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Bill Shorten sells emissions cost: “like chubby people giving up Big Macs”

Posted By Jo Nova On May 2, 2019 @ 2:44 am In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

Bill Shorten wants us to give up cheap electricity because it’s bad for our health. History will show he’s the guy from the ’70s telling us to give up eggs for thirty years for no good reason at all.

Renewables are the margarine of electricity grids: artificial goods propped up by good intentions. They both fail at high temperatures and were Generally Recognised As Safe — when no one had done any studies. But trans-fats causes heart attacks, and artificial transitions cause poverty.

Eating vegetable oils with no cholesterol sounded good at the time. Just like “free wind” and “free solar” sounds like a free lunch, but turns out to make the whole system chaotically inefficient and horribly expensive. We pay less for fuel but more for capital, wages, infrastructure, stabilizers, and storage.

Free wind and solar are the fake diet foods of the 21st century.

This is Bill trying to explain why we don’t need to mention any numbers.

Saving the planet like giving up Big Macs

Andrew Burrell, The Australian

Having repeatedly dodged questions about the actual cost of Labor’s grand environmental plan, the Opposition Leader yesterday dismissed all the fuss, likening his emissions-reduction policy to stopping “chubby” people eating burgers.

“You know what, mate, you are a great athlete,” he said to the radio show’s morning host.

“But if you had a friend who was perhaps on the large side, the chubby side, and they had 10 Big Macs a day … there’s a cost to not eating the Big Macs. But in the long term it’s an investment isn’t it? ”

I predict he dumps this analogy like a radioactive potato.



Commenters at The Australian:

Bills analogy is pretty spot on.
If all Australians give up Big Macs – MacDonalds goes out of business
If all Australians adopt Bills policies – Australia goes out.of business
Burgernomics as relating to Carbon Trading. 
You start up a burger franchaise
You start with two hamburger outlets
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by a mate at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four hamburger outlets back, with a tax exemption for five hamburger outlets
The carbon credit rights of the six hamburger outlets are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven hamburger outlets back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight hamburger outlets with an option on one more.
Makes as much sense as the gobbledegook sprouted by Bill Shorten, but some are falling for it.Maggie
I am going to pledge that I will not eat more than one Big Mac at a time – just to save the planet.  I must admit I thought that it wouldn’t be so easy.  I thought Bills policies were going to cost us billions, force up power prices and force most of our manufacturing to go overseas.

h/t Willie. Matthew.


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