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#1 PeterJMelb

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:46 AM

Warren Mundine.
What a man!

This article is from the August 24 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition. To subscribe, visit http://www.heraldsun.com.au/.

NYUNGGAI WARREN MUNDINE

AUSTRALIAS electricity system is in crisis after years of political mismanagement. And our political system has followed suit.

This week marks the second time Malcolm Turnbulls leadership has crumbled because of his approach to emissions policy. It also brought down Kevin Rudd and was at the heart of Labors downfall.

It doesnt matter who is prime minister next week or next year, Labor and the Coalition have never been so unpopular. In the Longman by-election , 31 per cent of voters didnt vote for Labor or the Coalition in primary voting.

Why? Because for years, Australias political leaders have been lying to the people and lacking the courage and determination to implement policies and reforms they know are required: on welfare, the pension, debt, tax and certainly on energy.

Political leaders have been telling voters Australia can reduce COemissions without increasing power prices; that we can have 25 per cent, even 50 per cent, intermittent electricity without our standard of living or economy suffering. Thats a lie.

Humans have never had better quality, healthier or longer lives because of cheap, abundant energy. Global primary energy consumption increased 2500 per cent in the past two centuries. Globally, more than 80 per cent of primary energy consumption is from fossil fuels, with less than 1 per cent from wind and solar. Fossil fuels produce CO, and scientific models say that will adversely change the climate.

There are two options.

One is to apply the wealth and innovation of modern economies to adapt to the change; but suggest that and youre howled down as a monster and a denier.

The other is moving to nonemitting energy that can still meet the needs of 8 billion people in the modern world. That is what our political leaders pretend to adopt.

Actually, theyve taken a third course: telling us we can switch to substantial intermittent power while maintaining industry and technology and not paying prohibitive prices.

There is no stand-alone electricity market in the world the size of Australias generating more than 20 per cent of electricity from intermittent power. The handful of countries with substantial intermittent capacity have much smaller electricity markets or are in the European electricity market, with ready access to despatchable power.

Activists argue wind and solar are the cheapest per MWh. So they should be: theres no guarantee when theyll generate power.

An intermittent power source can provide a guaranteed supply only in combination with despatchable power like a gas plant.

The battery hype isnt matched by reality. I cant find any example of a stand-alone intermittent-plusbattery power source that can reliably power a heavy user, like a factory or data centre, let alone a national system. Theres also no robust Levelised Cost of Energy estimate for such a power source and ballpark estimates vary wildly.

So intermittent power is thrown into the mix with other sources and its all supposed to work in the aggregate. When it doesnt , were told we need new delivery and transmission mechanisms. Some markets now have excess capacity, reducing profits for individual generators and/or excess generation at times and not enough at others.

Such factors add costs. With few exceptions, every market thats increased intermittent power has seen increased prices.

AUSTRALIAS Paris commitment means higher power prices and scaling down industry. One enables the other because higher prices drive industry away. Well also have to scale down agriculture: culling herds, reducing exports and importing more food. But industry and agriculture wont stop, just move elsewhere. Australia wont reduce emissions but export them.

Reducing electricity usage and reliability and increasing prices has severe economic cost; and political cost as the past decade shows. Countries wont decarbonise energy if this means deindustrialising and detechnologising . With current technology and engineering, the only way to rapidly achieve zero emissions and meet growing global energy demands is nuclear power. But few political leaders embrace it and Australia has banned it.

Australias efforts have no effect on global climate. And because global emissions will increase, Australia will face climate change adversity anyway. To address that, well need a strong economy. Instead, were weakening it. We should get out of Paris, repeal intermittent subsidies and lift bans on nuclear power and gas extraction.

You can only lie for so long before the truth catches up with you. Regular people have figured it out. The revolving door of governments will continue until our political leaders do the same.

NYUNGGAI WARREN MUNDINE, AO, IS AUTHOR OF BEST-SELLING BOOK WARREN MUNDINE IN BLACK AND WHITE AND HOST OF MUNDINE MEANS BUSINESS ON SKY NEWS AND WIN @nyunggai


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#2 PeterJMelb

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 09:20 AM

There's Warren, then there is this prikc.

This article is from the September 3 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition. To subscribe, visit http://www.heraldsun.com.au/.


UNION heavyweight John Setka is under fire for using his children to launch an ugly attack on the Australian Building and Construction Commission and its head, Stephen McBurney.

The construction union boss posted a Father’s Day photo of daughter Kate and son Johnny holding a sign that read “GO GET F***** ”.

The caption said: “Message to McBurney and the ABCC: Leave our dads alone and catch the real criminals you cowards. Happy Father’s Day to all the @CFMEU dads today.”

Masters Builders Australia CEO, Denita Wawn, defended Mr McBurney, telling the Herald Sun the commissioner was “simply doing his job” .

The attack comes months after blackmail charges were dropped against Mr Setka.


