Australia Closes Coal-Fired Power Plants: Hospitals Forced to Cut Power Use & Power Prices Rocket

This is what Aussie hospitals are facing.

Australia’s ‘inevitable transition’ to nature’s ‘wonder fuels’, the wind and sun are looking more like a transition to the Third World.

Rocketing power prices have seen tens of thousands of Australian families cut from the grid, no longer able to afford power at all.

And power ‘rationing’ of the kind one might expect in North Korea, Cuba or the USSR of old has beset a country which once enjoyed the cheapest power on earth; thanks to the winning combination of abundant reserves of coal and gas and politicians with their feet on the ground rather than their heads in the clouds.

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Madness and misinformation in renewables-land: South Australia

Hope foreign readers are enjoying the spectacle of a first world nation destroying its competitive advantage with renewables. Hope that helps you avoid the same fate.

Praise the lord, states without coal don’t have to load-shed-industry (because they don’t have much left):

The South Australian Treasurer is bragging that SA didn’t have to shed any industry load on Friday, but the coal state of Victoria did. Pull the other one:

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Three Reasons Trump Should Pull the Plug on Solar Tariffs

An expansive trade case has simmered on the back burner since April 2017 and is now finally on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk for a decision by Jan. 26.

The case involves two failing manufacturing companies—Suniva and SolarWorld—which have petitioned the government for globally applicable tariffs on inexpensive imports of solar cells and panels.

That petition has run the gantlet of comments, hearings, and analysis from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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Five Ways to Torment The Greens

Senator Di Natale’s recent call for Australia Day to be moved from January 26 reveals that he and many of his fellow Greens have seemingly few major issues to occupy their intermittently febrile minds.

Clearly, they need more topics to fret about, which they will enjoy for the virtue-signaling potential while cheering the sane rest of us by saddling them with so many concerns their monomaniacal minds won’t know how or where to begin.

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US Shift From Coal Is Eroding Job Opportunities In Rural America

The number of workers at rural coal and nuclear power plants is dwindling as energy companies face pressure from natural gas and green energy producers, according to a report Monday from The Wall Street Journal.

Utility employment is falling at unprecedented rates and eroding a stable source of well-paying jobs in rural areas, and placing more pressure on President Donald Trump as he attempts to fulfill promises to save blue-collar jobs.

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Green Energy Revolution A Flop: Fossil Fuel Share Of Total Energy Use Unchanged in 40 Years

The green energy revolution of the past 30 years has resulted in practically nothing. It’s been a flop. Fossil fuels remain as wildly popular as ever. In the 1970s, the big worry was that fossil fuels would soon run out, and so we should “use them wisely.” But in the 1980s, the risk changed to one of an overheating planet, and so we should not use them at all. —P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 12 January 2018

Cuadrilla’s controversial bid to frack for shale gas in Lancashire has struck a rare gush of good luck after tests unearthed “excellent” conditions for fracking. The tests also suggest a high natural gas content in the core samples, Cuadrilla said. —Jillian Ambrose, The Daily Telegraph, 13 January 2018

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Enviros Freak Out As Germany Makes About-Face On Anti-Coal Campaign

Cheers to Germany’s ‘climate chancellor’ for making a mess of a once well-oiled country.

Environmentalists are bemoaning Germany’s decision to abandon a nearly impossibly lofty goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent within the next two years.

Germany’s new coalition agreed to drop plans to cut emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, according to a report Monday from Reuters. Some critics believe the move is an embarrassing development for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was once dubbed the “climate chancellor.”

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Germany Is Dropping Its Global Warming Goals After Climate-Shaming Trump

Germany’s utopian dream of transforming itself into the world’s green powerhouse is collapsing as its political and media establishment is mugged by reality. The country’s climate obsession has turned into one of the country’s biggest political and economic handicaps, making Germany almost ungovernable.

Most remarkable: Germany’s failed and increasingly unpopular climate policies are at the core of the crisis. It also signals the collapse of Germany’s decade-old climate consensus.–Benny Peiser, Mugged By Reality, Germany’s Climate Consensus Is Collapsing,  20 November 2017

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You’ve Got No Mail: German Postal Electric Vans Fail In Cold Weather

Should I stay or should I go?

The online Die Welt/N24 here reports on how the German Post (Deutsche Post) put electric vehicles dubbed StreetScooters into action last summer with the high hopes of making mail delivery greener.

Months later it is emerging that things are not working out as hoped as a myriad of technical problems has emerged.

With winter weather in full swing, postal workers are finding out that they have to choose between turning on the heater are becoming stranded in the middle of the route because the vehicle’s battery has lost its charge, Die Welt/N24 reports.

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Emergency Costs For German’s Green Energy Transition Explode

Irregular and unpredictable wind and solar power are increasingly becoming a problem for Germany’s power grid. Utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year on emergency interventions to stabilize the national grid. That’s what the company announced earlier this week. The costs were thus about 50% higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and around forty percent higher than in 2015 (710 million). —Alex Reichmuth, Basler Zeitung, 6 January 2018

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The biofuel crony-capitalist revolving door

Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board.

To grow and prosper, this industry relies on subsidies and mandates that require steadily increasing volumes of diesel fuel from crops and other sources.

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Energy favoritism is clear in the hype for renewables

Energy favoritism now has become a bonafide topic of conversation in Washington, D.C. Where else but in our nation’s capital could energy subsidies and government intervention become a heated topic at New Year’s parties?

But it has energized by two potentially significant events breaking simultaneously. First are the federal tax bills that may or may not reduce subsidies to some energy producers.

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