I knew someone would pick up on the fact that it was on 2GB... it was also in the Australian.
but at the same time NSW is closing reliable coal-fired power stations
The Libs are in power in NSW, so is it they closing down 'reliable' power stations OR is it private industry closing down 'reliable' power stations? Could you clarify please?
If it is either of the above you can't blame Bill or the Greenies for it.
If Mr Tomagao is genuinely worried about a reliable power source for the future, why is he targeting Bill then and not the NSW Libs or the private sector for these closures, which would seem to be a lot more imminent than Bill achieving his 50% target?
Or is he just parroting something he heard over dinner with his Liberal Party mates the other day, or maybe something he was force fed by the journalist from 2GB?
We have resident aluminum people on this forum who should be able to tell us if Matt Howell is correct or not.
I don't know why you're so against us having reliable, cheap base-load power in this country - for some reason it's become equated to destroying the planet when the coal we mine gets burnt anyway. It's the same planet you know; we're just depriving ourselves of the economic and social benefits of reliable electricity because of the magic, invisible carbon fairy.
Our decision not to burn coal here is not resulting in one ounce less of carbon dioxide emissions, it's just making our population suffer needlessly under the highest electricity rates in the world.
For the umpteenth time, but not always directed to the same naysayer, coal is NOT as reliable as imagined. Renewables are NOT entirely reliable either, but they are entirely PREDICTABLE; coal is NOT. Units trip out all the time, usually upsetting the grid when they do. As I speak Yallourn Unit 3 is still unable to be put back online due to continuing investigations into the death of a Unit Controller there last fortnight - something went wrong with an old 6.6kV breaker after it was racked in. Admittedly this is not specifically a coal issue but it goes to show that losing a single coal unit has a much larger impact than losing a wind turbine or a solar inverter.
Victoria's youngest coal fired generating unit is approaching 30 years of age.
Hazelwood was nameplated at 1600MW but barely ran over 1300MW in its final years. It was knackered. So is Liddell.
"Build a new one" you say. If it was worthwhile to do so, it would happen, but existing generators like AGL and Engie just want to get the hell out of it. Why? Click on the link for a clue:https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-stunning-wind-solar-and-battery-costs-the-coalition-refuses-to-accept-31985/
As for the weak "Other countries burn it anyway" argument, how about Australians create the right to bear arms so that we can shoot each other, or deny girls the right to go to school or women from driving or voting, or carry out female circumcision, or invade other countries and wipe out the indigenous population (oh wait...)...as stated, the argument is weak. If we send a lump of coal overseas to be burnt to provide electricity for a region in a developing country that doesn't already have it
, the benefit will be far greater to the people over there than if it was burnt here. Far greater. On the other hand we are decades ahead and are at the other end of the coal fired generation spectrum. So, if they are going to burn it, we have to make bloody sure that we don't so as well. We're smarter than that.