Column: European Cargo Cults? Standing On The Shore, Waiting For ‘Energy Cargo’…A Full Circle Of Colonial Irony

Reposted from BOE REPORT

October 5, 20216:35 AM Terry Etam

I’m not sure what is politically incorrect, what isn’t these days, but screw it – some aspects of history are just too absurd to not be amused by. It becomes even funnier when, subjected to certain lenses of political correctness, the mirth is multiplied into top-notch black humour. In today’s sermon, colonialism provides just such a wonderful tipping-of-the-table.

Consider a cultural oddity of last century – ‘cargo cults’ that appeared in some undeveloped countries like Papua New Guinea. Locals were ‘blessed’ with visits from Europeans, who came ashore from huge boats. A primary influence the Europeans left behind was Pidgin English, a shorthand version of English that is endearingly direct (Prince Philip became known on some shores as “Fella belong Missus Queen”). A sadder aspect was the development of cargo cults – simple-living people with little exposure to the outer world who were mesmerized by the bountiful, strange, wonderful objects brought ashore by foreigners. They associated this stuff with the arrival of ships, and many watched and waited years for ships to return, and with them, more miraculous cargo.

Mock those people at your peril, for now the tables have turned in a poetic-justice manner. Those same colonialists that landed ashore Papua New Guinea, bringing the stench of royalty and bedazzling primitive tribes with Euro-goods, are now standing on the shores of the UK, staring out to sea, desperately hoping to see an LNG cargo ship arrive, and Papua New Guinea might very well be the home of that LNG.

Karma has a sense of humour. 

Nothing against your energy crisis, UK; it truly is a tragedy in the making. The dart of accountability is aimed more at the foreheads of the climate lunatics you’ve let take the wheel. Their boneheadedness is truly breathtaking; it’s like they are standing on the deck of the Titanic staring down at the gaping hole in the side, and declaring that what the ship needs first and foremost is a salad bar. Hey, our governments have been infiltrated by those termites also, so I’m not laughing; I guess the only difference is that, since our oil/gas sector is rather critical to the economy over here, our government is having a much harder time killing it.

Here in Canada, some of us would love to help out. We would love to send you some natural gas. We have a lot. We just can’t get it to you, because we have federal leaders that care far more about what the UN thinks than about how to manage and run a country. A whole country, that is. Putin builds Europe a gas line, then plays games to maximize the haul of rubles. Canada chooses to not even get in the game.

We are working on LNG export capability, despite some bizarre internal obstacles. A few terminals may be ready a few years after you freeze to death. If you want to know why we can’t get you any natural gas, a good local place to start for the British is with the whack jobs at Extinction Rebellion, the piteous group of flailing and ignorant anarchists that originated there and spread over here like wildfire, a sort of COVID-18. You can have them back, by the way; they block roads, annoy everyone, convince no one, and wander in circles evading reality until the next siren song beckons them to assemble again in a formation of human mosquitoes.

For full disclosure, we would love to get you some natural gas not just to keep you from freezing to death, but because extracting and selling natural gas pays a lot of the bills. It would pay a hell of a lot more of them if we could get you some of our gas. Erudite industry veteran Dave Yeager posted an excellent synopsis of the issue on Twitter last week: In late September, AECO gas traded at C$2.72/GJ, US Henry Hub gas traded at US$5.03/mmbtu (approx C$6/GJ), and Asian LNG traded at US$29/mmbtu (approximately infinity compared to Canada’s pathetic number).

Canadian producers are forced to sell at this bargain basement price because we can’t get the product to global market, where it would be most welcome. Canadians are generally oblivious to the amount of money being left on the table, not to mention oblivious to your thundering need for the stuff.

Because your situation there in Europe is so dire, I don’t really have the heart to point out that the piano really is being moved over your head, and XR is cutting the rope. “China’s central government officials ordered the country’s top state-owned energy companies — from coal to electricity and oil — to secure supplies for this winter at all costs, according to people familiar with the matter,” noted Bloomberg in a (sorry) firewall-protected article. Good luck competing with them. Over here in Canada, we would liken that to a grizzly bear and a French poodle squaring off over a pork chop. Not being disrespectful of Britain’s might, mind you; just pointing out that China has 1.3 billion people to keep from revolting, and they are running for the buffet and will shoulder check anyone out of the way without blinking. 

I really am loathe to inform you though that it gets worse. Much worse. In nearby India, where coal accounts for almost half of the country’s energy production, more than half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants have only enough coal to last only three days. Government guidelines suggest a two-week supply. India also has over a billion people, and is also on a life-and-death scramble for hydrocarbons in any form. The UK’s 70 million well-looked-after citizens are going head to head with 2.5 billion that need those same fuels for survival.

And on that note, please don’t take the above bits of levity as a failure to grasp the seriousness of this global situation. A cold winter will be devastating for much of the world’s population, and I’m not talking about a government directive to set the thermostat to 65.

As one clown on Twitter put it, we are past gas-to-oil switching and approaching gas-to-furniture switching. The headlines get ever more ominous. Ten days ago, it was European zinc processors that were cutting output, now, as of early October, massive Dutch greenhouses are going dark and cutting output. I had no idea how huge Dutch greenhouses are, exporting over ten billion in food, but I’m sure you knew that, being neighbours. To make the point crystal clear to any apoplectic activists listening in, that’s the food supply shutting down, folks.

