Official portrait of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. By Australian Government link

Aussie PM Promises a 43% Emissions Reduction by 2030 – But Warns Fossil Fuel Companies to Behave Responsibly

Essay by Eric Worrall

Expropriated Fossil Fuel generator owners have been told to “prioritise customers over profits”.

Climate change: Australia signs new carbon emissions target

By Tiffanie Turnbull
BBC News, Sydney

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced more ambitious climate targets for his country.

He has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 43% from 2005 levels by 2030, up from the previous conservative government’s target of between 26% and 28%.

Australia is one of the world’s highest per capita carbon emitters.

The target brings the country more in line with other developed economies’ Paris climate accord commitments.

Canada is aiming for a reduction of 40% by 2030 from 2005 levels, while the United States has a target of up to 52%.

“When I’ve spoken with international leaders in the last few weeks, they have all welcomed Australia’s changed position,” Mr Albanese, who assumed office last month, said after notifying the United Nations.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-61822046

Aussie Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also demanded fossil fuel generator companies put customers ahead of profits.

Anthony Albanese tells energy companies it has responsibility to its customers as Sydney hospitals told to conserve power

The Prime Minister has issued a warning amid the energy crunch being felt along the east coast with households and even hospitals told to conserve power after the market operator was forced to suspend the electricity market across Australia for the first time since its creation.

David Wu Digital Reporter
June 16, 2022 – 7:15AM

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has warned power companies to prioritise its customers over profits with the energy crisis affecting households through to hospitals.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) was forced to suspend the spot market for the first time since its creation in 1998 – which includes NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT – on Wednesday afternoon.

It said it was “impossible to operate” due to the shortfall in supply being blamed on a number of reasons including generators being offline, an upward in usage due to winter and international pressures such as the Ukraine war.

AEMO added the unprecedented move is the “best way” to ensure a reliable supply of power to Australian homes and businesses.

Read more: https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/anthony-albanese-tells-energy-companies-it-has-responsibility-to-its-customers-as-sydney-hospitals-told-to-conserve-power/news-story/2e4df0f09d6d5c080bd972fde35e2495

Lets not forget since yesterday Australia’s Prime Minister Albanese has been expropriating power at a price generator owners claim is below the cost of production, in my opinion stealing from those very same companies he now demands should exercise their social conscience.

I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment. Perhaps WUWT readers can help?

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Steve Richards
June 16, 2022 10:05 am

More news from Australia, ably carried by the BBC – its all the fossil fuel powered generators to blame!

“Eight million Australians urged to turn off lights”
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61821423

Derg
Reply to  Steve Richards
June 16, 2022 11:34 am

I suppose Nick will gladly turn off his lights in support?

ThinkingScientist
Reply to  Derg
June 16, 2022 12:20 pm

Might be better if Nick just turned off his computers.

Duker
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
June 16, 2022 1:24 pm

Well , he could wait till the sun comes up and then use his solar power

LdB
Reply to  Steve Richards
June 16, 2022 7:40 pm

As I said to Nick the greentards got exactly what they have been demanding
1.) High fossil fuel costs (they wanted a carbon cost to do that)
2.) Constrained fossil fuel power generation

So what is the issue … renewables were supposed to be thriving and saving us all?

Gerry, England
Reply to  LdB
June 17, 2022 4:19 am

True, but only if there is not a big high pressure area over Australia that has killed the windmills. It must be in the small print somewhere that all activities will be dependent on the weather.

markl
June 16, 2022 10:10 am

The level of virtue signaling is reaching a crescendo … which will only get more shrill as the promised dates for reaching “climate” goals are passed without reconciliation. There is only one outcome ….. when the people realize how far back in time they are being asked to regress they’ll just say no. So far no pain. Wait for it.

AndyHce
Reply to  markl
June 16, 2022 4:29 pm

There are a few records of cultures totally destroying themselves by following the fantasy of one or two deranged individuals.

dodgy geezer
Reply to  AndyHce
June 16, 2022 11:01 pm

There are actually several. Don’t think it can’t happen to us…

Nexus321
Reply to  dodgy geezer
June 17, 2022 11:40 pm

It’s happening and gaining momentum.

John Teisen
Reply to  AndyHce
June 17, 2022 10:22 pm

90% of Australians voted for Parties that want Zero Nett Carbon by 2050, so there’s more than just a few deranged individuals who are driving the country to oblivion. It seems the whole country, barring a few, is living in La La Land. The Mainstream Media is their cheer squad.

Nexus321
Reply to  John Teisen
June 17, 2022 11:43 pm

They will soon get pissed off when they are either in the dark, miserable and cold or being roasted by a heatwave. By then it will be too late to address the mess.

Ron Long
June 16, 2022 10:17 am

“…Australia…Canada…United States…has a target of reduction…well, I have a target of a reduction of my belt size to former glory years…don’t wait for any of this.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Ron Long
June 16, 2022 10:57 am

A few hard recessions and lower living standards would do it, as long as the elite are protected.

Tom Halla
June 16, 2022 10:24 am

I know very little about what constitutional rights Australians have. If Albanese is able to do this with impunity, I think you need a real constitution.

Philip
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 16, 2022 12:27 pm

Rights hell sounds like they’re going to hold a gun to their head, I liked Australia when it was a free country.

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Nexus321
Reply to  Philip
June 17, 2022 11:44 pm

That was before the Brits turned up.

PeterW
Reply to  Nexus321
June 18, 2022 4:15 am

Umm….. Not over familiar with tribal culture, are you?
Free – as long as you weren’t a woman in an arranged-marriage culture.
Free – as long as the neighbouring tribe didn’t covet your hunting grounds and decide that violence was the best way to get them.
Free to decide whether to go hungry in cold, wet weather, or to go hunting without protective clothing.
Free to starve every time there was a major drought…

There was no “Aboriginal Eden” in 1770.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 16, 2022 12:53 pm

Australians have the same inalienable rights all human beings possess. The real question is, which rights does their government protect and which rights does it deny.

Duker
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 16, 2022 1:27 pm

Power generators dont have to sell through AMEO spot market at all and 75% of power is sold through private contract directly with either big power users, corporate groups or the local power retailers

MarkW
Reply to  Duker
June 16, 2022 2:22 pm

As long as government is stealing everything, a little bit of expropriation is OK.

Duker
Reply to  MarkW
June 16, 2022 5:11 pm

The government isnt stealing anything.
The generators are voluntarily entering a regulated spot market with its own rules, including keep the lights own by not playing games over withdrawing 5GW of capacity ( which isnt under maintenance)
Think of the highway , it has its own rules and the government agencies can tell you to take a different route or close a highway for its own reasons.

