Political ‘System Black’: South Australia’s Wind Power Debacle Turns Renewable Policy Toxic

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*** Politics is a cruel game, at the best of times. But Australia’s renewable energy debacle is testing the wits of even the brightest of our political betters. The political graveyard is littered with those brave and foolhardy enough to ignore the average voting punter; recent interments include Hillary Clinton, buried in a landslide of […]

Coalition’s Contempt: Senators Slam Pathetic & Belated Response to Wind Farm Inquiry

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STT followers will well remember the efforts made by a band of Federal Senators to lift the lid on Australia’s wind industry. Starting back in April 2015, those Senators spent almost 6 months, attended 8 hearings in 4 States and the ACT, heard from dozens of witnesses and received almost 500 submissions, before producing their […]

Political Storm Erupts: Hostile Germans Turn on Ugly, Costly & Ineffective Wind Power

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Held up as the wind cult’s poster girl, Germany went hard and fast, spearing tens of thousands of these things all over its, once cherished and pristine, landscape. The cost of its maniacal rush into massively subsidised wind and solar to German businesses and households has been astronomical and, in the mother of all ironies, […]

To End Australia’s Wind Power ‘Horror Show’, Turnbull Must Scrap the RET Right Now

XXX at Parliament House on September 14, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning he would be challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership.

*** As modern Hollywood ‘gangstas’ often remonstrate with their fellow ‘homies’ – when the LAPD appears in numbers, out of nowhere and hot lead starts flying – ‘this shit just got real’. With South Australians baying for political blood – after yet another wind power output collapse knocked out SA’s wholly weather-dependant power supply – […]

Wind Power Wilts: Brewing Voter Fury Means Coal-Power Set to Drive Australia’s Fossil Fuelled Renaissance

Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House, Canberra Thursday, 5 June, 2014. (AAP Image/Gary Schafer) NO ARCHIVING

*** In 2016 no two words struck more fear into the hearts of the city-bound, political elite than ‘Trump’ and ‘Brexit’. In both instances, ignorance amongst the media and political class meant that – for them – what were predictable, if not inevitable, results came as visceral, gut-wrenching, bewildering shocks. If there is a single […]

Australia’s Renewable Target in Tatters: Major Retailers Shun Wind & Solar, Electing to Pay $Millions in Retail Power Fines Instead

XXX at Parliament House on September 14, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning he would be challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership.

*** In the week just gone, yet another of STT’s predictions unfolded, with devastating consequences for Australia’s Large-Scale RET and the remnants of a battered and beleaguered wind industry. The LRET was slashed in 2015 simply to avoid the political embarrassment of having too little eligible renewable power dispatched to satisfy the 41,000 GWh target […]

Wind Turbine Ice Capades: German Wind Farm Neighbour Cheats Death, Dodging Flying Ice Chunks

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*** Over the last few weeks German wind turbines have been stubbornly refusing to produce much power at all, while a frightening number have, instead, determined to completely self-destruct, with a rash of collapses, component liberation events (aka blade throws) and self-immolations (see our post here and below). Adding a distinctly cool flavour to the […]