Saturday, 22 December 2012

Climate Policies create Costly Electricity by Viv Forbes

The Carbon Sense Coalition accused politicians of crying crocodile tears about rising electricity prices. 

The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that current policies are designed to make coal fired electricity more expensive and they also force people to pay for more expensive options such as wind and solar power. 

Climate alarmists want to ration carbon fuels such as coal, oil and gas to reduce the production of the harmless invisible gas, carbon dioxide. This is supposed to make the climate cooler, stabilise sea levels, prevent bad weather, save polar bears and win the election.  

Coal produces 75% of Australia’s electricity. Another 15% comes from gas & oil/diesel – a total of 90% from demonised carbon fuels. To force people to use less carbon fuels, politicians have passed a mess of laws whose purpose is to make carbon-fuelled electricity prohibitively expensive 
Cartoon by Paul Zanetti

These policies have succeeded dramatically. Carbon taxes, renewable targets, market mandates, cross subsidies and costly red tape have made all electricity more expensive. They even legislated higher feed-in prices for electricity from domestic solar panels. And they now push smart meters so they can charge consumers even more for electricity when they need it most – during peak hours. 

But there has been no effect on global emissions – we pay more for nothing. 

Now politicians weep crocodile tears. They caused the high electricity prices but now discover that consumers don’t like it. When they are forced to admit it was another ghastly mistake, the solution is obvious: scrap all the costly and pointless laws that are increasing the price of our electricity. 

That would be a great Christmas present to help consumers balance their budgets.

Viv Forbes, BScApp, FAusIMM

Rosewood    Qld   Australia


  1. Spot on as usual, Viv.
    How can we STOP councils giving permission for wind companies to build costly wind farms: already we have over 28 wind farms in South Australia and power has reached 30+ cents/KWhour.
    The SA Labor Government thinks this is wonderful but not the people.

  2. This is an ABC rural report about the increase of costs bourne by vegetable growers from rising electricity prices thanks to the carbon tax. But take note of the single sentence that informs about how the dairy industry is faring from this same impost; "A report finds the input costs will rise this financial year, but the increase isn't as big as that faced by the dairy sector."

    Further down it sys, "He also says the cost of refrigerant gases has doubled, and vegetable growers are unable to pass on the costs to consumers."

    At the beging of this week I had my regular home kill butcher turn up and the cost of regasing his cold room is now $800. He did tell me the rise in cost for a 9kg of refridgeration gas due to the carbon tax.

  3. In todays, The Australian, there is an opinion article by Alan Moran called, Heavy hand of regulators promises pain on power.
    Copy & paste the article title into Google search to read the article in full.

    "The mix of carbon taxes, renewable requirements and other market interventions combined with government-determined increased spending levels on electricity networks have raised electricity costs and the all-important profile of electricity to consumers. This lays the ground for exercising political muscle on the cheap.

    The various interventions are forcing up the cost of electricity to consumers by requiring retailers to use high-cost green power, and incur a variety of management expenses thus reducing their profitability. The bitter harvest is one for the future."

  4. Another report of how the carbon tax is forcing up electricity costs for Australian food producers.
    From farmonline, Carbon tax 'absurd', interviews NSW Irrigators Council chairman Richard Stott.
    "NSW Irrigators Council chairman Richard Stott said his on-farm electricity costs have jumped significantly since the carbon tax was introduced on July 1 this year.
    But he said being “price takers and not price makers”, farmers can’t pass the additional electricity charges back down the line into the consumers of food products and other commodities they produce"

    ....."He said the carbon tax was making the cost of pumping ground water unviable, compared with surface water use.
    Mr Stott said irrigation farmers were also investing in on-farm projects to improve water use efficiencies, as pushed recently under the government’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
    But at the same time, the increased electricity charges and energy costs of that work were effectively decreasing water use efficiencies and making the task harder. "


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