By Andrew Bolt ~
Another farcical global warming fail. Victoria’s then Labor Government claimed global warming would dry the rains and drain our dams. So it built a desalination plant that it said would be powered by wind farms.
But the rains returned, the dams filled, the plant is mothballed and now 30 diesel generators have been ordered to power it.
From 2005 to 2008, [Tim] Flannery, the global warming guru, made a string of outlandish claims like these:
“So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems …”
Melbourne Water mourned: “Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to.”
The Bureau of Meteorology’s head of climate analysis agreed, warning in 2007 that “climate change here is now running so rampant that … almost every one of our cities is on the verge of running out of water”.
And politicians believed them.
In Queensland, Premier Peter Beattie decided to build a $1.2 billion desalination plant, saying “it is only prudent to assume at this stage that lower-than-usual rainfalls could eventuate”.
Labor politicians in every other mainland state built expensive desalination plants, too, rather than cheap dams.
Victoria’s then Labor government says its desalination plant will be driven entirely by wind farms or electricity with green energy offsets:
…to optimise energy efficiency and ensure that 100% of the electricity used in operating the Desalination Plant and associated infrastructure will be offset by the purchase of renewable energy credits… The Premier and the Minister for Water announced that the AquaSure consortium had been awarded the contract for the Project on 30 July 2009.
The AquaSure proposal offered…a new wind farm at Oakland Hills (63 MW), and with Macarthur wind farm (330 MW) in final commitment phase
But the rains returned. From 2014:
Expensive desalination plants in Queensland, NSW and Victoria have all been mothballed without producing a drop of water. All were built in preference to much cheaper dams, in part because of green bans and in part because warming preachers claimed the rains would not return.
Add a fourth desalination plant: Commonwealth Auditor-General Ian McPhee has been asked to investigate $328 million in federal funds handed over to the South Australian Labor government for its $2.2 billion mothballed desalination plant and pipeline.
The dams aren’t draining. Water storages for Australian cities:
69.5 per cent
67.8 per cent
The Herald Sun can reveal Aquasure has been forced to find a back-up electricity source for the Wonthaggi plant amid ongoing concerns of a major power cable fault…
The Herald Sun understands about 30 containers are being delivered to set up the multi-generator power system, which would use about 150,000 litres of diesel a day.
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.