Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Where to South Australia? We have to wait for the Fed's New Energy Policy


South Australia has its State Election next month, on the 15th March. We have had 12 years of Labor Government mismanagement with Premiers Mike Rann and now Jay Weatherill. Its high time we had a Liberal Government and so followed new policies to achieve a more prosperous future for all, and not just trade unionists.

Little has been said in electioneering about how this new prosperity can be delivered. We are still reeling from the announcement that General Motors Holden will be gone by 2017 and there will be no more car manufacturing in the State. Earlier BHP decided not to expand the uranium mine at Roxby Downs, to make it the world's largest, due to low metal prices and their predicted future world financial situation. There are now more businesses closing down and shedding workers than there are, if any, starting up. So it's batten down the hatches and hope for the best.

There is little a new Liberal Government can do about the energy situation (except STOP any more wind farms) Our domestic electricity price (31 cents/kWhr) is more that double that of the USA and Canada and exceeded only by Germany and Denmark. This is a ridiculous situation and represents more than a 100% price increase in a decade, mainly due to former Premier Mike Rann's promotion of South Australia as leading the way with renewable energy (wind and solar), thereby preventing the world from cataclysmic global warming. The State Government and councils are still lumbered with this eco-religious nonsense which is not even mentioned in the lead up to the state election. The Liberal pollies are too scared to do so and possibly loose votes, and the Labor pollies wont mention it because they don't realize how stupid they have been to swallow all the warmist bunkum.

In July when Australia gets the new Federal Senate, which is more favorable to the Coalition, it should be possible to rescind Labor's Carbon Tax bill and so remove one lot of chains that are holding back development and investment in industry, agriculture and tourism. Next the Renewable Energy Target (RET) legislation will have to go (now under review) since it is based on the bunkum that atmospheric CO2 is a pollutant, which it definitely is NOT. So by the end of this year 2014, the economy will be moving ahead in the right direction and the new Liberal Government of South Australia with Steven Marshall as Premier, will be able enact new policies, including a new Energy Policy, that will see sensible development of our coal, gas and uranium resources, and the down grading of useless wind farms and pie-in-the-sky large solar and geothermal plants. A NEW DIRECTION TO PROSPERITY IS NEEDED.