Britain and Germany are in deep trouble with their power supplies and wind droughts are the root of the problem. You can imagine a book to be written one day called How Wind Droughts Destroyed Western Civilization.
Texas in 2021 gave us a glimpse of the future when the wind died and the temperature fell dramatically. Hundreds died and it would have been thousands if the state had gone completely black. Not wishing to have a repeat of that performance there are plans to subsidise gas producers to maintain capacity in the face of competition from subsidised wind and solar power. (The article incorrectly places the crisis in 2019.)
Don’t laugh, this is happening here already with a deal in Victoria to maintain the supply of coal power from Loy Yang to the Portland aluminium smelter owned by AGL. And both the major parties in NSW promised before the recent election to keep the coal fires burning at Eraring.
Someone have a word to Rod Sims, he has joined the Superpower Institute, a new think-tank formed to fight the misinformation campaign by energy realists.
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AGW fanatics, corporate grifters and craven/corrupt politicians are the root of the problem.
Meanwhile, India and China press on with more coal fired generation.
All I know is Coal is King . I reckon I could accept Nuclear also , jus sayin’ ..
Meanwhile other Euro countries forging ahead with nuclear or Poland with coal.
Incidentally so is Germany, with specially dirty lignite, villages destroyed to get to it, why no outcry about that?
Yup thought the name Sims sounded familiar. Google search confirmed and added more.
ALP lackey status confirmed.
Here in Newcastle, it is. And hopefully it is for a long time to come. Nuclear is ok, too.
Standing on a hilltop overlooking a mediaeval town (Vivieres) in France, the guide proudly pointed to the nuclear power plant huddled into the greenery in the distance. What a contrast.
All I could think of was to sing the theme to The Simpsons. My wife thumped me.
The climate scam will, with its adjuncts ranging from destruction of the power systems of western democracies through to demonisation of meat (and now even rice!) and emasculation of transport, see us all impoverished and directed down the road to serfdom by governments and institutions so thoroughly marched through that common sense doesn’t get a look-in any more.
Sims… he’s a government shill and would not have a clue about the real world.
Another ivory tower academic.
Sims is, to a minor degree, correct. Sun and wind are indeed free. Unfortunately, the systems to collect and distribute their potential are exceedingly expensive and environmentally destructive.
Summed up by this picture from powerline week in pictures
Rod Sims eh- another tired old turd who’s never had a real job. I still haven’t figured out who ‘economists’ actually do.
Sims with his bullshit ‘degrees’ from Melb uni and the ANU sums up why we are in trouble.
Uni Degrees and science, are scientists just becoming another public servant job?
There is room for thought that our scientists are not the best and brightest on the whole.
Some might be but the rest are not courageous pursuers of knowlegde, rather a steady income with occassional side benefit of minor fame on a paper with 37 other “scientists” and hangers on.
There are so many scandels involving peer review and publishing cartels these days that no one wants to draw attention.
So many research projects, co-operative centres and such, but no breakthrough science, just building on earlier works .. nothing new or original.
We spend more and more on research and Uni science hoping for innovative rewards but that’s not the purpose of those institiutions. Their purpose is little empires and kingdoms and a steady folw of taxpayer government (funds).
We should not expect the scientific community to be independent, they are not, on the whole they are government funded public servants.
I like Elon Musk’s flash in the pan idea to identify organisations’ source of funding.
And Liddel started it’s shut down this week with Unit 4 closing this morning, and the other 2 being taken offline on 26 and 28 April.
Going to be an interesting time as we shift into El Nino finally.
If only we could hook up LaborGreens and Liberal politicians to the turbines, I’m certain they’d provide enough wind for the country twice over. Apart from that, ruinables won’t work.
Unipardy=enemies of the people
John Reid has a general discussion of the broader issues of AGW and nett zero at Blackjay.
A couple of further quotes from the above link:
Admirable Sims spell their surname with ‘mm’.