They are probably losing money with most of the fixed contracts and trying to make windfall gains with the peak prices ( which reduce in off peak anyway)

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Duker
June 16, 2022 2:59 pm

I have no idea how Australian power ‘markets’ are regulated. However, given that Australia is blessed with ample fossil fuel resources, but is having issues with reliability and affordability, I can say with 100% certainty that said market is badly regulated.

Duker
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 16, 2022 5:05 pm

All power generator markets are heavily regulated , from the common US approach of the states deciding fixed prices to the variable price spot market approach that Texas and Australia uses.
The problem is the regulation system , its the reliance on the intermittent wind and solar to replace the fossil fuelled base load

This is just the start of winter which isnt even the peak demand which is the summer time with a/c

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Duker
June 16, 2022 6:34 pm

‘The problem is the regulation system , its the reliance on the intermittent wind and solar to replace the fossil fuelled base load.’

Agreed.

John Teisen
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 17, 2022 10:36 pm

It’s not bad regulation, although government subsidies for renewables make them far more profitable than coal or gas in the short term. It’s all the bad press about climate change and fossil-fuel power generation. No power generator wants to build a new coal-fired power plant for a multitude of reasons and all are closing down those that exist.
The problem is due to the Climate Change lies foisted on us for over the last 50 years producing the inevitable consequences of their deception.

LdB
Reply to  Duker
June 16, 2022 7:42 pm

Yes but the average household doesn’t have a contract with a generator there bill is just a little small to be bothered 🙂

Rich Davis
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 16, 2022 1:42 pm

Who the hell downvoted that comment?

MarkW
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 16, 2022 2:23 pm

Someone who doesn’t believe that people who disagree with him have rights.

James Fosser
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 16, 2022 3:30 pm

It was a clear night last night but nowhere in the stars could I see written that humans possessed inalienable rights.

AndyHce
Reply to  James Fosser
June 16, 2022 4:32 pm

And who ever possessed inalienable power over any other person?

Barry
Reply to  James Fosser
June 16, 2022 5:57 pm

Have you ever thought that through? If not, Good heavens you’re a sociopath!

Juan Slayton
Reply to  James Fosser
June 17, 2022 4:45 am

Don’t need stars, James. Americans recognized this truth as self evident a couple hundred years ago.

John Teisen
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 17, 2022 10:29 pm

Australians used to have the right to breathe. With the new government in office they’re not sure if that still stands.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 16, 2022 11:51 pm

We do have a constitution but it is largely ignored. The COVID-19 scamdemic proved that.

John Teisen
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 17, 2022 10:27 pm

Australia does have a Constitution but it confers no rights on the citizens. The Constitution comprises a ton of rules relating to the three arms of Government and almost nothing else. The Covid-19 disaster revealed how little power the people have – basically none; and the politicians don’t want to change anything. They love the power and the privileges.

Rasa
June 16, 2022 10:26 am

Our Prime Minister, Albo, and all his cabinet are clueless. The whole east coast of Australia is facing blackouts as we speak. Successive Labor governments both State and Federal have been hell bent on killing our coal powered generation. “renewables” as we all know cannot do Baseload. Batteries are even less able to maintain base load. Once the East Coast Australian collapses and reality is accepted, only then can the Grid be rebuilt. Currently in Australia Nuclear generation is illegal. An absurd position considering Australia exports Uranium all over the world.

Jeff Labute
Reply to  Rasa
June 16, 2022 11:41 am

Oh yes, probably because of some nutty reason like uranium is not renewable, although recyclable.

AndyHce
Reply to  Jeff Labute
June 16, 2022 4:35 pm

” uranium is not renewable”

I very much doubt that has anything at all to do with the derangement.They are rather similar to the people who quake in fear that “climate change” is coming to get them.

AWG
Reply to  Jeff Labute
June 16, 2022 5:31 pm

Uranium decays over time. It is literally a Use It Or Lose It energy source.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Rasa
June 16, 2022 2:11 pm

Albo is all forehead and no brains to back it up.

He looks like a pudgy accountant. (Who can’t count).

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 16, 2022 7:25 pm

that is an insult to accountants. He looks like a typical modern day Labor politician who has never had a proper job in his life.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
June 16, 2022 9:10 pm

But but but… his Mum had to live in a council flat!

Dennis
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 16, 2022 9:19 pm

Also not mentioned that the council dwelling (public housing) was rented by his grandfather and grandmother, both age pensioners.

Dennis
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 16, 2022 9:18 pm

As Opposition Leader he claimed to have been economics adviser to Labor PM Hawke, the not left leaning media checked and discovered that was not true, he was a staffer for a minor Cabinet Minister in the Hawke Government but not based in Canberra, Albo was in the Minister’s (Tom Uren) electorate office.

cpratt@telusplanet.net
Reply to  Rasa
June 16, 2022 2:53 pm

So how do they get elected? I ask the same here in Canada. However I know the answer toi Canada – the Toronto/Montreal area elects the National Government due to the number of ridings.

Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
Reply to  cpratt@telusplanet.net
June 16, 2022 8:53 pm

Fair go folks.Federal Labour has only been in office for few days..
Fair go, the Labour Party has only been in a few days. They did not make this big mess of the economy.

The Liberal-National parties(Conservative) have been in since 2013.

Our problem is that the country is largently owned by overseas interests, who want as much money as they can get.

Australia as a country has now far too many people via Migration.

Most of this country is a vast desert.

It has been living far beyond its means .

So a tiny reduction in generation capacity has caused blackouts in NSW.

But that reduction is just want the Greens want to happen..

It used to be 2950, now instead of just kicking the can further down the road, it’s going to be renewables by 2030..

Sadly at my 95 years I will not be around to see it happen.

A lot of politicians will be looking for a safe place to hide in.

Michael VK5ELL

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
June 16, 2022 9:20 pm

The Liberal-National parties(Conservative) have been in since 2013.

The big flaw in your argument is Malcolm Turnbull.

The secondary flaw is Scott Morrison.

Australia has been run by openly Centre Left government since Abbott.

Sure, Morrison was more to the right of Turnbull, but he wanted to be everyone’s friend and ended up as a Centre Centre fence sitter who slowly managed to piss off everyone.

Turnbull was Left and went as far as to re-badge his Government as ‘Team Turnbull’ to distance himself from the ‘Liberal Party’ name.

What we have now is the openly far Left Wong Government which only pretends that An Al is in charge because the constitution states that the leader of the lower house shall become the Prime Minister.

Wong’s in charge. An Al couldn’t charge if tied to a horse.

