You might have seen the appalling comments from Australia's Prime Minister yesterday. He was doing a good imitation of Malcolm Roberts. They both linked the worst storm in living memory in South Australia with renewable energy, and not in the manner one would expect.
|Australia's Prime Minister and his act of political cowardice. September 2016|
What you'd expect is that our political leaders would view the storm and statewide blackout as a stark reminder that we have to hurry up and reduce carbon emissions. Instead Malcolm Turnbull, in an incredible display of political cowardice, turned his back on Australians and all of humanity and used it as an opportunity to say we've got to slow the shift to renewables.
Yes, it was wind power that caused the blackout. The wind was so strong that it collapsed something like 20 high voltage electricity towers. These aren't the normal poles and wires you see in the street. We're talking about those massive steel constructions that support high voltage electricity wires, delivering power to substations and then throughout the nation. (I'm not aware of any wind turbines collapsing. Even had one done so, it wouldn't have caused a blackout.)
Why Malcolm Turnbull, our Prime Minister, used the event to slam renewables is something for other people with better resources to investigate. Is he now just a puppet of the coal lobby? Did the coal lobby do a deal with their allies in the Liberal-National coalition and did they broker a deal with Malcolm Turnbull?
Thing is, renewables if implemented properly will help avoid situations like this in the future. (One of the first places back on line was powered by wind power.)
Betrayed by a lack of leadership ... political cowardice
Back in 2010, in the Deakin Lecture, Malcolm Turnbull said:
We live in a continent that is uniquely challenged by climate change. We live in a dry continent that is becoming drier, and hotter, in the Southern part where most of the population lives – and we have witnessed that. We have seen the last decade, the hottest decade on record; the next hottest was the one before that, the next hottest, the one before that. Climate change is real, it is affecting us now, and it is having a particularly severe impact on Australia. And yet, right now, we have every resource available to us to meet the challenge of climate change except for one: and that is leadership.
Our efforts to deal with climate change have been betrayed by a lack of leadership, a political cowardice the like of which I have never seen in my lifetime before. ...
Now it's Malcolm Turnbull who has betrayed the nation by his acts of political cowardice, a kowtowing to the fossil fuel lobby, the like of which I would never have expected to see from him. This is a man who people could have elected to lead the nation on climate change. A man who has turned his back on Australians, turned his back on science, and is being embraced by the wacky man of the same name, Malcolm Roberts, who tweeted that South Australia's climate change policies caused the storm (or maybe the blackout)!
Call me utterly dismayed and disgusted.