‘Lights Out’ – an illustrated poem on green energy

By Viv Forbes (words) and Steve Hunter (illustrations)


For yonks they waged a war on coal
And painted miners black;
They threw explorers on the dole
And shut the gates outback.

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The land was closed to oil and gas
And nukes were always banned;
While wind and sun got all the brass
And uglified the land.

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Poles and turbines all in ranks
Sprouted on the hills;
The carbon credits pleased the banks
And households got the bills.

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Then all the factories fled offshore
As puny power flickered;
More jobs were lost for evermore
As politicians dickered.

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Then one still night the lights went out
And blackouts stalked the land;
The pollies quickly turned about
And Greens were spurned and banned.

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67 thoughts on “‘Lights Out’ – an illustrated poem on green energy

  1. Given the history of what happened in California circa 2000, while there was some short term kickback against the politicians who created the situation, they came back into power with even more extreme proposals. The green blob is about as hard to get rid of as toenail fungus.

    • CA is a perfect example of what you get when a poorly educated electorate if forced (by political inaction) to make engineering and economic decisions.

      They should just stick with their history of revering Harvey Weinstein, et al.

      • Oh Harvey is just the tip of that ice berg. Just wait and see where the next giant chunk of it lands and who gets dragged under with it…

      • Actually the situation is worse than you suggest. The rule in California is that if you actually know something about a subject, your opinions and statements must be rejected because you obviously have a vested interest in the subject. As stupid as that sounds, it has been much worse in reality.

    • The green blob is about as hard to get rid of as toenail fungus.

      Now, that’s funny. I gonna try to remember that.

      • Whats even a little funnier is this fact:
        Vicks Vapo Rub, a petroleum based product, kills toenail fungus. During a yearly visit, I was told by my doctor to use Vicks on my toenails after a shower. Once you get rid of it, a once or twice a week treatment keeps the fungus gone. It works wonderfully.

    • That’s because it has total control over every institution, journal, educational establishment, bureaucratic department and media. Everyone knows how insane it is but there it is anyway and will not be dislodged now without massive bloodshed.

      • The “total control over every institution, journal, educational establishment, bureaucratic department and media” isn’t by the CAGW / CC crowd – they are just the useful idiots helping the folks who really have the control.

    • Same here in Australia Tom. “They” just double down. “Windpower doesn’t work?” “That’s OK, we’ll just get some Elon Musk batteries.” Simple.
      In Sydney Australia we have a fed. party who are responsible for a massively distorted economy due to the twin tweaks of record levels of immigration, (100,000+ Sydney alone) annually, forcing house prices up so that they are now the worlds highest…$750,000 Sydney’s median price, in my suburb of Avalon near the Nth beaches we cannot get anything under a mill. and you will only get a crappy old renovators dream up to and in excess of 1.5 million… and (Sorry for run-on sentence) the other tweak is a lovely shiny UN approved carbon reduction target…
      Our PM is a Globalist (Ex Goldman&Sacks CEO) and although we are facing blackouts this summer, and all our industries are doing the bolt, (As of last week Australia no longer has a car industry, our steel and smelting industries are on the verge of leaving as well) he is doubling down on his hysterical adherence to climate mania, even in the face of certain decimation. He is making such claims as “Its all the oppositions fault because they would have a higher reduction target.” “It will be OK because we are going to get a billion dollar Musk battery arrangement (South Australia where they gleefully just blew up a perfectly viable coal fired power generator, needed 21 mill spent to continue running) “We will build one of these gravity storage schemes…” etc. Zero actual planning…zero! Zero cost-befit analysis. Who cares? After all he is saving the planet!!
      This idiot has arranged to buy 50 billion dollars worth of French nuclear submarine’s that have never seen service anywhere, remove the nuclear power and drop in a diesel (socialists hate nuclear even more than they hate diesel in Aus.) and will have to hugely alter the original design for the colossal amount of diesel they will need in order to get anywhere near where they are needed…have you seen the extent of coverage needed by our subs in the Pacific?
      And this is our “Conservative party.” Similar to your RINOs. One of the front bench globalists Christopher Pine recently said, “We are not the conservative party of Australia.” WTF!? It was when we elected them. They will be completely destroyed at the next election, but it will be decades before we regain proper governance and it will be rebuilt from the ashes of what will pass.
      EVERYONE here says immigration is way too high and has hugely affected our quality of life, and as our power prices are now amongst the worlds highest (Sth Australia are the highest) we don’t bloody want that either, especially when the lights go out and little old ladies have to sit in the dark under a blanket with the heater or aircon off because they cannot afford the power bills. A decade ago we had amongst the cheapest power prices and it was our competitive advantage for our industries…now we are F***Ked.
      So watch this space…summer coming up with no sane provisions in place for power usage and 24hr bus lanes along the central transport hubs coming soon, irrespective of the need for shops to unload goods and parking for customers. Sound like agenda 21? And these are our conservative parties, state and fed. a brave new world. My latest power bill is $750 for a quarter of a year and I am an invalided pensioner with a chronic auto-immune disease, so that bill includes some minor relief…many people cannot have the power on in Australia. They soon die though and are insufficient numerically to change an election, so who cares? Right? Not Malcolm Turnbull for sure, look after your President, he is the only thing standing between you and the RINOs and their Globalist, socialist nirvana.