Dennis
Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
June 16, 2022 9:24 pm

In 2013 after six years of Labor Federal Government the Federal debt had risen from zero to over $400 billion when committed but unfunded major 2013/14 Budget items were accounted. The inherited with zero debt $22 billon of budget surplus in 2007 and ran deficit budgets thereafter.

The basis for the energy crisis now was Labor’s 2010-2011 Renewable Energy Target with incentive subsidies offered to the private sector, that started the privatisation of State Government managed public assets of power stations and transmission lines by State Labor Governments, notably South Australia leading the transition.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  cpratt@telusplanet.net
June 16, 2022 9:52 pm

They get elected ‘legally’.

The problem is that the vast majority of Australians only have a vague general idea how our election system works.

The ‘spirit’ of the system is that each district will elect a person to ‘represent’ them in government. This is using a 2PP system where all votes are sorted by preferences until one person has 50% +1 vote of the total cast votes.

It is… a system… It gives… results I guess.

A lot of people say we should move to first past the post, which is also… a system…

Examples:

What should we have for lunch?
Ann: Tofu
Barry: Tofu
Chris: Beef
Dave: Lamb
Eric: Chicken
Fred: Long Pork

Under one system the clear winner is Tofu with 2 votes. Under 2PP the winner would be more than likely one of the ‘Meat’ choices with a land slide 66% of the preferences.

So… both systems are… systems…

The flaws are that unless you have a massive clear single focus party that attracts a majority by their own right you get situations where minorities get elected. Looking above again Tofu has only 33%, meaning 66% wanted something else, while under 2PP while we might get a ‘meat party’ selected, 5/6ths still picked something else as their first choice.

So… that is the system.

To make matters more ‘conversational’ to form government you need a majority in the lower house. Technically if you have done your sums right you can not even run for 49% (rounding factor in play to keep things simple) of the available seats if you were confident of winning the other 51%.

Of those 51% you only have to win on 2PP, so provided you have your sums right, you only have to make sure you are high enough up in the first preference votes to ensure you get all the preferences when they cut the lower candidates and reassign the votes.

Provided you are more popular than the smaller punters you can gain preferences and leap frog someone who was actually very popular.

Example

Ann: 49%
Bob:24%
Chris: 10%
Dave: 7%
E, F, G, H: 5, 5, 5, 2%

Chris can still win provided all of D, E, G, G, H’s preferences go to them and not Bob or Ann. Chris will then have more than Bob (2.4 times more popular) and provided Bob’s preferences all go to Chris then Chris will end up with 51% of the 2PP vote and win the district.

Technically possible. Slightly unlikely but technically possible and serves to support my point: The System can allow ‘unpopular’ people to win seats.

So taking the examples to the extreme, it is technically possible to not even contest half the seats, scrap through on preferences for the remaining 51% and form government, giving rise to such situations where a party could have got national wide something like 70-75% of the popular vote and NOT FORM GOVERNMENT.

The flip side of that is that if someone is getting 70% of the popular they are going to have most of the Senate seats… probably… but the Senate is a different kettle.

Look, this is the system. Are we prepared to have massive election reform to ‘fix’ this? Ummm… probably not. New Zealand had election reform and are now a fascist state run by a tyrant.

The problem is – in my opinion – is that the majority of voters have no real comprehension on how the system works and go around saying stuff like ‘Well I didn’t vote for An Al!’

And unless you live in his district, no you didn’t and couldn’t vote for him. You voted for your local member on the vague understanding they ‘promised’ to vote along ‘insert principles here’ lines. The Prime Minister is elected by the parties, not the voters. It can be very hard for voters to remove a prime minister in real terms.

Remember if your district is held by the people you don’t vote for… then your vote was counted and you still lost. Thanks for taking part.

If your district was held by the people you did vote for… Then once you hit 50% +1 you don’t get bonus points. For the purpose of the election 50% +1 votes is the same as 100% of the votes. You still only get one member elected.

It is – ethically or not – how the system works and we are governed by people who understand how the system works well enough to win elections.

so.. yes… this post got long. I might down vote myself as punishment for not being brief.

RexAlan
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 17, 2022 1:41 am

I think you explained the Australian voting system very well Craig.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Rasa
June 16, 2022 3:17 pm

With 2 of the 4 generators out @ Yallourn (~700MW), only 1 GWh battery storage (= 2 minutes @
30 GW) & little stored hydro, that collapse may come soon enough to do some good!

Peter K
Reply to  Rasa
June 16, 2022 5:26 pm

Albo’s plan is to shut down 43% of Coal Fired Power stations by 2030. At the moment they supply over 75% of Australia’s of energy. This is all based on an unproven ideology.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Peter K
June 16, 2022 6:16 pm

His first action as Prime Minister is to do more damage to Australia’s economy with foolish CO2 targets.

Let’s see, all these people from around the world who are heavy into windmills and solar are suddenly having problems powering their grids.

I guess these people can’t put two and two together. They seem completely obivious to the nature of their wind/solar problem. So they double down on stupid.

I think there is going to be a moment of clarity in the near future.

Dennis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 16, 2022 9:28 pm

Typical of the deception taking place in Australia regarding so called renewable energy, The Australian Capital Territory Government claims that the ACT uses one hundred per cent renewable energy. Not correct, the ACT is supplied from the NSW Grid and most electricity does not come from renewables.

But the ACT Government has a small number of wind and solar installations, very small number, but has obtained shares in renewable energy based businesses outside the ACT which the ACT Government claims to offset the non-renewable electricity supply.

RexAlan
Reply to  Peter K
June 17, 2022 1:45 am
LdB
Reply to  Rasa
June 16, 2022 7:48 pm

Albo is just having a little problem adjusting from being opposition where you can say all sorts of stupid stuff compared to being the government when you need to use a filter over your comments.

They started a fight with generators based on what there PR department thought was something that played well with the public. The fact it wasn’t the truth has now come around and bit them up the butt.

Simonsays
June 16, 2022 10:31 am

The media always love this line “Australia is one of the world’s highest per capita carbon emitters.” But never answer why. Like Australia has a very small population on a very large land mass, that mines and produces a very large share of the world’s resources and agriculture products. We could shut down those industries but I think China’s navy would turn up about a week later to collect what they want.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Simonsays
June 16, 2022 11:03 am

China’s goal is more nukes, more aircraft carriers than the U.S., and more planes. I’m sure the resource grab will be painless unless NK is sent in ahead to do the third party operation.

Dennis
Reply to  Simonsays
June 16, 2022 9:32 pm

I understand that the claim is based on exported energy burnt overseas, the country of origin of emissions is counted and Australia is also given credit for the same emissions.

The actual Australia based emissions is just above one per cent of global emissions.

