“Of course, reducing our carbon emissions is vitally important but some states seem to put that ahead of energy security, and we don’t. We’re unapologetic that keeping the lights on and energy security is our No 1 responsibility and our No 1 concern. Some states seemed to have adopted their carbon emission targets without understanding the impact that will have for energy security.”

 — Australian Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg commenting on the need for a “real debate” to discuss the role renewable energy is playing in his country’s energy policy in light of the massive storm that blacked out the entire state of South Australia last week.  South Australia is highly dependent on intermittent wind and solar for its electricity and the storm shut down the wind turbines and blocked the Sun.