Labor in Greens pulpit
COMMENTS from Genex managing director Michael Addison welcoming a mix of renewable energy and coal are refreshing.
It’s great to see people within the sector recognising that coal and renewable energy can exist side- by- side.
All or nothing approaches seldom work when it comes to change.
Proposals for overnight change aren’t going to stick.
We have to recognise that the change to renewables will be a gradual process and in the meantime we need power sources.
North Queensland is crying out for new infrastructure to help bring power prices down and at the moment coal is one of the best options.
We need to have a balance between our green dreams for the future and the reality of what needs to be done to best support the people of the North.
A coal- fired baseload power station could be a reasonable solution to some of our woes.
For Mr Addison to recognise coal as the “bedrock of Australia’s energy system” despite his company being behind the major solar and hydro project at Kidston is a sign that those in the industry recognise that the nation cannot make the switch to renewables overnight.
His suggestion that unlocking gas exploration could reduce power prices is also worth investigating further.
We need to be looking at all the options and economics should play a big part in all these decisions.
While the Federal Government maintains its approach is “technology neutral”, Mr Addison’s comments are some of the most sensible we’ve heard in a while. Energy efficiency is important but so is reliability and cost.
Any switch to renewable resources needs to be done with a healthy dose of realism and plenty of expertise from those that know the sector best.
Let’s have more conversations with energy experts.
Our region deserves economically sound plans, not ones simply based on idealism. SPEED reading the Bulletin ( 7/ 7/ 17) and The Australian on the same day delivered a rare insight into the Labor of old and its ALP postmodern Greener version.
The Goebellian technique rolled out by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Energy Minister, Mark Bailey, continues to grow, attacking the LNP’s energy shadow minister, Michael Hart, over his rightful questioning of the Dr Alan Finkel report, as behoves any proper Opposition.
The gaming of this whole Finkel report is assuredly skewed in favour of the wind/ solar quick money renewables, clean coal technology lumbered with a ‘ demurrage’, meaning it must be accompanied by a ‘ wink/ nudge’ carbon capture and storage adding extra costs to its return on capital with an extra hurdle of a specified level of emissions control. Yep, you got the drift. The Minister should be aware of this as I suspect he is, or maybe his green Sir Humphreys haven’t informed him. I think not.
Immediately he continues from the Green pulpit, blaming the Federal Government for the energy crisis gridlock and lack of futuristic planning – no blame at all attributed to the states. He plucks imagin- ary figures from nowhere whereby he states that we consumers will only pay 1.9 per cent per annum increase on our energy bills over the first three years of Palaszczuk’s tenure.
The Finkel Report CET sadly is obsessed with emissions reduction to a higher target of 43 per cent; as Palaszczuk/ Bailey continue with their drive to a 50 per cent RET in the North’s backyard by 2030, irrespective of the human costs involved or the energy poverty this RET generates, gouged from your pockets to appease the effete/ goat cheese circle of inner city wannabes.
Perhaps Mr Bailey should update his information and check out Alan Moran’s perspective on coal’s vital requirement in any cost- effective mix for Australia.
Meanwhile, former Labor luminary and number cruncher go- to man Graham ‘ Richo’ Richardson’s piece in The Australian was diametrically opposed to anything that Mark Bailey stood for, outing the Labor Party and the Greens as forever implacably opposed to anything to do at all with coal. The voice of yesterday’s Labor, Richo represents the quintessential successful Hawke/ Keating/ Peter Walsh ALP putting people before ideology, an anathema to the modern- day Palaszczuk ALP Government whose inner city affectations/ Green policies are diametrically opposed to what is required in the North. An ultra- supercritical 1000MW HELE coal- fired- power station which will go a long way to provide the ‘ sustainable’ jobs of tomorrow.
Maintain the rage. Those politicians who oppose cheap coal- fired power ... just vote them out. PETER J. SMITH,