Australian PM Should Bring Coal to Glasgow COP26

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Saltbush Club, a group of Aussie climate rebels which includes Professor Ian Plimer and Jo Nova, suggests Aussie PM Scott Morrison should bring coal to Glasgow, to provide backup in case Britain’s wind turbines fail again.

News Release/Opinion Piece

By Viv Forbes 15 October 2021

PM Morrison should take some Aussie Coal to Chilly Glasgow

The Saltbush Club, Australia’s defenders of coal, cattle and cars, says that PM Morrison should not attend COP26 unless he also takes some high-energy Australian black coal to show the energy-starved Europeans the best source of stored solar energy.

(In 2017, Scott Morrison took a lump of black coal into the Australian Parliament to show those members wearing green goggles what a real solar energy storage battery looked like.)

As European winter approaches, just a few days of cold, quiet, cloudy weather will see electricity rationing or blackouts. Already, old coal plants are being fired up as wind, biomass and solar underperform and gas supply is limited. What happens to COP26 if France cuts the nuclear extension cord to UK?

“Britain’s boasts of low carbon leadership are collapsing in humiliation. Our foolish and badly engineered green policies show the world that we have nothing to offer, except a grimwarning. The Prime Minister should cancel COP26 and focus on saving Britain from adeepening energy crisis.”

Dr Benny Peiser,
Director, the Global Warming Policy Foundation 184230?e=561397ebd4

Many energy-consuming notables plan to attend COP26 including Pope Francis, British Royals, Greta Thunberg, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Sir David Attenborough.

Not one of them will bring a bucket of coal or a bottle of gas, so it is up to Scott Morrison to keep the European home-fires burning. Maybe a gas-fired Ski-doo may also prove invaluable.

Boris Johnson should also get a fracking expert from Colorado to attend COP26 to teach UK and Europe how to frack their abundant gas deposits instead of paying ransom prices for Russian gas.

Viv Forbes Executive Director The Saltbush Club

Washpool Queensland 4306 Australia

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October 16, 2021 2:10 pm

Replace all seats with bikes and added generators and fly wheels, so they all learn what “to work” means 😀

Tom Halla
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 16, 2021 2:14 pm

Giant gerbil wheels would be even more effective, and so much more undignified.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 16, 2021 2:42 pm

Here it’s known as hamster wheel.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 16, 2021 2:29 pm

They should have it on the edge of this hot hell hole

Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 16, 2021 9:08 pm

A local report is that 20 Teslas are being deployed to the Gleneagles Hotel for shuttling COP guests the 75 km to COP conference site. Since Gleneagles only has 1 Tesla charging station diesel generators have been contracted for charging those Teslas when they bring COP guests back at night to that hotel. Somehow I can believe this could happen.

October 16, 2021 2:19 pm

Nah, these days Scotty from marketing wishes he’d never seen coal.

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Reply to  Loydo
October 16, 2021 6:30 pm

Scotty was at least from marketing – a proper job in the private sector.

Many politicians these days are just from [insert student political group here].

Most applicable skillset / experience gained –
PhD in “Talking Points Regurgitation”

Reply to  Loydo
October 16, 2021 7:21 pm

I like that one but for completion we need Albo being chased by a miner with a lump of coal and Adam Bandt standing there with the “End is Nigh” sign. That would have summed up Australian politics on climate change in one image.

Reply to  Loydo
October 16, 2021 10:43 pm

Luckily Queensland’s PM Annastacia Palaszczuk has more sense regarding coal.Renewables are unreliables is true energy wise & also voting wise when any heat / cold hits the fan.

Peter K
October 16, 2021 2:39 pm

Brilliant, what a great forum to sell Australian coal. Scott had me fooled there for a while. I thought that he had joined the mass hysteria.

Reply to  Peter K
October 16, 2021 2:46 pm

They won’t need to sell coal when winter hits – they’ll be harassed by anxious, enthusiastic buyers.

Reply to  Peter K
October 16, 2021 3:07 pm

Actually I’m looking forward to it, with BoJo as the host you never know what might happen. BoJo use to be climate sceptic.
As mayor of London he wrote: “There is plenty of snow in our winters these days, and who wonders whether it might be time for government to start taking seriously the possibility that Piers Corbyn is right,”
In a 2015 article in the Telegraph “I am sure that those global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear – as far as I understand the science – is equally without foundation.”
Now he is a shopping trolley pushed by Stanley and Carrie in strait line towards cliff edge.
(you may need to copy & paste the link, lot of fun there)comment image

John in Oz
Reply to  Vuk
October 16, 2021 4:26 pm

Some time after 2015 Bojo has been led around by someone pulling his todger and he will say anything to appease her

Reply to  John in Oz
October 17, 2021 4:53 am

True John – but let’s show BoJo a little kindness and understanding. He’s in love, and men in love do foolish things that they later regret – we’ve all been there.
As I explained in a post in 2020:
BoJo is now BloJo – his new lefty lady friend has bewitched him. It’s a medical fact – guys get a new girlfriend who can suck a golf ball through a garden hose and the vacuum affects their brain – it’s like altitude sickness – the living brain-dead.

Reply to  Vuk
October 17, 2021 12:16 am

BoJo the Clown has always, and will always flip-flop, on everything when he thinks it’s to his advantage.

He’s a disgrace

October 16, 2021 2:40 pm

Net Zero Watch
by Benny Peiser is known here ?

As the energy crisis in Britain and Europe worsens, it is becoming ever more evident that current climate and energy policies are failing, and the public is paying the price.
Net Zero Watch is here to provide serious analysis of naïve and un-costed decarbonisation policies.

Serge Wright
October 16, 2021 2:54 pm

Morrison should take a lump of coal, and wear a “Let’s Go Brandon” T shirt to the event. But, that won’t happen as he’s already turned to the dark side. The only hope now is that we can all survive until 2024 and hope that Trumpism can return and save the day and reverse the policy before too many people die.

Net Zero is especially bad for Australia because they have no local oil supply or storage contingency and if they shut down their coal and gas generation and production, along with all of the steel works and smelters, then it’s game over down under.

The point about Net Zero is that it will trigger an almighty energy shortage as large coal and gas producers such as Australia are forced to close mines and cease exports by 2030. This will trigger a rush on oil and the impact of this will be nothing short of catastrophic as world shipping and transport grinds to a halt. Australia needs oil for transport, being such a large continent and it’s very exposed to a halt on oil imports, which would effectively starve the nation to death, with no way to farm, harvest or move food to supermarkets, other than horses. The government has allowed this to happen and has simply watched as refineries closed and existing wells dried up and closed. The onshore oil supply is probably only about 30 days worth. There are large oil fields surrounding Australia, such as off the coast in SA, but the environmental groups won and the oil remains underground.

To survive Net Zero will be very tough. Basically you need to be energy and food independent to survive the initial energy crisis some time before 2030. This includes oil security and you also need to have a manufacturing sector that can ramp up and replace the gap from lost imports once international shipping is halted. Medical supply production is also a consideration. The USA is actually well placed in this regard, but Australia and NZ are very much at risk. For these countries to survive they need to get refineries running and be able to rapidly produce petrolium, possibly from coal initially and then get the oil wells started. But if you have no steelworks, refineries, smelters and industry, then you’re stuffed, because you can’t build a drilling rig or do anything without relying on imported infrastructure, which would be unavailable. The other issue in Australia is the pending closure of coal electricity plants which are aging. These need to be replaced to avoid a grid supply issue.

Reply to  Serge Wright
October 16, 2021 3:17 pm

Net Zero is especially bad for Australia because they have no local oil supply or storage contingency and if they shut down their coal and gas generation and production, along with all of the steel works and smelters, then it’s game over down under.

