will target the suppliers to potential operators, such as banks, transport and building companies.

But not sufficiently happy with destroying the energy sector, the Greens want to destroy the financial sector with their insane People’s Bank idea.

Cast your eyes across the Australian economy.  Is there any sector that has been subjected to government meddling that is working well?

  • Telecommunications – NBN anyone.
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Energy

Spartacus is sure there are many other sectors.

But for a bunch of people who claim to stand up for science and evidence, science and evidence are no barriers to their primary goal of destroying the economy to achieve income inequality and reduced emissions.  That everyone will be income equal with no income and emissions will be reduced because their will be no industry or electricity does not seem to deter these zealots.

What shall we call them?  Reality deniers?  How about mathematics deniers?  How about members of the political de-industrial complex.

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28 Responses to Look at the scoreboard

  1. “There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got… because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.”
    ………George Carlin

  2. Shy Ted

    Won’t be fixed til the ABC which champions these causes is defunded.

  3. Tim Neilson

    I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

    Here in Australia that translates to “Trade Union officials”.

  4. OneWorldGovernment

    But ‘Spartacus’

    One only has to check to see who’s balls are being tampered with to know the score.

  5. My electricity contract is coming up for renewal and the peak rates will go up nearly 20% from their current prices, if I stay with the current provider.

    Turnbull, tell me that this is a good thing.

  6. Tim Neilson

    Turnbull, tell me that this is a good thing.

    Everything’s fine, bemused. There are taxpayer funded websites where you can spend time checking alternatives, and find one where you’ll be subjected only to a 19% increase.

  7. John Constantine


    Godless commo third columnist salfilth McManus announces the actu will march in the streets for more jobs and higher pay.

    [from sky scrolling headlines]

  8. Herodotus

    Getting a bit sick of the line “Abbott did nothing about … x,y, or z”.
    Fix the frigging Senate and purge the perfidious Libs or live with the consequences – which we are all now submerged in.

  9. Kneel

    “Turnbull, tell me that this is a good thing.”

    War, death, famine, drought, flood, sneers of contempt from the ALPBC – who wants any of that?
    It can all be avoided if only you were prepared to pay a couple of hungee a quarter more for your electricity, then some more to pay for a new electric car (which will also bump your electricity bill, but eliminate your petrol bill) etc. But it’s OK because if you install a solar PV system, you can pay less because you’ll use less, see?
    If we go down this path, lots of people will get very, very rich and no-one will be really poor – well, no-one worth speaking about, anyway. It’s all rainbows and unicorns for everyone! Everyone wins! If nothing else, you get to sneer at the heathens still using fossil fuels – losers!
    What’s not to like?

  10. Gov is braindead on energy policy. Fire the lot and give Ian Plmer the job.

  11. jupes

    What shall we call them?


  12. Louis

    A lot of this simply comes back to moral hazard. Our broken federal system means the Federal government get to meddle in all sought of things without any consequences. ‘Oh that’s the State’s/local government’s fault.’

    Simply look at how much of the Federal political campaigns are all about issues that are not actually Federal government functions. e.g. energy, education, transport

    Politicians and public servants who push failed regulation need to face consequences. In particular, it is important for public servants who too often push these things simply out of self-interest and face no consequences at all when proven wrong.

    Today’s PS = Push some intervantion. Tell everyone how great it is. Get promotion off your ‘great’ work. Have moved on and let someone else deal with the reality when it all falls apart.

  13. Tezza

    Spartacus does his low credibility further damage with the claim: “And this includes the Abbott Government who did nothing about the Renewable Energy Target that was initiated under the Howard Government. Canberra – take a bow. Thank you very much.”

    Abbott tried to build public understanding and support for a radical cut in the RET by establishing the Warburton Review in 2014. That Review was nobbled by its PM&C secretariat, and critically misled by the Australian Energy Market Operator. Directly addressing the implications for electricity system stability and reliability of increasing but intermittent renewables production, the AEMO assured Warburton in its submission of May 2014:

    Whilst there are technical challenges, AEMO feels the [National Electricity Market] design is well placed to deal with them. …
    The NEM has been uniquely successful in securely integrating wind generation to date at low cost. For example, AEMO has not had to change or materially increase the quantity of ancillary services purchased to maintain system security.

    Warburton’s review was further subverted by the ABC, who painted Warburton as a ‘climate denier’ and ran a 4 Corners program, ‘Power to the People’ on 7 July 2014 to misinform public opinion against the RET review. This program again maligned Warburton and Abbott as being unable to recognise how renewables were just on the edge of a fabulous breakthrough that would leave Australia behind with dirty old technology. The ABC line was implicitly that any RET short of 100% was too little. (The execrable Stephen Long was the journalist at fault in this particular iteration of a well-worn ABC theme.)

