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