Don’t you people have to go to class?

Those pesky National Union of Students lobbyists seem quite active on campus this week, much like gnats or mosquitoes, but with legs and you’re not allowed to smack them with a newspaper.

So, let me get this straight. They demand more government income support for students, less strict requirements with regards for independance assessment for Youth allowance and the like, right? OK, fair enough. But, at the same time as they’re suggesting that students are so hard off and living in poverty, they demand compulsory student unionism, which means very large compulsory fees for students, for minimal gains.

Now, I’m sorry, but that’s just complete bloody non sequitur.

They demand more events and activities for students, but at the same time, there won’t be any activities or bands provided by the MUSU activities department in semester 2*, because the radical leftists in the student union have taken the entire budget that was earmarked for those in semester 2… and decided to give it all to the NUS for them to squander it as they see fit, with no accountability to any of the students.

(* This is what I’ve been told by a credible, politically non-partisan source within the student union.)

And there’s those bloody Solidarity folks. Don’t get me started on the Trotskyites.

Amongst other things, they call for 100% renewable energy for Australia by 2020.

They really, really ought to stick to the literary criticism and feminism studies.

In 2007, Australia’s total electrical energy consumption was 242,864 GWh, of which 14,722 GWh (6.1 %) was from hydroelectricity, 6,240 GWh (2.6 %) was from solar, wind and geothermal combined and 221,902 GWh (91.4 %) was generated by burning fossil fuels. (That adds up to 100.1% because I’ve rounded the percentages to one decimal place, of course)

In order to accomplish the dreams of our Red friends, we’re going to need to deploy the new additional capacity for 221,902 GWh per year of energy generation from “renewable” sources, within 11 years. (Well, that is only 2.2 five year plans, I suppose.)

Suppose we build wind turbines. One wind turbine with a nameplate capacity of 2 MW and a capacity factor of 30 % generates 5.26 GWh per year. Therefore, we’d need 42,191 wind turbines. If we build 42,191 wind turbines in eleven years, we’d need to build and erect one new wind turbine… every 2.3 hours. For eleven years.


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