Don’t lose your mind reading mainstream energy chronicles – try these for immediate relief

From the BOE REPORT

Terry Etam

It’s the end of the year, a time for positivity and hope for the new year. A time of relaxation, reflection, and grounding with friends, family, or whomever/whatever turns your crank. A time to set resolutions and/or objectives for the new year. The whole season just tees it up for an uplifting, go-get-‘em-in-the-new-year type of message.

I got nothin’.

That’s because, from an energy perspective, we seem to be witnessing a global and utter abandonment of sense, an incomprehensible flailing at the sky as the world’s governments and institutions try to find a way to deal with energy reality in a way that won’t contradict the anti-hydrocarbon messages they’ve been consistently repeating for years.

The US government provides a fine example. On the campaign trail, Joe Biden threatened to ‘throw oil executives in jail’ for their role in producing the world’s fuel supplies so well. Showing he meant business, on the first day in office, Biden made a big scene of crushing Keystone XL like a cockroach, to wild cheers from his newly gathered brain trust. 

Eighteen months later, looking shell-shocked and not a day under 120, President Biden was imploring OPEC+ to produce more oil. US petroleum executives looked at each other in bewilderment; apparently he wasn’t going to throw them in jail, but to request oil from some of the world’s most dubious regimes instead of raiding his own garden made very little sense.

Prior to this strange event, in July, the White House had unveiled a mammoth “Buy American” program, with the official WH news release promising that the government “would increase U.S. content in the products the federal government buys and support the domestic production of products critical to our national and economic security.” Houston heads were being scratched raw.

Biden swore to beef up US production of ‘products critical to our national and economic security’ but then excluded oil from that category even though it is hard to imagine a product that would be more important to US national/economic security. 

When OPEC wouldn’t play, Biden dramatically walked over to the Strategic Petroleum Reserves’ tap, gathered the media around, and said “watch this” as he cranked it open. Nothing of any significance happened; the market didn’t even seem to want that crude, and, in fact, oil prices jumped

The very next month, earlier in December, Biden’s energy secretary Jennifer Granholm abandoned the OPEC+ pleading program, tacitly acknowledged the failure of the SPR oil release, and then turned to address US oil executives: “…hire workers, get your rig count up.” This would be the same Granholm that told a Berkeley, California audience in August that the US needed to ‘act with urgency’ to reduce its massive consumption of fossil fuels. I think I’ve cracked the pattern: On Wednesdays and Fridays the Biden Team opposes hydrocarbons, on Tuesdays and Thursdays it begs for more, and the days in between are spent fundraising.

But that’s not the craziest energy scene. That title goes to Germany. How a country that is legendary for its engineering precision and technical prowess can so badly botch an energy system boggles the mind. Germany is facing record power prices due in part to the European lack of natural gas, the requirement to burn coal, and the record prices for coal also. (European countries are now implementing fossil fuel subsidies, yes, the very subsidies the EU and UN and activists have been decrying for years.)

So what is Germany doing about this power/energy crunch? Two stupefying things: first, they are playing political games with Russia by refusing to allow Russian gas to flow through the completed Nordstream 2 pipeline, a pipeline that would alleviate some pending and very significant hardship coming soon as winter sets in.

Those same German brains that build those amazing German tools and cars are now putting up the argument to the world that blocking Nordstream 2 flow is ‘leverage’ against Russia, just as you can exert ‘leverage’ against Shell by not buying fuel at their gas stations. Go get ‘em tiger. (The world is desperately short of natural gas, and Russia is making a stupefying fortune selling the stuff to a starved Europe through older pipelines at prices in excess of $30 US/mmbtu). 

The second stupefying move by Germany almost makes my head pop off.  In the midst of this energy crisis, at the end of this year Germany will shut down three perfectly good nuclear reactors. (As a deemed ‘fossil fuel shill’, I am not supposed to be in favour of nuclear energy, but I am not really a ‘fossil fuel shill’ – the cheapest, most reliable form of energy that meets the needs of the world should win out, whatever it is.)

