Californians Need to Follow Australian Voters Who Reset Their Demand for Reliable & Affordable Electricity

Australian taxpayers forked out more than $320,000 for a Climate Week conference, where the former US vice president “communicated the urgency of the climate crisis”. The fear and scare tactics continue: What was formerly “global warming” and then “climate change”, is now a “climate crisis”.  Green/Labor brought in heavy hitter and Al Gore to “train” Australia’s “climate volunteers” and to “communicate the urgency of the climate crisis”.

Australia’s power plants compare unfavorably with China and India. Australia has 22 operating coal-fired power plants, while China, Australia’s biggest trading partner, has more than 1,000 coal-fire powered generating plants, and a further 130 under construction. India currently has 292 operating coal-fired power plants and 41 more under construction.

All the people in the electricity industry have been working their whole lives to provide economically affordable electricity to businesses to create jobs at the same time as providing reasonably priced electricity for homes. And to be arguing about whether or not we should have 50% or 100% renewables misses the point. Both major parties know we need natural gas, nuclear and hydro for continuously uninterrupted electricity.

The public is not being informed about the realities of a heavier reliance on wind and solar, as electricity costs in California has already risen to 50% above the national average for residents, and double the national average for commercial usage. In addition, Californians have very expensive fuels. The high cost of energy from electricity and fuels, is driving up the populations of poverty, homelessness, and welfare.  If we keep going down the renewable path we’re on, businesses and jobs in California will continue to go offshore and out of state.

In addition to closing its last nuclear plant in a few years, California is now beginning to close gas plants. The State has yet to find enough land to accommodate the renewable solar and wind farms needed to replace the loss of power generated from natural gas and nuclear, resulting in the need to import any electricity the state cannot produce.

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