Make no mistake: this catastrophe has been purposefully engineered by energy charlatans and organizations that convinced the world it no longer needs hydrocarbons and can begin dismantling the hydrocarbon system. Every ENGO celebration of a blocked pipeline is a direct and irrefutable piece of evidence should the unthinkable happen. The games are over. It would be really great to be just writing about positive energy developments, like a burgeoning hydrogen economy, or whatnot, and if the ‘transition’ had occurred in a rational way, that would be the story. But it’s not, and wishing you all the best that those cargo ships appear on the horizon. And soon.

Buy it while it’s still legal! Before the book burnin’ starts…pick up “The End of Fossil Fuel Insanity” at Amazon.caIndigo.ca, or Amazon.com. Thanks for the support.

Read more insightful analysis from Terry Etam here, or email Terry here.

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RickWill
Reply to  Chris
October 6, 2021 1:23 am

CO2 Enrichment

I thought the whole idea of net zero was to avoid CO2-enrichment of the atmosphere! Why would anyone go out of their way to add CO2 to the atmosphere – it seems anti-social.

Scissor
Reply to  Chris
October 6, 2021 5:05 am

The connection between CO2 and food will become apparent. The connection between natural gas and fertilizer production will also become apparent.

Attacks on CO2 and attacks on fossil fuels are attacks on food and on life itself.

MAL
Reply to  Scissor
October 6, 2021 9:41 am

All carbon atom in one’s body comes from CO2 and yet said greenies call the carbon a pollution. There are so stupid.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Scissor
October 6, 2021 10:57 am

“The connection between CO2 and food will become apparent. The connection between natural gas and fertilizer production will also become apparent”

You nailed that one Scissor!

Another secret about fossil fuels: Haber Bosch process-fertilizers feeding the planet using natural gas-doubling food production/crop yields.

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/39215/

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
October 6, 2021 11:02 am
Doonman
Reply to  Scissor
October 6, 2021 11:51 am

Attacks on CO2 and attacks on fossil fuels are attacks on food and on life itself.

Yes. Now you are understanding the effort. Greens want to eliminate humans who’s activities they deem as unnatural. Of course, when offered the chance to be the first in line to live up to their beliefs, they decline.

GregK
October 5, 2021 10:36 pm

For rural Brits the answer is out in their fields…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_dung_fuel
For city dwellers electricity power plants can import more [eco-friendly, non-countable C02 emitting] woodchips.
Or perhaps install their own “biomass” heating systems –
https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/biomass/

When I was a child that was the wood stove with the coil in the back for hot water.
Seems we were well in front of the eco-race back then.

Gerry, England
Reply to  GregK
October 6, 2021 3:20 am

On an industrial placement I worked for a company making wood burning stoves and there was a version with a back boiler to provide for central heating. I had looked at a wood gasification boiler with a view to adding in to the CH system and may return to it soon. a generator for electricity back up would seem prudent too.

Alexy Scherbakoff
October 5, 2021 10:57 pm

I’m actually looking forward to the upcoming disaster. It might get complacent fat assholes to do something about their government.
People seem to be suffering from battered wife syndrome. ‘He still loves me and gives me chocolates and flowers and apologises after he beats me’. It’s about time you dumped his sorry arse you stupid bitch.

SxyxS
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 6, 2021 2:53 am

Well,the Stockholm Syndrome has been successfully planted into the brains of those people, therefore they can get away with anything.
No contradiction can be too huge they wouldn’t accept.
No deliberate destruction (of culture,infrastructure,wealth,health,democracy )too big
they wouldn’t go along with as long as it’s justified with AGW,Iinclusion,diversity,tolerance.

And this is being done on purpose systematically since at least 100 years ago when Bertrand Russell from the Fabian Society (Communists pretending to be socialists according to George OrWell) said
that they will create a docile society(with educational,psychological and chemical tricks) where people will believe Snow is black if authoroties say so.
That people would attack their own who do not stay in line and that nationalism should be treated as crime.
In is his later books he wrote that those who will oppose it shall be killed,which goes perfectly along the mass killings of communism and which was confirmed by former top propagandist Bezmenov who warned us 4 decades ago “Those in the USA who will try to resist communism will be killed like cockroaches.
(It may be of interest that even Russell was shocked after he visited Russia after the revolution,by the enormous scale of destruction the communists did to the country )

Now we need to understand that those plans already existed 100 years ago and that these people were already sure to have the necessary powerstructure to bring world communism.
It may be of intresst that the Fabian Society is(by some strange coincidence 🙂 located in the same city where Karl Marx lived and was buried.
And it gets even more interesting when we find out for which banking dynasty Marx ‘ secretary Pieper had been working
and that this dynasty originated from the same german city where Marx and Hess started their communism and the their main Patriarch is known for the first globalist quote

“I care not what Bide…Obam…Puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets.
The man who control the british money supply controls the british empire,and i control the money supply ”

Now it may be good to know that this family owns “the Economist” which “predicted” a world currency in 1988 (with all the same restrictions in terms of democracy and national sovereignty that are being implanted with co2 and Agenda 21 which was started in 1992 at the UN summit in Rio by a banker from this dynasty > Edmond de R)
It may be of interest to know that this dynasty has built a courtroom which has on it’s roof the very same specific symbol that was put on the dollar after the dollar was highjacked by private banksters (FED)
It may also be of interest to know that the owners of the 1st & second national American bank were from London.
Except Rockfeller and JP Morgan whose Job was to finance Hitler ,the owners of the third national bank,(FED) were the same but no longer from London as they had moved to NY where the UN is.

