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Australia to become “clean energy superpower”. Just like self-bankrupting Britain?

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Net Zero is an economic suicide pill

The craziest story of the last few months must be the shenanigans at Chinese-owned ‘British’ Steel. In order to reduce the company’s carbon emissions to save the planet from non-existent ‘global boiling’, our useless fake Conservative government is giving ‘British’ Steel’s Chinese owners around £500m of our money to close down its blast furnaces, replace them by supposedly ‘environmentally-friendly’ electric arc furnaces and, in the process, fire over 2,000 skilled British workers. A cynic might wonder how much effect the closure of these blast furnaces will actually have on the Earth’s climate.

When questioned about the ‘wisdom’ of this, the business and trade secretary, Kemi Badenoch (real name Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch), laughably claimed: “The UK government is backing our steel sector. This proposal will secure a sustainable future for Welsh steel and is expected to save thousands of jobs in the long term.”

The only possibly amusing part of this disaster is that the Labour-supporting unions are beginning to see the catastrophic real-life consequences of their party’s (Ed Miliband’s) Climate Change Act on what little is left of the British economy, “This deal will have devastating consequences for jobs and workers,” said Gary Smith, the general secretary of the GMB. “It will rip the heart out of the Port Talbot community.”

I’d like to write more about this, but the stupidity is so mindbogglingly obvious, there’s really not much more that can be said.

Australia to become renewable energy superpower

This leads on to a rather entertaining (for all of us who have given up any hope of having intelligent politicians) story from Down Under. Our UK politicians are forever telling us that by abandoning cheap, reliable coal and gas energy and replacing it with unreliable and expensive supposedly ‘clean renewables’ like wind and solar, Britain will somehow become a “clean energy superpower”.

Our Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has said: “We need to move further and faster to transition to renewable energy, and I will ensure the UK is at the forefront of this global movement as a clean energy superpower“.

And here’s a quote from the Labour Party’s current 2024 promises to Britain: “Labour’s fourth mission in government will be to make Britain a clean energy superpower. We will make energy cheap and secure, so that the British public never again face spiralling bills; boost jobs and investment in every region and nation of the country; and grow our economy from the bottom up and the middle out.”

Of course, this is complete nonsense. As I have shown in previous blogs, the more renewable/clean energy a country relies on, the higher its energy costs and therefore the less competitive its industries are. You don’t need a PhD in economics to understand that. So the phrase ‘clean energy superpower’ is a brobdingnagian-sized oxymoron. If you have gloriously cheap, reliable fossil-fuel energy, you can become a superpower like China. If you are reliant on hideously expensive and unreliable supposedly ‘clean’ energy, you bankrupt your country.

Well, it appears that our friends from Down Under are making the same ludicrous promises to their long-suffering population as their few remaining industries are crushed by Australia’s ever-more-clean, ever-increasing energy costs.

As Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy recently explained: ‘Our Government is laying out the roadmap for our nation to become a renewable energy superpower’. And the Australian Treasury proudly announced: ‘The Albanese Government’s second Budget will help to unlock Australia’s potential as a renewable energy superpower with significant investments in clean energy industries and jobs’.

Below is a link to a short (4 minutes) video. I quite like this guy’s commonsense take on the whole clean energy catastrophe.

You’ve got to laugh, otherwise you’d cry:

3 comments to Australia to become “clean energy superpower”. Just like self-bankrupting Britain?

  • Ian J

    My understanding is that these ‘new’ arc furnaces cannot make steel from the raw materials, but merely recycle existing steel, transforming what remains of the workforce from steelmakers to steptoes. What a way to run a country!

  • david craig

    I think you’re right. And I have also seen somewhere that the arc furnaces can’t make high-quality steel. So that will have to be imported from where – China?

  • A Thorpe

    We are living in a lunatic asylum and this is only one example. A bit like Midnight Express – we all have to walk the same way round the pillar and so far it is going well. If we don’t we are a bad machine that has to be eliminated.

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