When Woodside and BHP both argue that the best way to get carbon pollution under control is to introduce a carbon tax, one might consider that the Australian Government might think they should reconsider their previously held views. Both companies are huge generators of hydrocarbons.
The fact that the Coalition can’t bring themselves to pause and reconsider, particularly when it is only recently that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report suggesting that unless urgent action was taken to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses into the air and sea we are heading towards a climate disaster.
The Coalition Government is arguing instead that Australia should subsidise the building of coal fired power stations because they can provide secure base line energy. Turnbull’s desire to invest in hydro backup storage seems too green an idea for the current incumbents in Canberra. They prefer to argue that the only issues that concern Australians is the price of electricity and security of supply. Perhaps that is because they are aware when the lights don’t come on and they understand price.
The failure to look at South Australia’s storage batteries is beyond their capacity. They seem oblivious to the range of alternative renewable technologies which could be used as backup when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow. There are emerging technologies such as tidal, geothermal, algae and plankton forms of power generation. The cost of many forms of renewable energy is below that of new coal fired energy sources.
But Angus Taylor and the rest of the Morrison mindermasts would prefer to go the way of the Dodos by doing what they have always done. The sooner we are shot of them the better.
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