      • My last bill was just under $700 for *60* days. I hate to think what my bill will be after July 1st with the ~20% hike. Immigration isn’t really an issue for property. The issue is non-resident Chinese alone buy 1 in 4 properties on the market in Sydney. That is the problem.

      • Just like a drug addict, Australia will have to hit bottom before there can be a recovery and reject the green sludge. Once that point is reached, you can reinstall traditional power sources and have a vibrant economy again.

      • Hello Bill, we too have the same problem here in queensland, we are being told our Air-con/power will be switched off and or turned down.
        Not a good idea that, because my husband has heart failure, and on those very hot and humid days goes into congestive heart failure (fluid on lungs) very quickly.I
        have got very good at recognizing when he is in trouble and getting him to the heart hospital in time to save his life, told by Dr’s that I am very good at saving his life, five times to date, over the last 6 years.
        Well this year his admittances to the hospital will be going up especially if air/con is switched off.
        Nurses have told me to admit him costs about $3500, and daily bed rate about $1500 more, really really smart govt we have there, do they really think people are not going to present at the hospitals in heat waves, we have seen it before and will see it again, and yes I know some people are going to die, but its not going to be my husband, not if I can help it.

      • Bill – have to address your power bill, about 4 years ago, our quarter power bill came in at $900.00 I freaked and decided it was time I did something about it, contacted solar co, and installed 20 solar panels, and 5kw inverter, for about $7500.00.
        They are a lot cheaper now, our bill dropped the first quarter after installation to $138.00, then it has been going up, last bill $240.00, but still way below the $900.00 bill.
        So I have worked out that after 3 half years, I have now paid off the $7500 I spent.
        We use air-con especially on hot or humid days, and nights, see previous post, and during winter for warmth as well, money well spent.
        I am aware that if you are renting it is a different problem altogether, but well worth the investigation with a solar co, to see if they can arrange a plug in system that you can take with you, even with the costs of having an electrician come and dis-connect you could maybe make economic sense, and or contact the landlord, adds to the value of the house we are told by a real estate agency.

  2. Outstanding. Making fun of foolish greens is getting ever easier, with more ridicule targets. Perhaps the one thing that will bring more to their senses

  3. Well done and illustrated.
    But I suspect that “yonks” (For yonks they waged a war on coal) is an Aussie idiom.
    Yonks = Years?
    No problem though.
    I always liked “Waltzing Matilda” but until a year or so ago I thought it was about somebody wanting others to join him in dancing with a girl named Matilda …but to watch out for some guy named Billy Boyle. 8-)

    • “Yonks” also from round where I came from, Midlands/Black Country in England. Not meaning “years” as such but “a long time” being a more accurate translation. E.G Had to wait yonks for my meal in that pub.

      • The Reverend Badger

        +1

        Indefinable time period. Like saying “It took ages (yonks) for my car to be repaired”.

        Nothing to do with seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, moths or years.

        Merely a contextual term.

      • Popular since the 60’s, source unknown; infected the English speaking world outside N America; better than toenail fungus.

    • Like the truth behind the Myth of Gunga Din, there is a dark story behind the enigmatic Waltzing Matilda song. It has to do with a murderous incident during a period of sheep shearers strikes across the country and the song is written by one of our finest poets, Banjo Paterson.
      For a fine short read, look up Banjo Paterson’s “Clancy of the overflow.” In this beautiful short poem Patterson wistfully considers what we are loosing and ruefully notes what we are becoming. Like all great works, it stands the test of time.
      Clancy of the Overflow also makes a staring appearance in a longer and much loved poem by Patterson, “The man from Snowy River.”
      Read these two poems, you will not be disappointed. Start with “Clancy of the Overflow.” Full of humour and wisdom and as I said, beautifully written. Cheers.

