Pretend you were determined to embark on a crash program to increase the price of electricity in order to deter consumers and businesses from using it. Here is a five point plan for achieving that sort of destruction:
First, pay millions in compensation to force closure of reliable coal fired power stations producing cheap electricity.
Second, spend millions more in subsidies to bribe promoters to erect forests of imported wind turbines that produce no electricity for 75% of the time. Then pay again to have them switched off when the wind is too strong or if they produce more power than the network needs at that time.
Third, spend more millions to build a spider web of roads and transmission lines to connect every single turbine to the national grid. These costly facilities are only used for 25% of the time.
Fourth, spend yet more millions to build new gas fired backup generators to keep the lights on when the wind stops. Then pay again to switch off the gas any time the wind happens to blow at the right speed for the turbines.
Finally, force any remaining coal or gas power stations to buy carbon ration permits from merchant banks.
Amazingly, this five point plan is official energy policy from the Green/Labor Coalition now in control of the Australian Parliament.
When we have pauperised ourselves by wasting our savings to inflict unreliable high cost electricity on our industries and our people, we will have no resources left to cope with real natural disasters.
Viv Forbes, Australia
25 Jul 11
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