why we're not doing solar power...
(Eat shit, Texas !!!)
So what, you say?
Well, for matters to become clear you'll first need to digest this.
OK so far?
Good, now if you'd kindly go here and digest this.
Well, it seems Ian Campbell can see no advantage to Australia in this plant other than a trial for implementation in China.
Campell dismisses Tony Jones's suggestion (that just 178 of these solar power plants could meet ALL of Australia's power needs) as merely a "Silver Bullet" pipe dream and then immediately redirects our gaze to China (about the solar thing) and in the next breath he lauds the "clean coal" process for power generation.
And that's the game.
In the foreseeable future, if the HoWARd government gets its way, solar power is a going to be a mere appeasement project to shut the greenies up (and maybe to export it to places like China), whilst the real emphasis here is still going to be coal first, coals second, coal third, and then (maybe) nuclear.
Not surprisingly, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are BIG in coal and uranium... Much is said here about the power of the coal lobby on shaping our enegry policies, but what seems to be overlooked is that our biggest coal interests are also our biggest uranium miners. So now you know why the HoWARd government's order of play vis-a-vis energy is as follows:
Coal first, second and third.
Solar fifth (but only if Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton say it's ok.)
Welcome to Realpolitik.
As I said elsewhere, this is only happening because not enough of them are getting shot. (I also mentioned there that shooting the bastards is wrong and that you mustn't do it.) But since so few of you can be bothered to support peaceful people power protests, I guess the "shoot them" idea will find an ever greater resonance among the madmen who think it's their job to save mankind from these madmen.
I look for sanity, but Ifind none...