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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

British academic: prepare for a “gloves-off” fight against coal and other fossil fuels.

When (is it never) that renewable energy sources can produce CHEAP power, that is the time that countries should accept those suppliers of energy. However, whilst renewables need to be subsidised, we should treat them as developing technology. When they can stand on their own without subsidies, we should include them in the mix.


Peter Coates, in today's Australian with the headline:

Fossil fuels remain a big part of the energy mix

reports
Last week a British academic gave the Australian gas industry some gratuitous advice: to prepare for a “gloves-off” fight against coal and other fossil fuels. 
Had the professor simply invoked the benefits of robust competition for productive efficiency and consumer welfare, his advice would be unremarkable. But it hinged on the dubious contention that fossil fuel companies have a limited opportunity to produce before climate change policies eliminate their markets. 
The claim that fossil fuels have no future has no empirical basis. (acs emphasis)
Peter Coates refers to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy  and says that it "shows just how large the gap is between the rhetoric of renewables and the facts of fossil fuels."
Last year, fossil fuels powered the world for the equivalent of 314 days, while renewables met 35 days of demand, or just 10 days if hydro-electricity is excluded. In the two largest energy-consuming nations, China and the US, fossil fuels accounted for 88 per cent and 86 per cent of total energy demand, respectively. Natural gas consumption in the US alone was twice as large as the energy generated by wind, solar, biomass and geothermal sources globally. 
In Australia, more than 93 per cent (gas 25.8 per cent, coal 66.5 per cent, oil 1.2 per cent) of electricity is generated from fossil fuels (2014 data).
As Peter Coates says, the demand for fossil fuels will continue to grow.

The Greens in Australia want 90% renewable energy by 2030. (Ed: any promises for 2030 by any party is a never-never promise. How many party leaders will be there in 14 years?)

Greens Leader Richard di Natale on his page announced:
In December, I joined Adam Bandt and Larissa Waters to launch RenewAustralia, our roadmap to deliver at least 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and drive employment, innovation and industries that will move our economy away from the industries of the past.
Drive employment? No, the report by Dr Gabriel Calzada Alvarez of the Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain shows that for every “green job” that is created another 2.2 jobs are LOST in the real economy. 

Industries that will move our economy.....? As renewable energy is SO much more expensive than fossil fuel energy, many industries have moved off-shore. Jobs gone, tax income gone, etc etc

Greens - FAIL


Renewables - FAIL






Peter Coates is the chairman of Santos, and a non-executive director of Glencore. The views expressed above represent his personal opinion. 

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