But at least the last crowd were home-grown scammers.
Russell O'Doherty, self-appointed leader of the "Daintree Power Committee", has received his answer from Ergon to his proposal to install a "pollution-free generator" and mains power from a California-based company called Eco-Gen Energy.
The Ergon answer was an emphatic "NO". They cautiously referred to the technology as "unproven".
|ECO-GEN WORLD HEADQUARTERS|
Eco-Gen's website looks to be organised to operate as a US-based scam, with instructions how to purchase and use their product in conjunction with a small solar installation, getting the US government to pay the bulk of the cost. Even O'Doherty has said publicly that solar is inappropriate technology for the Daintree.
The Eco-Gen website and location is also the home of other businesses that seem to have generated lots of complaints, including SunAmerica Solar, SunX Solar, Solar Soma Energy, and First Solar Inc. It has all the usual scammer-type language - vague explanations of what the technology actually does, fanciful claims of clean, green, low-cost energy, claims of "numerous" patents that can't be found anywhere, and other bullshit.
The President of this company is shown as Raoul Hamilton, who touts his business experience at "Fat Burgers". The Managing Director is a woman called Julia Otey, who claims to have been personal assistant to celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. How foodservice experience relates to high-level electrical engineering is difficult to understand. It should be noted that corporation registrations in the USA have no requirements that enable the government to positively identify the registrants. These people could be complete fakers.
All of this could be found by O'Doherty or anyone else in a few minutes. O'Doherty was for a time hiding the name of the company from the media, but it's now out and easy to verify.
So what's really going on here?
The Daintree pro-power group are now attacking anyone and everyone for "discrimination". He put it very simply this morning during his usual bitch about the lack of power. 'Ergon provides power to all the aboriginal communities north of us, we're being discriminated against".
This continues to ignore the basic fact of Daintree subdivision and development. NO MAINS POWER WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE APPROVAL FOR THESE PROPERTIES. They now just want to abrogate an essential element of Daintree development. This land was sold to hippies who wanted to live off the land, off the grid, and in a non-commercial way. O'Doherty and everyone else purchased properties that had this covenant embodied in their land deed.
So now they want to change the game. That's fine, let's have a proper debate about what will undoubtably be massive development of the Daintree if mains power were available.
Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch has issued his boilerplate letter of support to this group. Anything to secure a couple votes. Entsch support of any issue is now looking to be the kiss of death, like the NQ Insurance White Paper. Entsch gets nothing done for anyone. Thanks for that, fatboy!
This is an insidious and intellectually-bankrupt way for these Daintree residents to affect change. The preservation of the Daintree is a national and international issue. Once the grid is in and we find out that the Eco-Gen JouleBox is a fraud, you can bet these people will be yammering for Ergon to hook 'em up the our grid.
Let's have the discussion. But stop hiding behind scammers.