China increases emissions every year by more than Australia’s total emissions a year.

ghl
Reply to  Dennis
June 18, 2022 1:20 am

Some papers and two satellites say that Australia is net neutral, roughly.

fretslider
June 16, 2022 10:33 am

Who at the end of this will be waltzing Matilda?

Dave Fair
Reply to  fretslider
June 16, 2022 10:55 am

Matilda waltzed out long ago with China. Regular Australians are left behind between a rock (Leftist economic and energy manipulations) and a hard place (China).

Rod Evans
June 16, 2022 10:37 am

There is nothing we can say that can define how alien this is, in a free market economy. A totalitarian state instruction demanding free market based companies, supply energy into the market at below cost of production.
These are companies our pensions are invested in. We need them to make profits to ensure they can continue to generate wealth.
The Australian socialists, have achieved a new unbelievable low.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Rod Evans
June 16, 2022 10:50 am

As revealed by every socialistic country in history the iron laws of economics can be ignored for only so long. A prosperous middle class is achievable only under free market conditions. Leftist economy and energy policies only lead to poverty and despair. Watch for yellow vests and protest signs being replaced with body armor and firearms. The Left always pushes things too far.

BobM
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 16, 2022 6:32 pm

Are Australians allowed firearms? That would be a good first start.

Dennis
Reply to  BobM
June 16, 2022 9:35 pm

Another urban myth, Australia has many gun and ammunition stores, gun clubs and shooting ranges.

We are permitted to obtain a gun licence via police departments and to own registered weapons other than military-style weapons, although semi-automatic Vietnam War SLR rifles can be licensed if a need to own one can be shown, and that would be feral animal control on pastoral properties.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Dennis
June 16, 2022 11:15 pm

Dennis, to an American conservative and Constitutionalist such as myself your above statements evoke laughter, followed by degeneration into tears. Here are a few of your statements that connotate your subjugation to arbitrary centralized political and bureaucratic authority: “We are permitted;” “a gun license via police departments;” “own registered weapons;” “other than military-style weapons;” “SLR [semiautomatic] rifles can be owned if a need to own one can be shown;” and “feral animal control on pastoral properties.”

How about instead of all the arbitrary bureaucratic pettifogging, we just say an adult citizen that has not been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent nor a convicted felon can own and carry firearms in common use by citizens at this time in “non sensitive” areas? In its 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald decisions the Supreme Court of the United States upheld essentially just those principles. Therefore my suggesting just that shouldn’t put me into the right wing nut category.

Are you not competent enough to own a firearm that is in common use by citizens generally? Should your preferences overrule another free citizen’s determination as to the desirability of having the means to defend himself, his family or his community? Should a small Asian female not have the ability to defend herself against a large male assailant?

Absent a Constitution that protects your natural rights, including self-defense, freedom of speech & etc., you are at the mercy of the whims of the people in power at the moment. The passions of the democratic mob can overthrow the stability provided by a government’s adherence to fundamental, Constitutional and clearly articulated societal norms and legal protections provided to you. If freedom loving men don’t proactively protect against such mob action (no matter how desirable it looks at the time) we get what history so clearly tells us will happen.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 17, 2022 5:14 am

Roman Law – defines what you can’t do
Napoleonic Law – you can only do what is specifically allowed

The US was founded on Roman Law (sometimes called common law) where the government only prohibited certain things, i.e. full freedom for the citizens. The US is fast approaching, however, a change to Napoleonic Law where you can only do what is specifically permitted, i.e. total government control of your life.

Bill of Rights? Totally outdated according to the Democrats. Government will determine your rights.

ghl
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 18, 2022 1:25 am

Don’t be smug dave, you’ve got Joe Biden.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  BobM
June 16, 2022 10:18 pm

A total fallacy about guns. This is 2022 and not 1770. How would you organise an armed revolt? Facebook? Twitter? Only Fans?
A lone gunman would be shot down like a dog.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
June 16, 2022 11:24 pm

You are assuming only a lone gunman would revolt against tyranny. In America a would-be tyrannical government would have to deal with hundreds of thousands of armed citizens. Since our armies come from the citizenry they would be expected to support the citizens, not the authoritarian government.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 17, 2022 12:34 am

Doesn’t seem to be happening with Biden.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
June 17, 2022 12:59 am

Not yet.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
June 17, 2022 4:57 am

This is what they said about the North Vietnamese. it’s what they said about the revolution in Iran. It’s what they said about Afghanistan when the Russians invaded. It’s what they said about the French resistance when the Nazi’s invaded. It’s what they said about the American Revolution!

History is strewn with examples refuting your assertion. It’s obvious you’ve never studied the strategies and tactics of successful revolutions.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Tim Gorman
June 17, 2022 4:56 pm

Actually, I have. Current surveillance systems by the government and the citizenry make it difficult to organise an armed insurrection in the first world. Things aren’t bad enough for people to rise up. The west/first world is full of snowflakes. A bunch of old men yelling at clouds is going to change diddly-squat. With or without guns.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
June 18, 2022 6:54 am

Nah ….. no old men and no clouds

All you have to do is interrupt the food supply to a few major cities and the government would topple in a few weeks. Look at what is going on today with the supply shortages we currently have! Do you even know where your meat and milk comes from in your local grocery store? It’s a sure bet the current government doesn’t know, they didn’t know till six months after it happened that baby formula production had suffered a major disruption!

With all our surveillance systems our government had *NO* idea of how widespread the Taliban was in Afghanistan and that they could take over the country in just days. How are they going to do any better here?

Just how vulnerable to you think all the high-voltage electric transmission lines criss-crossing this nation are?

You say you’ve studied the strategies and tactics of revolution but its obvious you really haven’t. You don’t have the slightest clue as to the vulnerabilities of the infrastructure we have. How many candles do you have stored in your basement?

Rex Adam
June 16, 2022 10:39 am

How about what a moron.

Derg
Reply to  Rex Adam
June 16, 2022 11:36 am

Hey that is reserved for Simon.

Simon
Reply to  Derg
June 16, 2022 2:11 pm

Derg
Reply to  Simon
June 16, 2022 3:35 pm

The colluuuusion clown appears.

b.nice
Reply to  Simon
June 16, 2022 3:55 pm

And simple simon produces a droning sound…

… more content than most of his posts.

ResourceGuy
June 16, 2022 10:53 am

Remember to use slave labor solar components from western China as part of the pledge. They won’t mind and the UN Human Rights team will look the other way.

michel
June 16, 2022 10:56 am

He has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 43% from 2005 levels by 2030, up from the previous conservative government’s target of between 26% and 28%.

Australia is one of the world’s highest per capita carbon emitters.

The target brings the country more in line with other developed economies’ Paris climate accord commitments.

