From one “smartest person in the room” to another…
As I sit here, in my lounge room, with my laptop, and no-one else around, to my shock and horror, I realise that, Turdball and I have something in common. 😯
Cos like Turdball in a COALition party room meeting, or a cabinet meeting, or in fact in the toilet, I, like Turdball, am also currently the smartest person in the room! 😯
And while I’m here enjoying the fact that I am currently the “Smartest person in the room”, and pondering the latest “agile” and “innovative” proposal by the aforementioned Turdball, which in fact was first disregarded in the 1980’s, as not economically viable, I thought It was incumbent upon me to point out a few areas that might have been overlooked in his rush to look like our illustrious PM was actually “Leading a debate”, (any debate, and/or … doing something 😉 ) after his disaster of an environment minister, one Tosh Friedandburnt, was ripped a new one by the premier of the much maligned SA , at a presser where Tosh intended to give himself a good and hearty pat on the back for doing such good work in his portfolio! 🙄
At this point, I should explain for those that have been waiting a while for more words of wisdom from your’s truly 😯 , I have been bloody crook, at least in part as a direct result of another summer of record temperatures and humidity, as climate change once again rears its ugly head for any with even half a brain, to see. 😡
And as the great Turdball is looking a bit, to say the least, dodgy when it comes to climate change, let me just remind you of a couple of quotes from the great man (read narcissist) himself;
Remember that old Turdball promise that “I will not lead a party that’s not as committed to climate change as I am”; and who can forget his colourful description of The Abbott’s “Direct Action” plan, as a “Fig-leaf” to cover the fact that they have no real climate change policy??? 😮
But I digress 😛
So, I know that the Snowy Hydro scheme is an iconic Aussie infrastructure project, that has a lot of sentimentality attached, in the public mindset, and I know that the pressure is on Turdball to look like he’s actually got some idea WTF he’s doing, after months of lying to the public and misleading parliament over the part renewables played in the SA blackouts… But has he really thought this through???
Which brings me back to a few points he may have overlooked.
Firstly, The very reason we’re told that we need the extra generation capacity, is to help with peak loads during the hot summer months, which are predicted to get progressively hotter, for longer, as is evidenced by the fact that records seem to have been broken every year, for at least the last few, with temperatures climbing steadily and weather patterns noticeably changing for the last couple of decades.
But the question to Turdball is, do you really want to rely on hydro… Really?
I mean , what happens when we have long, hot, record breaking summers, with more and more frequent extreme weather events? (Yes, that is a rhetorical question, but currently being the smartest person in this room, I feel more than qualified to answer it anyway 😛 )
- We can suffer more droughts, like the one in 2007 that had a major impact on the snowy hydro schemes ability to produce power. 😯
- We can experience less rain, and shorter ski seasons due to the quality and amount of snow, both of which the snowy scheme relies upon.
- During longer and hotter summers, we lose more of our precious water supply to evaporation, and what water is available , is needed for irrigating our precious food supplies, both for the domestic and export markets.
- At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, when we’re talking longer, hotter summers, and more frequent and intense heatwave conditions, the one thing that we can rely on during peak load periods is an over abundance of sunshine, which is overwhelmingly the cause of said peak load periods, and can be easily and cheaply used and harnessed through PV and battery storage, in both large and small capacities, to cover any base load shortfall. And the one thing that we cannot rely on during those extreme weather events is sufficient excess water!
- The “Pump” part of the “Pumped hydro”, will still be powered by coal , which will continue to pollute the atmosphere at unacceptable levels, further exacerbating the already dire and increasingly extreme effects of CC, and the reasons for the required action in the first place
And now we come to your other preferred option of “Clean Coal” which being the smartest person in the room, you must know is not only NOT a viable economic or environmental option, but an oxymoron, not unlike your energy minister Matt Canavan… Although, he completely ignores the “Oxy” part, and goes straight to MORON!!! 😛
But again, I digress. 🙂
With “Clean Coal” producing a maximum emissions reduction of only around 30% (If and when it becomes commercially viable) , and true renewables at least 70% lower than that, (and already available) and with the cost of renewables dropping exponentially , as take up rates increase, any fool can see that there is absolutely NO justification for seriously considering the coal option!
So, my advice to you is;
- Stop the lies and spin!
- Stop accusing others of Ideologically driven energy policy, when that is clearly the realm of your IPA/Muddick/LNP gov!
- Stop treating us all like idiots, just because that’s what you’re dealing with in your own party room!
- Start listening to the experts, instead of the idiotic right wing of the LNP!
- Either come into the 21st century, and start to deal realistically with the very real problems that we’re facing, or get out of the way, so that someone with real vision and an understanding of the challenges that we face, can do what’s needed for our country and its future!
And I offer this perspective, and advice, as first among equals…
From one “smartest person in the room” to another 🙂