‘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.


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.


Poles and turbines all in ranks

Sprouted on the hills;

The carbon credits pleased the banks

And households got the bills.


Then all the factories fled offshore

As puny power flickered;

More jobs were lost for evermore

As politicians dickered.


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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Tom Halla
October 14, 2017 1:54 pm

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.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 14, 2017 2:09 pm

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.

Reply to  Javert Chip
October 14, 2017 3:15 pm

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…

Reply to  Javert Chip
October 14, 2017 7:48 pm

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.

Phil R
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 14, 2017 3:23 pm

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

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

Reply to  Phil R
October 15, 2017 12:52 pm

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.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 14, 2017 4:01 pm

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.

Reply to  cephus0
October 14, 2017 5:24 pm

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.

Irritable Bill
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 14, 2017 5:29 pm

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.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Irritable Bill
October 14, 2017 10:48 pm

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.

Reply to  Irritable Bill
October 15, 2017 9:23 am

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.

lyn roberts
Reply to  Irritable Bill
October 15, 2017 4:43 pm

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.

lyn roberts
Reply to  Irritable Bill
October 15, 2017 4:58 pm

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.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 14, 2017 8:03 pm

Dip the greenies in Condie’s Crystals.

October 14, 2017 2:00 pm

Great job Vic.

October 14, 2017 2:01 pm

Great job Viv.

October 14, 2017 2:07 pm

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

Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 2:14 pm

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. 😎

The Reverend Badger
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 3:41 pm

“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.

Reply to  The Reverend Badger
October 14, 2017 4:42 pm

The Reverend Badger


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.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
Reply to  The Reverend Badger
October 14, 2017 5:20 pm

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

Irritable Bill
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 7:31 pm

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.

Irritable Bill
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 7:56 pm

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.

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 8:09 pm

Something few people know. The swagman’s name was Andy. Andy sat , Andy watched.

Reply to  lee
October 15, 2017 10:07 am

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….”

Gunga Din
Reply to  lee
October 15, 2017 3:26 pm

Lee and Ric,
+2 groans

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 8:54 pm

I have heard from an Aussie that ‘Matilda’ is actually the guy’s big duffel bag.

Reply to  alvinwas
October 14, 2017 9:15 pm

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

October 14, 2017 2:46 pm

@Gunga Din,

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


Gunga Din
Reply to  AussieBear
October 14, 2017 2:57 pm

Went there a year or so ago and finally understood the lyrics of the song I liked.

John in Oz
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 14, 2017 5:59 pm

Gunga Din,

Ave a gander at this and see if you unnerstan strine


Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 15, 2017 3:38 pm

I should add that I’d never read it before then. The tune pops up in lots of movies, but the lyrics aren’t sung often and when they are it’s never the whole thing.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 15, 2017 3:49 pm

And that the British (I thought) named a tank after the girl.

Terry Gednalske
Reply to  AussieBear
October 14, 2017 7:19 pm

The wonders of WUWT, you visit to keep up to date on the “climate change” controversy, and leave with an enlightening education in Australian culture!

The Reverend Badger
Reply to  Terry Gednalske
October 14, 2017 11:55 pm


400 ppm Sherry

Reply to  AussieBear
October 14, 2017 7:33 pm

The definitive details of “Waltzing Matilda”: http://panique.com.au/trishansoz/waltzing-matilda/waltz.html
I found this back during my years in Saudi Arabia when a group of Aussies joined our Hash House Harriers Club. Makes a good Drinking Song!

October 14, 2017 2:47 pm

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”.

Mike Borgelt
October 14, 2017 2:55 pm

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?

Reply to  Mike Borgelt
October 14, 2017 3:12 pm

I aways thought it was – Walt, sing ‘my tilda’.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Mike Borgelt
October 14, 2017 7:06 pm

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.

NW sage
October 14, 2017 3:12 pm

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.

October 14, 2017 3:13 pm

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

Robert from oz
October 14, 2017 3:32 pm

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.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Robert from oz
October 14, 2017 7:30 pm

A “B double truck”?
Got me again. 😎

The Reverend Badger
October 14, 2017 3:33 pm

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]

Reply to  The Reverend Badger
October 14, 2017 4:06 pm

Very nice, Badger!
But why would “refraction” be redacted?

The Reverend Badger
Reply to  ptolemy2
October 14, 2017 11:33 pm

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.

Reply to  ptolemy2
October 15, 2017 8:12 am

Good answer!

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
Reply to  The Reverend Badger
October 14, 2017 5:23 pm

And Newton’s force called [grab the money and run].

The Reverend Badger
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
October 14, 2017 11:35 pm

Nice !


I am adding it to “Fossil fools”.

Reply to  The Reverend Badger
October 15, 2017 10:12 am

Gravity has a better chance of rhyming with depravity!

October 14, 2017 3:44 pm

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!!!

The Reverend Badger
Reply to  Sara
October 14, 2017 11:45 pm

You probably think like this, maybe?

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

Or an alternative twist

“Its raining acid rain”

lyn roberts
October 14, 2017 3:48 pm

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.

October 14, 2017 4:30 pm

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.

John Robertson
October 14, 2017 4:34 pm

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

J Mac
Reply to  John Robertson
October 14, 2017 8:37 pm

Oooooh! I like that!

October 14, 2017 4:39 pm

We Aussies live in hope…

October 14, 2017 8:57 pm

I hope the last stanza comes to pass.

October 15, 2017 5:50 am

and now..if you think youv’e got the aussie version…
the aboriginal pidgin version;-) enjoy!

October 15, 2017 10:37 am

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.

Patrick MJD
October 15, 2017 4:44 pm

Report reveals the reasons behind high power cost rises;


“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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