Warministas Like JM are aware enough of the reality of their advocacy so they tend to be reluctant to be totally honest with their interlocutors when it comes to how quickly they really want to see an end to the burning of coal to generate electricity. They will talk in euphemisms like wanting to “phase out Coal” or “transition” but when pressed for a time frame for this they try to ignore the hard questions or to change the emphasis of the debate. Well I expect that He will be rather hard pressed to make excuses for the real away with the fairies senator of the Greens team, Yep that loonies Loony Christine Milne:
Greens’ call for coalmines ban pits them against PM
THE Greens have demanded a ban on the development of any new coalmines and coal-seam gas facilities, hardening their rhetoric on climate change and highlighting the depth of their differences with Julia Gillard.
Greens deputy leader Christine Milne yesterday seized on a report by the government’s Climate Commission, which called for swift action to reduce carbon emissions, to declare Australia must stop investing in fossil fuel energy sources.
The comments came as the report of the government-appointed commission sparked torrid debate in parliament, with the government demanding opposition acceptance of the need for action as it pressed its case for its planned carbon tax.
As a party outsider I am well pleased that Christine Milne has come out and stated what we all know about the reality of the Warminista liturgy, they believe that they only way to entirely placate the wrath of Gaia is to entirely close down the mining and burning of coal and oil as soon as is possible.
The way I see it there is just no practical way that the world’s current energy requirements can be realistically replaced by renewables, there are likely to be unforeseen consequences if we try, for instance when I had some solar panels to augment or power supply at our previous residence I noticed that as well as generating voltage that the panels themselves got rather warm absorbing heat, Now its easy to imagine that PV panels on every roof may have an effect on the climate. Likewise there are beginning to be few concerns about the ecological effects of those wind turbines especially for the future of birds who seem to be most vulnerable to the fast moving rotors of death. I have seen this for myself when a neighbour’s small scale wind turbine sliced off the wing of a kestrel, the bird was subsequently put out of its misery but imagine the creatures of the air being totally decimated if we had the numbers of of wind turbines that loonies like Christine Milne would require?
The other issue about wind turbines that has not been thought out is the effect of the air turbulence that they create in their wake. Now I don’t know if this will be a good or bad consequence but knowing that the effect is there should inspire some reticence from those who want us to have a coal free future. Turbulence form one turbine can probably be ignored but what if you have 1000? Or 10,000? Or even 100,000? The effect could make a big difference to localised climate, In fact I can imagine that this could be more significant to the planet than the minuscule effect of human released CO2…
Anyway I ask again JM, what sort of time-frame do you envisage for the closing down of coal mining?
Further how do you propose that both the revenue and economic befits be replaced?