Short-lived re­lief

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

In the re­cent past, some of us have wit­nessed black­outs or out­ages — call them what you will, but the out­comes are the same.

In most cases power was re­stored in a day or so. Fridges and freez­ers with food slowly go­ing off, lights that don’t come on, elec­tric stoves and mi­crowave ovens that won’t cook, air­con­di­tion­ers that can’t cool, elec­tric wa­ter heaters that go cold, wash­ing ma­chines that can’t wash, vac­uum clean­ers that can’t clean, tele­vi­sions and tele­phones that are use­less, in­ter­net and com­put­ers down, garage doors that don’t work au­to­mat­i­cally. Then, out­side the home, maybe petrol pumps that don’t give fuel, fac­to­ries with no back-up power sup­plies, and street and traf­fic lights that don’t func­tion.

Well, we’d bet­ter get used to this, folks, be­cause that’s just a taste of life in Aus­tralia with­out baseload power.

This lat­est string of out­ages has been caused by the weather but it’s given us a pre­view of life with­out re­li­able power. Other coun­tries are tak­ing full ad­van­tage of our cheap, clean coal, and nu­clear power as a de­pend­able source of power for do­mes­tic use, in­dus­try and jobs well into the fu­ture, but we, a so-called so­phis­ti­cated na­tion, are go­ing back­wards.

We are de­stroy­ing or not main­tain­ing our power sta­tions be­cause some believe that with a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, a vi­brant coun­try can rely on the wind and sun to keep up. We all breathe a sigh of re­lief when the power is re­stored but re­lief can’t be ex­pected with a sys­tem that won’t be able to cope. Marg Swindells, Cas­tle Hill

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