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Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  SxyxS
October 6, 2021 3:50 am

When we read a novel like ‘1984’or Fahrenheit 451′, we instinctively recognise who the good guys and the bad guys are. In real life, the majority seems to side with the bad guys.
It’s just like in the novels, unfortunately, the ‘good’ people of the world don’t realise that they are the bad guys.

StephenP
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 6, 2021 5:05 am

Given all the fuss about Cecil Rhodes statue and Rhodes must fall, I am surprised that, in view of the effect of Marx’s creed in the many millions killed, that no-one has demonstrated in favour of Marx must fall.
There are plenty of his statues to demonstrate against.

TonyG
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 6, 2021 1:22 pm

Alexy people look at history and say “how could something like that happen” yet nobody looks in the mirror and realizes “oh, that’s how”

Gerry, England
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 6, 2021 3:18 am

It had to come eventually and I am surprised it has happened so quickly but I think the effects of Covid have helped.

Richard Page
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 6, 2021 4:52 am

Great. Good idea. Now tell me who to replace his sorry arse with when they’re all like that? Most of the Con front runners are from the same mould, Lab are arguably far worse if they could even organise a pissup in a brewery and the Lib dems combine the worst aspects of green wokery with a blinkered head-in-the-sand far left view that is a disaster in the making. The whole political mess in the UK has been building for a good while but there are no real alternatives. It will almost certainly get worse but hopefully that might serve to get us better alternatives for the future.

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auto
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 1:51 pm

Richard,
I agree.
A significant part of the problem is the selection of ‘viable’ candidates by Conservative and Labour parties.

A Tory in South Wales isn’t a ‘viable’ candidate.4
In marginals, and safe seats, the selection of increasingly ambitious, bull5h1t-spouting know-little, young – so inexperienced – drones has become endemic.
There are few good minds – let alone achievers – in Parliament.
How many can manage a department of state?
How many can manage their own finances – or libido?

And from this flawed, and green [naive in the ways of the world, as well as, in many cases, drunk on the watermelons’ Kool-aid] , pool, the leaders have to fill a Cabinet, or a Shadow Cabinet..

I’ve told my kids to buy canned foods – and can openers!

Auto

Davidf
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 2:41 pm

Ditto New Zealand. Except our great leaders are hell bent on returning us to rule by an aristocratic elite, largely race based

Graham
Reply to  Davidf
October 7, 2021 1:18 am

Hear Hear well said Davidf. We have a disaster in the making. NZ already has 11 regional councils which allocate water from rivers and that which is pumped out of the ground .
Why set up 5 more entities above them ?
Our PM St Jacinda wants to set up 5 more “Three Waters government entities giving our Maori people control of them .
She has banned further offshore oil and gas exploration and when our hydro lakes run low we import coal from Indonesia to fuel our large Huntly thermal power station because we do not have enough gas because of the ban .
New Zealand has large deposits of coal but very little is mined at the moment .

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 10:03 pm

One can do so much with the judicious use of QR codes. One, if so inclined, could place a sticker with the following QR code over a government-issued document. It would be amusing if you could place similar things around town. Cat pictures, bears(gay variety) having sex. Here’s a sample.

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StephenP
October 5, 2021 10:58 pm

The truth is often depressing, but how long will it be before the powers that be realise the facts about energy supply.
There seems to be no alternative political party to vote for that sees common sense, until we get into a position that will be very difficult to reverse.

Reply to  StephenP
October 6, 2021 2:13 am

Reform party may be gearing up for anti-renewable campaign

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  StephenP
October 6, 2021 2:23 am

Parties are described as left, left of center, centrist, far right. This perspective comes from where you are standing. I told two politicians that came to my door looking for my vote that I had no choice as there were only “fifty shades of left.”

I am not looking for a left or right wing party, simply one that promotes individual responsibility, is frugal, significantly reduces wasteful regulation and puts the bloated bureaucracy on a strict diet. I wish.

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Gregory Woods
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 6, 2021 3:10 am

Libertarians

Peter W
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 6, 2021 4:50 am

The U.S. llbertarian party is very anti-war.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 6, 2021 3:23 am

Yes, I note that there is never a right wing party – they are always labelled far right if they don’t conform to the centre-left viewpoint. For example Alternative fur Deutschland was founded as anti-Euro first and foremost and yet is labelled ‘far right’.

Posa
Reply to  StephenP
October 6, 2021 2:26 pm

Silly man. Energy programs are operating as designed… to depopulate and deindustrialize society to usher in a New Dark Ages. There will be no great revelation or Lessons Learned after a ’21-’22 energy catastrophe. As Tom Friedman writes in the NYTimes today:
A Scary Energy Winter Is Coming. Don’t Blame the Greens.

Redge
October 5, 2021 11:18 pm

The clown ponce of the UK government is about to invoke the spirit of Thatcher and Churchill by denouncing Major, Cameron and May for inaction.

If the PM had any brain cells, he’d give the green light to fracking with immediate effect.

Heck, take the whole of the British Parliament, bang their collective heads together and collectively they still wouldn’t have the brainpower of a single amoeba.

/rant

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DaveS
Reply to  Redge
October 6, 2021 5:24 am

If the PM had any brain cells”

There’s the problem…

auto
Reply to  DaveS
October 6, 2021 1:59 pm

which of his heads are we considering?

Auto

October 5, 2021 11:25 pm

and here in the US, the pipeline canceling Dementia Joe will blame Trump for the energy crisis driving natgas prices thru the roof. Just watch. Quite Predictable.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
October 6, 2021 8:06 am

Why not? Biden and the Democrats blame Trump for everything else anyway.

