It is a still winter night in Green-topia.

Wind turbines are idle; solar panels are in darkness; some are covered with snow.

In the rich green suburbs, electric cars are getting re-charged. Lights, heaters and TV are on, and coffee is percolating.

Where is the electricity coming from?

Maybe big batteries? No – they got drained last night re-charging the electric cars.

All power tonight is coming from the old reliables – coal, gas, hydro or nuclear.

What if it’s cloudy and windless tomorrow and the reliables have a hiccup?

Watch Europe as its hungry, powerless winter unfolds.

Their peril is our warning.

Words for Thought:

Germans are not laughing now – they fear the coming winter:

Listen here to Australia’s new Prime Minister during the election campaign explaining how roof-top solar will charge all those Tesla batteries overnight:

Check below to see where electricity is actually coming from each day in Queensland (“the Sunshine State”):
OpenNEM: Queensland

Viv Forbes is a geologist/pastoralist who has walked along or been flooded by many rivers of Qld and NT. He and his wife have fed starving stock in the droughts and carted water for them. They have built, deepened or repaired at least 23 farm and station dams and managed construction and operation of mine dams. When Viv was employed by the Queensland State Government as a field mapping geologist they inspected the Nathan Gorge Dam site in 1964, 60 years ago. This dam was first proposed in 1922. It is still undeveloped over 100 years later.