Australia has made some progress, in the transition from ‘dirty’ energy sources to clean energy. Still, one gets the impression that the transition has not been as good (or as fast) as it should be. There seems to be something that is hampering Australia’s transition to clean energy. That ‘something’, which seems to be hampering Australia’s transition to clean energy, will be the focus of today’s article: as we try to figure it out.
It emerges that there are some policymakers who look down upon clean energy, and there is a good possibility that their input has played a part in hampering Australia’s transition to clean energy. There are folks who feel that clean energy is unreliable. There are others who feel that clean energy sources can’t generate enough power to cater for the entire nation’s needs in perpetuity. Of course, these outlooks are usually as a result of ignorance, from people who don’t understand how clean energy works, and how much power can be generated from clean sources. There are, for instance, folks who don’t know that it is possible to generate more power from a wind farm than would be generated from a coal plant. So you just have to forgive their ignorance, even as you try to enlighten them.
We also have some folks who stand to lose out financially, when Australia makes the full transition to clean energy. In other words, there are vested interests. These people, who stand to lose out if Australia makes the transition to clean energy, may also have played a part in hampering Australia’s transition to clean energy. And you can’t afford to underestimate the power of people who have vested interests. I think I heard someone saying that there were some folks at Walmart who were fiercely opposed to the introduction of something as benign as the MyWalmart online portal (when it was being introduced). And their only vested interest in the old system was in that they were used to it! Now you just need to look at Australia’s transition to clean energy, and the fact that there are people who actually stand to lose out financially if the full transition is made. You will then appreciate that such folks will go to whatever lengths to ensure that that the transition doesn’t go on.