Of course, the truth tells a different story.

TonyG
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
October 6, 2021 1:23 pm

WILL blame?

LdB
October 5, 2021 11:42 pm

Not to rub it in but Australian LNG exports (up 16 per cent month-on-month) and coal (up 13 per cent month-on-month)

StephenP
Reply to  LdB
October 6, 2021 12:01 am

Are you allowed to use coal and natural gas at home, or are they for export only?

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  StephenP
October 6, 2021 12:07 am

Nobody burns coal for domestic applications – no need. Some cities have natural gas utilities. You can get an LPG container for barbecues, some use larger cylinders for home cooking where natural gas isn’t available. Most gas is for export.

MARTIN BRUMBY
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 6, 2021 12:36 am

I burn coal and / or wood here in UK.
I fell, cut, split and season the wood.

Main heating, hot water and hob are gas. But boiler and pump don’t work without electricity.

Stove works great and is far more entertaining to watch than TV. And doesn’t continually insult my intelligence.

alastair gray
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 6, 2021 12:46 am

likewise. however when the cold bites maurauding cangs will hoover up any supply pf wood to keep warm. I fear that we have let the machinery wind down too far to ever nbe able to restart it so welcome to the dark ages Like the end of the Roman Empire

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 6, 2021 6:44 am

Martin, you deserve +10 for the last sentence:
“Stove works great and is far more entertaining to watch than TV. And doesn’t continually insult my intelligence.”

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 7, 2021 2:15 pm

Sounds like our farm in Virginia. I had a coal-burning stove once too. I still remember my grandparents coal-fueled furnace, loved to watch the coal being delivered.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  StephenP
October 6, 2021 3:16 am

if i could GET coal I would be burning it! woods now at 300 a ton metric
regs re roadside collection are insane and very limited times to get. many rural places rely on bottled lpg gas at $130 for 100kg ok for cooking or instant gas water for showers but costly if you use it for heating

RickWill
Reply to  LdB
October 6, 2021 1:33 am

But what about prices?

Australia is near the point where the entire population can sit back and watch Netflix with the government doling out the cash to live a happy life. Bring in a few low paid workers to harvest the crops and work the mining equipment and Australians just laze about on a sunny beach:
https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/current-account

However ScoMo must get to Glasgow to slap some backs and let them know that Australians are offering 120% support for all the random electricity generators and battery electric vehicles that will see the developed world achieve net-zero. Just don’t get in the way of China using Australian resources to make all the unsustainable hardware.

LdB
Reply to  RickWill
October 6, 2021 1:52 am

At this stage ScoMo isn’t going to COP26 but expect the greentards to whinge to Biden and Boris who will cajole him to go. Prices were inline with market the trade surplus was $15.1 billion and was the 44th consecutive month of surpluses.

Griff is probably weeping which is why he hasn’t been on for days.

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ozspeaksup
Reply to  LdB
October 6, 2021 3:14 am

yeah while at home lpg for cars n home use soars and shortages are expected
deals to OS for cents while WE pay dollars!

Vuk
October 5, 2021 11:52 pm

“Make no mistake: this catastrophe has been purposefully engineered….”

You can say that again.
Scientists from Wuhan and the US were planning to create new coronaviruses that did not exist in nature by combining the genetic codes of other viruses, proposals show.
Documents of a grant application submitted to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), leaked last month, reveal that the international team of scientists planned to mix genetic data of closely related strains and grow completely new viruses.”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/10/05/wuhan-us-scientists-planned-create-new-coronaviruses-funding/

M Courtney
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 12:16 am

They sure didn’t plan to release a virus that targets mainly the elderly.
Have you seen who runs China?

Vuk
Reply to  M Courtney
October 6, 2021 12:49 am

That might have been an accident, someone didn’t follow proper safety procedure before going to the fish/wet market to buy food.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 3:26 am

I think it was probably an accident but then if you did want to release it then using the site of the lab would provide a cover story. It has nothing to do with any food market as infections started at the October 2019 Wuhan Military Games but the infections were slight and nobody was tested at the time.

MARTIN BRUMBY
Reply to  M Courtney
October 6, 2021 12:53 am

Don’t you think it strange that no senior CCP member, no Chinese ‘celebrity’, no Chinese billionaire has been identified as harmed by Covid?

You think that those clever enough to develop a chimeric virus won’t have the appropriate vaccine (one that works. Certainly not Sinopharm), before the virus is released?

You think Xi Jinping wouldn’t like to release a virus specifically targeting the old, sick, male (i.e. the economically least productive and those who can remember the ‘old’ days)? A virus that is especially virulent to those with low levels of vitamin D (including our chums in the Uigher community, of course)?

You think he wouldn’t dream of such a naughty thing, knowing that he has not only sleepy Joe, but also the WHO, academia, the media and big tech eating out of his hand, knowing ALL the dirt on some, relying on the venality of others?

Dream on.

Mark Gobell
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 6, 2021 1:12 am

Why limit your imaginings to Jinping only?

MG

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Mark Gobell
October 6, 2021 3:19 am

true its bliiygates wet dream come true

Vuk
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 6, 2021 1:15 am

Interesting points, almost not affecting youngsters as the initial research revealed + the fact that the Uigher religion has the anti-vaccination predisposition.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 3:22 am

curiously Aus seems to have a LOT of the 50 n under as the main hosp intake

Wade
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 6, 2021 5:39 am

COVID-19 is very similar to SARS. (Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2550-z) Therefore, the countries that were affected most by SARS were less affected by COVID-19 due to natural immunity. Since SARS also came from China, they were less affected.

