The looming Dark Age


Mark Lawson, a versatile writer and fellow traveller with energy realism, has put together a book on the dismantling of the power grid. This grew out of a project to publish the briefing notes of the Energy Realists of Australia in a book. He took up the idea but abandoned the structure of the notes and drew upon them to write a book of his own.

Mark deals in detail with the issue of wind droughts and how an all-renewables network cannot deliver reliable supply. Storage is not an option, despite the silly talk about big batteries.

But for the moment at least, there is no getting rid of the obsession with wind generators and solar power plants on the part of the irresponsible authorities and their urgers. For every person who points to the reality of the situation, there are ten people claiming that such statements are disinformation.

So the best that we can do is to urge politicians to keep fossil fuel in the picture to back up or “firm” the intermittent input from the sun and the wind. This could be done with a massive fleet of gas turbines (at vast expense.) Maybe, just maybe the lights may stay on.

Electricity will be horrifically expensive but there may be just enough of it – with heroic load shedding, aka rolling brownouts – to save the grid from collapsing, which would usher in a new Dark Age:)

It you are worried about this, then move to Tasmania or start hoarding wood and animal dung for the time when home generators are outlawed or we run out of diesel.

Those who want to buy the book Dark Ages, the looming destruction of the Australian power grid  can follow the link.

There will be a launch & lunch in Melbourne, with veteran debunker, part-time clown and anti-woke campaigner Tony Thomas to rev up the part.

The date is Friday, April 28 12AM-2PM, for those who can make it.

Il Gambero, 166 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

Mark Lawson, journalist and author 0425 243 621 or for o/s 61 425-243-621

web site: www.clearvadersname.com


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C. Paul Barreira
C. Paul Barreira
April 11, 2023 5:34 pm

Can we, please, cease using the term “fossil fuels”. An alternative is hydrocarbons. You may have a better term. That’s fine, but let’s have done with a term originating with those who wish (probably drastic) energy poverty upon the majority of us.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 11, 2023 5:36 pm

It you are worried about this, then move to Tasmania

That Gordon-below-Franklin proposal is looking really good right now.

It’s ironic that the Greens were established by protesting that dam, and the supposed damage to the environment it would cause. Now they’re right behind all the wind turbines, which massacre birds and bats, and in the case of offshore ones, whales. Remember Save The Whales? Now they are killing them for the planet. These people are complete wackos.

Tom
Tom
April 11, 2023 7:18 pm

At this stage of the battle for human freedom, the Marxist promoters of tyranny have no other objective but to dismantle the wildly successful free market capitalist economy, deploying whatever propaganda it takes to convince the rising generation to abandon their liberty and embrace an economic system that has been a disastrous failure whenever it has been tried.

The followers of the Frankfurt School know their only chance of success is to dumb down modern millenials through the education system and make them totally unaware of the failure of socialism as an economic model throughout the past century by removing history from the curriculum.

Hence the hippy renewables lunacy, a discredited 19th century idea designed to destroy the motor of the modern economy – cheap energy.

Marxists don’t care how the revolution is accomplished: the only imperative is that the only system that works must be smashed.

And the only way that can be accomplished is by using the media and the education system to lie about what works economically.

This is a long-term program that has been in progress since the end of World War II. The only thing that was unpredicted was how quickly the West’s ruling class was subverted to campaign for its own destruction.

Arky
April 12, 2023 1:45 am

The elites have to choose between the wars they want to wage and the brave new world of energy poverty they want to impose.
They can’t have both.
Good news for us. Electric tanks and solar powered jet fighters aren’t a thing. Nor is a renewable industrial base that would be required to produce the means of war an actual possibility.
Suck it, Greta.
Their fantasy of an oil powered BRICKS vs a flowers, lollipops and puppy dogs powered West has already splattered against the brick wall of physical reality. All that is left is the tap dance back from their previous silly rhetoric.
Having said all that, I still own a tonne of copper shares because I believe the idiots are going to continue to try to fully electrify the economy. A generation has grown up believing that doing so is a moral imperative.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 12, 2023 5:38 am

The climate scam and the energy debacle are the biggest political failures of the post WW2 period.
And there’s more to come, with the foundations of family and church not just under attack but staggering, failing; the pillars wrecked by a gang of Samson-ites in Che Guevara T-shirts.

