Policy alternative 'announceables' such as 'pumped hydro', if feasible, at best, take many, many years to bring on line. Whither energy reliability (even regardless of cost) in the meantime?
Without gas, or coal, what can we draw on, right now, as base-load back-up for intermittent renewables?
Lots of diesel generators, maybe?
It's clear, right now, that:
- Electricity unreliability and high cost are political and economic killers.
- Reducing emissions by reducing economic activity will prove unsustainable.
- Government policy needs to take this into account.
- At present, it doesn't.
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