Of course, the reason why the SARS coronavirus didn’t kill as many people as it did was that doctors were allowed to prescribe hydroxychloroquine. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1232869/) This isn’t some grand conspiracy by the hospitals, however. They lost billions when profitable surgeries were put off, so they need to make up the money somehow. And they also need to avoid losing money. If the hospital follows government guidelines, they won’t be sued. All the drug companies have to do is bribe a few in the government or a few hospital administrators, and peer pressure will force the rest to comply. You can also be sure that government bureaucrats and hospital administrators are completely isolated from the decisions they make. They will never see firsthand the results of their policies, therefore they will never understand how terrible their policies are.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 7, 2021 2:17 pm

More likely they were pumped full of HCQ and ivermectin….

Sara
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 4:59 am

How reliable is the Telegraph in its reporting these days? Just askin’.

Haven’t seen any shortages in my area so far, but you never know. Here in the US/Upper Midwest, Gas at the pump is not a problem yet, nor is nat-gas for heating and cooking and the water heater, and while food prices seem a bit higher than this time last year, I’m wondering how far ahead I have to stock stuff, just to put food on the table.

And yes, I do wish I’d been able to find a house with a wood-burning fireplace, but the housing market balloon recovered from its 2008 man-made crisis and moved ahead.

Some of this is beginning to be kind of spooky. It parallels something in a short story I wrote in 2010. Now I wonder just about how long it will be until the entire economy just implodes on itself.

Kiwi Gary
October 6, 2021 12:14 am

Most of the gas supplies by Russia to Europe pass through Germany. The German energy ministry states that Russia is pumping the contracted amount, so V. Putin cannot be charged with holding back supplies. The block is the European court, which limited the amount of gas the Russia could supply as an anti-monopoly move. Russia has stated that it will pump more gas once that block is removed. This may not happen, as the EU parliament has passed bills refusing to acknowledge the recently elected government of Russia, demanding regime change, demanding cut-off from SWIFT, and authorising destabilising actions short of actual war against Russia, particularly cyber-disruption.

MARTIN BRUMBY
Reply to  Kiwi Gary
October 6, 2021 12:57 am

Vlad the Bad has probably more functioning brain cells than all the beloved leaders of the EU and UK, not to mention Sleepy Joe. Together.

I hope he dies of excessive laughing.

Vuk
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
October 6, 2021 1:38 am

Don’t forget he was a secret agent trained that a blunder might cost him his life. When away from London I occasionally go for a long walk along a an insignificant road, passing a distinct property locally known to belong to Roman Abramovich, but rumoured it is meant for Putin’s retirement if an urgent exit from Russia is required. There is a disproportionate number of large properties in the area purchased by Russian billionaires during last couple of decades.
Google street view has even a little map in the corner:
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6871727,7.3389778,3a,77y,9.34h,89.8t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sWeLfk5mjWplZtEPBZFtl_A!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Vuk
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 3:09 am

… and so what is behind that odd looking wooden gate, and the gate house at No. 21, guarded by a ‘very nasty dog’ ?
… an estate with a huge villa a number of out and services buildings.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/21+Av.+Jean+Mermoz,+06230+Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat,+France/@43.6872658,7.3388086,347m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x12cddb685b16fa4d:0xbbbf7d9c5a214d1d!8m2!3d43.6872725!4d7.3390498
Not bad for an ex communist.

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Sara
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 5:03 am

Just a question, Vuk: Vlad has a villa on the Black See. It looks like bunker more than a villa and is embedded in a hillside, quite elaborately decorated – as if for a Tsar – and really out of reach of most people. Not particularly visible from a distance,

So why would Vlad Putin need a villa in London?

Vuk
Reply to  Sara
October 6, 2021 5:57 am

…. but not out of reach of the kind of people that don’t like tsars or those who live as if they were tsars, kind that shot Nicholas II and family in 1917.
Sara, it is not in London, click on the links I posted to see where the place is. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has one somewhere in the UK too.
If you ever get around those parts of Europe, there are lot of nice walk, but for time being you could have a stroll with the google’s street view, so you would know what to expect.
I have personal reservation for this bench, but you are welcome to use it on my account
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6867264,7.3365282,3a,75y,183.59h,70.7t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sD_1I75ERK_z6qyBuqZiWIQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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Sara
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 7:51 am

Thanks, Vuk! This gets to be more and more interesting.

But what could Vlad possibly be worried about? That’s something I will ponder for a while.

Richard Page
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 7:05 am

Modest little place, ain’t it?

Vuk
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 7:51 am

Paul Allen of Microsoft, has also a modest little place about half a mile away
https://youtu.be/QWVMOWW_Udw
while Bill Gates is owner of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat nearby, Elton John another ‘climate change apostle’ is not far away, all ‘the have nots’ getting together.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 5:37 pm

Paul Allen of Microsoft, has also a modest little place about half a mile away”

Had. He’s been dead for a couple of years.

Vuk
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
October 7, 2021 4:25 am

RIP, only good comments about deceased.

Sara
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 7:51 am

And has a lovely view, too.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Kiwi Gary
October 6, 2021 3:23 am

on their own COLD heads be it;-)

suqi
October 6, 2021 12:26 am

As of 2019 Canada is estimated to have 1,382 trillion cubic feet of natural gas resources, an amount equal to over 200 years of current annual demand.