Bruce
Bruce
April 12, 2023 7:10 am

While we are at it:

Our intellectual betters…a nasty, psychotic lot.

”My three goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with its full complement of species, returning throughout the world.” David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

”A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” Ted Turner, Founder of CNN and major UN donor

”Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” Sir John Houghton, First chairman of the IPCC

”It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” Paul Watson, Co-founder of Greenpeace

”We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation

”No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

”The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” Emeritus Professor Daniel Botkin

”Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” Maurice Strong, Founder of the UN Environmental Program

”Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.” Professor Maurice King.

”I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. it played an important part in balancing ecosystems.” John Davis, Editor of Earth First! Journal

Can we all say; “DEATH CULT”?

Bruce
Bruce
April 12, 2023 7:40 am

Regarding the term; “Fossil Fuels”:

a couple of decades ago a small team of actual scientists in a re-emerging Russia looked at the issue.

Whilst it is fairly well accepted that coal is basically hyper-compressed biomass, their assessment is that oil (petrochemicals) is a whole different beast.

Their term for its origins centered around the word, “abiogenesis”, meaning NOT of “biological” origin. Just because both substances ate dark in colour, extracted from the ground and flammable, does NOT immediately and with certainty, mean that they have a common origin.

These inquiring minds came to the conclusion, probably aided by some fine grain spirits, that
petrochemicals / petroleum were formed deep underground in the planet-sized chemical cooker that is the crust / mantle boundary. Furthermore, it is believed that, because this giant “cooker: is still very active, so may well be the production and aggregation of “petroleum” (literally; ROCK OIL)

Whence the “ingredients? The answer to that is found in the entire “Continental drift caper and the process of “subduction” wherein one plate “dives under’ another aupon collision. This does NOT happen overnight, but is has been going on for as long as there have been crustal plates wandering about.

When an oceanic plate takes a dive, it takes with it vast amounts of interesting material. This is all shoved down to great depths and at serious temperatures.

There is a LOT of water dragged down, as well. This is the source of the steam-pressure that can make certain volcanoes so ” interesting”.

Another REALLY wild hypothesis is that the “ingredients for “oil” were part of the “job lot” that was accumulated as the planet was coalescing. A bit of bed-time reading / scrolling, right there.

There is a good reason that geology is regarded by sensible folk as a CORE (so to speak) SCIENCE.

I am NOT a “rock-doctor”, nor have I ever played on on TV, but I appreciate their work.

flyingduk
flyingduk
April 12, 2023 8:05 am

Having said all that, I still own a tonne of copper shares because I believe the idiots are going to continue to try to fully electrify the economy. A generation has grown up believing that doing so is a moral imperative.

I own a bit of silver on the same premise.

Damon
Damon
April 12, 2023 9:23 am

The generation that enthusiastically advocates for renewable energy is going to have a rude awakening when their ‘devices’ cease working at sunset.

Zipster
April 12, 2023 10:20 am

those who wish (probably drastic) energy poverty upon the majority of us.

cui bono?

Bushkid
Bushkid
April 12, 2023 11:24 am

Bruce says:
April 12, 2023 at 7:10 am
While we are at it:

Our intellectual betters…a nasty, psychotic lot.

Bruce, you’ll no doubt have noted that none of these nasty psychotics ever include themselves in the 95% to be culled.

Very dangerous megalomaniacal psychopaths.

Chris
Chris
April 12, 2023 11:59 am

I challenge the assertion in the invite that Tony Thomas is a part time clown.
You seriously under-rate his comedic abilities!

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 12, 2023 12:00 pm

Bushkidsays:
April 12, 2023 at 11:24 am
Bruce says:
April 12, 2023 at 7:10 am
While we are at it:

Our intellectual betters…a nasty, psychotic lot.

