Australians have never paid more for their electricity and yet supply has never been more unreliable as yesterday’s forced load shedding proved, the Conservative Party said today.
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Spokesman and Queensland Senate candidate Lyle Shelton said Australia was in the grip of a politician-induced energy crisis because of the failure of Labor and Liberal governments to replace lost generating capacity as they closed coal fired power stations.
“Labor and Liberal have presided over the closure of 10 coal-fired power stations in six years without investing in new baseload power,” Mr Shelton said.
“It is no wonder the grid is in crisis and people are being asked to scale back their use of household appliances," he continued.
Revelations that wind turbines in South Australia and Victoria contributed around just four percent of the electricity needed yesterday as diesel generators were cranked up to save the day was further proof of political failure.
“Labor and Liberal have poured billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money into market-corrupting renewable energy which has locked out coal and cannot do the job. It is embarrassing that a country like Australia with some of the richest coal and uranium reserves in the world has expensive and unreliable power," Mr Shelton said.
“Politicians have frittered away our nation’s competitive advantage because they have not had the courage to stand up to the Greens. Coal is our biggest export earner. We can’t ship it out to overseas power stations fast enough but we won’t build a coal-fired power station here because of fear of the Greens. Only politicians could engineer such a situation," he said.
Mr Shelton urged voters to take out third-party insurance by voting for the Australian Conservatives in the Senate.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi told Paul Murray Live on Sky News late last year, the government needs to do something quickly.
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