By Andrew Bolt ~
Yesterday, at around 4PM, the whole of the State of South Australia lost power as the electricity grid failed totally. That is an area of around one and a half times the size of the State of Texas. However, because Australia is sparsely populated, the total population is only 1.8 Million people, most of them in and around the State Capital Adelaide. The power went off instantaneously, and did not begin coming back until around 3AM in some areas, and by first light this morning still only parts of the State had power back on. South Australia prides itself on being the State with the most renewable power in Australia, and 40% of the State’s power consumption comes from nearly all of it Wind Power, the largest wind power coverage in Australia. When the power failed, so did all the wind power which just rolled back, instantaneously to zero. Desperate political speak this morning is that this has nothing at all to do with that State’s reliance on Wind Power, but this is a serious wake up call for other States, some of which have ambitious plans to install more renewables. Andrew Bolt continues…..TonyfromOz.
This astonishing blackout in South Australia raises this question for any manufacturer or investor: if you wanted to start a new business that needed lot of electricity, would you start it in the state with the most expensive and least reliable power in Australia?
No wonder the joint is going broke.
Already on the ABC – on AM – I hear the first attempts to blame “climate change” for the storms that knocked out South Australia’s shambolic power supply. But here are the facts.
First, this “climate change” has brought South Australia the floods and dam-filling rains that global warming alarmists of a decade ago – Tim Flannery, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO – claimed were being dried up.
Second, South Australia’s record flood occurred 60 years ago, and worst floods than these occurred more than a century ago.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there were winds as bad or worse some 50 years ago.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.