No power for the people

Caption: A Greens politician reacts as poor people have their elecricity disconnected.

Many years ago, Australian rock band This Is Serious Mum responded to a question regarding their solidarity with the working-classes: “Certainly TISM would support the proletariat – if only they weren’t suck fucking peasants”. Typically TISM, the retort had a cutting-edge to its humour: skewering the hypocrisy of middle-class, university-educated leftists who mouth platitudes about “the workers” at the same time that they openly despise the “deplorable” hoi polloi.

Even today, the left babble about “fairness” and “equity” – all while they pursue right-on watermelon nostrums that cripple working-class households. Quote:

We…know from the recently released annual report on the performance of the retail energy market by the Australian Energy Regulator that “more … households are experiencing difficulty paying their power bills”.

One shocking revelation was that low-income households in South Australia on standard offers are spending more than 11 per cent of their disposable incomes on electricity. The highest rate of electricity price rises in 2017-18 was 22 per cent in South Australia for those on standard offers and close to 23 per cent in the ACT for those on market offers.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a sharp jump in the number of disconnections as well as the number of customers entering into hardship programs. End of quote.

The situation’s so bad that sometimes the whole state gets disconnected at once. Quote:

But how do electricity prices in Australia compare with overseas?

…Australian households and businesses routinely pay two to three times as much as their US counterparts. Energy in the US also is more reliable and the pricing arrangements are more transparent.

In the past decade, average power prices in Australia increased in real terms by about 70 per cent for households and businesses. In the US, real electricity prices for households stay­ed essentially flat; those for indus­trial users dropped by 10 per cent. When it comes to gas, the picture also is alarming. Australian manufacturers are being charged almost 50 per cent more in real terms than they were a decade ago, whereas manufacturers in the US are paying nearly two-thirds less. The average real price of gas also has fallen significantly for US households. End of quote.

It helps to live in a country that isn’t slavishly wedded to the globalist wealth-redistribution scam called “climate change”.

It also helps to live in a country that didn’t experience the catastrophic misrule of the king of the leftist elite, Malcolm Turnbull. Quote:

Much of the blame can be sheeted home to highly defective policy settings imposed by states and territories, such as banning the exploitation of unconventional gas and setting renewable energy targets without requiring firmed back-up…the renewable energy target — large-scale and small-scale — is one of the worst examples of public policy intervention that Australian households and businesses have endured. The faulty RET settings — actually, having an RET at all — have been the bedrock of faulty policy more generally.

It is clear that the explosion of investment in renewable energy, spurred by the RET and state and territory government policies, has not led to the promised nirvana of lower prices. (My advice is to take all those claims of renewable energy being cheaper than fossil fuels with a grain — nay, a tonne — of salt.)…and the states and territories continue to act in perverse ways that put upward pressure on ­prices. But recognising the challenges is always the best way to start the journey. End of quote.

B-but, babble the Gaiaists, think of the emissions! As it turns out, Australians are suffering all this economic pain for nothing. Quote:

In case you are still wondering how we managed to get into this invidious pickle — from having close to the cheapest energy in the world to among the most expensive — consider this observation by Robson. During the past decade, carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in the US have declined at more than twice the rate of Australia’s emissions.

In other words, we have borne the pain of rapidly rising energy prices and have achieved much less than our US cousins in terms of emissions reductions. It is a clear case of wrong way, go back. End of quote.

But the Greens are one of the wealthiest voting blocs in Australia. Turnbull’s former seat – now occupied by the Watermelon Queen Kerryn Phelps – is the richest electoral in the entire country, home to the Harbourside Mansion set. They don’t have to worry about how they’re going to pay soaring electricity bills. They can afford to virtue-signal.

As for the rest of us working stiffs? Who cares about a bunch of peasants.


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