We pay a fortune for renewable energy when we should be exploiting fossil fuels

Sens. Matt Canavan and Ian Macdonald with ‘Don’t take my coal job and I won’t take your soy latte’ stickers. Sally Rugg via Twitter

QUEENSLAND must set itself up as the “cheap power” capital of Australia to make the most of our abundant resources and kickstart our economy.

Forget “green energy” – until the technology to make it viable is invented – let’s withdraw from the Paris Agreement and let’s throw open the doors to business.

Why should we allow other countries to dictate how we power our industry and economy? Especially when Australia’s CO2 emissions are about 1 percent of the global total?

We should be extracting coal, gas, coal seam gas, oil and uranium and reaping the bounty of cheap energy and lower power bills.

Mines mean jobs, jobs mean taxpayers and consumers, and fossil fuels mean lower bills for everyone.

And our environmental and safety rules mean there are few better places to set up mines.

Cheaper power will attract even more businesses, so that will mean more jobs and greater prosperity.

Petrified politicians kowtow to the UN and to green groups peddling unprovable prophecies of questionable scientific origin.

The result is that our power bills have doubled in the past 10 years and will only continue to go up astronomically under the latest findings by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, urging us to rely more on unreliable, intermittent renewable energy.

The Institute of Public Affairs recently reported that Australia’s wholesale electricity price, largely provided by coal was between $30 to $40 per megawatt hour between 2000 and 2006 before rapidly rising to over $100 in 2017 as heavily subsidised solar and wind power started pushing gas and coal out of the market.

While Finkel has now become the new poster boy for the green energy lobby with his statement, he’s also the man who said studies of coal seam gas “fracking” sites worldwide showed no evidence that well-managed fracking contaminated groundwater.

Political commentator Andrew Bolt followed up in 2016: “ … a report for the NSW Chief Scientist reviewed the evidence from 2.5 million fracking wells around the world and failed to identify a single case of one contaminating groundwater.”

The Greens didn’t want to know Finkel’s opinion about fracking back then but now that he has given a nod to global warming and a financially disastrous lurch towards renewable sources, he’s suddenly back in vogue.

No more proof is needed that those who scream loudest about accepting “the science” are only willing to accept the science they agree with.

The area of Queensland is 185 million hectares. Adani’s Carmichael Mine will cover about 28,000 hectares … or 0.015 percent of the state.

The green lobby tries to make us believe this veritable pinprick on the map is going to directly destroy the entire state’s environment, and indirectly that of the whole world.

But you could have 66 Carmichael mines and still only cover less than 1 per cent of Queensland.

We should rake in the billions of dollars on offer to build better roads, improve our schools, pay teachers and nurses more, and eliminate the Queensland Government’s $36 billion in debt.

Unfortunately, too much of the voting public and lazy, scared politicians have succumbed to relentless green brainwashing, and we are paying a high price for that propaganda victory. While wages stagnate, costs of living soar, and now green groups and politicians insist that families pay more for the necessity of electricity.

We’re being sold a lie that renewables are the only way, but Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, suggests in a recent report that our use of fossil fuels has staved off our extinction from not enough CO2.

Australia’s actions will not impact global temperature one iota, but they will reduce your standard of living if we continue on the renewable path.

One reader suggested dumping all subsidies for power companies and letting the public choose what sort of power to buy. Exposing renewables to the savagery of the open marketplace will cause their instant death, but you can’t blame people for turning to better alternatives.

Even the RACQ this week showed that the costs of running a Tesla electric car are $25,000 a year compared to the cheapest petrol car at $5000.

The numbers just don’t stack up in favour of abandoning coal, oil, and gas, not to mention the grid would destabilise if required to rely too much on renewables, causing blackouts.

The greenies peddle a dream that is, in fact, a nightmare for businesses and working families. The evidence is everywhere, yet our politicians refuse to see it and we pay the cost.

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