The murky and convoluted politics of the power industry + Tony Thomas, Jo Nova & Alan Moran

UPDATE. Alan Moran’s latest edition of climate news for January 2020.

Michael Shellenberger has emerged as one of the most cogent commentators on energy issues and a great supporter of nuclear energy. This represents a major change of course from the time he was 30 when he was dedicated to addressing climate change by way of renewable energy. The piece originally appeared in Quillette in February 2019 titled “Why renewables can’t save the planet.”

It is great all the way through and one of the “must reads” in the field. The piece that prompted the title of this post occurred towards the end.

The problem with nuclear is that it is unpopular, a victim of a 50 year-long concerted effort by fossil fuel, renewable energy, anti-nuclear weapons campaigners, and misanthropic environmentalists to ban the technology.

In response, the nuclear industry suffers battered wife syndrome, and constantly apologizes for its best attributes, from its waste to its safety.

Lately, the nuclear industry has promoted the idea that, in order to deal with climate change, “we need a mix of clean energy sources,” including solar, wind and nuclear. It was something I used to believe, and say, in part because it’s what people want to hear. The problem is that it’s not true.

France shows that moving from mostly nuclear electricity to a mix of nuclear and renewables results in higher prices, to the unreliability of solar and wind.

Oil and gas investors know this, which is why they made a political alliance with renewables companies, and why oil and gas companies have been spending millions of dollars on advertisements promoting solar, and funneling millions of dollars to said environmental groups to provide public relations cover.

He concludes. Now that we know that renewables can’t save the planet, are we really going to stand by and let them destroy it?

A beautiful piece by Tony Thomas on pornographic climate journalism and Jo Nova on the start of the fightback against Green sabotage that created the conditions for the current firestorm across the country.

Last but not least, Climate News from Alan Moran for December 2019.


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8 Responses to The murky and convoluted politics of the power industry + Tony Thomas, Jo Nova & Alan Moran

  1. stackja

    Trillions are theirs for the taking.
    Who’s going to stop them?
    Even Scomo hasn’t really said no.

  2. Mark M

    We’re gonna need a bigger renewable target …


    2020: Canberra chokes on world’s worst air quality as city all but shut down

  3. Mark M

    Imagine how much worse the fires would be if Australia hadn’t blown up the coal-fired power stations in Victoria and south Australia?


  4. Nob

    I don’t think Hazelwood was blown up.
    Just fucked up.

  5. Nob

    Cash from oil and gas companies is important to wind and solar.

    Look into the accounts of publicly listed oil companies in Europe and you’ll see their (compulsory, by the way) “investments” in carbon certificates of various description?

    Where does this money go?
    Hard to track , but you can be pretty sure a large part is funneled into wind and solar companies

    After it’s passed through numerous sticky fingered agencies of course. The sums are staggering.

  6. John Bennetts

    Those who favourably consider ACT, City of Sydney et al and their “100% net RE” ambitions need to remember.

    1. Net 100% RE is nowhere near 100%RE and certainly not zero carbon emissions. It is throwing surplus wind and PV generation away at a market price which is often zero, plus or minus a bit. That electricity is essentially valueless.

    2. In the evenings, when wind has calmed and the sun is setting, demand may peak. That’s going to result in high wholesale energy prices and high (coal and gas fired) electricity. Even if the energy is the same, the carbon emissions and the dollar value of that energy are not.

    Do not fall for the “100% RE” nonsense. It is still far from zero emissions.

    Maybe Australia (and ACT and Sydney) should rethink their objectives and consider reliable, firm, zero emissions, very safe, scaleable electricity on demand – that is nuclear power.

  7. Nob

    Anyone connected to the electricity grid is “100% renewable” in their dreams only.

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