We need fossil fuels

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Mike Hosking points out the scandalous truth that we are in no position to walk away from fossil fuels, and to do so is economic sabotage. quote.

We have another sad reality check for all the ideologues that dream of a day when our world is run by fresh air and daisies, and the ugly fossil fuels are banned from existence.

Genesis energy, the power company, owned in part by the government and by the state are importing coal.

And why would they be doing this? Several reasons, lake levels are down, we have a disruption to the gas supply, the South Island’s demand is up and Tiwai has ramped up their fourth production line. end quote.

We could produce our own coal, of course, in (hopefully) safe environments, but we are no longer allowed to because of a government that speaks to ideology before reality. quote.

Of course, this government hates fossil fuels, and is banning future licences to explore for oil. It’s prevented the West Coast from opening a coal mine that would have provided not just coal, but the jobs that go with it.

And all of his is based around the deluded belief that right here right now, we don’t need to rely on fossil fuels. Except, of course, we do. end quote.

I don’t agree with this government’s position, but even if they are right, they do not seem to realise that taking a slam dunk approach, rather than a controlled and measured shift from fossil fuels to renewables, will either bring the country to a grinding halt or will cost us a fortune. My biggest fear is that it will be both. quote:

Malcolm Turnbull lost his job over this stuff. He was so obsessed with the Paris climate change deal that he went down the same sort of track we are.

Then the price of power kept rising. South Australia, who could not run with the ideology fast enough, kept running out of power and having blackouts.

All the while the miners dug up coal sent it to India and China, who happily burnt it.

And here, the land not short of a coal mine or two, not short of the ability to extract the odd barrel of oil, is faced with having to import the stuff to keep the lights on. end quote.

Yes. If it seems deranged to you, that’s because it is. We are not exactly large emitters by world standards and there is almost nothing we can do that will make a difference anyway. quote.

And in that is your classic real world scenario, up against the hopelessly naive wonderings of the loonies, who don’t understand basic supply and demand.

We don’t all bike to work, we don’t all take buses, we don’t all compost, we don’t all recycle our cardboard. One day, maybe one day, hydrogen, water or solar will power our country, our economy, and our planet.

But right now it doesn’t, and not even close. end quote.

I respect everyone’s choice to do any of those things if they wish to but, to me, most of them are not practical. Try dropping the kids off at school on the back of a bike. quote.

The least we could be doing, if we need coal, is use ours. The least we could be doing is being honest enough to accept that all your Paris climate hot air, doesn’t keep the heaters on.

And if it doesn’t rain, we do need to use other means to drive energy.

And one of those means is coal.

And the fact we need to bring it in, is because we’ve bought more into the hype of things like Paris.

As opposed to the cold simple truth that the PC spin, has next to no real world credibility.  end quote.

Well said, Mike. Couldn’t have put it better myself. My biggest fear is that these ideological lunatics will drive our healthy economy into the ground – a sad situation that could take decades to fix.

I completely agree with Jacinda when she says that climate change is her generation’s ‘nuclear moment’. In the 1960s and 1970s, young people protested against a nuclear war that never actually happened. The similarities here are breathtaking.


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