Thursday, October 25, 2012

The wind farm SCAM in Australia and the USA

The monster storm engulfing the East Coast of the US demonstrates the stupidity of people relying on wind farms for electricity supply. Not only are wind farms uneconomic and supply only a dribble of electricity when and if the wind is blowing at a suitable speed, they are NOT WEATHERPROOF and can be wiped out by a storm or bush fire. In contrast, coal-fired power stations are very compact and provide the cheapest electricity and are WEATHERPROOF. They also release to the atmosphere valuable free fertilizer in the form of CO2. The idea that we should move to a low carbon economy is just eco-religious bunkum.

In Australia we are experiencing a continual rise in the price of electricity. My last power bill increased by 20% with a cost to consumers of 30 cents per Kilowatt hour. South Australia, where I live, also has the most wind farms of all States, 28 at present and no sign of it stopping since we have the incompetent Labor Government of Premier Weatherall.

In the USA the situation is similar with President Obama promoting wind energy where ever it is to his political advantage, irrespective of power costs to the consumer. In contrast, Mitt Romney sensibly promotes the use of carbon fuels, oil, gas and coal with the objective of the US becoming energy independent. Renewable energy sources, such as wind, are barely mentioned.

People are kept in the dark about the non-viability of wind farms and the SCAM involved. Two important articles on the subject are as follows:

US scene: "Twenty Bad Things About Wind Energy, and Three Reasons Why"

Australian scene: "Facts about "clean" energy. Wind and Solar are worse than coal"
Also "Myths About Renewable Energy"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A new Nuclear Power alternative for Australia

Australia has been unfortunate to experience at the State and Federal level a series of incompetent Labor Governments that have stuffed up the optimal use of our energy and water resources in pursuit of a false ideology or belief system that is anti-carbon and believed to "Save the Earth" from impending destruction.

This has resulted in the construction of many enormously expensive desalination plants (2 to 5 billion dollars, now destined to be mothballed), innumerable uneconomic wind farms (28 in Sth Australia alone), the earmarking our cheapest coal fired power stations to be closed down. The people responsible for these mad decisions should be arrested and charged with treason at least, or jailed for giving us a bum steer, as in Italy with scientists not predicting an earthquake (watch out Tim Flannery).

Development of nuclear power in Australia has been prevented by the Labor Party for political reasons (anti-nuclear policy is a vote getter among the uninformed). However, it has occurred to me a possibility that seems not to have been considered. That is the employment of floating nuclear power stations. These have been developed by the Russians for providing power to the Arctic shelf region where oil and gas resources are being exploited. Such nuclear power stations could be utilized in Australia and hopefully prevent any more useless wind farms being built.

Wikipedia provides a useful description of them. The first one, called "Akademik Lomonosov" was launched in 2010, and at least 7 are planned to be built by 2015. It is a nuclear power station barge of 21,500 tonnes and has two KLT-40S Nuclear Reactors (Icebreaker type) producing 70 MW electric or 300 MW heat power, enough for a city of 200,000 people. Also it could be modified as a desalination plant producing 240,000 litres per day. Some 15 countries have expressed interest in hiring such a device.

Perhaps it could make sense to hire one/some over our hot summer period of December, January and February and park it/them in the harbor of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide etc when electricity consumption is highest? Winter time it could be towed to the northern hemisphere to Tokio, or Los Angeles etc In future, I for see a specially designed nuclear power station ship providing say 500 MW power, available to be hired worldwide... something for the Americans to consider building. All we have to do to achieve a prosperous future is get rid of PM Julia's awful Labor/Green incompetent Federal Government so we can dismantle their obstacles to progress.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

South Australia ENERGY and WATER policies ... Concentrated madness.

Yesterday I got my quarterly electricity bill from Origin Energy and note with dismay a 20% increase, due to the charge rate going from 25 cents/KWH to now 30 cents, which is one of the highest rates in the Western world. The Labor pollies & bureaucrats smother us with spin explaining it is necessary and normal. What bunkum!

First defense is that it is due to necessary infrastructure repairs and development. Bollocks. This is a half truth twisted to cover their backside. The disastrous promotion of wind farms, (28 in South Australia so far) has meant a restructuring of the power grid which would have been unnecessary if there were NO wind farms, which is a superior state to be in. Each wind farm requires almost a 100% backup from conventional power stations, either gas or coal-fueled which have to be on standby for when the wind doesn't blow, which more often than not is during peak demand and heat waves. So you might just as well NOT build a wind farm since the backup has to be there running anyway. Alternatively, you could dig a hole and bury your investment money for same result.

South Australia has large coal and gas resources sufficient to last 100 years or more without worries. It is essential to rid the state of the present Labor Government which has shown itself to be so incompetent in energy management and water management. The ridiculous building of an unneeded 100 GL desalination plant & pipeline costing over $2 billion is a glaring example of their stupidity. Likewise is the Premier Weatheral promoting a nonsensical "healthy river" solution to the Murray Darling Basin plan. The major problem for the Basin is the SA Government's mismanagement of the Lower Lakes and their demand for them always to be fresh water no matter what the climate and cost. This is just eco-religious madness.

A PROSPEROUS Australia can only be achieved by ridding the country of the present Labor Governments, Federal and State, since they are driven by an anti-carbon belief system which is a nonsense scientifically. Next the RET bill must be rescinded or neutralised by changing the target date from 2020 to year 2200. The Carbon tax and mining profits tax must be eliminated in the first year of the Coalition Government lead by Tony Abbott.

What bunkum and spin Labor promotes trying to justify these new taxes which stifle our private enterprise and investment!! We must redistribute the mining wealth generated they say, forgetting that their misguided actions will kill the golden goose. It is much better to leave things as they were, since if and when there are "super profits" the benefits are distributed widely as dividends and capital gains to shareholders, including superannuation funds held by all workers throughout Australia. Regards to all. Allano