Skip to comments.Greenie energy leaves Europe in the cold -- the freezing cold
Posted on 09/28/2021 4:53:45 AM PDT by MtnClimber
Europe is facing the mother of all energy shortages as winter beckons, all because of its shift to greenie energy.
Greenie energy has been vaunted by politicians such as President Obama, Joe Biden, and virtually every European politician in power as progress itself, the way forward, the wave of the future. Anyone who's got problems with it, as Obama smarmily assured, is "stuck in the past."
Turns out that's crap. After going green and shutting down its coal, fossil fuel, fracking, and nuclear energy production, and feeling mighty virtuous for doing it, Europe is now going cold -- freezing cold. The region faces a very bad winter ahead with energy shortages across the board. Seems green energy can do everything to make a lefty European feel good except produce the actual energy. So, courtesy of the phony prophets of greenie virtue, Europeans are going without, even as Joe Biden is doing his darndest to take America down that cliff.
In an excellent signed piece by Wall Street Journal editorial writer Allysia Finley, she described the scope of the crisis:
...the U.K. and Germany have banned hydraulic fracturing, letting their rich gas shale resources go to waste. Meantime, the Netherlands is shutting down Europe’s biggest gas field.
In short, all of Europe’s green chickens are coming home to roost. Several U.K. retail electricity providers have collapsed in recent weeks because of the surging price of gas. Energy experts warn that some German power suppliers are in danger of going insolvent. Germany’s electricity prices, which were already the highest in Europe because of heavy reliance on renewables, have more than doubled since February.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
It is all OK. I am sure Russia will give them enough natural gas to keep them from freezing.
If they kiss Putin’s ass enough.
“Carbon dioxide production? Sorry, Germany, no beer.”
Ok. This stuff is getting serious.
Too bad they can’t harness the hot air spewing out of every politician’s mouth.
For almost 60 winters, I have listened to my very practical wife’s admonitions to simply “Layer up”.
So I guess Putin, being a practical sort, maybe should have one of those Fireside Chats, Democrats are so fond of and tell Europe to ‘dress in layers’ this winter.
Opportunity for Europe to chill-out.
Voting has consequences.
movie length, slow paced, but thoroughly enjoyable:
24 Sept: Youtube: 1h32m: Headwind”21 [Documentary]
Former London banker Alexander Pohl worked for years for one of the world’s greenest banks. Idealistically driven he financed big wind and solar farms genuinely convinced he was making the world a better place.
Gradually he woke up to the fact that today’s green is a broken system. He gave up banking and emigrated with his family to his little forest paradise in remote, northern Sweden. The dream was to get back to Nature, start an eco-farm and put as much distance as he could between his family and the industrialization of nature.
Until….. A wind park was planned at the gates of his paradise garden.
Documentarian Poels and Alexander Pohl are taking the journey together…. to ask questions and unravel the green wonderland to its true core …
“It is all OK. I am sure Russia will give them enough natural gas to keep them from freezing.”
The thing is, Putin might just pull them out of the nightmare they’ve created on their own, by actually believing what the Left there continues to tell them, in all areas of society.
We’ll see how it plays out, but it should be obviously now that Europe is simply INCAPABLE of governing itself, as they don’t have the means to identify their REAL ENEMIES (hint, Putin isn’t one of them) at this point (and we may not be much better).
I don’t like the idea of permanently losing Europe, so I’m rooting for Putin at this point.
I believe Merkel and Putin have been the stabilizing force for energy for the EU.
Just build more windmills; problem solved!
What happened, in the German case...started with Fukushima and when the smoke cleared...the remaining nuclear plants were given the warning...no renewal of your certification would occur.
For decades, you designed nuke plants in Germany for a 20-year period...then did a minor renovation, got a new certification, and got a second twenty-year period. It was a great business model.
Well, that ended, and next year (2022), the last German nuke plant shuts down. This is 14 years ahead of the schedule written in 2010. This was problem number one.
Then the environmental folks went after the coal plants. The current schedule? By 2038, the last coal plant (currently providing around one-third of all German power) will be shut down.
Somewhere in this mix, the government halted the tax credit for wind generators. So as each wind generator reaches life expectancy, it comes off-line (torn down), and in the past three years...NO replacement comes up. Up until 2017, there was a massive plant to put up new wind-generators, and that whole thing is scaled back.
So the best you can say....come the 2030s, Germans will be buying all their power from neighbors (at fantastic rates) and feel good that they aren’t producing any dirty energy.
“Opportunity for Europe to chill-out. Voting has consequences.”
It used to NOT have consequence, as there was always ‘daddy’, being a combination of the US government and people there who were older than the Baby Boomers. So younger people could ‘take the moral high ground’ being anti-nuke, anti-fossil fuel, anti-family, etc., knowing in the back of their minds that none of their ‘idealism’ would ever become policy.
Now ‘daddy’ is gone, and NOW their votes do have consequences.
Cold? Winter? WTF are they talking about? With Out of Control man made Global Warming happening everywhere on the Planet, why would they even consider the need for Heating?? Can’t they just put 100 lb blocks of Dry Ice in thier homes and let the Magical CO2 it emits build up and heat thier homes if they need it??
Just like they believe evil is good, they believe cold is warm.
What do they care. They'll never have to suffer black or brown-outs or lack of heating and a/c in their residences - or lack of fuel for their private jets.
Wait until January February rolls around 🤪
Betcha donuts bammy’s new temple to himself in chiraq isn’t green powered. Nor are his houses.
Denmark, the world's most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant.
It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power's unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone).
Flemming Nissen, the head of development at West Danish generating company ELSAM (one of Denmark's largest energy utilities) tells us that "wind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions."
The German experience is no different. Der Spiegel reports that "Germany's CO2 emissions haven't been reduced by even a single gram," and additional coal-and gas-fired plants have been constructed to ensure reliable delivery.
Indeed, recent academic research shows that wind power may actually increase greenhouse gas emissions in some cases, depending on the carbon-intensity of back-up generation required because of its intermittent character.
On the negative side of the environmental ledger are adverse impacts of industrial wind turbines on birdlife and other forms of wildlife, farm animals, wetlands and viewsheds.
Suck it up Greenies.
And all those solar cells into the dumpster
We are in the early stages of Idiocracy.
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