Coal is good for humanity

Is anyone else shaking their heads in disbelief?  After scrapping the Carbon Tax, threatening the RET and almost destroying the renewables industry overnight, our leader today said “Coal is good for humanity” amongst other irrational, short sighted and frankly stupid things.

Just when I start to completely despair at the lack of foresight at our federal leadership level, the news is good from overseas.  The Germans, who have an ideological en masse push to renewables and energy storage have caught the attention of major analysts such as HSBC who have released a report “Energy Storage – Power to the People” which outlines the increasing demand and dropping cost of battery storage.

Read the full story in RenewEconomy.com

And join the revolution.

(Thanks to Adam Bandt for picture)

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8 common questions about going off-grid

Nature is in charge, not the other way round“.  Doone Wyborn, off-gridder.

Found this fantastic article in Business Insider about Doone Wyborn, a scientist in New South Wales living off-grid and the common myths questions he gets asked.

I’d add to that list:

9.  Are you a hippy?

10. How much?

I particularly like number 5 where he’s talking about what the uptake will be by consumers once storage costs fall – “This is all inevitable and the utilities business model will soon be dead, as will any utility that does not embrace solar.”