Energy Policy: the meat grinder of the poor
The outstanding success of the South Australian government of giving their people the highest power prices in the world is going to be replicated around the country.
Even as the whole nation is looking on in amazement as Jay Weatherill continues to display his incompetence and make his government a global laughing stock, other state governments are looking at imitating his policies. This is a bit like watching your friend walk down an alley, getting mugged and saying, ‘this looks fine’ and wandering down after them.
In Queensland the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced in July that Queensland would follow the lead of South Australia and Victoria thereby guaranteeing that the state would join them in the ranks of the highest power bills in the world. To quote from the Brisbane Times:
“Queensland will have zero net emissions by 2050, under a plan to drive down carbon pollution announced by the state government. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the Queensland plan was necessary to help the nation implement the Paris Agreement.”
The term ‘carbon pollution’ actually refers to carbon dioxide (CO2) which is plant food. When any politician uses the term pollution to describe CO2 you know they’re up to something because pollution sounds bad; plant food sounds, well, normal.
“Releasing two documents, the Climate Transition and Climate Adaptation strategies, Ms Trad said the government had mapped a way to achieving zero net emissions by 2050.”
This map is essentially a pathway to South Australia’s border and the inevitable industry shutdown and unemployment that comes with it.
The balance of the announcement is littered with the normal buzzwords used by governments when attempting to pre-empt criticism of their latest vote buying scheme, ‘investment and innovation’, ‘drive investment’, ‘jobs of the future’, ‘children’, ‘vision’, ‘skills’, etc. etc.
Of course, no announcement such as this would be complete without the requisite photo op with climate entertainer Al Gore.
“Ms Trad will join a roundtable meeting of state governments and former US vice president and climate campaigner Al Gore in Melbourne later this week…”
What is it with these politicians and celebrities?
We’ve heard it all before and all it really means is much higher power prices for absolutely no gain as attested to by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel.
When asked by Senator Ian Macdonald what difference would Australia’s 1.3% contribution to global carbon emissions make if stopped, the answer was, ‘virtually nothing’, which is scientific speak for ‘nothing’. Jackie Trad has also linked this latest ‘please don’t vote Green in my seat’ scheme to The Paris Agreement. Remember that agreement that the United States isn’t part of (17% of global emissions)? And that China (27% of global emissions) can continue doing exactly what it was already planning on doing? That’s right, the Divine Church of Token Agreements that Achieve Zip with little old 0.3% of global emissions Queensland, destroying our economy to save Jackie Trad from electoral defeat. Self mutilation on an industrial scale in a desperate clinging to power. The cruellest part of the whole deal is that it is not they who will pay the day-to-day price for this electoral vanity. And this brings me to the main point: the most deeply impacted will be those least equipped to handle the skyrocketing costs, namely the poor. The very people that Labor claim to champion will be the hardest hit and ever is it so with socialist schemes. As George Orwell observed in Animal Farm with his analogy of Boxer the giant horse that represented the working class peasants of Russia and his maxims of ‘I will work harder’ and ‘Napolean is always right’. He carried the load of building, ironically, the socialist windmill. His strength was sapped until he breathed his last as he carried the workload of his master’s dreams.
So it will be with this scheme as it has been elsewhere, the poor will be the hardest hit. The wealthy can handle an increase in their power bills and still spend on the other things in life, the poor cannot.
Not only will this be felt directly through power bill shock, it will also flow into every other area of life, again hitting the poor the most. The cost of running a retail shop, a food outlet, anything manufactured, processed or delivered will increase. Government fees and charges will also rise as the CPI increases and the costs of all business’ increase. Jackie Trad and well-heeled union officials will be fine, they will still be able to indulge in discretionary spending and send their kids to dance classes, the poor will not. The answer of course will be more government handouts that will make the poor even more dependent on government largess, cause further tax hikes and further entrench the stratification of society.
