Putin Clobbers Murdoch

LESS than six months after News Corp launched its bizarre mission zero 2050 campaign to nudge Australia “on a path to a net zero future,” Russia’s Ukraine adventurism has razed it to rubble. You might remember the widely mocked wraparounds featuring orange-collared fossil fuel workers and their children – thrilled by the possibility of imminent unemployment and life in a ghost town. The push supposedly came from James Murdoch – miffed by the “ongoing denial” of climate change at News, especially during the hysteria attending the historically unremarkable Black Summer fires of 2020. The Murdochs didn’t get where they are on feelings, however.

Commercial pressures from advertisers were also cited by company observers. On 10 October, The Australian editorialised that not declaring a net zero target would mean the nation “stands accused of pushing against good citizenship and global opinion.” On 26 October, Scott Morrison obediently announced a commitment to that objective by 2050. What started as a corporate pivot had become cover for the government and a condescending dose of proselytism for its base.

It was a remarkably different leader in the flagship national daily earlier this week: “It is amazing how quickly the threat of war can bring clarity and urgency to cut through the contemporary fog of muddled Western thinking.” I’ll say. There follows incongruously I-told-you-so support for “security of energy needed for society to function” and applause for “extending the use of coal.” The latest “warning” from the IPCC is casually dismissed by the writer and held to be at variance with “the truth” about the futility of cutting emissions while China and India build hundreds of power plants. Thanks to Vladimir Putin – and the post-invasion catch-up being played in Europe, the US and Australia – the “ambitions paraded with fanfare” at Glasgow last year are now dead. It seems it took Putin to force Western governments to stop lying to their people. That’s how bad they are.

Having walked the Prime Minister and the Liberal Party down the garden path and well and truly off a cliff, the Murdoch boys are now scrambling manically to un-pivot their pivot. Yesterday, The Australian recapitulated the message with a cut and pasted Wall Street Journal editorial on energy vulnerability: Blocking “fossil-fuel development in Western democracies won’t keep carbon ‘in the ground’,” it declared. “It merely hands a strategic weapon to dictators.”

Correct but not just to nation-state dictators. Their corporate variants – billionaire bingers wolfing subsidies and vomiting woke – have been at war with base-load for several years. A Ukraine-driven conversion to obvious reality by his biggest media grubstaker is too little too late for Mr Morrison. Thanks to a half-smart net zero sell-out, his government is trapped in a pincer: sniped on the right by coal-fired minor parties and on the left by fantasy-fuelled climateers. Eraring and Liddell power stations weren’t destroyed by the Russians. They were shelled by an artilleryman facing the wrong way, coordinated by a spotter reconnoitring the wrong battlefield.

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27 Responses to Putin Clobbers Murdoch

  1. cuckoo says:

    the historically unremarkable Black Summer fires of 2020

    Remind me again how many bushfires we’ve had in the summers of 2021 and 2022? In Victoria it’s 0-0.

  2. jupes says:

    It took Putin to force the West to stop lying to its own people.

    Yeah nah. Maybe they are just pulling back a tad on the rhetoric in regard to ‘climate’, maybe, however bald-faced lying continues on just about everything else.

    Exhibit 1 – Biden’s State of the Union Speech.

  3. Buccaneer says:

    If renewables were really cheaper, the exclusion of russian fossil fuels would be no biggie

  4. Pommyal says:

    Scomo hopefully might realise keeping the fucking lights on might be a priority.
    I’m not holding my breath.
    The liberal party is a corpse.
    It’s over, they just don’t know yet.
    Just more proof that they’re not actually governing for Australians.
    SCUM

  5. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Climatistas are weeping into their soy lattes at the moment. Apparently some sort of war has distracted everyone from the latest IPCC report, which is even worser than we thought. How awful!

    Meanwhile the current satellite measured global temperature is exactly average.

    Yep, nothing much is happening, just the usual variations like the current la Nina pattern.

  6. rosie says:

    Macron can’t build his new nuclear power stations fast enough.

  7. Not Trampis says:

    You poor ignorant fool.
    Coal fired power stations do not make money during the day because of the solar duck curve. They only make money at night when demand is low. It is the market forcing them out of business. Only luddites complain.

    What Putin is doing is igniting the transition to renewables. Europe has been facing quite high gas prices. Frank Jotszo at the Lowy Institute can help you on that.
    That is what high prices do!!

  8. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    You poor ignorant fool.
    Coal fired power stations do not make money during the day because of the solar duck curve. They only make money at night when demand is low. It is the market forcing them out of business. Only luddites complain.

    You poor ignorant fool.

    Demand might be low during the night, but it still exists, and cannot be fulfilled by solar (which also has problems on cloudy days, where fossil generators must provide cover) or wind (when, as happens frequently, there is no wind). Get rid of fossil generators, and the Luddites will not be the only ones complaining. But you can always fall back on unicorn farts.

    What Putin is doing is igniting the transition to renewables. Europe has been facing quite high gas prices.

    It was a choice for Europe to face high gas prices, a different choice can be made at any time, when the pressure builds from the cold and hungry. Europe is already suffering from an excess of ruinables, and relies on nuclear to cover the many gaps in their delivery.