Klem
Reply to  suqi
October 6, 2021 12:58 am

But but…climate change..

Rusty
Reply to  suqi
October 6, 2021 3:38 am

UK is supposed to be sitting on 200 years of current annual demand too.

RickWill
October 6, 2021 1:17 am

We are working on LNG export capability, despite some bizarre internal obstacles. 

A bit less than two decades ago Australia locked into LNG export contracts that guaranteed finance for export terminals. The prices struck were enough to get the projects over the investment hurdle.

My advice to Canada is to remain exposed to the spot price for LNG rather than aiming to lock in long term contracts. The only way the world will wean off fossil fuels over the next 30 years is to remove humans from the surface. Not impossible but close to impossible. In fact, demand for LNG will likely outstrip supply for all of those 30 years. That will guarantee firm prices.

Australia now enjoys greater exposure to spot price as a rising proportion of production is price exposed but there is still a decent amount that goes for peanuts. Japan gets Australian LNG at lower price than Australians.

(2050 seems a long way off but the history of innovation reveals that if you cannot see the prospect of a solution now, it will not materialise within 30 years)

I hope the UK avoids a serious energy crunch. Texas only got grazed by the bullet. China’s situation is more life-and-death than India. I wonder how many people will die of the cold before populations realise CO2 induced global warming is a religious belief rather than a physical reality.

LdB
Reply to  RickWill
October 6, 2021 2:16 am

Exports for 2021/22 are set to be 82 million tonnes of LNG at a face value of $56 billion so run the calc on that for average sale price.

Peta of Newark
October 6, 2021 1:19 am

It actually did happen a little few years ago, can’t recall exactly when..
Was it a very cold winter here in UK and come end of March, ish, we’d quite completely ran out of gas.

To all intents, the UK actually did hijack at least one LNG tanker and haul it ashore in South Wales.
Otherwise within days the whole UK gas system was gonna collapse, no domestic gas, no industry and nothing to make electric with.
Can’t you imagine, once air/Oxygen gets into the gas ‘mains’ & supply pipes, it makes a Black Electric Start look like falling off a log – get it wrong and you effectively nuke entire city centres..

Harking back to Aldous Huxley, all that would be OK.
‘most everyone now lives in a fantasy land, thanks to trash TV, cinema, sugar, alcohol, salt deprivation, low nutrient food, weed and computer games.

They’ve all repeatedly seen The Heroes & Heroines fall into volcanoes, exploding cities, earthquakes, photon torpedoes, get zapped by fazer-lazers and even survive drowning in septic tanks and still come out happy smiling and smelling of roses.
The whole western world is now populated by Captain Kirks, Indiana Joneses, Supermen, James Bonds and general all-round good guys – like the Einsteinian Michael Mann. ##

How would you prove otherwise, because stories like we have here are very strong circumstantial evidence that it is

## Creepy thought…..
<shudders>
How long before Greta becomes a Bond Girl?

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Reply to  Peta of Newark
October 6, 2021 2:17 am

How long before Greta becomes a Bond Girl?

Her equivalent is already a Boris girl.
Boris started off OK and then Nut Nutz sacked Dominic.
Downhill faster than the Cresta run…

Reply to  Peta of Newark
October 6, 2021 4:02 am

Forget Bond girl.
Black up her face, change her gender – then change it back again – and Greta is the new Bond.

Michael in Dublin
October 6, 2021 1:55 am

Terry Etam is worth going to for a good read.

Here is one of his articles that I do not recall seeing mentioned on this site but deserves to be read and re-read, mulled over and widely circulated
https://boereport.com/2021/09/09/column-for-the-record/

Tony Sullivan
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 6, 2021 4:52 am

Good article. Thanks for sharing!

Jphn
October 6, 2021 2:32 am

Demolishing power stations appears to be a government competition what could possibly go wrong.

ozspeaksup
October 6, 2021 3:11 am

mightnt be too long before a beached whale carcass is an opportunity for oil again..rather than an enviro crisis of massive woe and towed out to feed sharks

Rusty
October 6, 2021 3:35 am

Natural gas prices rose 40% in the UK this morning. The ramifications will only be understood when people can’t afford to pay their electricity or heating bills.

But it’s OK, Boris says he’s building back better – what ever that means.

kzb
Reply to  Rusty
October 6, 2021 7:22 am

Once the wholesale price feeds through to consumers the faeces will hit the fan.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Rusty
October 6, 2021 2:00 pm

People will soon learn the truth behind the Lancet study showing that cold is 20 times deadlier than heat.

The term ‘Winter Kill’ will suddenly become a reality.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Rusty
October 6, 2021 6:11 pm

But it’s OK, Boris says he’s building back better – what ever that means.”

It means better backslapping at all the posh enviro gatherings. Probably palm-greasing as well.

kzb
October 6, 2021 3:58 am

I got a quote from my domestic gas supplier the other day. Luckily I’m on a fixed deal that lasts until August next year at 3.3p/kWh, so this quote was simply for curiosity.
The quoted price now is 9.3p/kWh from the same supplier. Almost triple my existing deal.
This is going to be absolutely ruinous for people not on a fixed deal over the winter. Large numbers of Brits are in poverty, millions use food banks because they say they can’t afford to feed their children. And that is BEFORE their gas bills trebled, so we are in for interesting times I think.
It is particularly galling to learn we could buy gas from Canada (a Commonwealth country with which we are supposed to be re-establishing trade links post-Brexit) at bargain rates !