Canada is aiming for a reduction of 40% by 2030 from 2005 levels, while the United States has a target of up to 52%.

“When I’ve spoken with international leaders in the last few weeks, they have all welcomed Australia’s changed position,” Mr Albanese, who assumed office last month, said after notifying the United Nations.

You notice what is missing?

What is China’s pledged reduction? China is now at per capita emissions on the same level as Europe. So how much are they reducing by, by 2030?

What is the tonnage Australia is emitting? The per capita, according to the theory, is meaningless. What matters is the total tons, that is what has to be reduced. So how much effect on global emissions will these Australian ones have?

A one or two percentage point reduction, assuming no-one else raises their emissions in the meantime. Which of course they will do, they will raise them as fast as they can grow their economies.

Its the same madness all the time. Pretending that things they are proposing to do will somehow help save the planet, when they cannot have any effect on the climate because either they are too small to affect global emissions, or because they will be swamped by what China and India do, or both.

The only thing that will put a stop to this will be economic and social disaster, and a landslide for a more sensible government. Getting more visible all the time. But the pain to get there is going to be huge.

Dave Fair
Reply to  michel
June 16, 2022 11:00 am

But … but … but we must do something to protect our children from the coming climate disasters.

H.R.
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 16, 2022 9:37 pm

Oh, yes. We must destroy the country to preserve it for our children.

They’ll live in mud huts, wear animal skin clothing, and farm using sharpened sticks, but at least the weather will be nice.
🙄

Otway squatter
Reply to  H.R.
June 18, 2022 6:02 am

No it won’t it will be freezing

Tom Abbott
Reply to  michel
June 17, 2022 1:08 am

““When I’ve spoken with international leaders in the last few weeks, they have all welcomed Australia’s changed position,” Mr Albanese, who assumed office last month, said after notifying the United Nations.”

I think this might be part of the new prime minister’s reason for changing Australia’s position: He wants to be loved by Trudeau and Joe Biden and everyone at the United Nations. And they will stop bugging him about more CO2 reductions. He’s making life easier for himself by kowtowing to the international climate alarmists. But his position will make life harder for the average Australian.

Our Climate Change-delusional politicians are leading us down the Road to Ruin.

Thomas Gasloli
June 16, 2022 11:05 am

This guy is as bad as Biden. First he tells the industry his goal is to shut them down, then he complains at their resulting lack of production. At least Biden can claim senility; what is Albanese’s excuse?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
June 16, 2022 1:01 pm

Brandon’s problem isn’t just senility. It’s a contagion found among Greenies everywhere!

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 16, 2022 8:22 pm

At his age and physical condition, Let’s Go Brandon needs his many personal handlers to ease him into that position. Earlier, all he needed was his banking and credit card company benefactors to put him into the position. One of his more significant favors to his donors/family payoff cash cows was a new bankruptcy law that penalized ordinary people in favor of the East Coast financial institutions.

Lrp
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
June 16, 2022 1:43 pm

Socialism

Jeroen B.
June 16, 2022 11:06 am

I would call it Bidenomics in action, and if the government here (wher I live) wasn’t just as insane and unhinged, I’d be laughing from the sidelines … instead, I’m taking notes and trying to see if I can avoid the worst of it.

Jan de Jong
Reply to  Jeroen B.
June 16, 2022 12:48 pm

That would be the Netherlands. Indeed.

Right-Handed Shark
June 16, 2022 11:22 am

“I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment.”

Albo’s countryman, Kevin Bloody Wilson has a suggestion.. DILLIGAF..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a6EOyaMdqY

Trigger warning: Those without a sense of humour should not click the link.

cpratt@telusplanet.net
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
June 16, 2022 2:59 pm

Excellent. I will get a T Shirt with this on it

Dave Fair
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
June 16, 2022 11:33 pm

Shark, as an American I thank you for introducing me to Kevin Bloody Wilson (Kev). I reviewed a few of his skits and songs and consider him a social commentator on par with the early George Carlin, Lenny Bruce & etc. “Nigel … F***in Legend” skit is right on and the audience participation is grand. I’ll look for more.

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 17, 2022 12:35 am

I think the first song of Kev’s I heard was “Hey Santa Claus”.. still makes me laugh over 20 years later. I think he would be extremely popular in the bible belt of the US!

John the Econ
June 16, 2022 11:32 am

No, go ahead and punish the industry with windfall taxes and price controls. There are now whole generations that have never experienced the fun of even-odd rationing and time wasted in hours-long gas lines.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  John the Econ
June 16, 2022 1:07 pm

They want us to get carownervirus!

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Dave Fair
Reply to  John the Econ
June 16, 2022 11:34 pm

Eff’in Leftists never learn, Econ.

bluecat57
June 16, 2022 11:40 am

And his term in office ends when?
And he might die when?
A broken promise he will NOT be held accountable for.
He will blame the people for not sacrificing enough if he is still alive and in power in 2030.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  bluecat57
June 16, 2022 12:55 pm

He’s only recently won an election, so is there for a while. He won due to the hopeless incumbent who was similarly stupid and would not publicly admit the futility of unreliable “renewables’. These politicians are so stupid that they think all electors are similarly so – which enough of them are, to ensure electoral defeat. None of them has the courage to call out the ignorant Greenies and their supporters, for fear of losing their votes.

Duker
Reply to  Mike Lowe
June 16, 2022 1:32 pm

The Greenie thing is a religion, so its impossible for them to deny their faith or a politician to disrespect it

bluecat57
Reply to  Mike Lowe
June 16, 2022 3:12 pm

I disagree. They know what they are doing even if they don’t fully understand.

paul
June 16, 2022 11:42 am

wonder what would happen if the govt threw a party & nobody came ?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  paul
June 16, 2022 1:20 pm

The West’s problem’s more like the one they had in the Soviet Union!

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Vuk
June 16, 2022 11:53 am

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese warns fossil fuel companies to behave responsibly
Has Mr. Albanese been to Kiev yet to threaten comrade Vlad the Terrible?
PM of my tiny Monte Negro (who is also Albanese, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dritan_Abazović) was there earlier today to announce he will not buy any Russian gas although the MN has no a single gas pipelines or LNG terminal.
As it happens at the same time Putin announced that he will reduce gas supplies to Germany by 40% just enough to keep current demand of industry covered, but none left to leave in storage tanks for use the next winter.
This would push the gas and electricity prices even higher, not to mention the world’s LNG scramble due to some difficulties in the USA, while Vlad the Terrible will be still getting near up to US$20 billion a month.

