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Monty Python couldn’t make this up. Governments subsidise unreliable renewable power to the point where fossil fuelled baseload generators are forced to close. Then when lights go out as predicted, they propose to “incentivise” — in other words subsidise — fossil fuelled generators to operate continuously (“Move for taxpayers to fund coal power”, 18/2).

Meanwhile, this foolhardy exercise has made our power prices among the highest in the world, drives our heavy industry and smelting offshore and effectively transfers wealth from the poorer segments of society to the better off. To what end? This destructive policy has not made one iota of difference to the planet.

David Meredith, Singleton, NSW