jimbo wrote:How do you run farms, boats, machinery off wind and solar?
Good question, and as we know liquid fossil fuels are running out, we are going to have to work that out sooner or later. However, it makes a whole lot more sense to be working on that now instead of subsidising a dying technology, whilst we head towards a sudden crash with reality.
Vic is currently using 8,017MW of electricity. Billions of $$ of wind turbines are currently generating 364MW. Pretty poor effort for the middle of winter.
Sad isn't it, that Victoria is burning so much brown coal contributing to billions of dollars worth of medical problems and premature deaths. 6X more energy being produced by brown coal than renewables as I write this.
We are not paying the true cost of our massive fossil fuel use ATM, the sooner we get off it and into renewables, the better. Development of renewable powered propulsion, with fossil fuel assistance when required, is what we should be aiming for in the near term.