    The best solution is to put all forms of generation on equal standards of taxation, and provide no subsidies in any form.

  9. Lee says:

    It is the market forcing them out of business.

    If anything is forcing coal-fired power stations “out of business” it is heavy government (i.e. taxpayer) subsidies for ruinable energy.
    It is like one business or corporation absorbing losses to put their competition out of business – and when that happens they will immediately jack up their own prices.
    The only difference between them is that taxpayers (not a private business or owner) are paying to destroy the coal industry.

    Only luddites complain.

    Nothing like the complaining and gnashing of teeth from everyone, including the green luddite morons when the last coal station closes.

  10. Lee says:

    What Putin is doing is igniting the transition to renewables.

    Ah, so now you’re pro-Putin?
    LOL

  11. Tel says:

    If Putin thinks that he deserves favourable stories out of the Murdoch press, then he should jolly well hand over some taxpayer’s money … same as ScoMo does.

  12. Tel says:

    If anything is forcing coal-fired power stations “out of business” it is heavy government (i.e. taxpayer) subsidies for ruinable energy.

    The subsidies from the taxpayer are not insignificant, but the real factor is a thing called “LRET” … the thing that all of the mainstream press refuses to talk about.

    http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/RET/About-the-Renewable-Energy-Target/How-the-scheme-works/Large-scale-Renewable-Energy-Target/

    Most Australians have no idea how it works, or what’s going on there … in a nutshell they set some target, and then they force the coal fired power stations to hand over money to their renewable competitors until the target is reached. This back channel operates via a trade in certificates and is not listed in the AEMO spot price for wholesale electricity. That’s why the wholesale price appears so cheap, and also the main thing that is sapping the profitability out of the coal power sector. That’s why when you look at the wholesale price (typical wholesale price in NSW is about 8c per kWh) and compare with retail price (typical is about 25c per kWh) you can see what appears to be a massive markup … and yet the stock market shows that big electricity companies are not particularly profitable. Where is the difference hiding? Who filched the profits? That would be LRET … the unreliables are very expensive and the efficient coal generators must pay for those by purchasing certificates.

    In other words, the entire market has been massively rigged.

    The only difference between them is that taxpayers (not a private business or owner) are paying to destroy the coal industry.

    No … the coal industry is being forced at gunpoint to pay to destroy itself. I seem to remember it was John Howard’s idea … he was full of bad ideas.

    Astoundingly, if you have a very short cable (legally less than 1km although that’s a bit arbitrary and has yet to be tested in court) and you consume power from a coal fired plant, then you can skip all the middle-men, buy direct and wheeee avoid this secret industry subsidy. Then you can get cheap power … if you have all the right contracts in place with the generator, etc.

  13. Not Trampis says:

    No the best solution is to put a price on carbon which puts the negative externalities on the price. subsidies are a second best solution.
    gosh someone hasn’t heard wind is still blowing at night. It is one of the reasons SA is a net energy exporter to other states.
    It is also apparent no-one has a clue that a unit at a coal fired power station breaks down about once every three days. It is worse on very hot days.

    solar energy is much cheaper than coal fired power as is wind power. companies that own coal fired power station also own renewables. They are largely increasing their renewables because of cost which can be seen in any report to the ASX.
    RETs finish in 2030.
    Err no the price of coal fired power is over $40 Mwh. solar is much cheaper and is heading very fast to $30 by 2025. Wind is similar but possibly won’t make $30.

    A person who thinks coal fied power is cheap or reliable is simply an ignorant fool.

  14. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    No the best solution is to put a price on carbon which puts the negative externalities on the price. subsidies are a second best solution.

    Perhaps with your vast wisdom and knowledge, you can put a price on the negative externalities of ruinables. Start with the environmental impacts of mining lithium, cobalt and rare earths. Then cover the human cost of child slaves mining the cobalt. Then add in the pollution from processing the various minerals. Then the CO2 emissions from the steel and concrete for the bases of wind generators. Then the environmental costs of removing the worn out windmills, noting that while the concrete and steel can be recycled, the turbine blades cannot, but must be buried in landfill.

    Then do the same for the solar panels, also not recyclable.

    PS, ruinables are subsidised, please list the subsidies to fossil fuel generators.

    gosh someone hasn’t heard wind is still blowing at night.

    Gosh, someone hasn’t heard of wind droughts, which can be quite lengthy. But since you mentioned SA exporting electricity, don’t forget to add in the environmental costs of interconnectors.

    solar energy is much cheaper than coal fired power as is wind power.

    Their “fuel” might be, but have you taken account of their capital costs, and the costs of the extended distribution needed for widely dispersed generating systems? Just another of those negative externalities.

    A person who thinks coal fied power is cheap or reliable is simply an ignorant fool.

    Or has lived through the period when it was a reliable source of power, before highly subsidised ruinables took away their prime market.

    Stick to trying to teach apprentice bank tellers how to balance their cash at the end of the working day. It is probably a bit above your intellectual capacity, but not as far above it as anything involving engineering or technology.