    Nonetheless, Warburton produced a decent review, proposing that a RET that was likely in its prevailing Rudd-legislated form to turn out at about 26% of electricity consumption should be significantly cut from 45,000 GigaWatt hours to 26,000 GWh. The Abbott Government sought to achieve that reduced target. It was blocked by Labor and the Greens, who wanted a RET no less than 35,000-39,000 GWh. After a 12 month stalemate, the best the Abbott Government could get legislative agreement to in 2015 was a cut to 33,000 GWh. As a share of estimated electricity demand, this was a reduction in the RET of only 2 percentage points, from 26% to 24%.

    This is clearly a pathetic outcome, but to blame Abbott for it is totally uninformed. The people to blame are Labor, the Greens, the Australian Energy Market Operator and the ABC.

    Spartacus could have worked all this out in 1o minutes with Google and the newspaper accounts of the time, but lazy prejudice got the better of him, again.

  14. I am Spartacus

    Spartacus does his low credibility further damage with the claim:

    Thanks Tezza. Shall I be called Low Credibility Spart in homage to Low Energy Jeb?

    Spartacus referred to the Abbott government and not Abbott. Members of the the Abbott government (and Cabinet) are also in the Turnbull Government and Cabinet.

    But aside, other than initiating the Warburton review, what did Mr Abbott do? Was legislation drafted or put to the vote? Were executive orders give to the relevant department(s)?

    How is it that Stop the Boats and end the carbon and mining tax was possible with the same senate? Could it have been a matter of priorities?

    Governments are rewarded on results and not wishes. Is there anyone else to blame, other than of course Mr Abbott?

  15. Speedbox

    Why does a country which is one of the world’s largest energy exporters, a country that perhaps 10-15 years ago had amongst the lowest electricity prices in the world, now have amongst the highest electricity prices in the world? Oh and not just the highest prices; high prices with a generous sprinkling of non-reliability.

    And that’s the guts of it. Coupled with ruinous taxation, rampant spending, spineless politicians, endless red tape, crippled industry and that odious concept of a “social licence” (what the f*ck is that), this country is rooted. Tragically, the pain will continue (accelerate?) as Shorten will be elected PM and Labour will hold the Treasury benches for 6 years. Possibly longer.

    Australia had so much opportunity and potential; we were creative and industrious – and yet our bounty and the grinding hard work of our forbears has been squandered in less than two decades.

    The political class and those who can be classified as the elites have much to answer for, but they never will. They are protected. Meanwhile, the “average Australian” has been bent over and lubed up – they just don’t know how big the deterioration of their wealth, independence or privacy is going to be. Many will be too dull to realize of course.

    Complicit to the “soft socialist” madness is a media who have aided and assisted. Mainstream news is rarely reported without editorial comment that disparages Christians, conservatives, old white men, white people generally, climate deniers, anti-(insert current meme).

    Prepare yourselves Cats – take whatever steps are appropriate to protect your families and your wealth. IMO rising electricity prices are only part of our future worries.

  16. billie

    I’m confused by the whining about energy prices from the same people who vote Labor, Green and even LeftyLiberal – all those parties have said they believe in climate change and it has to be stopped and to do that they have to make it too expensive to use energy.

    Whatever did you think was going to happen?

    Abbott stopped the straight out Carbon Tax, but Mal has cunningly brought it back at any rate just under a different name, has done what R-G-R could not achieve, and no response from the public. If they realise I guess, the media are sure quiet about it

    The plan was always to make energy unusable, not sure why except to appease the media I guess

    little dollops of concern here and there about the common people and their plight, but it’s not going to stop the renewables handouts, the power stations shutting down and eventually banning mining altogether.

    oh well it must be good because it’s what we’ve voted for .. isn’t ?

    our masters, you mean the media?

  17. egg_

    Won’t be fixed til the ABC which champions these causes is defunded.

    Yup, Tom Ballard indoctrinating yoof on eebil Coal666 on the ABC “Comedy” channel for half of a recent show.
    Featuring local “comedy” acts such as lezzos threatening to “stretch (someones) scrotum to the floor” – if reverse discrimination were applied, a bloke would be arrested for hate speech.

  18. stackja

    Problem is not all MSM fault. Voters should not been so gullible.

  19. Boambee John

    Speedbox at 1444

    d those who can be classified as the elites

    those who claim to be the elites

    Fixed for you.