For all of Bill Shorten’s talk of equality, any possible benefit that could come from his proposed measures will be wiped out in no time with this government lunacy. He will kick the poor out of the cruise liner that’s not sinking and into the lifeboat that is.
The cost of luxuries in Australia is either steady or dropping but the cost of many essentials is rising, most notably energy, housing and food and the last two are intrinsically linked to the first. Essentials, by their very nature cannot be avoided and it’s a cost that all must pay for basic existence.
To bring costs down the most important policy component is to introduce as much competition into the marketplace as possible and allow operators to utilise our energy resources unhindered by RET’s. Cheap and accessible power is essential to economic growth and economic growth is essential to lifting people out of poverty and increasing social mobility.
On the policy front the Labor party is wedded to this ideology like a condemned Roman criminal being chained to a decaying corpse. It’s a dead weight and its killing them but they’ve done it to themselves. There’s simply too much money and too much control at stake to surrender the ideology too easily. Minor parties are beginning to see this as the defining issue of upcoming elections in Australia. One Nation has announced a major energy policy measure to build new coal fired power stations in North Queensland. Recently Cory Bernardi outlined his intentions regarding power in an interview with Alan Jones:
CB: Well, Alan, you can build a gas-fired power station, a peak-load power station, relatively quickly. We have to provide assurances, and government needs to provide assurances, that anyone who wants to build a power station, whatever it is, we’re not going to subsidise it but we will give you the environmental conditions, the tick of approval, which will last for the longevity…
AJ: That’s right, but see, Cory, sorry to interrupt you, that won’t be competitive, commercially competitive will it? While the government subsidises renewable energy to the tune of billions of dollars.
CB: You’re exactly right, Alan, it’s three or four billion dollars per year for the unreliable wind and solar power. We’ve got to remove the subsidies from all power generation, freeze the rent where it is currently and say, “bring it on.” Anyone that wants to build a power station of any ilk, let them do it if it stacks up commercially. Because the more we have, the cheaper, more reliable power we’ll have for the people.
AJ: Absolutely right. Cory, if you and I were going into business separately, and the government was going to subsidise you, and not subsidise me, so you’re wind and I’m coal, you’re going to win every time.
CB: Every time, and yet we can dig up our coal, ship it off to India where it’s not used in the same clean manner that we are in this country, and that’s okay. It just beggars belief that we’re disadvantaging our own people because of this green theology and it is a theology. Governments of all stripes have swallowed it.
The LNP are in the mix with each way options but still incorporating measures that will unnecessarily increase prices. Once they see a significant shift in public attitudes they’ll drop the idea like a bag of bricks and move back into the sensible policy centre where normal Australians live. And from the look of things the electorate is shifting sooner rather than later. In a new Galaxy Poll commissioned exclusively for the Courier Mail, 47% of Queenslanders are blaming renewable for surging power prices. To quote:
Queenslanders are blaming renewable energy for their surging power prices, forcing them to cut spending on holidays, dinners and clothes to cover the costs.
Most Queenslanders have also backed a proposal for a new coal-fired power station in the north of the state to help drive economic opportunities and bring down prices.
The findings from a new Galaxy Poll, commissioned exclusively for The Courier-Mail, are a bitter blow for the Palaszczuk Government which has hotly pursued a 50 per cent renewable energy target and condemned the costs of new coal-fired power.
Labor is being caught in a pincer movement that is completely of its own making and is being caught between reality and even worse for them, public opinion. Once this starts to take effect, their options will become limited. Drop the policy and join everyone else in reality land would be the best choice. However, looking at their past performance in other jurisdictions the favoured option will probably be to follow Jay Weatherill, buy fossil fuel generators that can’t work in temperatures above 40 degrees and purchase huge Duracell batteries from global rent seekers.
All the while the costs continue to rise and the poor continue to be placed into the policy meat grinder by our ruling elites. For anyone interested in gaining political power, there has seldom been a greater gift offered than this.