Nuclear actually does it best – the densest form of energy, and the cleanest – but as a nuclear-skeptic friend put it, when nuclear goes bad, it goes bad. Fifty percent of people can live with that risk and the rest not. In the absence of unity there, hydrocarbons fit the bill like no other. To shut these reactors down in the middle of winter, in the middle of a Europe-wide energy shortage, is unconscionable, but that’s what you get when ideology trumps reason.

If there is any doubt about reason being trumped, Germany’s new environment minister lays that to rest with ruthless Teutonic precision. “Nuclear power is clogging our grids, especially in the direction of the south,” stated Jan Philipp Albrecht. Let that sink in for a minute: the minister of the environment is complaining that carbon-free power is always on, ‘clogging’ the grid. Side question: Are your veins ‘clogged’ with blood? Is a river ‘clogged’ with water? Are these dumb analogies? I don’t know.

I have no reference point by which to evaluate a government official saying something so unfathomably stupid. Mr. Albrecht will soon get to find out as he ‘unclogs’ that grid by getting rid of the infernal nuclear power that is always there.

Having said all that, there are actually a few bright lights on the horizon. As energy madness has accelerated, the web of disbelief is spreading. A few years ago, it seemed that only hydrocarbon industry people were willing to timidly put up a hand here and there to say, “That isn’t gonna work.” It was a lonely existence, watching the world get worked into an anti-hydrocarbon frenzy; with shysters filling the airwaves with messages that hydrocarbons would soon be obsolete.

It is therefore an indescribable relief to find a rising chorus of voices that are unafraid to point out that the new-energy Emperor has no clothes. Every day it seems there are more energy realists around, and not just from North America. Below are a few names, and I’m going to miss some very good ones, unfortunately. But I offer these people since their important messages and viewpoints do not get to the mainstream media.

What makes their takes refreshing is a consistent wisdom that stays out of contentious and political issues; they simply point out what is happening in the energy world with a clarity mainstream media is incapable of. (One footnote, to be fair: in the past few days, a few quiet murmurings have been heard in the US and Europe that natural gas may join the list of acceptable fuels. Reality can only be evaded for so long.)

These are names specifically outside of the western Canadian energy scene; I assume most are familiar with those. Here is a smattering of wisdom from outside our localized echo chamber. On Twitter, a standout is some dude/dudess that goes by Doomberg (@DoombergT), with a cute little green chicken icon. Don’t let that fool you, the analysis is spectacular, and the green chicken flags issues that I never see raised anywhere else (such as a potentially devastating global shortage of AdBlue, a diesel additive).29dk2902lhttps://boereport.com/29dk2902l.html

Other high quality commentators are Lyn Alden (a genius macro thinker), Alexander Stahel (Swiss energy commentator), Javier Blas (same from Spain), Blair King, Michael Shellenburger, Tracy Shuchart, Brynne Kelly, Alex Epstein, Ted Nordhaus, Bjorn Lomborg, Dave Yeager, Arjun Murti, Irina Slav, Brad Hayes, Maureen McCall, Deidra Garyk…I’ll stop there, with one more critical non-energy voice added: follow Batya Ungar-Sargon (author of Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy) for diamond-sharp dissection of how and why the media is as bad as it is. She is afraid of nothing.

On LinkedIn, posts from Doug Sheridan, Richard Norris and William Lacey stand out – well researched, pertinent viewpoints that dissect many misconceptions and half-truths. NJ Ayuk provides extremely intelligent and passionate insight into Africa’s energy scene, and not just the energy scene, but a window into a continent that seems to be at long last hitting its stride, a continent that is saying a loud NO to further colonialism (green, red, classic, or otherwise).

There are of course many others, particularly the ones closer to home, ones I am sure you are aware of. I put forth this particular list because they are worthy commentators not heard on commercial websites such as this outstanding one.