  20. John Bayley

    But, but…that nice Mr Rudd said Labor’s “smart RET” would only cost $1 per person per year!

    Red Kezza was there – he’s a witness!

    Clearly the fact it’s turned out much more expensive must be all Abbott’s fault! (And I do actually think the Liberals were almost as complicit in the current fiasco as Labor!)

    There are taxpayer funded websites where you can spend time checking alternatives, and find one where you’ll be subjected only to a 19% increase.

    Maybe we need to set up PowerWatch! … Oh, wait…

  21. John Bayley

    In fact, the interview between Rudd and Kerry O’Brien I referenced above is hilarious – when you view it with the benefit of what we know now, some 10 years later.
    Much of what Rudd was saying even that was absolute garbage, but I think he needs to be pilloried for what has happened since.
    The “One dollar per year Kevin” should become his middle name, whenever he opens his gob these days.
    The “greatest moral challenge” of our generation, indeed!

  22. RobK

    A good post Sparty, well done.

  23. Bruce of Newcastle

    What shall we call them? Reality deniers? How about mathematics deniers?

    Religious cult members who worship the twin deities of Gaia and Marx.

    Btw as I mentioned yesterday the latest global temperature data shows that March 2018 was the same temperature as mid 2001 and exactly the same as March 2002 (both at 0.24 C above the 1981-2010 average). So there’s been no global warming for 16 years despite pCO2 increasing 10%. In other words all that extra CO2 has done nothing.

  24. Tezza

    Questions from Spartacus at #2679073, posted on April 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    To answer your questions, re-read my third last paragraph.

    Abbott was able to stop the boats by instructing and supporting Molan and Morrison to undertake effective border control using the Navy, offshore processing and administrative processes. He didn’t need to change any law.

    Abbott was able to scrap the carbon tax only after 2 initial failures in the Senate to repeal the legislation. He succeeded on a third effort in a 39 to 32 vote supported by the micro-party senators, including those from the Palmer United Party.

    To offer a little more detail on the contrasts, the RET is embedded in L-A-W, law, as an absolute number of GWh. That’s why it ended up being unintendedly severe – about 30% more severe than even Rudd intended when he last enshrined the GWh total for RET in a Labor amendment to the law. As price rises cut electricity consumption, the unchanged and legally enshrined absolute number became an ever-higher proportion of total electricity demand, wreaking ever-larger havoc with the economics of despatchable generators and the stability of the national grid.

    To cut the RET at all, Abbott had to get what legislation he could through the Senate. A Green-Labor majority of the Senate were opposed and unshakable, after a year’s effort to find a better compromise than Abbott ultimately settled for. The Green-left were given public cover by the clearly wrong AEMO advice to the Warburton Review, and by the ABC. It proved easier to assemble the Senate numbers to scrap a pointless but damaging carbon tax than to lower a complex RET intervention that many misinformed voters associated only with cheaper household power for the fortunate few who could afford subsidised solar panels and unrealistically high solar buy-back tariffs. After a year’s effort, Abbott accepted what he could get for a slightly lower RET.

    Incidentally, the AEMO who misadvised Warburton under its late leader and thus misled public and political understanding of what was a stake with a dangerously high RET is still mis-advising the Turnbull Government under its new leader, as Judith Sloan shows in her post ‘Audrey knows best – sure”. And of course the ABC is still obfuscating on the implications of excessive renewables for grid stability, reliability and the economic survival of despatchable generators.

    So I repeat: blame Labor, the Greens, AEMO and the ABC for the RET not being cut by more in 2014-15. Abbott (and Warburton) fought a good fight on this issue, but could get only a tiny improvement.

    There’s enough to criticise Abbott for without making things up.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    The uniparty or national gangrene laboral party must be destroyed politically it is an active branch of the u.n.globslist communist party ,which is determined to impose big brother type unelected fascist government like the European Union ,run by faceless aparatchiki ,responsible to no one . Like all left plans it is fatally flawed they ignore China and India and the other fascists the islamofanatics ,don’t think they will roll over for the comrades like the western politicians did .

  26. Amused

    Reagan was wrong.

    It was 11 words – “My name is Kevin, I’m from Queensland and I’m here to help.”

  27. John NOBEL

    Transport, Sydney’s becoming like Londonistan, with helicopters, chauffeurs, hire cars, taxis, and public transport for the Narod! Sydney Trains chaos again yesterday, this time signalling, drivers and a fatality underneath it apparently.
    Still for at least a generation weekend track work and the like has happened with monthly and fortnightly frequencies, depending on the line.
    High density living looks like this, time for boom towns every 300 kilometres or so, and lotsa sea or tree changes.

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