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“THE SICKLY GREEN TWINS”
by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, The Saltbush Club, ©2020
(Aug. 31, 2020) — To download this article with all illustrations click:
California leads the way to electricity blackouts, closely followed by South Australia.
They both created this problem by taxing, banning, delaying or demolishing reliable coal, nuclear, gas or hydro generators while subsidising and promoting unreliable electricity from the sickly green twins – solar and wind. All supposed to solve a global warming crisis that exists only in academic computer models.
Energy policy should be driven by proven reliability, efficiency and cost, not by green politics.
Wind and solar will always be prone to blackouts for three reasons.
Firstly they are intermittent, producing zero power when winds drops or sunlight fails.
Secondly, green energy is dilute so the collection area must be huge. Both solar panels and wind turbines are old technologies and now close to collecting the maximum energy from a given land area of wind and sun, so limited technology gains are possible. Wind turbines generate nothing from gentle breezes and must shut down in gales. To collect more energy the green twins must collect from greater areas using a widespread scatter of panels and towers connected by a fragile network of roads and transmission lines. This expensive, extensive but flimsy system is far more susceptible to damage from cyclones, hail, snow, lightning, bushfire, flood and sabotage than a big, well-built, centrally-located, well-maintained traditional power station with strong walls, a roof and lightning protection. Green energy also requires far more investment in transmission lines and inter-connectors that consumers must pay for, and the energy transmission losses are greater.
Where do we dispose of defunct and abandoned solar panel and wind turbine waste?
Greens also worship expansion of unmanaged forests which then threaten flimsy power lines with falling trees and raging bushfires.
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