Your View: Power prices

ONCE again, Chris Hunter (YPCT 28-8-18) gives us the benefit of his inexperience in regards to power and its generation.

He mentions the sale of ETSA. Why was it sold? The blame for this rests solely with the total financial incompetence of the high-taxing policies of John Bannon, which brought this state to the brink of bankruptcy.

He says had it not been sold, we would be saved $1200 a year.

Who owns SA Water? Under Labor we had Australia’s highest water prices. No doubt power would be similar if it was government owned.

Until July 2014, power prices were similar here to New South Wales and Victoria but Jay Weatherill, supplicating to the supreme god of green madness, virtually doubled this state’s power prices.

Mr Hunter says my house at Port Victoria is in danger of rising sea levels, but I live some 20-metres plus above high-tide mark, and the most extreme scenario gives less than a metre rise. It would take a major tsunami to have any effect.

The only criticism of Steven Marshall’s election win is it should have occurred sooner. The legacy of Mike Rann, Kevin Foley and Weatherill is taxes (massively hiking the Emergency Services Levy). This state had a vision, Mr Hunter says. What was the vision? Crippling taxes and utility prices, massive unemployment and a depressed economy?

Coal has a rosy future overseas, and coal power is cheap, but the people like Mr Hunter want us to have expensive, unreliable renewable power instead of cheap, reliable, base-load power provided by coal or nuclear.

I don’t care how my power is generated, provided it is cheap and reliable, and no doubt many others agree. Malcolm Butler (also YPCT 28-8-18) sums it up in a nutshell.

Kym Bray, Port Victoria

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