Sara
Reply to  kzb
October 6, 2021 5:31 am

You have my sympathy, kzb. I have a fixed monthly rate, same amount every month all year long, that affords me some credit on my fall and winter gas bills when I turn on the furnace to heat the house. New furnace, too, very efficient. But even so, the price (pkp) went up just slightly compared to the August bill – and I was running the furnace occasionally in August because the outdoor temps were below normal, especially at night (50s instead of low 70s in PM – NOT normal), and now I wonder what will happen to my neighbors if they can’t pay the cooking/heating bill for gas.

This is coming up to the “nutball economics” state.

kzb
Reply to  Sara
October 6, 2021 7:21 am

Actually Sara I am also on a fixed deal. But a lot are not. Also the wholesale price has yet to feed through to most consumers so the real fun is yet to start.

Sara
Reply to  kzb
October 6, 2021 7:53 am

I do not envy your neighbors, kzb.

October 6, 2021 4:03 am

Beautiful!
Off to find where I can buy a propane gas heater and some cylinders

Sara
October 6, 2021 4:28 am

“desperately hoping to see an LNG cargo ship arrive…” Geez Loueez, what madness has those charlatans in charge by the throat? Oh, never mind – I already know.

What does it take for the peasants to get off their hindquarters and rebel against this idiocy/insanity? Or am I misunderstanding their “attitude”, which could be that those who do care are outnumbered by those who don’t?

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Richard Page
Reply to  Sara
October 6, 2021 5:04 am

I’ll do you a deal, Sara – when the USA rises up and removes senile Joe Biden and his regime, we’ll do the same with BoJo and his cabal. Deal?

Sara
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 7:55 am

Deal, but we’ll probably wait until the next election to do that. He’s now getting so much negative attention in the media that used to adore him that I will not be surprised to find some switching sides.

And I’m only saying ‘next election’ because by then, he will have damaged his own image so much that no one will want him back. I am waiting for that moment. It gets closer and closer.

Whether or not you can remove BoJo and NutNut, I do wish you well in the effort. A disastrous winter might do the trick, although I do not wish anyone ill will. Maybe he could be imprisoned in the Tower of London while waiting his comeuppance. Just an idea.

Our winters are quite harsh over here where I live, and Lake Michigan is about 8 miles east of me, which makes the bad winters really bad. That might be enough to unseat Biden a little early over here.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Sara
October 6, 2021 8:50 am

As is usual for the Conservative party, he will be stabbed in the back and buried in a shallow grave when he becomes unelectable in a short while. Some in the party want him to remain in place so they can blame him for COP 26, then bring in a new broom (by which they mean the old broom with new shinier bristles but exactly the same as before) that is less objectionable than BoJo.

Mickey Reno
October 6, 2021 4:48 am

An excellent article, sir, the irony of the UK citizenry as cargo cultists is black humor at it’s most wicked and most delicious.. I salute you. I will close simply by saying “Hi Griff.”

eyesonu
October 6, 2021 5:47 am

Excellent essay by Terry Etam. Had me laughing and crying at the same time! When the truth be told there is great value in the words used to tell it! Thank you!

ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 5:57 am

The big ships no come cause China and others take them away. Get blanket for Queen and fellas.

Paul Johnson
October 6, 2021 8:07 am

The vultures are coming home to roost, and feed.

Paul Johnson
October 6, 2021 8:09 am

Who ever imagined the first climate refugees would be Brits moving to Florida?

Richard Page
Reply to  Paul Johnson
October 6, 2021 8:53 am

Ooh no thanks, not keen. I’d rather move to France than Florida and I’d rather cut off both legs than move to France.

ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 8:16 am

No wonder DRAX Group is still building more wood pellet mills and stripping the forest land in the colonies of North America. The very long distance shipping of low value cargoes from the outlands continues. This is where the tax credits go on both ends of the voyage–the good fight against an energy crisis crafted entirely out of political and advocacy spin.

Dave Fair
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 10:43 am

While I think it is absolute insanity to burn wood to produce electricity (coal and nuclear are much better) those U.S. forests are purpose-grown as boiler fuel and regrown as needed.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 6, 2021 11:02 am

DRAX is not buying or contracting any “purpose-grown” forest as boiler fuel. It is using local and state incentives for jobs in a low value operation to compete with higher value uses of the forest lands and wood. It uses large amounts of fossil fuels in harvesting, processing, local shipping, and ocean shipping to get it to the distant market that offers more tax incentives to then burn it. Where are the green accountants when you need them?

Davidf
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 3:11 pm

Absent subsidies, and excepting rare local situations, all bioenergy economics disappear into the transport costs.

Dave Fair
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 3:30 pm

And yet the U.S., its forest-products industry and the shippers are making a real profit. The fact that the poor people of the UK subsidize it doesn’t matter to them.

Jeff Corbin
October 6, 2021 8:19 am

LNG will finally start to flow now that oil is topping >$70 a barrel. It’s all about propping markets in a complex world of collusion and climate Alarmist propaganda. It’s about the dough dude!

Richard Page
Reply to  Jeff Corbin
October 6, 2021 8:55 am

It always has been about the dough, dude. It was never about anything else.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Richard Page
October 6, 2021 2:10 pm

The UN IPCC official, Ottmar Edenhofer, said, “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” when discussing climate change?

ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 8:39 am

As Ash would say, “you still don’t know what you’re dealing with–perfect (policy) organism”. It’s skill in distorting policy is matched with extensive defense (excuse) mechanisms. That makes one tough policy beast driving you all to self destruct.