  15. Tel says:

    Their “fuel” might be, but have you taken account of their capital costs …

    Leftists never take into account capital costs, they believe that all interest rates should be forced to zero (Keynes and the “the euthanasia of the rentier”), and anyone saving money, by whatever means, must be punished (the “Paradox of Thrift”) and besides that they always spend other people’s money (the public service mentality).

  16. Lee says:

    In a true free market world, with no outside inference from governments and no subsidies, ruinables wouldn’t last five minutes against coal and gas.
    I laugh when people slam governments for supposedly propping up coal, when they have been doing precisely that with ruinables for years!

  17. C.L. says:

    Astounding, Tel.

    Aren’t you grateful we have a Liberal government?

  18. Megan says:

    You poor ignorant fool.
    Coal fired power stations do not make money during the day because of the solar duck curve. They only make money at night when demand is low. It is the market forcing them out of business. Only luddites complain.

    The sheer, blind ignorance contained in those four sentences, if converted to a useful form of energy, would light up North Korea for a week.

  19. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    I realise that arithmetic is not your strong point, but you might like to look at the fuel mix section of this AEWMO link.

    https://www.aemo.com.au/energy-systems/electricity/national-electricity-market-nem/data-nem/data-dashboard-nem#price-demand

    Maximum demand in NSW is about 12000MW and base demand about 8000MW and there is already over 24000MW of installed wind and solar.

    Unfortunately, because solar and wind, being weather dependent, can never guarantee delivery, without fossil back-up, the lights would go out on a regular basis.

  20. Not Trampis says:

    some idiot simply does not understand what negative externalities are.

    If negative externalities are not internalised then guess who subsidises coal fired power.
    No don’t ask someone who has some idea.

    Yeah companies and analysts never take into account capital costs. This is possibly the most stupid statement you have ever made amongst the plethora you have made. What incredible ignorance.

    Yeah plants whose units drop out on average once every three days are reliable. How come AEMO is only worried about coal fired power stations ‘reliability’ every summer causing possible black outs.

    Dum dum, you do know AEMO has coal power constantly on because it is not dispatchable and solar plus wind power is switched off when supply exceeds demand.
    Ever wonder how batteries get energy??
    no don’t you will get a headache.

  21. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    If negative externalities are not internalised then guess who subsidises coal fired power.

    Well, we certainly know who subsidises ruinables! And their negative externalities are ignored, not internalised.

    Yeah plants whose units drop out on average once every three days are reliable.

    Your sentence construction weakness (probably the result of never completing pre-school) has failed you again. Unless you really mean to say that all fossil fuel generators drop out on average once every three days. Really, it makes one wonder how electricity was ever provided on a continuous, reliable, basis before ruinables came along. Fool!

    How come AEMO is only worried about coal fired power stations ‘reliability’ every summer causing possible black outs.

    Because they know that ruinables are not capable of providing reliable, continuous, electricity, and that therefore fossil backups are essential to cover that weakness? If, as you seem to contend, ruinables are now, with current technology, able to provide reliable, continuous, supply all day, all night, every day of the year, then AEMO would not worry about fossil fuel plants, because they would not be needed

    Dum dum, you do know AEMO has coal power constantly on because it is not dispatchable

    Stupid even by your low standards. Re-defining words to suit your ambitions is very Orwellian, which is probably why you do it.

    Ever wonder how batteries get energy??

    Ever consider why battery “pushers” only talk in terms of megawatts, not megawatt hours? Don’t think about it, your head will explode.

  22. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    My apologies. I had forgotten that someone who never completed pre-school needs to be coached in terms suitable for a pre-schooler.

    you do know AEMO has coal power constantly on because it is not dispatchable and solar plus wind power is switched off when supply exceeds demand.

    Dispatchable electricity is electricity that is available whenever it is needed. It is needed when someone, somewhere, turns a switch on, any time, day or night, sunny or not, windy or not. Constantly available coal power is immediately available when the switch is turned on. Intermittent power is not.

    Solar power is intermittent. It is not available during the night, and drops out randomly during the day if clouds pass between the sun and the solar collector cells. Wind power is intermittent. It is not available when the wind isn’t blowing, or is blowing too softly, or is blowing too hard. For these reasons, ruinables are not a reliable source of continuous power.

    Is that simple enough for your tiny, poorly developed, mind to comprehend?

  23. Buccaneer says:

    Wind turbine blades struggle to last 10 years.

    Of course the industry will tell you it’s 25 to 30 years but there seems a huge gap between what the industry says they can last and how often they are actually changed. Given the current proclivity of government to ban plastic shopping bags the subsidy of wind turbines seems a bit hypocritical.

  24. Lee says:

    More than 1,100 wind turbine blades have been buried in Wyoming alone since 2019.

  25. Buccaneer says:

    67 metres, 22 tonnes each No wonder NM never does evidence…

  26. MatrixTransform says:

    Ever consider why battery “pushers” only talk in terms of megawatts, not megawatt hours? Don’t think about it, your head will explode.

    I see non compos doesn’t understand the difference between power and energy

    what a complete mong

  27. Fireman Sam says:

    Remind me again how many bushfires we’ve had in the summers of 2021 and 2022?

    It’s alright now, the floods put the fires out.

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