And Never More Than Now
Because this is how it starts.
Want to see what bastards say?
The gas industry has warned that the intervention will push gas prices up by damaging investment confidence and reducing future supply — https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-09/coal-gas-prices-capped-national-cabinet-deal
That’s a thing bastards say. And yep they really say that. Why? Because the government has dared to threaten to put a cap on gas prices and that means they can’t keep on keep ripping flesh off the cattl- … keep ripping off the custo- … keep raising prices on their customers for a year or so. And so they’re already foreshadowing rises when the caps run out because no decent self-respecting predator and carrion eater wants their range restricted…
When the cap comes in - use it. And when it goes, we can always hope that States will have already made large inroads into owning and operating sustainable power generating and distribution systems already and gas will have become largely irrelevant. Along with a bunch of energy companies which are currently also acting like apex predators and carrion beasts right now and who’ll get their arses handed back to them on a plate when the political zeitgeist changes.
LONGISH SIDENOTE: One thing about the zeitgeist never seems to change - the Liberal / National Party Coalition's eagerness to feed a concept they call "the economy" - rather than their constituents. With regard to Mr Dutton's statement made in this article ("We are not going to support a plan that is going to have devastating impacts on the medium- and longer-term of our economy.") I have one thing to say. Perhaps if an energy company's operation in Australia is so corrupted and rotten that the temporary cap would cause "devastating impacts" then perhaps they got that way because they milked the local arm of the company for every cent of profit rather than managing it responsibly and sustainably. And then perhaps they'd be better off bought up (at the apparently very low value they've left in their infrastructure) by the Government. We could get them for a song! So let 'em crash, buy their Australian operations up under enforced buyouts, and watch as, under more responsible financial management, they start turning profits for the Government and, as a benefit, also for us the people. Oh and also let the Labor government lock it into legislation for the next twenty years so that the LNP Coalition can never ever again privatise something as essential as our utilities. Should they ever again be allowed by us to grovel and suck their way into government. (Personally I think it's best to force the Coalition - and perhaps both the parties - to break up, by voting them last at every opportunity until they get the idea that we consider them toxic.)
And back to the story - the popular mood is already changing. The recent Victorian State election we had was the clearest demonstration that we no longer want a two-horse race that you could ask for. The Federal election six months earlier had foretold that one party was definitely not wanted, and the party that came to office was a close second for our bottom vote - but the VSE drove home that we do not trust our government, or our two-party system with a left wing and a right wing but where apparently we still get flipped the same bird.
One possible game changer
I’ll lay you really favourable odds - this has just been posted - and I bet you that we will NOT see cheap/free energy from this despite the fact that between fusion & solar & wind & geothermal & wave & tidal & every other goddamn thing that takes energy and turns it into our Mighty Servant, electricity so that we can in theory have only maintenance costs to pay on the equipment and power lines, we won’t ever see a reduction in the cost - unless we damn well DEMAND it.
Another. (Despite the associated bad publicity.)
I’ll say the apparently forbidden word: Nuclear. Never mind that the above paragraph also refers to a nuclear reactor, we’ll apparently never get around the most sensationalised and disastrous nuclear reactors and see how many other types there are. I don’t have links but there are literally dozens of reactors that have been developed, many of such clever design that there is literally not enough material to cause a melt-down.
In fact, there are even designs that will run on the waste from more conventional reactors, and there are also small ones you can - legally and without any danger - make for powering small devices that just need a long-term power supply.
Look. Here are some great videos to watch.
Sabine Hossenfelder Nuclear Waste What To Do With It
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabine_Hossenfelder just FYI.)
Elida Charatsidou Debunking Nuclear Waste Myths
Kyle Hill Nuclear Waste Is Not What We’re Told
Have I used the acronym FFC (Fossil Fuel Cartel) yet? They’re the reason most people are only aware of Fukishima and Chernobyl and not The Oklo Aurora and similar ways of using spent nuclear waste. They’re also the reason that plastic is choking the world today instead of being recycled. (I did a small part of this in my last post here. There’ll be more when I get time to do research. Promise. These bastards need to be called out and stopped. Before they stop - the whole damn planet.)
All the usual suspects for energy. And energy storage.
If you haven’t seen anything on any of these then please let me know where you are so I can move there too, I could do with some peace and quiet…
But alongside the wind and solar panel farms that have captured the mainstream media’s attention (incidentally, always a good acid test of things that matter less than something else MSM aren’t publishing, or hiding on page three behind a bland headline and size 4 font) there are the page three contenders.
Tidal and wave power work, and most are now fish-safe and don’t produce “sea sashimi” by the ton. (They never did, either, but that was one negative things the MSM could roast them for and it did. FFC…)
Geothermal energy could work but it’s still hard because - not much has been invested in it because - it’s still hard…
Space based “beam down to Earth” projects make people uneasy. I mean, who wants to live where a huge space laser or microwave transmitter is beaming a megawatt spot the size of a football field? That despite us being able to successfully poke a satellite (Bennu) that’s only around half a kilometre in diameter and is approximately 350,000km away from Earth with a sample box no much larger than a serving platter.
But truly, the chances for things being fried/crisped/blinded by what would amount to a huge laser from space would probably make this a less-preferred option. I’m sure other options will be designed in future, but by then we could be experiencing an energy surfeit.
Also, harvesting the heat from buildings, using it to generate electricity, and beaming the rest out to space is also becoming feasible.
Why aren’t we using them yet?
We’re not being LOUD enough yet… As long as we’re meekly accepting obscenely large price hikes that aren’t based in any real causes, we’re giving them carte blanche to keep doing it. It behoves the FFC to spread little bits of misinformation (they wouldn’t lie about this would they? and I just urge you to read this that I linked up near the first few paragraphs and remember that the FFC also has to lobby you or the con won’t work) and pushing any good news off page one.
But with more of the population knowing about these things and shouting them from rooftops, the harder the FFC will find it to maintain the lobbying. And by “lobbying” I mean bullshit, plain and simple. And by “bullshit” I mean plainly malicious and borderline criminal lies and libel of good research and development teams that have done a great job and created a great product and are now finding their work denigrated, minimised, and made a mockery of.
What’s Our Best Plan?
Let everyone you know, KNOW. Look up projects that mainstream media are lampooning and denigrating, read up from other sources, make up your mind by yourself and then get activated. Write emails and letters, join organisations, sign petitions - start petitions - but do something. Because if not, the bastards win and we end up paying more and more for less and less. And read the footer.
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