Monash Forum: Rattles Renewables Rent Seekers with Threat to Endless Subsidies

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Craig Kelly: a man with a plan.

In a little over 15 years, Australia has gone from an energy superpower to an international joke. Power prices are rocketing, and its Eastern Grid is on the brink of collapse. All for the sake of a pointless, ideological obsession with wind and solar power.

Thankfully, a solid rump of 30 Liberal and National Federal MPs are determined to turn the mess around. Their Monash Forum has started with a plan to restore affordable and reliable power which, up to now, Australians have justifiably seen as their birthright. As that baseballer/philosopher, Yogi Bera put it: “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up some where else.” Here’s Alan Moran with a little roadmap on where the Monash Forum is headed.

Energy policy takes center stage
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Alan Moran
9 April 2018

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Wind Power Collapses Send Power Prices Into Orbit in Wind ‘Powered’ South Australia

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Wind power outfits often claim that their particular operation ‘powers’ 30,000 homes; RE zealots even claim that South Australians get 50% of their power from the sun and wind.

Whacked with the obvious retort of ‘when?’, the wind cultist changes tack and starts mumbling about mega-batteries (non-existent and insanely costly), pumped hydro (non-existent and costly) and then starts ranting about an evil fossil fuel conspiracy.

South Australia is the shining example of the true cost and absolute chaos that comes with attempting to run on sunshine and breezes.

Set out above, courtesy of Aneroid Energy, is the output from every wind turbine in SA during the merry month of March (with a notional capacity of 1,810 MW).

Even if you add in the piddling 100 MW capacity of its $150,000,000 Elon Musk special, it’s pretty clear that collapses in the order of 700 to 1,200 MW (which occur…

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Green activist lawyer burns himself to death to protest global warming

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A sad case of self-immolation with fossil fuels, to protest fossil fuels

A green activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights — including in the infamous “Boys Don’t Cry” murder case — committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Attorney David Buckel in 2006AP

In a gruesome protest against the ecological destruction of the earth, David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

He left the note behind in a manila envelope marked “To The Police,” recovered from inside a black metal push cart he discarded at the scene.

Passersby were horrified to see Buckel’s blackened, prone remains.

The scene in Prospect Park. Photo: Mark Mellone

“It was just lying there, on…

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Industrialised Landscapes & Battered Communities Drive German Backlash Against Big Wind

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Germany’s wind power obsession has turned picture postcard landscapes into alien, industrial war zones – of the kind dreamt up by futurist HG Wells.

In the beginning, carpetbaggers, rent seekers and their eco-zealot, shock troops sold the ‘transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future as an ecological idyll. Except, the reality has fallen well short of the original pitch.

German communities, just like those everywhere else, are angry at watching their property values plummet; homes made unlivable, due to the constant bombardment of wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound; and real environmentalists are furious at the destruction of ancient forests, and the carnage meted out to a menagerie of birds, bats and other critters, made homeless by the destruction of their habitats. All, of course, to ‘save’ the planet.

In short, what seemed like a good idea at the time, has turned into a daily nightmare for…

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No ‘Comparison’ Between Part-time Wind Power & Full-time Fossil Fuel

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Renewables rent seekers keep telling us how cheap wind and solar are, compared to those ‘evil’ fossil fuels, coal and gas.

But ‘price’ and ‘value’ are not the same animals. What we pay for something, and what it’s worth depends entirely upon what we get. And, in relation to the consumption of electricity, whether or not we get it, at all.

Wind power might be ‘free’, but try purchasing it, at any price, when the wind stops blowing.

Comparing weather dependent wind generation with sources available, around-the-clock, irrespective of the weather, is a game played by intellectual pygmies. There is, of course, no comparison.

So when you’re faced with a pile of numbers said to show how wind stacks up against the big boys, the obvious retort is, ‘when’? When I need it, or when the wind is just right?

Donn Dears picks up that thread quite neatly in this…

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Wind Power Fiasco: Texas Faces Summer of Shortfalls, Rationing & Blackouts

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Any state or country thinking about running on sunshine and breezes has enough disastrous examples to make them think twice.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: massively subsidised, unreliable and intermittent wind power undercuts reliable coal-fired power plants; some of those plants close; power prices rocket; and grid managers suffer conniptions as they chop customers from the grid, trying to prevent a complete ‘system black’ when the wind stops blowing, as it does almost every single day.

You’ve all heard the story about how wind power obsessed South Australia wrecked its grid and drove power prices through the roof.

Well, here’s pretty much the same tale from Texas, as told by Larry Bell.

Larry is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space…

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Turnbull’s Energy Dilemma: Pro-Coal Monash Forum Threatens PM’s Tenuous Grip on Power

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Coming to grips with a revolt against his beloved renewables.

Politics is a cruel caper and, in Australia, the politics of power is merciless.

Malcolm Turnbull has just lost 30 Newspolls in a row; the apparently fatal number that gave him licence to knife a sitting PM, Tony Abbott in September 2015.

In an election fought on Labor’s ‘Carbon Tax’ (a monstrously expensive tax on CO2 gas which applied to all energy production) Abbott promised to scrap the Tax and thereby led his Coalition to a thumping 17 seat majority victory in 2013.

In launching his coup d’état, the patrician and aloof Turnbull pointed to the polls and claimed he could do a whole lot better than Abbott. He didn’t.

At his first electoral outing in July 2016, Turnbull ran an underwhelming campaign (seemingly centred on his own personal brilliance – and sounding like a Marvel comic series – its…

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