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Bob
June 16, 2022 12:01 pm

These green devils promise us they are going to do the most damaging thing to us that they can. When they do it and it hurts everyone they blame the very people they forced to cut back and promised to put out of business. Then castigate the people they are trying to put out of business for not doing more of the stuff they were forced to do less of. Only a brain dead green devil could think this is right.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Bob
June 16, 2022 7:48 pm

Straight out of the Stalinist playbook.

DHR
June 16, 2022 12:12 pm

It would be interesting to read the analysis showing that natural gas usage in Australia has been increased by the war in Ukraine. Anybody got a copy?

Reply to  DHR
June 16, 2022 1:38 pm

No, natural gas exports have been increased by the war in Ukraine. Locals just get what is left over. And pay the global price.

Mr.
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 3:33 pm

Do Aussies thank Julia Gillard’s Labor government for not setting any minimum reserve of non-exportable LNG for local consumption when required?

Reply to  Mr.
June 16, 2022 4:30 pm

First exports of LNG from Qld came in October 2015. That was after Turnbull replaced Liberal PM Abbott.

Reply to  Mr.
June 16, 2022 4:52 pm

Actually, there is an “Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism”. The problem is that the present free-for-all was enabled by an agreement signed by Morrison 5/1/21 which goes until 1 Jan 2023. 

Mr.
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 5:38 pm

Thanks Nick.
I was taking my cue from this account of Gillard’s efforts on curtailing the use of those horrid fossil fuels.

And this guy is supposed to be a Labor / Greens supporter?

https://www.countercurrents.org/polya050312.htm

Reply to  Mr.
June 16, 2022 5:48 pm

“I was taking my cue from this account…”
The account begins
“Pro-coal, pro-gas Australian PM Julia Gillard has an appalling record of climate change inaction”

Is that your cue?

Mr.
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 9:06 pm

Yep.
See, no matter how much anyone tries to satiate the rabid greens, it will never be enough.
They will eat their own as quick as look at them.
As Albanese is about to find out.

Dennis
Reply to  Mr.
June 16, 2022 9:43 pm

On Sky News recently a former Gillard Labor Cabinet Minister, Stephen Conroy, became defensive when that was mentioned, and his response was that the Coalition had been the Federal Government since 2013.

Labor 2007 to 2013

In denial.

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Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 6:46 pm

Correct. Bad energy policy + bad foreign policy = disaster.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 7:54 pm

Again let me correct you Nick that is true only in the Eastern States because your politicians seem to always fail at common sense. Western Australia enforces volumes/percentages on all gas reserves which must be delivered to the local market. Basic answer elect smarter politicians.

Here is the Western Australian policy
https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/wa-domestic-gas-policy

The key

The policy seeks to make gas equivalent to 15% of exports available for WA consumers.

So please stop speaking for Australia when you are talking about stupidity in the Eastern States.

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Dennis
Reply to  LdB
June 16, 2022 9:45 pm

Wasn’t that arrangement made by the previous Coalition WA State Government?

Reply to  Dennis
June 17, 2022 12:21 am

No. It was introduced in 2006. Alan Carpenter was the Labor premier.

Dennis
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 9:41 pm

Yet in the Gippsland Basin of Victoria on shore gas reserves larger than the Bass Strait off shore reserve that was extracted from 1960s has been locked up by the State Government.

In South Australia not far from the on shore Moomba Gas Fields under Coober Pedy there is another oil and gas reserve now locked up and at least as big as Gippsland Basin.

Two of several known reserves on shore and then add off shore reserves not being exploited yet, huge shale oil deposits with the largest in Queensland and New South Wales.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Nick Stokes
June 16, 2022 11:37 pm

And the importance?

MJPenny
June 16, 2022 12:27 pm

I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment.” How about willfully clueless?

Rod Evans
Reply to  MJPenny
June 16, 2022 12:49 pm

I would go with, unfettered socialism.

Mike Lowe
June 16, 2022 12:46 pm

Most of these politicians are merely emphasising the failure of the education system to teach simple scientific facts! And their stubborn reluctance to face facts and admit they were wrong.

MarkW
Reply to  Mike Lowe
June 16, 2022 2:29 pm

There isn’t enough time to teach kids scientific facts. They have to teach the kids about the 57 genders and how to figure out which one the state wants you to be.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  MarkW
June 16, 2022 7:49 pm

this is unfortunately 100% true.

Vuk
June 16, 2022 12:51 pm

Guardian reporting:
Polar bears found thriving despite lack of sea ice offer hope for species
Surely, that can not be right, has the newspaper been infiltrated by sceptics and deniers?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/16/polar-bears-found-thriving-greenland-despite-lack-of-sea-ice-offer-hope-for-species
However, a bit further in the same paper:
‘They’re being cooked’: baby swifts die as heatwave hits Spain
S. France Meteo: Bientôt épisodes de canicule à 50 degrés C dans le Sud de la France? 
Everything and everywhere is far worse than expected!

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Rob_Dawg
June 16, 2022 12:54 pm

> I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment. Perhaps WUWT readers can help?

Bidenomics

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
June 16, 2022 1:52 pm

aka “The Dipstick Theory”!

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Petit_Barde
June 16, 2022 12:58 pm

Venezuelaism

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Petit_Barde
June 16, 2022 1:49 pm

Brandon’s doing it, too!

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HOJO
June 16, 2022 1:01 pm

You steal from me what you have already taken and then ask me to produce less, but not too much and ask me why I can’t come thru with more for you without feeling used and then asked to respect what you are doing as you bankrupt my industry.. ALBO say it isn’t so. Has the whole world gone kookoo. This green train is about to come off the tracks I just hope not many people get hurt along the way

Peter Qualey
June 16, 2022 1:33 pm

Ineffable neomort
ineluctably rapacious enviromarxist,
Ploy from Alinsky playbook siphons Aussie future.
perfidious Alba screws Aussies for Komsomol points.
…something along those lines- but stronger

to Aussie voters: you voted for an ideologue and got a naked splenetic totalitarian! Enjoy!

Chris Hanley
June 16, 2022 1:53 pm

The outlooks looks grim:
“The crisis in the energy market has strengthened the case for Australia to reduce its reliance on gas and coal in favour of renewables, the nation’s peak energy regulator has declared in a warning …” (Brisbane Times).
“Reality check for energy
Former Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott says the last 10 days is the wake-up call to the fact coal-fired generators are simply not reliable (The Australian).
You have to admire the sheer chutzpah.

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SteveB
June 16, 2022 2:02 pm

They have an idea, they just don’t have a plan.

Tom in Florida
June 16, 2022 2:04 pm

“Are you crazy or just plain stupid?”

(from Forrest Gump)

Waza
June 16, 2022 2:06 pm

One word LULUCF.

