By Viv Forbes
It may be possible for a perpetual committee of green bureaucrats to electrify Australia with a vast but flimsy spider-web of power lines connecting consumers to wind turbines, solar panels, lithium batteries and pumped-hydro batteries. In this wonder-world, electric scooters and mini-cars will be mandated and demand rationing will be imposed.
But this costly, ramshackle UN dream-come-true will never be competitive with nearby industries in China, India and Japan using a powerful backbone of reliable low-cost nuclear, coal, gas and diesel power, decorated with bits of green tinsel to placate the energy commissars of the UN.
These Asian tigers will get their coal from Mongolia, Indonesia and South Africa, their oil and gas from the Middle East and their uranium from Asia, Canada and Africa.
To add to the pain of costly and unreliable electricity, the green despots would also close our coal mines, thus slashing export income and state and federal government tax revenue. Australia’s ability to pay for imports or anything else will be greatly reduced.
The Bad News: New Green Deal would cost $70K-plus per household in first year:
And the Good news: New Green Deal is Tearing the Left Apart: