Have you ever found yourself stuck in a broken down elevator? I have and it’s absolutely bloody terrifying. The claustrophobia; the rising heat; the shortage of air; the gnawing fear that something even worse might happen – a fire, say – before the rescue services have time to reach you…
Well, in the South Australian blackouts this week a lot of people had exactly this nightmare experience. Others found themselves on trains that suddenly stopped, or stuck on aeroplanes unable to disembark, or gridlocked in traffic, or stuck in their homes without TV or refrigeration or air-conditioning or hot food or heating or internet or any way of discovering what was happening in the outside world.
In Third World countries and war zones, people get used to this kind of thing. But the idea that such a state of affairs should apply in country like Australia is absurd beyond measure. Not as absurd or outrageous, though, as the disgraceful fact that this was a largely man-made disaster brought about by government green energy policy.
This graph from Stop These Things tells the story better than words can:
Yep. Jo Nova quite rightly says that we should remain cautious until the full facts emerge. But does look quite likely that power surges from those wonderful wind turbines championed by green activists and shyster politicians alike from Ontario to the US to Germany to the UK may have crashed the entire grid network of a whole Australian state, populated by 1.7 million people.
As Stop These Things puts it:
The price of living with ‘PEC’ – ie trying to run on sunshine and breezes – is paid for with wrecked electrical appliances and – when the system shuts down to protect itself from wind power surges and collapses – the failure of whole local systems.
PEC by the way – it stands for Power Electric Converter – is the fancy local euphemism for wind and solar energy.
Clearly, lots of South Australians were very impressed by the sound of it when they voted in their current Labor government, led by one Jay Weatherill and including Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis who has successfully made their state the most eco-friendly in all Australia. Wind power comprises an astonishing 40 per cent of South Australia’s energy capacity.
Perhaps they’re less impressed now they’ve seen what “clean energy” does. (When it’s not slicing and dicing avian fauna; and blighting the landscape; making people sick with headaches, palpitations, insomnia, heart problems, anxiety attacks, raised cortisol levels; driving up electricity prices to eye-watering levels; and sucking up subsidies for a few lucky landowners and green troughers while everyone else has the extra cost dumped on their electricity bills).