Australia will be able to BS it’s way to emissions reduction by fudging LULUCF numbers.
Someones going make a lot of money planting trees.

THere is a lot of tube stock being planted in Melbournes outer east.
In this high risk bushfire area, how will the emissions maths work when they burn?

Editor
June 16, 2022 2:08 pm

So far, it’s just words from Anthony Albanese, while AEMO tries to fix the situation. It’s easy to believe the words and think that Australia is headed for oblivion – that is after all where the words inevitably lead. However, actions speak louder than words, and I think it would be prudent to see how the actions turn out.

The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) is now a pure propaganda outlet, and their programs last night with panel discussion of the energy crisis were as pukeworthy as anything I have ever seen on the ABC, with not one selected ‘expert’ able to get even close to explaining the real issues. But the ABC does not run the show, and I detect a change of mood in people outside the green city. They want their energy fixed, and they don’t care about the politics. If Anthony Albanese doesn’t pick up on that then he is toast. And I think (and hope) that he will pick up on it. If I’m right, then watch the words and the actions separate into two separate tracks: an increasing commitment to unattainable CO2 emission targets beyond the end of the government’s term in office, and a resurgence in coal and gas electricity generation. Europe is doing that, why not Australia too.

It won’t be easy, because too much coal generation has bedn destroyed and the rest has not been maintained properly (why would they), but Australia has only gone to the brink not quite over the edge yet.

For those who still don’t understand the energy situation, let me repeat what I said recently: In the past, major failures in Australian electricity supply have been caused by natural events such as bushfires, cyclones and storms (find ‘Australia’ in https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_major_power_outages). The present crisis came about with no natural event and it comes from within the system itself. The main things that have changed within the system are the removal of reliable coal stations and the introduction of a lot of unreliable renewables. You CANNOT replace reliable power with unreliable power and still have reliable power. That is today’s problem in a nutshell.

Steven Candy
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 16, 2022 4:31 pm

Mike, you hold out some hope for us Aussies who have not been infected with the AGW-panic mind virus turbo-charged by the Green religion, and the schrill left-wing/AGW alarmist narrative in the media (ABC and the rest versus Sky where sanity breaks through eg Outsiders). However, the Labour Government of Albanese (elected with the lowest primary vote ever) are beholden to the Greens in the Senate with Aussies electing 12 Greens! Crazy, crazy… the Green’s policies would be an abominable disaster for this fair country. BUT we elected them; loop back to mind virus/religion/media bias.

Steven Candy
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 16, 2022 7:01 pm

The other possibility is enough Aussies use their commonsense to note the Before vs After natural experiment and its outcome variables of power prices and reliability, that is “Before” intervention (i.e. Impact factor) where the grid was supplied by fossil fuel generated power with some hydro from the Snowy Mountain Scheme and Tasmania and “After” of the rush to renewables/defund new & close existing coal-fired power stations. If we want to do the whole BACI design we have China as the Control (i.e to control for non-intervention confounders). If we combine price and reliability by adding the cost of blackouts to industry/residential etc to the price per MgWH as the outcome variable then we have a full BACI design which can be replicated eg India, California etc. I am a bit into BACI designs at the moment (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360559335_A_comment_on_'Can_virtual_fences_reduce_wombat_road_mortalities_Are_severely_under-_powered_studies_worth_the_effort)

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 17, 2022 4:02 am

 If Anthony Albanese doesn’t pick up on that then he is toast. And I think (and hope) that he will pick up on it.”

Nah. The green politicians of today are like the old stubborn farm mule needing a 2×4 between the eyes to get his attention. Something like old folks dying from lack of heat/air-conditioning, hospital patients dying when the grid is offline and the backup generator dies (no diesel fuel to be had?), medical patients at home dying when the grid goes down (home dialysis, breathing machines, etc), food/medicine shortages due to grid failures affecting residential and commercial refrigeration, etc.

whiten
June 16, 2022 2:46 pm

Think that some still like it. loudly… 🙂
Somehow… hopefully outside the clause of jealousy… fingers crossed.
🙂

‘Alice Cooper – Poison’
Nice, and strong, mates. 🙂

cheers cheers

cpratt@telusplanet.net
June 16, 2022 2:51 pm

I don’t necessarily blame the politicians for these messes – I blame the voters. How exactly did the Aussie (who I thought were independent thinkers) elect an idiot such as this or his party? Canada is the same with Trudope

Editor
Reply to  cpratt@telusplanet.net
June 16, 2022 4:21 pm

Australia put Scott Morrison into government three years ago to do things which he then did not do. So this time, they voted him out. The real power of democracy is not to put in a government they want, it is the power to remove a government they don’t want any more. Anthony Albanese is simply the current beneficiary of the democratic system. There is another vote in three years time.

Robert of Ottawa
June 16, 2022 2:54 pm

Who gave the Aussie PM the dictatorial power to tell people what to do?

Duker
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
June 16, 2022 7:45 pm

Power companies can and do sell their power to whom they like. Grid stability means their is a regulatory body to handle the voluntary spot market price and quantity.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
June 16, 2022 11:48 pm

Who gave the Aussie PM the dictatorial power to tell people what to do?” Aussies not insisting on Constitutional protections for individual rights.

David McKeever
June 16, 2022 2:55 pm

As Ayn Rand liked to emphasize, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Andy Espersen
June 16, 2022 3:00 pm

“I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment. Perhaps WUWT readers can help?”

The best way for you to react, Eric, is to hold your head and laugh. Then go out and do your gardening.

Editor
Reply to  Andy Espersen
June 16, 2022 4:42 pm

The right word:- NUTS
(No Use Thinking Straight, No-one Understands The Situation, just kNuckle Under To Stupidity)

glenn holdcroft
June 16, 2022 3:04 pm

We can put more nails in the coffin faster than you .
So there .

Art
June 16, 2022 3:13 pm

“Canada is aiming for a reduction of 40% by 2030 from 2005 levels, while the United States has a target of up to 52%.”

Yeah, like anybody actually believes that’s gonna happen.

James Fosser
June 16, 2022 3:27 pm

The present Prime minister appears to have overlooked the small fact that there before 2030 there will be a General Election in 2025 and another in 2038. The damage him and his government will cause will give them a very small chance of winning either of these.

Dennis
Reply to  James Fosser
June 16, 2022 9:49 pm

Remember that the PM and many of his Cabinet Ministers have no private sector business experience, but arguably worse than that, they served in the Rudd, Gillard and back to Rudd Labor Federal governments 2007 to 2013.

Often referred to as chaotic, dysfunctional and incompetent governments.

Brian
June 16, 2022 4:27 pm

The actual situation is that the energy providers will be paid by the AEMO about 90% of an agreed price at a later date. In the end the taxpayers still pay.

Geoff Sherrington
June 16, 2022 7:12 pm

Much is being said just now about the powers and functions of AEMO, the Australian Energy Market Operator, the body said to have forced electricity generators to sell below cost.
AEMO was set up by a body named COAG, Conference of Australian Governments, a mix of Federal, State and Local Governments. Soon after its election on 21st of last month, the new federal Government on 2nd June changed COAG to NFRC, National Federation Reform Council.
COAG becomes National Cabinet | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (pmc.gov.au)

Nowhere in the Australian Constitution can I find an authorisation for a body like NFRC to subsume the usual business of governments Federal, State and Local.

Those with skills in Constitutional law should examine if the old COAG was established legitimately and whether its actions should be overturned. (COAG seems to take away much of the ability of elected politicians in opposition parties to be heard. This seems contrary to the spirit of the Constitution).

Fundamentally, it is the new NFRC that will be leading the way for the demolition of the fossil fuel industry. Energy companies, particularly explorer/producer companies for coal, oil and gas are the target, yet they do not appear to be vocal.

Geoff S

Walter Sobchak
June 16, 2022 7:30 pm

“I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment. Perhaps WUWT readers can help?”

The word is chutzpah. The definition of the word is the audacity required for an man who murderers his parents in cold blood to ask for mercy because he is an orphan.

Craig from Oz
June 16, 2022 9:06 pm

It said it was “impossible to operate” due to the shortfall in supply being blamed on a number of reasons including generators being offline, an upward in usage due to winter and international pressures such as the Ukraine war.

The Ukraine War is affecting power supply in Australia? Cause… Australian power runs off Russian fertilizer? A global shortage of Ukrainian Thots?

Yup. That makes sense.

Dennis
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 16, 2022 9:51 pm

NSW Minister Green apparently believes in the same fairies at the bottom of the garden that the Greens consult.

Tombstone Gabby
June 16, 2022 9:22 pm

AEMO “Fuel Mix” for South Australia at 0830, June 17, 2022.

Gas 87%, Solar and Wind 3%, the balance being imported from Victoria.

“Fuel Mix”, SA, at 1410, June 17 2022

Gas 77%, Liquid Fuel 7%, Solar 13%, Wind 2%, and Exporting 280 MW to Victoria.

https://aemo.com.au/energy-systems/electricity/national-electricity-market-nem/data-nem/data-dashboard-nem#nem-dispatch-overview

(“Weather-dependent” energy. Bah Humbug.)

ATheoK
June 16, 2022 10:23 pm

Sméagol, He is also called Gollum, a name known to Frodo.

Sméagol
Killed his cousin Déagol, to steal the ring Déagol found, which Sméagol claimed as his birthday present.
Lurked in very dark places.
Killed and ate raw other sentients.
Is a dual personality.
One of Sméagol’s personalities is truly psychotic while the other personality was ingratiating and showing some desire for peer relationships.

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Zane
June 16, 2022 11:43 pm

It ain’t gonna be easy
Livin’ under Albanese.

Zane
June 16, 2022 11:45 pm

Australian voters bought the ticket.
Now they get to take the ride…

Patrick MJD
June 16, 2022 11:49 pm

Australia: The stupid country. I have had no blackouts yet but I don’t use much power anyway, my most expensive power bill in the last 2 and a bit years was ~AU$190 for the quarter. I still tell friends of mine when they complain about their AU$800+ power bills is to turn stuff off at the wall as it will only get worse.

Dennis
Reply to  Patrick MJD
June 17, 2022 12:23 am

I am in. a single person household with visitors maybe a weekend a month and my last electricity account was $265.00 for the quarter

Patrick MJD
June 16, 2022 11:53 pm

I am utterly astounded Albo won the federal election. This guy is a complete moron.

Dennis
Reply to  Patrick MJD
June 17, 2022 12:17 am

Preferential voting system, Labor received fewer primary votes than the previous government at the last election, and therefore gained just enough seats to form a new government.

During the election campaign and faced with daily media questions he should have been able to answer, but couldn’t, he only appeared with colleagues who could answer the questions. And now as PM he still refers questions to his Cabinet Ministers after giving a simplistic personal response.

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Hartog van den Berg
June 17, 2022 1:53 am

Not 42.9 and not 43.1 but exactly 43. Climate ‘science’ is so precise!

Zane
June 17, 2022 4:20 am

Albo is a good name for a clown, or maybe a guy who drives one of those ice cream vans.

H.R.
June 17, 2022 4:38 am

“I’m struggling to think of the right word or phrase to describe, to truly capture the incoherence of this moment. Perhaps WUWT readers can help?”


Eric, I think I’ve got it. “Share the fantasy.”

I can’t recall the comedians name and a search hasn’t turned it up for me, but the guy tells a bizarre story, and in several places during the routine the punchline is “Share the fantasy.” I believe it’s from the ’80s and he was a Brit.

It is also a famous Chanel No.5 commercial, which is all fantasy.

Anyhow, the phrase captures the green schemes and solutions and the desire of those who push the green energy insanity.

The only improvement I can think of is “Share the fantasy… or else.” That includes the inner Fascist part of the impossible solution to a nonproblem.

observa
June 17, 2022 5:44 am

With the penetration of unreliables now we simply do not have the storage for what’s already existing in the system and Bowen and Labor are trying to slither around that-
Coal and gas have been ‘demonised’: Greenwood (msn.com)

Ross Greenwood spells out their dilemma quite clearly and they can’t obfuscate or hide from it. The climate changers have to fess up they got the cart before the horse with unreliables dumping on the grid but to do that they have to come clean about the cost of 24/7/365 solar and wind power with the correct frequency and voltage.

Olen
June 17, 2022 7:37 am

Sounds like Biden wanting coal power producers to compensate for his mistakes.

John Teisen
June 17, 2022 10:16 pm

In light of the current nonsense going on in Australia, i.e., “we want power but don’t want coal or gas fired power stations, (or nukes for that matter)”, any responsible power generator in Australia would close up shop, shut down their generators, or blow them up, and go to China or India where they are wanted. Leave the the super-green Aussies to their own devices.

In fact Australia’s coal-fired power generator businesses are doing that very thing, albeit slowly. All coal-fired power plants are being closed down one by one. Only minimal maintenance is being carried out, and no new power stations are being built. Soon there won’t be any fossil-fuel power generators left in the country.

But don’t worry about that, Australia. You have windmills and solar panels. They’ll see you right.

Hivemind
June 17, 2022 11:49 pm

“the right word or phrase”

Has anybody tried the good old reliables?
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