Bruce, you’ll no doubt have noted that none of these nasty psychotics ever include themselves in the 95% to be culled.

What (apart from insufferable arrogance) makes them think that they will be drawing up the list?

Texas Jack
Texas Jack
April 12, 2023 12:30 pm

I don’t think we have much to worry about.

Liddell closing could be the perfect test tube. The sooner sheeple experience skyrocketing power bills coupled to unreliable energy the lowlifes promoting renewables will be about as popular as Alvin Bragg perched on a CPAC dais.

NFA
NFA
April 12, 2023 1:12 pm

“Please sir, can I have some more oil?”

mem
mem
April 12, 2023 4:58 pm

Chrissays:
April 12, 2023 at 11:59 am
I challenge the assertion in the invite that Tony Thomas is a part time clown.
You seriously under-rate his comedic abilities!

Tony Thomas penned and excellent article in Quadrant the other day. https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2023/04/on-climate-the-media-is-the-massage/
After getting your head around this lot (i.e. the Climate Council) I reckon you’d need a little levity to refuel the tanks. Hope he gets the last laugh.

Winston Smith
April 12, 2023 6:08 pm

Bruce O’Nuke:

It’s ironic that the Greens were established by protesting that dam, and the supposed damage to the environment it would cause. Now they’re right behind all the wind turbines, which massacre birds and bats, and in the case of offshore ones, whales. Remember Save The Whales? Now they are killing them for the planet. These people are complete wackos.

Not whackos – they’re cultists.
Mind you, the difference is only really of interest to psychiatrists.

Winston Smith
April 12, 2023 6:18 pm

Texas Jack:

Liddell closing could be the perfect test tube. The sooner sheeple experience skyrocketing power bills coupled to unreliable energy the lowlifes promoting renewables will be about as popular as Alvin Bragg perched on a CPAC dais.

So desperate are they to force their demented cult on us that they are already awarding contracts for the demolishing of Liddell.
Just in case they are wrong.
“It’s not about saving the planet – it’s about denying the peasants a lifestyle the rich refuse to share.”

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 13, 2023 9:22 am

In no shit Sherlock news..

Pushing for a completely interconnected east Coast power system makes the whole east coast vulnerable..

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2023-04-13/calls-to-scrap-aemo-transmission-plans-for-western-victoria/102208792

“We are quite clear that a single-circuit transmission line from Tasmania to Townsville, which is AEMO’s vision first sketched in 2010, puts enormous risk of failure on that line,” he said.

“There would be heavy power flows on a single line and, in the case of extreme storms, if that line falls over there will be a blackout in the state.

“It’s a weakening of the power system and a major reason not to proceed with it.”

Professor Mountain said predicted congestion on the powerlines would also result in up to 50 per cent wastage of the renewable energy through spills.

“Building this massive transmission line right through the heart of the state, according to AEMO’s own studies, will have a lot of wind and solar production close to the new lines which will very quickly reach full capacity and get clogged,” he said.

Kingsley
Kingsley
April 13, 2023 2:35 pm

I too am with Texas Jack and are reluctantly and counter-intuitively hoping for Liddell caused blackouts this year so we can have a small disaster now instead of an absolute calamity in say 5 years time. Most of the voting public still isn’t paying this issue any real attention and they won’t until the they personally suffer a black out. I wish we as a society could have the brains to avoid this utterly avoidable disaster but it is clear we can’t.

Winston Smith
April 13, 2023 3:21 pm

The realists see the problem. The idiots don’t.
It has always been thus.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
April 13, 2023 3:44 pm

These inquiring minds came to the conclusion, probably aided by some fine grain spirits, that
petrochemicals / petroleum were formed deep underground in the planet-sized chemical cooker that is the crust / mantle boundary. Furthermore, it is believed that, because this giant “cooker: is still very active, so may well be the production and aggregation of “petroleum” (literally; ROCK OIL)

This explains the narrative shift away from peak oil.

  1. Could be crushed pain killers just like The Duck at Crown Perth that went nowhere. What a coincidence.

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