Brutal response to the “solution” of the energy crisis

The man responsible for Australia’s overstretched energy system has torn up a suggestion to solve the national crisis.

Energy Minister Chris Bowen says the idea of ​​exploring nuclear power is an ‘absolute joke’ as Australia’s energy crisis prompts gas prices to skyrocket.

Mr Bowen says there is ‘no easy solution’ to the problem – caused by a complex range of international and domestic issues – and says nothing is off the table.

The limit to this, however, seems to be the Coalition’s suggestion that it is time Australia investigated nuclear power.

The war in Ukraine has led to a global gas shortage, prompting Australia to rely on its aging coal-fired power stations, at least 25% of which are offline due to planned or unplanned outages.

Labor say the crisis has been exacerbated by the former government’s reluctance to accelerate the transition to renewables.

Now Nationals leader David Littleproud has come out in favor of a push to go nuclear, saying it should at least be a conversation.

Mr. Bowen says there is no credibility in the idea.

“Nine years in office, then coming up with brilliant ideas on the other side of the election,” Mr Bowen said.

“Nuclear is the most expensive form of energy. We have a cost of living crisis. Energy prices are exploding – and that’s the big bright idea? Have the most expensive form of energy we can think of?

“Let’s find the most expensive form of energy and put it in there because that will somehow make electricity prices cheaper?” They want this debate?

“Bring it on. It’s a complete joke.

A roundtable of the country’s energy ministers on Wednesday agreed an 11-point plan to deal with the crisis, including empowering Australia’s energy market operator to source and store correctly the gas as a supply.

Ministers also agreed to work on the capacity mechanism, which would essentially force energy retailers to pay power generators for access to additional capacity.

Resources Minister Madeleine King said the cabinet also decided on Thursday to ensure that the internal security gas mechanism, which is due to expire on January 1 next year, is renewed as soon as possible.

“We are determined to ensure that … all the tools we have are all on the table, so that we can ensure that the supply of gas is appropriate, adequate and affordable for Australians across the country,” said Ms. King.

Earlier, Mr Bowen dismissed suggestions that the plan would hinder the country’s transition to renewable energy.

“Actually, the transition is even more important now,” Bowen said.

“A lot of people call it a gas crisis…but it’s more of a coal crisis.

“It was driven more by the coal-fired power stations which are aging and we’ve had blackouts and flooding in the coal mines and that’s what caused this crisis.”

Earlier, Mr Bowen defended gas companies amid calls for them to do more to mitigate price rises.

Mr Bowen also defended the country’s gas producers, insisting they had responded as they should.

“They need to be aware of their national responsibilities, and they have responded when the government has asked them to do so,” Mr Bowen told the ABC.

But ultimately, he pointed out, producers had “social license” to do the right thing for consumers.

“There is a social license against business, and gas companies need to do the right thing for Australian domestic consumers, both industrial and domestic,” he said.

It comes as former resources minister turned chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council, Ian Macfarlene, hit back at claims he owed east coast Australians an apology for blocking domestic gas reserve proposals.

Instead, he suggested that consumers, as well as the Victorian government, were to blame for the current energy crisis.

“Australia operates in an international market. There is enough gas available. The reality is that the current problems are due to a complex range of situations,” he said.

“Not the least of which is that Victoria stopped onshore exploration over a decade ago…Victoria and NSW have not developed their gas industry.

“Forty per cent of the gas produced in Queensland is destined for the domestic market. If NSW (and Victoria) had done the same, we wouldn’t be in this situation.

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