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Fred Palmer: Australia, a Cautionary Tale

November 6, 2017

Fred Palmer, senior fellow for energy and climate at The Heartland Institute joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to discuss his new paper Australia, A Cautionary Tale.

Fred Palmer, senior fellow for energy and climate at The Heartland Institute, joins Jim Lakely, director of communications at The Heartland Institute, to discuss his new paper Australia, A Cautionary Tale, he co-wrote with research fellow Isaac Orr.  Palmer speaks of how Australia raised the prices of their electricity by instituting a carbon tax along with a shift away from coal.  Last summer, the city of Adelaide, Australia had a brownout because their renewable system failed to deliver enough energy to power their citizen’s needs.

Palmer speaks of how Australia’s switch to renewable energy is ideologically driven and failing to meet the needs of the people.  Palmer wants the United States to heed caution after witnessing the troubles Australia has faced after switching away from coal.  He warns emulating Australia will lead to higher rates and less reliable energy.  As society expands, energy needs will have to grow accordingly.  Palmer highlights that coal and natural gas are a necessity to support this growth.

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Environment Energy
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Energy: Coal
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Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely
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Frederick D. Palmer is a senior fellow for energy and climate at The Heartland Institute.
fpalmer@heartland.org