Our wombat energy minister

How many mistakes can the Climate Change and Energy Minister make in three sentences? According to Mark Ludlow and Angela Macdonald-Smith, writing in the Fin Review last Friday (20th), Mr Bowen said (1) the war in Ukraine was responsible for 90 per cent of the global electricity price rises last year. He said(2) the move towards renewable energy would make Australia’s energy market less exposed to global shocks.

And (3) “This targeted short-term response was necessary, but so is the long-term plan to increase the uptake of affordable, firmed renewable energy, to reduce our reliance on volatile overseas markets and power Australia’s future as a renewable energy superpower.”

Reality check. 1. Energy prices were going through the roof in Britain and the Continent early in 2021, a year before the invasion of Ukraine that started on Feb 24, 2022.

2. Regarding the impact of global shocks, we benefit from high export prices for coal but that does not inflate the price of coal burned locally. We would have no shortage of gas if the state governments in Victoria and NSW would only allow it to be extracted

3. As for becoming a renewable energy superpower by way of firmed wind and solar power, this is just a very bad joke.

What is going to provide the firming if we exit from coal? We have effectively no grid-scale firming at present and no amount of so-called “big batteries” will help.  Do the maths and compare the capacity of “big batteries” with the demand in the grid.  The same applies to pumped hydro. Even if Snowy2.0 is completed, it will provide intermittent power that only matches a fraction of a the output of a coal station like Liddell that it is supposed to replace.

12 responses to “Our wombat energy minister”

  1. Fair Shake Avatar
    Fair Shake

    ..who then from the safety of his burrow runs out across the rail-line to be hit by a coal train

  2. Bruce Avatar

    These clowns all operate under “”Lewis Carrol” rules.

    “Viz: “The Hunting of the Snark”.

    Pertinent excerpt:

    “‘Tis the voice of the Jubjub!” he suddenly cried.
    (This man, that they used to call “Dunce.”)
    “As the Bellman would tell you,” he added with pride,
    “I have uttered that sentiment once.

    “‘Tis the note of the Jubjub! Keep count, I entreat;
    You will find I have told it you twice.
    ‘Tis the song of the Jubjub! The proof is complete,
    If only I’ve stated it thrice.”

    Short summary:

    If these clowns tell us something three times, it is, in their opinion, LEGALLY and irrevocably TRUE!.

    Toss some more hubris and arrogance on the funeral pyre!

    Just watch out for Boojums, though.

  3. thefrollickingmole Avatar

    This sort of idiot headline sums it up.

    Record levels of renewable energy push demand for electricity from the grid to all-time low for December quarter
    Increased output from renewables, with a near-zero fuel cost, also nudged more coal and gas out of the generation market

    Thats nice, then why is power prices rising so much?

    The average price of $93/megawatt-hour across the national electricity market (NEM) that serves eastern Australia was less than half the $216/MWh cost in the September quarter. Still, it was almost 80% higher than for the final three months of 2021.

    So zero fuel costs, a price cap and low demand… and its still 80% higher costs.

    Reading dumb crap like that is like having a waiter hawking up the biggest groolie he can from the back of his throat, then dribbling it into your soup and assuring you nothing is wrong.
    Its just an insult to intelligence.

  4. alwaysright Avatar

    The wombat is also known as Minister Bowsenko.

  5. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    You suspect Bowen is not there by accident.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    How many mistakes can the Climate Change and Energy Minister make in three sentences?

    It’s a religious belief, just like the Aztecs thought they could change the weather by cutting the hearts out of the chests of sacrificial victims.

    Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t be giving Bowen ideas.

  7. Bill P Avatar
    Bill P

    This wombat:
    EATS very nicely thank you, all first class courtesy of the taxpayer.
    ROOTS the economy.
    SHOOTS himself in the foot continuously.
    And LEAVES on a huge pension and a maaaates gig and is unaccountable for all the above.

  8. tommbell Avatar

    He knows he’s speaking sh*t. He knows we know he’s speaking sh*t etc. But the simple fact is nothing will change. Nothing. If people start dying during a heatwave he’ll express sincere regret. Will promise to “do something”. There’ll be some “targeted” handouts to help the needy meet soaring energy prices – caused of course by our excess reliance on fossil fuels and the “instability” they bring to the grid. And most Australians will vote for it….

  9. GreyRanga Avatar

    tommbell I don’t think the Turtlehead knows he’s talking crap. Doesn’t matter what he talks about, when as a previous minister it was all crap. He’s a know nothing. He must have photos of cough whitless rooting a goat. He’d be the munty of the Liars.

  10. Damon Avatar

    It seems to me the sun has been shining throughout human history, and we have had windmills for hundreds of years, but never achieved a standard of living remotely comparable to the present. Yet we are desperate to return to those days?

  11. calli Avatar

    “Viz: “The Hunting of the Snark”.

    Chuckle. I’m so stealing this.

  12. rickw Avatar


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