Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Power at Breaking Point; Politicians Listened to Green Groups for Too Long

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Power at Breaking Point; Politicians Listened to Green Groups for Too Long

Article excerpt

WHEN we were kids, the dream for the year 2020 was hovering cars, robot butlers and the best of science fiction.

Clearly, we're not there yet and it might be 2120 before we have enough electricity to power the dream cars of the future.

Welcome to the real-life summer of 2020, where the government is warning people of blackouts because we don't produce enough electricity for the days when everyone turns on their fans.

Sadly, this is not a joke.

This week, energy regulators issued a dire warning -- increase the amount of energy being produced or there will be rolling blackouts to ensure the whole system doesn't collapse.

After years of refusing to build more power stations, our population has boomed and -- surprise, surprise -- we are at breaking point.

This is what happens when governments cheer on the blowing up of coal-fired power stations.

The inconvenient truth is that the left won't allow us to point out the fact that wind and solar can't do the job coal and gas can.

They may one day, but only when we can build a battery big enough to store the power.

Not to mention we have the world's biggest battery in South Australia, but it struggles to power 20,000 homes each day.

I'm all for new technology, but at the moment they can't do the job coal and gas do.

All sides of politics and levels of government have got us here. They have listened to green groups and hysterics for too long. They have sold off power assets and given control of building new power stations to companies whose only interest is to close down old stations.

Then charge through the roof for the power that comes out of the ones they still own.

The time has come for this to be seen as the emergency it is.

Government should tell these companies to build power stations that will do the job. …

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