Delusional NSW Energy Minister Claims Wind & Solar More Reliable Than Coal & Gas

Australia’s power pricing and supply calamity is down to greedy renewable energy rent seekers aided and abetted by pliant and gullible politicians. And, on the latter score, there’s none more so than the NSW Energy Minister, Don Harwin.

Harwin, a sanctimonious windbag, is part of a small and insidious clique of Liberal politicians and lobbyists heavily invested in the renewable energy scam. His recent unhinged rantings sound more like what might be heard at a Green party RE love in, rather than what should be emanating from a Minister in a notionally conservative government, claiming the pretense of caring about industry, jobs and growth.

Among the complete and utter nonsense spouted about Australia’s self-inflicted energy debacle, Harwin made the ludicrous statement that wind and solar are more reliable than the conventional generation sources, gas and coal. Perhaps the sun never sets on Harwin? And he can never have seen a graphic like the one above: the output from every wind turbine connected to Australia’s Eastern Grid last month.

Here’s Alan Moran, keen to take the wind out of Harwin’s ample sails.

Liberal luvvies for higher power prices
The Spectator Australia
Alan Moran
20 December 2018

Politicians as targets of the French gilets jaunes are omnipresent in Australia and have, with their climate change-driven energy policies, created even greater economic damage than in France. Notwithstanding the disastrous effects from subsidising renewable energy, politicians’ hubris within the Coalition, ALP and Greens leaves most MPs convinced that renewable energy is the future. Debate is mainly centred on whether or not to double down on the harmful regulatory interventions that have undermined the coal generators that gave the nation its competitiveness and much of its prosperity.

The Gilets Jaune movement in France, rapidly spreading to other countries, stems from public revolts against the arrogance of the leaders that have been elected. The issue that has galvanised the French is government action to combat climate change, particularly its corollary of politically driven price increases for energy.

Many of these leaders who are the target of the demonstrations share similar career patterns. Starting with political activism at University they seamlessly move into working for a politician, thence into becoming themselves an elected politician, often parachuted into a safe seat, and from then on to ministerial office. All this is achieved without ever having had a real, productive job.

This describes NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin whose political agenda has been dominated by gay rights activism and who, as President of the NSW Upper House, supported a motion that described Mr Trump as ‘a revolting slug’ unfit for public office.

An associate of lobbyist and political fixer Michael Photios, Mr Harwin is an ardent advocate of denialism. He applauds the Paris Treaty which is underpinned by the global warming fraud with its failed projections of significant temperature rises, increased incidences of hurricanes, rising sea levels etc. And, grandly calling for his opponents to surrender, he announces, “We need to end the “climate wars” and put science, economics and engineering ahead of ideology”. For good measure, he unselfconsciously adds, “That’s why NSW wants a sensible emissions policy to be embedded in the National Electricity Law, outside the high drama of the “Canberra bubble”.

Above all, in lockstep with the renewables business of his patron’s current wife, Kristina Photios, Mr Harwin is a true believer in renewables, maintaining, in the teeth of factual evidence to the contrary, “the era of baseload coal is coming to an end, fossil fuel plants are not a guarantee of reliability, wind and solar offer the cheapest forms of new generation”. Not only does he mistakenly see renewables as cheap, he also believes that solar and wind, the electricity from which is, by definition “intermittent” and therefore undependable, is more reliable than those coal plants that provide 90 per cent of NSW’s power.

In the run-up to the energy ministers meeting in Adelaide yesterday, Mr Harwin sought to resurrect the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) with its barely hidden tax on coal and additional subsidy to renewables. In doing so he scored an op-ed piece in the Australian Financial Review and a doe-eyed supportive piece by that paper’s resident climate alarmist, Ben Potter. Mr Harwin claimed the NEG and a pie-eyed proposal for zero emissions in 2050 would give investors certainty. He is right in saying that a further round of the subsidies inherent in the NEG would help propel further investment in renewables but, like all other advocates of this poor-quality source of electricity, he cannot explain why, if it is cheaper, that it needs a subsidy.

Mr Harwin had proposed that energy ministers meeting in Adelaide ask the Energy Security Board (ESB) to develop a national pathway to lower emissions. That would hardly have come out of the blue – the Minister would be acutely aware that the ESB (which devised the NEG’s regulatory carbon tax) shares his group-think about the coming, if not already arrived, competitive edge allegedly held by wind and solar. Its report would lend some pseudo-authoritative support for preferred direction.

