Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it.
The price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal in coming decades, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable, both economically and environmentally.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blamed gas exports for rising energy costs, breaking with a party room determined to find renewables guilty.
We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
The energy market operator has warned of possible future electricity shortages – but only if everything stays frozen as it is now.