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When did the Germans become this stupid?

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The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe’

Germans have never struck me as being stupid people. It may be cliched to picture them as sober, serious, stolid citizens who make machines and systems that work, but that’s because cliches often derive from basic truths.

But there is that whole German Political Party That Must Not Be Named thing, which often seemed to be both led and run by hysterics, so perhaps there’s some flaw in the German national character that just bursts out from time to time.

Begging also does not seem to be them either.

Oh dear:

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was in Canada recently begging Justin Trudeau for Liquified Natural Gas. “Canada is our partner of choice,” said Scholz, adding “we hope that Canadian LNG will play a major role” in his country’s attempt to wean itself off Russian energy.

Trudeau was characteristically dismissive, saying there has “never been a strong business case” for exporting Canadian LNG to Europe. Of course, he was also letting himself off the hook for his government’s entrenched anti-resource-sector policies: Canada currently has not one single LNG active export terminal, and Canada’s regulatory framework is responsible for the outright rejection of sixteen of the eighteen proposed terminal construction projects since Trudeau took power.

All of this is due to the German Energiewende (clean energy transition) running into a few problems, mainly because the only way to make the transition “work” was to import large amounts of Russian gas to make up the difference – and now that strategy is stuffed because of all the sanctions against Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine. That article looks at the sad efforts to move away from coal – until now:

Of course, the plan to fire up the coal-fired power plants has been presented as an ‘emergency’ measure, in response to the war in Ukraine. As recently as December, the German government was promising to accelerate the phase-out of coal power. Instead of eliminating coal by 2038, as Angela Merkel had planned, the new government aims to end the use of coal by 2030. 

There was also more begging:

On top of reopening coal plants, Habeck was forced to visit Qatar earlier this year, in order to secure new supplies of liquefied natural gas. Photos of Habeck bowing to the Qatari energy minister were met with widespread derision on social media. This was widely seen as a betrayal not only of Habeck’s green principles, but also of the ‘moral foreign policy’ that the Green Party had promised. 

Humiliating, but what else could he do? Beggars can’t be choosers, and Germany is very much a beggar.

The Russians know it too. That’s why they’ve cut down LNG flows to Germany by 60 percent, blaming “mechanical problems” while ostentatiously burning $10 million worth of natural gas per day at the mouth of the Nord Stream pipeline rather than sending it to Germany. Russia is making the same amount of money from 1/5 of its former supply: an own-goal by the Euros.

Even in the face of this disaster the Germans are also still being fanatical about closing their nuke plants, although that has begin to at least wobble a bit in the wake of exploding energy costs. Luckily for the Germans the entire EU has declared that not only are nukes Clean and Green – but so too is Natural Gas:

The European Union voted on Wednesday to keep some specific uses of natural gas and nuclear energy in its taxonomy of sustainable sources of energy.

Ecoactivists and unhappy bureaucrats are already complaining the move is “green-washing” nuclear power and natural gas. Austria intends to bring the matter to the European Court.

Meh. They’re hankering for the 1980’s anti-nuke past while these current events are already clearly changing attitudes back to nuclear power:

The U.K., Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands have all announced plans to build new reactors, adding to Europe’s decades-old reactor fleet

Mind you, as goes Germany, so goes Europe.

The story is much the same throughout the continent — in Poland people have been lining up in their cars for multiple days in the hopes of buying rationed coal to get them through the next several months (the E.U. has also embargoed Russian coal imports). The manager of Finland’s power grid has begun telling the country to “prepare for shortages this winter.” The British were recently informed that their heat and energy costs would increase by 80 percent as of October 1, and their national grid managers, too, have begun to talk more about shortages than cost.

Meanwhile, China and India happily use all the fossil fuels Europe is not.

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Written by Tom Hunter

September 4, 2022 at 6:00 am

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  1. Western politicians are either stupid or evil – quite possibly both

    Andrei

    September 4, 2022 at 9:17 am

    • German FM? is that the finance minister?

      Uncoffined

      September 4, 2022 at 11:02 am

      • 𝔍𝔞, 𝔰𝔥𝔢 𝔦𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔊𝔢𝔯𝔪𝔞𝔫 𝔣𝔦𝔫𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢 𝔪𝔦𝔫𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔢𝔯.

        𝔖𝔥𝔢 𝔦𝔰 𝔢𝔵𝔭𝔩𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔊𝔢𝔯𝔪𝔞𝔫 𝔭𝔢𝔬𝔭𝔩𝔢 𝔴𝔥𝔶 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔶 𝔫𝔢𝔢𝔡 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔞𝔨𝔢 𝔠𝔬𝔩𝔡 𝔰𝔥𝔬𝔴𝔢𝔯𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔣𝔞𝔠𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔰 𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔪𝔬𝔱𝔥𝔟𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔭𝔯𝔬𝔡𝔲𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 𝔡𝔲𝔢 𝔱𝔬 𝔢𝔫𝔢𝔯𝔤𝔶 𝔰𝔥𝔬𝔯𝔱𝔞𝔤𝔢𝔰 𝔡𝔲𝔢 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔨 𝔬𝔣 ℜ𝔲𝔰𝔰𝔦𝔞𝔫 𝔤𝔞𝔰

        Andrei

        September 4, 2022 at 4:30 pm

  2. Another example of an idiot

    Andrei

    September 4, 2022 at 9:23 am

  3. When did the world become this stupid? I think it’s ideology and hubris with an inability to see reality.

    Heard recently that if Germany falls, it’s over for the EU.

    Lucia Maria

    September 4, 2022 at 11:01 am

  4. They can never claim they were not warned, a certain world leader did unequivalently tell the world they were nuts to rely on Russia for alternatives to coal and Nuclear but he was stupid right?

    Gravedodger

    September 4, 2022 at 8:34 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Utopia, you are standing in it!.

    Jim Rose

    September 4, 2022 at 9:43 pm


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