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#3 PZ.

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 10:24 PM

The attack comes months after blackmail charges were dropped against Mr Setka.

 

He doesn't look like a blackmail to me.


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Posted 04 September 2018 - 11:53 AM

Ah the charges were dropped, doan mean he is clean.
He is not worthy to tie Warren Mundines shoes.
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Posted 05 September 2018 - 05:16 AM

Don't think Warren Mundines' very clean either - not if he's advocating for nuclear power - which that first article skillfully avoided is even more expensive than any of the alternatives discussed.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 11:33 AM

Ah PZ.

So it is now a sin against the omnipotent left green alliance to even mention the "N" word.
Alas Warren has a long way to go before being in the same league for bastardry as that farther's day prkic.

In a thousand years we will still have coal here in Vic, and the sun will still shine every third day at noon and the wind will blow sometimes.
As sure as eggs are eggs we will have nuclear.
The strange thing about nuclear and coal is that at the busiest times of day it will still work.
The strange thing about sun is that it is its best about noon for a couple of hours when the only people at home don't need any power, except a few watts for a fridge and the TV.
And of course the fukcinx wind still did not blow.

As I write this the sun cannot be seen and the wind ain't blowing, the bakery I'm in is running on good old fashoned base load energy.
I hope other places are better off.
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Posted 07 September 2018 - 12:36 PM

Yeah OK - but just like the article you have overlooked the cost of Nuclear power in this country.

 

It's expensive to do anything in Australia - Nuclear power is more expensive than coal.

 

That's why it won't happen.

 

It's not a Greenie argument - it's an economic one.


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#8 PeterJMelb

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:19 AM

Hey PZ

Greens and Lefts don't care about cost!
Labor doesn't care about cost! Labor via Greens gave Melbourne a desal plant cost $X billion to make.
So far not a drop of water! How many years now? 6, 7, 8?
But costs every year over $0.5 Bill to keep open, that's one dam every year not built.
So that's about 4 dams and no more debt!
Labor just liquidated $1.2 Bill on a non road.
Labor promise $100 Bill on a scenic raill through a few suburbs.

See what I'm saying PZ? Ain't no shortage of money to burn here in in Mexico, a nuclear plant is a doodle!
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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:29 AM

Ah PZ.

You are damn right it is expensive to do anything here in Aus!
Why?
Instead of world's cheapest electricty here in Vic, we have the costliest!
We now have to import energy! Now that's progress!
Fukcin# Greens via Labor. That's why.
What does ordinary Joe in workland do? He votes for more of the same, FFS!

Anyway things may improve now that SoMo is about to trip away to Paris.

BTW brilliant Labor tactic to get Mal T elected to PM. One year or three, no matter, he did the job for your Bill.
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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:02 PM

Hey PZ

Greens and Lefts don't care about cost!
Labor doesn't care about cost! Labor via Greens gave Melbourne a desal plant cost $X billion to make.
So far not a drop of water! How many years now? 6, 7, 8?
But costs every year over $0.5 Bill to keep open, that's one dam every year not built.
So that's about 4 dams and no more debt!
Labor just liquidated $1.2 Bill on a non road.
Labor promise $100 Bill on a scenic raill through a few suburbs.

See what I'm saying PZ? Ain't no shortage of money to burn here in in Mexico, a nuclear plant is a doodle!

 

 

Peter... what I'm saying is Nuclear power will cost you more personally..IE > your bills would go up.


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 11:43 PM

of course they will, even if they managed to manufacture it cheaply, they will still slug you extra for it

 

man , imagine all the threads it would create on SNA -

 

"does nuclear power make a difference to the sound" - oh spare us that at least and keep it banned


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:22 PM

Hi PZ.
As MY says: "Of course they will."
Too true, even if it cost about a cent a KWh!

Er MY, will nuclear make a difference to the sound? Of what?
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Posted 11 September 2018 - 02:14 PM

Hi Peter

 

So that's why we will never go nuclear. It will always be prohibitively expensive :)


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:10 PM

Er MY, will nuclear make a difference to the sound? Of what?

 

 

 

Peter

 

There are a lot of people who believe buying expensive power cords can improve their expensive stereo sound and actually make it "sound better"

many believe dirty power can affect their sound as well

 

it stands to reason that many of these will believe nuclear power will deliver a better sound

 

if they want better sounding stereos - just buy a bigger and better stereo LOL

 

we are all limited to what we can afford - there is no point in chasing unicorns if you cant even afford to feed to a mule :)


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:16 PM

Ah Mello!
Can't wait till I get my brand new nuclear powered iPad!
With nuclear powered sound!
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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:50 PM

thats the shot Peter, next you will be looking for a forum to put down non nuclear sound system owners


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 08:54 AM

Hi MY
Yeah! Why not!
I'll be just another minority tail wagging the dog.
BTW my current super sound system consists of stock standard white old Apple in ear thingos!
Beat that!
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