    • Reply to Gunga Din, Like the truth behind the myth of Gunga Din, the enigmatic “Waltzing Matilda” has a dark truth at its heart. And has to do with a murderous incident during the sheep shearers strikes across the country back then.
      Waltzing Matilda is a song penned by Banjo Patterson, one of Australia’s finest poets.
      Read the very fine short poem “Clancy of the Overflow” by Patterson full of humour and wisdom that stand the test of time as great writing does, and then Patterson’s great masterpiece, “The man from Snowy River” which also stars the excellent Clancy.
      You will not be disappointed, “Clancy of the Overflow” will only take a couple of mins to read, then you will not be able to resist “The Man from Snowy River.” Cheers.

      • Even fewer people in the US realize that the version of the national anthem we sign before sporting events honors a poor Cuban immigrant who really likes baseball. He sneaks in to the stadium and hides in the rafters, but everyone knows he’s there.

        Then we sing “Jose, can you see….”

      • More like a rolled groundsheet with everything owned thrown in. Tied with straps or rope and slung across the shoulders.

      • Close. The author romanticised life in the bush which was very tough.

        A swag is a bit like a small tent just big enough to crawl into feet first. A swag man was the equivalent of an itinerant worker who would go from place to place carrying his swag. The fellow in question called his swag Matilda. Waltzing Matilda meant walking from place to place.

        Interestingly there are two versions of the tune. They are both variants of a Scottish folk tune. The better known has parts which a fairly flat chorus. The lesser known Queensland version (where it was written) has a much more spirited and lively chorus.

  4. @Gunga Din,

    Yes, Yonks means Years.
    As for the rest, please refer to Wikiwedia since Waltzing Matilda is full of Australian slang or ‘Strine.

    AussieBear.

  5. Canadians, let’s send this to all the usual suspects. Maybe if they realize what a problem the Climate Scam itself has become, we can avoid “Light’s Out”.

  6. I arrived in Australia from the UK as an 8 year old going on 9. At our first school assembly we sang “Gorsava” (God Save the Queen) followed by the unofficial anthem “Waltzing Matilda”. I remember thinking ” dad told me they spoke English here so what is a “swagman”, a “billabong”, a “jumbuck” and what the heck is “Waltzing Matilda” anyway?

    • My first time in Aus was 1998. I took my then girlfriend out for a Valentines meal at a local posh restaurant. I asked the person I spoke to making the reservation “What’s the dress code?”. He replied “No dress code, as long as you are not wearing thongs, you’ll be ok!”. I thought what has my underwear got to do with it? Of course a thong in the UK, where I am from originally, is something completely different in Australia. I still get the odd chuckle when I start talking about routers.

    • Which reminds me of the Sydney accent. You can hear it in the old movie reels but its gone now. If you travel to the more remote parts of Queensland you can still here a distinct accent but it gets rarer every year. Even the distinctive Queensland “mate eh” used at the end of sentences is disappearing.

      Funny how language changes. Another example is that god awful northern cum cockney accent which has spread throughout England. My Fair Lady’s Henry Higgins would have a nightmare.

  7. ONLY if the proponents of these ‘feel good’ energy proposals were required to explain the actual economic costs (in money and jobs) of trying to replace one form of energy – on which ALL economies depend – with another more expensive form and only after all costs and the implications and results of implementation were accurately presented could a project be implemented.

  8. Don’t know why, but “kangaroo court” just jumped into my head.
    Aussies have a sense of humor, don’t they ??

    • Oh yes, Australians have a sense of humour. It’s changing now to be more universal and less distinctively Australian because somewhere around 50% of the population are either migrants or children of migrants.

      It is still fairly pervasive though in the face of adversity and in some of the music. “she’ll be right mate” and “you little beauty” are examples of uniquely Australian idioms.

      Midnight Oil’s lyric “out here nothing changes not in a hurry anyway” and Paul Kelly’s story telling songs are modern examples of the old style outlook on life. Watch Rob Sitch’s films “the Dish”, “the Castle” and the more recent “Utopia” series for examples.

  9. We have to have a sense of humour, especially in South Australia, my favorite bit of oz speak is
    ” a six deck of shitters” which is basically a B double truck full of cattle .
    You need a good windscreen wiper if you get stuck behind one of these.

