Post by BR
On Wed, 26 May 2021 15:04:48 -0700 (PDT), John Bowes
Post by John Bowes
Wonder when they're going to start building power stations rather than
concentrating on unreliable solar and wind? Before Rich gets all whiney both of
these have serious shortcomings when it comes to reliability. One has to
remember solar is only any good during sunny days and doesn't provide anything
at peak hours during winter! Turbines need wind and funnily enough produce
nothing in calm weather.
The thing the government seems to be ignoring is plans (yeah I know planning
ain't one of this governments strong points) to build new power stations that
use one resource we have plenty of and that's geothermal energy. New Zealand
should be taking a leaf out of Iceland's book and be hell bent on finding good
sights to build these. Auckland, Taupo and the volcanic plateau are perfect
places to do this and should be used!
Hell if we want to keep all our electrical devices running plus encouraging
the use of electric cars we should have the first holes being drilled and
foundations for geothermal stations being laid now! After all 2030 is an
important date and it's only nine years away and the government has failed to
actually do anything which is no surprise to many here :)
Electric cars are a waste of time and money.
Petrol and diesel are cheap and plentiful, and have been proven
technology for more than 100 years.
If electric cars start to become fashionable, the price of power will
rise significantly as the country's generating capacity fails to keep
up with demand. Nowhere are there plans to build more power stations
to take up the slack, and wind and solar will never cut it. Not only
that, but what will the government's response be to the loss of the
excise taxes they currently extort from petrol sales? There are plans
to introduce road user charges on electric cars. It is has not yet
been revealed how much the RUCs are going to be, but if petrol taxes
are anything to go by, they will be substantial. They will likely
start off quite low, but they will rapidly increase if enough fools
abandon their petrol and diesel vehicles for an EV. Can anyone see
where this is going?
Electric vehicles are promoted as a way to offset "climate change".
All that stuff is just an excuse to frighten people into surrendering
their freedom and their money to power hungry politicians. There is no
evidence that there is any sort of climate problem, just a lot of
pseudo-scientific nonsense and a history of failed predictions going
back decades. If electric vehicles are so damn terrific, they would
sell themselves without the government baiting the hook with special
privileges and cost exemptions.
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reclaiming lithium are yet to be resolved.
Here is something along the same lines but with humour.