Having failed to get his way, in what has become the familiar pattern of a Liberal Party riven with the climate wars and associated subsidies for renewables, he lashed out at the federal Liberals. He publicly excoriated his fellow party members, telling them that they should reconsider their positions, ”We want Australia to move forward on climate change. Not stand still.”

Renewable energy subsidies have poisoned the Australian electricity industry, converting it from the cheapest to among the dearest in the world. It will be difficult, perhaps impossible, to unwind the effect of this act of political vandalism on the economy. The ALP is openly promoting further such action and there is no sign that the Liberal Party’s “broad church” can accommodate the differing views and interests on energy which would allow it to make a start in reforming the damage of previous policies.
The Spectator – Australia

Don Harwin: sanctimonious windbag in natural habitat.

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Comments

  1. Terry Conn says:

    My comments that I made in the ‘comments’ section in The Australian newspaper in relation to Don Harwin were rejected as unsuitable to print. I don’t think STT would censor them but I will not repeat them here in case some readers would cringe. In essence, however, I cannot believe that if the NSW coalition government goes to the next election with Harwin a member of their team that they could possibly get even close to winning the next election – his views demonstrate remoteness from acknowledging real data in respect to pricing and reliability in relation to ‘wind and solar’ penetration in the NEM and total ignorance of the National Electricity Law, especially section 7.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    Australia’s power pricing and supply calamity is down to greedy renewable energy rent seekers aided and abetted by pliant and gullible politicians. And, on the latter score, there’s none more so than the NSW Energy Minister, Don Harwin.

    Harwin, a sanctimonious windbag, is part of a small and insidious clique of Liberal politicians and lobbyists heavily invested in the renewable energy scam. His recent unhinged rantings sound more like what might be heard at a Green party RE love in, rather than what should be emanating from a Minister in a notionally conservative government, claiming the pretense of caring about industry, jobs and growth.

    Among the complete and utter nonsense spouted about Australia’s self-inflicted energy debacle, Harwin made the ludicrous statement that wind and solar are more reliable than the conventional generation sources, gas and coal. Perhaps the sun never sets on Harwin? And he can never have seen a graphic like the one above: the output from every wind turbine connected to Australia’s Eastern Grid last month.

    Here’s Alan Moran, keen to take the wind out of Harwin’s ample sails.

  3. jeff hall says:

    Maybe a close look at the facts, concerning the culprit CO2, would cause Harwin to think twice…
    If he does, he will be embarrassed by his stupidity.

    • singletonengineer says:

      “Embarrassed by his stupidity”?

      Why not “enlightened and invigorated by his new understandings”?

  4. If this idiot had any nous at all, he would realise that Sth Aust. has very high electricity prices!!! And yet they have 1800MW of wind power “available” to them. The state only requires about 1600MW so why is the cost so high? Could it be that renewables and the subsidies for same actually force up prices! Heaven forbid!

    This guy was obviously missing in action when God was handing out intelligence!

    • Jackie Rovensky says:

      SA now has 1926MW of wind installations and still even with the ‘Big’ Battery has to import energy (battery are only to stop hiccups occurring across the Grid they’re not there to rely on for significant daily energy requirements) much of it from Qld via NSW and Victoria.
      SA’s and the Federal government stupid decision to build another interconnector to ‘share’ energy with NSW is destined to be a huge failure – especially if NSW decides to ditch its coal fired energy supplies and move to more money wasting unreliable Wind and Solar production.
      NSW at present has to be bailed out by Queensland on many occasions, at the same time as SA is either only just managing to keep its head above water, much of the time with the assistance of Victoria’s variable supply, Tasmania’s meagre bit via Victoria and the ever reliable Queensland’s production via NSW and Victoria.
      This interconnector is said by Minister Dan Van Holst Pellekaan as being the answer to all our problems with wind and solar going to be providing sufficient to sell excess to NSW. Its made to sound as if we as a State (and individuals) will be benefitting by this sale – but is that true?
      Don’t the project owners and the retailers receive the profits from sales and we as a State do not own the projects or even the transmission lines.
      Also of course any profit that the companies make they pay tax on – don’t they???? So we should see some financial benefit when the Federal Government distributes the GST to the States – shouldn’t we????
      Its all smoke and mirrors and the smoke is clouding the truth with Ministers being brain dead due to smoke clocking up their ability to breath deeply enabling them to keep their air passages clear and allowing their brains to function properly. Once they can clear their brains they will be able to look in the mirror and see the truth waving and wafting the dust away.
      Lets hope it is not too late to clear the air allowing us to once again prosper in this lucky country.

  5. It looks like the ONE NATION party is your only hope for the future.

  6. “Low-Energy Don”, to use a suitable Trumpism.

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