      • A prime mover towing two semitrailers, with the first semitrailer being attached directly to the prime mover by a fifth wheel coupling and the second semitrailer being mounted on the rear of the first semitrailer by a fifth wheel coupling on the first semitrailer.

        There are also B triples also known as road trains. As you can imagine the third trailer has a tendency to get out of line and take on a sort of whipping motion. You haven’t lived until you have tried to overtake a road train on a one lane road (don’t even think about it unless the driver has indicated you can overtake) or avoided one coming at you from the other direction.

  10. The blogs were full of fossil fools
    Oh look it due to CO2
    They thought they understood the rules
    And checked it via peer review

    The earth will heat by 2 degrees
    Said crowds we called alarmist
    Your wrong we’ve got the expertise
    Said others called, they’re just warmists

    It all descended to a fight
    With plenty of depravity
    Of course we know it’s just sunlight
    And Newton’s force called [REDACTED]

      • Refraction – The bending of light

        Bending – Not straight

        Straight – Honest and truthful

        Bent – Dishonest, liar

        Yes, there is a LOT of “refraction” around in AGW. It is necessary to obscure it. Redaction of the refraction.See Climatgate, Hide the decline, etc. Mind you what really gets me is how you can blatantly draw the cartoon (no better word for it) of the K-T diagram which shows radiative fluxes as simple arithmetic numbers which you can add and use the resulting sum to derive a sink temperature via SB. It’s such an extreme bastardisation of the physics and mathematics relating to radiative fluxes that it should have been called out by EVERY PhD in relevant disciplines and ridiculed for the Alice in Wonderland thinking it clearly is. Yet they ALL remained silent. To be honest even a few undergraduates should have called it out for the crap it clearly is. It really is just like The Emporer’s Clothes. Un [REDACTED] believable.

  11. This has the same foot and meter as that immortal ode to failure “Casey at the Bat”. But Anthony, you have to finish the very last stanza.

    Then one still night the lights went out
    And blackouts stalked the land;
    The pollies quickly turned about
    And Greens were spurned and banned.

    Oh, there is no joy in Greentown
    But there is enormous pain
    That grows like fungus in the fridge

    Come on, Anthony – finish it up!

    After all, in the last line: Mighty Casey had struck out

    Go for it!!!

    • You probably think like this, maybe?

      “The left got in again” / “The Greens got in again”

      Or an alternative twist

      “Its raining acid rain”

  12. Here in Brisbane, Queensland we are presently having a rain event after no rain for months a relief, but this time of year we can get extremely hot and humid days post that rain, late Oct early Nov 40C not unusual, and this is where we are collectively going to come to grief, as people switch on air-conditioners.
    For my husband air-conditioner is a life saver as he suffers from heart failure, and cannot tolerate heat and humidity, as do many other people with serious lung problems.
    These people will be presenting at public hospitals with congestive heart failure, and or fluid on lungs. Admittance costs govt $3500.00, and a bed on the ward about $1500.00 a day thereafter, and if the heat wave continues are the Dr’s going to discharge one and the same patient back into a 40C day only to have them present again at ER with the same issue a couple of hours later.
    If our power switches off this is exactly what I will be doing with my husband, I’m afraid, and will have no problems pointing the finger at the greens and their pollie mates, who’s mad theory that solar panels provide power at night, Queensland current policy is to have 50% solar and alternative power.

  13. Renewables are not self sustaining. The energy consumed to design, manufacture, install, maintain and administer renewables exceeds the energy they produce in their lifetime.
    Without the energy provided by other sources, renewables could not exist.

  14. Well done.
    Fits right in with the joke.
    Query; What did environmentalists use for light before candles?
    Answer; Electricity.

  15. From my website:
    A “rewrite” of a popular environmentalist tune:

    They graded paradise and put up a turbine plot.
    With red blinking lights, shadow flicker–ecofriendly they’re just not.
    Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
    They graded paradise and put up a turbine plot.

    Senator, Senator, put away those subsidies now.
    Let the monstronsities die, you’ll be saving the birds and the bees.
    Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
    They graded paradise and put up a turbine plot.

  16. Report reveals the reasons behind high power cost rises;

    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/network-costs-the-main-driver-of-electricity-prices-consumer-watchdog-finds/ar-AAtup1Y?li=AAgfLCP

    “A lack of competition in both generation and electricity retail markets, the recent closures of coal-fired power stations and the growing cost of environmental schemes have also contributed to “severe” price rises since 2007 that have put homes and businesses under “unacceptable pressure”.”

    Ya think?

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