Net-zero is already underpinning insatiable demand for Australia’s mined commodities. The current account has never been in better shape. It is why the Mining Council in Australia changed their tune a few years back and hired professional greens to lead the advocacy for fantasies like net-zero. BHP even runs advertisements informing the populace that every wind turbines requires 3 tonne of copper.

Wind generators are 100X the materials intensity of gas turbines. Add storage and you get 200 times material intensity. Net-zero, as a concept, creates an unparalleled demand for the stuff Australia produces so efficiently. For example, iron ore exports nudging 1 billion tonne.

Look at how much the globe has spent on random energy this century and look at what it achieves – literally ZERO when the need is most on those bitterly cold calm nights. Under those conditions wind generators are loads.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Serge Wright
October 17, 2021 9:04 am

“Morrison should take a lump of coal, and wear a “Let’s Go Brandon” T”

I hear “Let’s Go Brandon” t-shirts are selling by the thousands.

Thomas Gasloli
October 16, 2021 3:05 pm

Oh, please, Morrison will do whatever the greens tell him to, just like he allows the COVID tyrants to do whatever they want. Like Boris, he is a faux-conservative.

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 16, 2021 4:13 pm

Scott Morrison’s political goose is cooked. He’s already lost the trust of conservative by betraying the coal mining and farming communities to protect the inner city, eastern suburbs, north shore liberals.

Reply to  Lrp
October 16, 2021 9:53 pm

The decision has not yet been made as to what the position will be, and is subject to the National’s meeting today, Sunday.

It’s always good idea to wait for the real information and ignore media speculation.

Reply to  Dennis
October 17, 2021 12:35 am

Maybe, but not thanks to him and Frydenberg.

October 16, 2021 5:01 pm

Hopefully this image works, just as appropriate image from Herald Sun.

October 16, 2021 6:00 pm

That’s better than taking coals to Newcastle 🙂

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  PaulH
October 16, 2021 6:55 pm

We’re quite good at that. We sell camels to the arabs!

Izaak Walton
October 16, 2021 6:03 pm

“Australia’s defenders of coal, cattle and cars” — three things that have done more damage to Australia’s environment than anything else except perhaps sheep and rabbits.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
October 16, 2021 6:34 pm

As this article correctly points out – the most damage done to Australia’s environmental policies has been the political ineptitude of The Greens –

Reply to  Izaak Walton
October 16, 2021 7:05 pm

ROFL now that is really funny … depends which glasses you wear. Ask any native Australian who did the most damage and you will get the same answer of Europeans. You pulled a Stokes and defined damage in your own peculiar way and I can tell you 10 different people would define it differently. Perhaps say that is your view not make a statement as if it’s a fact.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  LdB
October 16, 2021 7:17 pm

And do you think brought the cattle etc? And how would you define damage? Would it be massive deforestation? The murray running dry and not reaching the sea? Rabbit fences running across the length of the country?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
October 16, 2021 7:31 pm

I don’t have an issue with any of that, Australia offers me a great place to live. I did get a laugh for your pine for a pristine enviroment and the only problem with that is it involves no humans and no history 🙂

Sorry I am pragmatic blaming historic people is about the stupidist thing ever. You weren’t there and with the benefit of what they did you stand there and cast judgement on them. If you don’t like how the world is then change it and stop whining like a little tosser.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
October 16, 2021 8:07 pm

Izaak, you do know that the Murray frequently ran dry before there were any manmade interventions?

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Reply to  Mr.
October 16, 2021 10:01 pm

Australia the land of droughts and flooding rains … the last major climate change was gradual and around 130,000 years ago when the rainforests retreated to the now 3 per cent of forest and was replaced with eucalyptus that tolerated the hotter and drier conditions of that climate zone change.

The Australian Aborigines experienced the longest drought periods in history. The tidal Hunter River that the coastal Port of Newcatle is alongside (coal loader and containers) before 1788 dried up above the high tide mark and the Aborigine tribes joined together peacefully where fresh water springs were still flowing in the hills. Local Aborigines told the early white settlers in the Hunter Valley.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 16, 2021 7:49 pm

Haha good call, so that would be a positive development. You wonder how poor Izaak feels about all the enviro-crimes committed by his ancestors so his genes could be here. The self loathing must deep with that one.

