Nothing that works

Green zealots infest all parties: the media, academia, education, and the vested business interests.  They consistently oppose what works and promote what won't.

Greens demand "Zero Emissions."  Nuclear and hydro power are the only practical "zero carbon" electricity options for Australia.  Greens oppose both.

Greens worship "the environment" but support widespread environmental destruction by bird-chopping windmills and land-stealing solar panels and their inevitable spider webs of roads and transmission lines — all to produce intermittent energy that is forced onto distributers and consumers by legislated targets, taxes, subsidies, and mandates.

Green policies support cutting forests in America to ship wood chips to the U.K. for burning in the DRAX power station.  Other policies support growing crops using diesel fuel for tractors, harvesters, and trucks to produce biodiesel with less net energy than they started with.  Not smart.

Greens support carbon capture and storage, fully aware that this won't happen without legislated subsidies, taxes, and targets.  They know that CCS will favor their wind and solar toys by multiplying costs and energy waste for coal, oil, or gas generators.  Big miners also love it because far more coal or gas will be needed to produce the same electricity.

Most politicians now support "green" steel and aluminum via zero-emissions hydrogen. The hydrogen must be made by electrolysis of water or from methane.  Electrolysis is not feasible without the nuclear power they oppose.  And the methane route produces poisonous carbon monoxide, plus more of the carbon dioxide they dread.  All processes use more energy than can be generated from the products.

Australia's huge untapped resources of uranium and hydrocarbons are the envy of the world.  But their green tape, locked gates, and death-by-delay strangles all exploration and development.

And Green Guru Ross Garnaut, thinks Australian graziers should harvest kangaroos, not cattle.  Let them do both.

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