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.