October 16, 2021 6:19 pm

They’re sorta beginning to get it-

What’s different now is that the richest economies are also undergoing one of the most ambitious overhauls of their power systems since the dawn of the electric age — with no easy way to store the energy generated from renewable sources.

The transition to cleaner energy is designed to make those systems more resilient, not less. But the actual switch will take decades, during which the world will still rely on fossil fuels even as major producers are now drastically shifting their output strategies.

One of the biggest obstacles ahead will be storing power generated by intermittent wind and water sources. Solutions do exist, but it will be years before we have them at the scale on which they’re needed

It’s a dirty thankless job deplorables but those of us with letters in front of our names see the transition as a challenge and opportunity
Price spike highlights how switching to greener energy will be a dirty job (
Your challenge and our opportunity.

Reply to  observa
October 16, 2021 7:13 pm

Currently the Australian plan is to sign into net zero by 2050 by a mix of new technology and renewables. There is no intention to even think about 100% renewables. The plan says something like the unicorns of Green Hydrogen or Ammonia will carry the base-load and it will not be legislated. The advantage of the plan is you don’t destroy the economy while waiting for the unicorns. Australia will continue with it’s resources sector unabated there is currently no plans to limit them. That is why the mining and resources councils are on board.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 16, 2021 10:22 pm

The Reserve could issue Covid Bonds at 0% and mandate negative interest rates for the rest and bobsyeruncle. Just have to be innovative when you run out of other people’s dough and there’s important global cooling work to be done.

Reply to  LdB
October 16, 2021 10:04 pm

The PM has mentioned several times that net zero emissions by 2050 is an aspirations goal, no carbon tax or emissions scheme, technology driven and the Federal Government will encourage research and development.

No damaging of the economy and economic prosperity.

Let’s see what is decided after the National Party meeting today (Sunday).

John Hultquist
October 16, 2021 7:41 pm

“… just a few days of cold, quiet, cloudy weather will see electricity rationing or blackouts. “

Energy shortages are not unexpected.

On sites such as WUWT and a dozen others, we have been reading of the damage the Climate Cult hath brought. They press on with closed eyes and minds.

ray g
October 16, 2021 8:09 pm

Most noise is coming from the wealthy or well off inner city folk.
No more government funds required, just let them pool their money into companies
to carry out their will. Money where your mouth is!

October 16, 2021 9:15 pm

Bring some “yellow cake” and sprinkle it around shut the whole thing down you know traveling sales man

October 17, 2021 1:42 am

Remember the old saying “Like taking coal to Newcastle”. Glasgow not that far from the old Newcastle, and Scot would likely get his coal lump from – Newcastle!! Too funny!

October 17, 2021 5:14 am

A Jerry can of diesel to charge the Teslas is probably more appropriate.

Reply to  rah
October 18, 2021 3:31 am

The electricity grid in Australia is interconnected between the States of Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales (and Australian Capital Territory) to Queensland. It is the longest interconnected grid in the world. Most of the electricity is generated at coal fired power stations, over 70% and then gas fired, hydro and diesel generators mostly as back up support for wind and solar business installations. So called renewables supply up to, intermittently, unreliably about 14% or much less.

But travel inland and most electricity is from individual not interconnect diesel generators of various capacities and sizes. At larger sites there are generators burning thousands of litres every week and combined the consumption of diesel fuel is substantial, road trains with two, three or even four tanker trailers making deliveries.

So EV refuels in Australia from mostly fossil fuelled generators, the transition from ICEV is an exercise in futility, and meanwhile Australia’s 1.3% emissions per year is insignificant when compared to only China’s 30% emissions and growing.

Questing Vole
October 19, 2021 10:11 am

I think you’ll find there are already tonnes of coal in Glasgow – much of it not far below the surface.

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