Scott Morrison has confirmed that his 2020 plans to build a $600 million gas plant in NSW’s Hunter Valley will come to fruition. It’s a proposal that will cost a fuck-tonne of money and put out a fuck-tonne of emissions, but let’s talk about why the hell this is even going down.

The gas-fired power station, which will be built in Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley region, is essentially going to be built to replace the Liddell coal power plant, which will be shutting down in 2023.

In basic terms, the Liddell Power Station in Muswellbrook produced 1,680 megawatts of power, and to compensate for that loss, the Morrison Government aims to build this new gas plant, which will produce 660 megawatts.

According to ScoMo, this will push energy prices down across NSW, and will be the best decision for our wallets. I dunno chief, $600 million to absolutely fuck off the planet doesn’t sound like a good decision in the long-term for anyone.

“It’s an important investment to keep downward pressure on electricity prices,” said ScoMo in a press conference.

“I’ve heard the criticisms of those who don’t mind electricity prices going up. I don’t agree
with them. I don’t want electricity prices going up… I’m for energy prices going down.”

Truly inspiring words from the Prime Minister.

The Federal Gov also promises that this new gas-fired power station will create 600 jobs, which, if you do the maths and divide the $600 million cost, is essentially one million dollarydoos spent to create a single job. Yikes.

“Cheap power is crucial to ensuring families, businesses and job-creating industries in NSW can thrive, which is why we are committed to replacing the energy generated by Liddell to keep prices down,” said Energy Minister Angus Taylor in a statement.

“This project will deliver flexible gas generation to replace Liddell and maintain reliable power
alongside Australia’s world-leading investment in renewables.”

Let’s not even get started on the fact that the International Energy Agency‘s roadmap to get to net zero emissions by 2050 specifically stated that this would be a bad idea, but hey, what would they know right.

If you need me I’m going to go bury my head in the sand.

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