Coal still our best op­tion

The Courier-Mail - - OPINION -

THE cli­mate change war­riors were quick to dis­miss my com­ments made on Sky News on Fri­day night about the cheaper cost of power in Queens­land com­pared to other states over the past few weeks.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian En­ergy Mar­ket’s data for this month, Queens­land has the low­est priced whole­sale elec­tric­ity in the coun­try.

We are av­er­ag­ing about $89.20 per megawatt per hour, com­pared to South Aus­tralia, which sits at $115 per megawatt, per hour. On Jan­uary 3, it was $137 an hour in SA.

Queens­land has just one wind farm and 60 per cent of our power is gen­er­ated from coal. In SA, wind and so­lar are its poi­son on most of its power sup­ply, and the costs are much higher. In fact, SA has among the top five power prices in the world.

Coal is also keep­ing elec­tric­ity prices down in NSW as en­ergy flows through the NSW-Queens­land in­ter­con­nec­tor at Goondi­windi.

The moral of the story? Back Bill Shorten’s re­new­able en­ergy tar­gets over the next decade and ex­pect your power prices to go up sig­nif­i­cantly. Phas­ing out coal-fired power is tan­ta­mount to turn­ing the lights off on the na­tional econ­omy.

That’s why PM Scott Mor­ri­son must exit the Paris Agree­ment to give vot­ers a clear choice come May.

Do they want un­sus­tain­able re­new­able en­ergy tar­gets un­der La­bor or are we go­ing to do what Ja­pan, Ko­rea and China con­tinue to do and back coal­fired power sta­tions?

Any other ex­pla­na­tion is just urine and wind.

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