TonyG
October 6, 2021 8:54 am

The problem is that people just aren’t BELIEVING hard enough. We all need to get together and BELIEVE that “renewables” will work!

Vuk
October 6, 2021 9:55 am

Vladimir Putin leads cavalry to rescue Europe from even greater misery in coming months.
There are reports that earlier today European gas price rose nearly 40% to £4.00 a therm, but Putin stepped forward and said something like:
“I’m your saviour, try to remember that !! I will on this occasion get you out of the hole and pump more gas, but might not do it next time. OK”.
European gas price promptly fell back to £2.60 a therm.
Europeans are rejoicing: “Viva Putin ! Viva Gasprom ! Viva Vlad the Great !.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/europe-made-mistake-ditching-long-term-gas-deals-putin-2021-10-06/

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Vuk
October 6, 2021 10:50 am

I just hope America won’t be stupid enough to bail out Europe this time. The Europeans are walking into a conflict with Russia with their eyes wide open. Let them fully enjoy the predictable consequences; they clearly don’t need our help at all anymore, unelected EU bureaucrats will adequately look after them.

ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 10:48 am

This is going to be more fun to watch than OJ reporting to prison.

Geoman
October 6, 2021 11:12 am

I have been saying, since 2000 or so, that wind and solar simply won’t get the job done. This is not speculation, it is math. And I have been exhausted by people who seemingly have no idea how the grid actually works. It CANNOT operate with > 25% or so intermittent power. And there is no technology by which we can store sufficient power. batteries are orders of magnitude too small. Pumped hydro is too hard to do. Everything else is a joke.

It. Won’t. Work.

If you want carbon free energy build nuclear. That is your only choice. What sort and kind – that is up to you. CANDU reactors are very safe, so are SMRs. Whatever.

And here we are, reaching the inevitable end game of the last two decades of stupidity and underinvestment in proper energy supplies. Black outs. In multiple countries. Unfixable energy shortages. This is going to take a decade or more to fix.

The only surprise is any of these dimwits are surprised.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Geoman
October 6, 2021 2:16 pm

That’s the inevitable outcome when people elect brain dead politicians (or allow them to be “installed” like O’Biden) and then expect them to make intelligent decisions. Most people deserve what’s coming.

Steve Z
October 6, 2021 1:15 pm

Maybe if the Brits had to endure a Canadian winter, they would appreciate the natural gas to keep their homes nice and toasty. If the gas was burned and added to the CO2 in the atmos-phere, a lot of Canadians would appreciate a slight warming of their climate (maybe a slightly longer growing season, and better harvests).

Not many countries above 50 degrees North latitude enjoy the climate that the UK has!

By the way, when will Biden get off his butt and sell some fracked gas from PA to Europe via LNG terminals? I’m not holding my breath waiting!

Caligula Jones
October 6, 2021 1:16 pm

Yes, its hard to make fun of dumb, small town hicks when this is happening worldwide to even the Smarts.

But a cautionary tale regardless:

https://ottawacitizen.com/feature/how-solar-energy-dreams-became-a-nightmare-for-the-small-ontario-town-of-blind-river/

Peter
October 6, 2021 2:09 pm

People…the only solution to this global crisis is to ‘ban aluminum’ Globally…….

Richard Page
Reply to  Peter
October 6, 2021 3:37 pm

You can’t ban ‘aluminum’ globally – just in the USA. If you want to ban aluminium globally, that’d probably work better.

Posa
October 6, 2021 2:19 pm

Can’t wait for the French to start hoarding their nuclear fired power plants… that’s gotta’ hurt the Brits and the Krauts. Ouch!

jtom
October 6, 2021 7:07 pm

A little late to join in, but I wanted to add this:

For Canada, a winning argument might be this: If we cannot sell our natural resources, including all forms of fossil fuels, on the open market, we will not be able to afford to build, buy and deploy renewable forms of energy. We will never get to net zero carbon.

However, if we could sell our NG, oil, and coal on the open markets, we would make a lot of money. Not only could we use that money to build renewable energy facilities, but we could plow some of it into researching technology that will affordably scrub carbon dioxide from the air on a massive scale. That would allow us to continue using fossil fuels wherever and whenever we need to. Having access to both renewable energy and fossil fuel energy will make us energy independent, and with the new scrubber technology, net zero carbon, for centuries.

Yeah, I know. The technology that would cheaply scrub massive amounts of CO2 from the air must be obtained from unicorns, along with some magic fairy dust, NO DIFFERENT than the revolutionary battery technology breakthroughs and massive grid storage facilities that wind and solar depend on. But the above argument gives cover for selling and using fossil fuels: we will use some of the profits to develop ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere (instead of freezing to death on cold, windless nights).

Hu Fan
October 6, 2021 7:59 pm

With gas now over $4 and in some places $5 a gallon in CA, care to bet how long it will be before Dems in the House hold hearings to punish the “greedy oil companies” for their “price gouging”?

beng135
October 7, 2021 4:01 am

Their boneheadedness is truly breathtaking; it’s like they are standing on the deck of the Titanic staring down at the gaping hole in the side, and declaring that what the ship needs first and foremost is a salad bar.

Great line. Or better yet, requesting that all the port holes be opened up for some fresh sea-air.

ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 2:04 pm

No amount of trolling is going to divert this crisis. Bring out your dead.

ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 2:05 pm

Shades of Jimmy Carter! Billy Carter is running the green show.

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