Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A bit of environmental outrage

The Netherlands is now running all of its electric trains using wind power to generate the electricity. Believe me, as I have seen them, there are a lot of wind turbines in Netherlands coastal waters. Australia should be generating all of our power with wind, wave, hydro and what Australia is known for and has in abundance, sunlight.

Because onshore gas production has been banned in the State of Victoria, a little scare campaign has been underway by those with vested interests in increasing the price for natural gas we pay. Apparently because of a 'gas shortage' we will have to start freighting gas from Queensland and it will cost a lot more. Phewy. Our gas comes from Bass Strait off the Victorian coast. When I was but a lad, I remember hearing that there was enough gas under the seabed in Bass Strait to last us thousands of years.

I should have saved the name of the author of this little gem. Whether true or not, I do not know, but politicians and those who lord it over us wonder why the public is fed up and cynical.

There's a neat political game going with France and Czech Republic selling reliable base power to Germany and Austria while the latter two can promote their own "green" energy policies - including opposition to nuclear power - and look nice and virtuous (while cooking their dinner using nuclear power from the country next door). Two countries get money, the other two get political kudos. Everybody is happy.

17 comments:

  1. Sigh.
    And our guvermint is still considering (unless it has already done it) slipping a loan of a billion dollars to Adani for their coal mine. In an area which I firmly believe should be free of them.

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    1. EC, that is an absolute tragedy which is bound to lead to an absolute tragedy in the future.

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  2. If every private house and public building in Australia had a full range of solar panels by the end of this year, we wouldn't resolve the power problem. But we would make a great big dent in it, at least at the local level!

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    1. Hels, we can't fit panels on our roof, or even a wind turbine. I was thinking more of huge banks of solar panels in the deserts. Better to be looking for land for that than somewhere to bury nuclear waste.

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  3. The whole political game gets really tiresome doesn't it.
    I'm a big wind turbine proponent, though I hope they soon find a way to prevent bird/bat deaths.

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    1. Sandra, I understand there are very few bird deaths and the number is often exaggerated by those who don't want or like wind turbines. I have not even heard of bats being killed here.

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  4. I have solar panels had them for agers but the govrernment has stopped the rebate from the end of last year so I just waiting for my next bill to find out how much it will cost from now on., it was costing me about $300 a year I'm expecting twice that much if not more from now on when you are trying to use clean energy you would think the powers that be would meet you half way but that is not to be.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, I didn't know you had panels. Our yearly power bill is well over $1,000, so you still won't be doing too badly.

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  5. I heard that about the gas years ago too.
    Those wind turbines are good, people complain about them making a humming noise and making them ill along with the cows and so on - heard this when we were in SA down the bottom some years ago. Surly they could put them in places where no one lives and there is 'wind'.

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    1. Yet people live with the humming noises of fridges and airconditioners without a single complaint.

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    2. Margaret, good that you remember the gas thing too. There is no science to people's complaints about noise and the low humming sound making them ill. While they shouldn't be too close to houses, they really don't cause problems, apart from in people's imagination.

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  6. I doubt that our next up coming President Trump will do much for green energy.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Well Dora? Did Obama? Actually just today I heard he just put heaps of money into the Paris accord, whatever that is?

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  7. I think we should drop the 'politicians' title and call them all Scaremongers, it seems to be what they do best most of the time. They throw all this stuff at us to hide the fact they're busy doing something even worse that we won't like.

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    1. Good summing up River. Seldom do they excite us with a vision of our future.

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  8. We need to keep our eyes on those greedy politicians and corporations Andrew.. people power has proven powerful in the past!

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    1. Grace, yes, people power is not to be underestimated, but does need a focus and not an expression of general dissatisfaction. Not that that is a bad thing either.

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