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Iím a conservative in the energy business and here's why coal is dead : Comments

By Huon Hoogesteger, published 10/10/2017

Energy prices arenít high because of 'wishful thinking' and 'green religion' - theyíre high because of too little thinking and the wrong kind of religion.

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Australia has the world's largest supplies of coal, gas and uranium but, thanks to a decade of policy based on green ideology, we can't be sure of keeping the lights on this summer. We have gone from having the world's cheapest power, to the dearest.

And, in apportioning blame, we must remember that it was the Howard so-called conservative government that introduced RET in 1997 Ė cringe worthy for conservatives, even at 2%, because when the loonies got hold of the idea Ö well we know what has happened.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:41:07 AM
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I thought that I saw a news item saying that Turnbull is thinking of dropping subsidies on renewables. Perhaps I was dreaming? The subsidies are enriching the rent-seekers and gaining support for corrupt politicians, but they are beggaring the rest of us and dragging our country down to Third World status. The removal of subsidies would show just how absurd renewables are economically.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:47:36 AM
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Perhaps the Author can point us to a Smelter that is run on 100% renewable energy?
Posted by Cobber the hound, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:27:06 AM
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Cobber the Hound lives!
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:01:02 PM
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ttbn writes:
ďI thought that I saw a news item saying that Turnbull is thinking of dropping subsidies on renewables.Ē

Yes, it looks like Josh is going to run it up the flag pole at least.
The Green fans invariably go unchallenged when they spout renewables being cheaper than coal, so letís just remove the RET and see how it goes.

Itís about time they put their subsidies (our money) where their mouth is.
Iíll get the popcorn.
Posted by Dustin, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:18:53 PM
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Cobber,
Three obvious examples are the aluminium smelters in Iceland.

But we really shouldn't be so obsessed with precedent. If we limit ourselves to what's already being done, progress will grind to a halt.

Instead we should take an engineering approach: what prevents our smelters from using 100% renewable energy, and how can that problem be overcome?
Posted by Aidan, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:34:58 PM
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