Whenever I see Smith waffling on, in typical conman style, trying to sell his doomed and dysfunctional ETS to NZ citizens, he often ends up justifying his idiocy by referring to the need to invest in alternative energy schemes. This is propaganda heaped upon propaganda. Alternative energy schemes are in almost every case far too expensive or impractical to provide the services necessary. NZ consumers will for example pay a heavy price for Nick Smith’s semi-religious aversion to burning coal for electricity. NZ has abundant coal reserves, and coal can be burned these days using advanced technology with little environmental impact, and compared to the amount of coal being burned elsewhere on the globe, NZ’s impact will be completely unnoticeable anyway.
Smith forces huge power cost increases upon NZ citizens for no good reason and only because he has so completely submitted himself to the religion of Gaia. He wishes desperately for the approval of those who ask him hard questions on the environment during Question Time. In reality, he should be treating communist scum like Russel Norman with utter contempt, and confronting them vigorously upon their lies and their misrepresentations and their real subversive intent.
Wind farms are one of the options Smith sees as a viable option to coal fired electricity. He is wrong again. The alternative energy field is rife with scams, and wind power is one of the biggest scams out there. No matter what the efficiencies of generating wind powered electricity may be, the whole system is rendered unusable by the unpredictability of supply of its sole fuel source- wind. Hydro lakes suffer from the impact of drought. Wind farms suffer from a much more random supply of fuel. The fact that generation is at the whim of the breezes means that alternative electricity sources must always be available. All over the globe, countries that turned to wind power are suffering the cold hard reality that it is unworkable and uneconomic.
The problem is made worse in NZ as a recent Herald article by Brian Leyland points out. The wind blows least during the autumn-early winter period when the lakes are low and at a maximum in the springtime when the snow is melting and, usually, it is raining. So wind power generates most when it isn’t needed and least when it is most needed. As a result its contribution is less than it would be if the wind blew hardest in the autumn. Wind power is expensive. According to my calculations, its true cost is between 11c and 17c/kWh. This is between 50 per cent and 100 per cent more expensive than conventional power.
Suffering from intensely cold weather, the British really need electricity at the moment. The Telegraph reports that most of the 3,000 wind turbines around Britain stood still due to a lack of wind. The failure of wind farms to function at full tilt during December forced energy suppliers to rely on coal-fired power stations to keep the lights on — meaning more greenhouse gases were produced. Experts feared that as the Government moved towards a target of generating 30 per cent of electricity from wind — while closing gas and coal-fired power stations — cold, still winters could cause a problem in the future. The wind turbines may even use up electricity during a calm period, as they were rotated in order to keep the mechanical parts working.
Nick Smith is wrong on the ETS, and he is wrong on alternative energy. In case you still do not know Mr. Smith- We are in a bloody economic mess, and we do not have the cash to spare to indulge you in your lunatic Gaia religious ideas. Drop the ETS, drop your promotion of crazy unworkable and uneconomic alternative energy schemes and lets get back to the basics. The world is not ending. Not right now anyway. What is ending is the NZ public’s patience with the shambling idiocy of the Blue Green contradiction in logic and ideology that goes by the name of Nick Smith. Resign from National Mr. Smith. Go and join the Watermelons.