South Australians have a Labor government and its deranged, ideological obsession with wind and solar power to thank for their status as an international joke.
Paying the highest retail power prices in the world (with much worse to come – see above), routine load shedding and statewide blackouts, and a grid on the brink of collapse, is all the inevitable consequence of attempting to run an economy on sunshine and breezes.
One of the reasons things got this way (and it happened in a bit over 16 years) is the manner in which the useful idiots in the mainstream press pumped wind power, as if it was a sacred gift delivered by some magical and benevolent deity.
In South Australia, the wind cult kicked off around 2002 when its then Premier, Mike Rann started tilting at windmills – encouraged by the boys from Babcock & Brown (aka Infigen): How a Band of Criminals, Shysters & Chancers Conjured Up the Wind Industry in Australia
Rann, a former journalist, understood the importance of propaganda and using tame journalists to spread his message; his obsessive control of the media would have made Joseph Goebbels proud.
In South Australia, geographically enormous (bigger than Texas) with an ageing population of about 1.6 million, its print media is dominated by one masthead, The Advertiser.
Once upon a time, The Advertiser was a solid broadsheet, with a conservative economic bent. Thanks to Rann, these days it reads more like Pravda-on-the-Torrens and most of its journalists sound more like unreconstructed Trotskyites.
In a sign that the tide is finally turning, The Advertiser is starting to run articles pointing out the fact that the RE Emperor stands naked before us, and that Premier Jay Weatherill, the Grand Poobah of wind is leading his state to inevitable economic ruin. Here’s one from Caleb Bond.