Follow these people, and our local talented Canadian energy writers, and you will see that the debate around the energy transition is coming into a much more intelligent focus.

Pay attention to these voices; they will bring much hope for sanity in the energy world in the new year. Happy holidays everyone.

The energy narrative will make sense again! You can help by distributing copies of  “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. PS: Dear email correspondents, the email flow is wonderful and welcome, but am having trouble keeping up. Apologies if comments/questions go unanswered; they are not ignored.

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WXcycles
December 26, 2021 2:36 am

Good read.

What I read was it’s going to get much worse, before sanity forcibly returns and sweeps away the false profits, and things get much better thereafter.

Pity about the soon.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  WXcycles
December 26, 2021 4:27 am

before sanity forcibly returns and sweeps away the false profits, and things get much better thereafter.

You poor deluded fool…

beng135
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 26, 2021 9:32 am

Yeah I agree. Insanity doesn’t just go away, it festers and gets worse. Madness of the crowds…..

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Sylvia
Reply to  beng135
December 28, 2021 12:52 pm

I hope the last person left on the “boiling” planet will remember to turn the lights out – please!!!!

WXcycles
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 26, 2021 2:17 pm

But won’t electro-shock therepy work? … you know, the total lack of it?

Curious George(@moudryj)
Reply to  WXcycles
December 26, 2021 7:46 am

It is time for electricity to stop clogging German grid. Any grid.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Curious George
December 27, 2021 1:46 am

Resistance is futile…

Sylvia
Reply to  WXcycles
December 28, 2021 12:51 pm

I wonder whether sanity will ever return ?? Not even by looking at the consequences of their stupid ideas are “they” persuaded that the earth is not coming “to the boil” !!!!

December 26, 2021 2:41 am

What about the Australians providing alternative commentary!

https://joannenova.com.au/

https://www.riteon.org.au/netzero-casualties/

Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 2:42 am

The ’18 months’ skips a year I believe. It may feel like 2 years since Biden’s residency but it’s only 1.

Reply to  Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 3:00 am

And one to much.

HotScot
Reply to  Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 3:03 am

Seems like an effing eternity never mind 2 years.

Gerry, England
Reply to  HotScot
December 26, 2021 4:04 am

And yet Dementia Joe barely knows what day of the week it is let alone the date or even where he is.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gerry, England
December 26, 2021 4:38 am

Yeah, Biden was saying “Let’s go Brandon” with a stupid look on his face, the other day in the White House. It appeared he didn’t really understand the ramifications of what he was saying at the time. He grinned like an idiot. His wife probably set him straight, off camera.

Spetzer86
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 5:44 am

Or she didn’t. Obviously, no one had told poor old Joe what “Let’s go, Brandon!” meant or he wouldn’t have repeated it so positively. Maybe everyone has been telling him that Brandon the driver was just really, really popular and Old Joe had no clue about the underlying meaning?

ATheoK
Reply to  Spetzer86
December 26, 2021 7:45 am

Joe’s memory is shot.
He’s forgotten who he is and who his wife is several times. Under pressure he claims he is a senator.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Spetzer86
December 27, 2021 4:15 am

I read yesterday where Brandon, the real Brandon, the stock car driver, cannot get anyone to sponsor his car now, supposedly because he is contaminated by the “Let’s go Brandon” chant, which he had nothing to do with starting, but I guess corporate guys are running for the hills anyway.

Curious George(@moudryj)
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 7:54 am

He is so folksy. No ever told him what it means, now no one will tell him – ever. That’s what “living in a bubble” means.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 4:26 am

The ’18 months’ skips a year I believe. It may feel like 2 years since Biden’s residency but it’s only 1.

I had the same thoughts, but I actually thought. The author says 18 months from the campaign days, which is accurate, I believe.

Dakota Denier
Reply to  Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 4:34 am

18 months since he said on the campaign trail that he would jail oil executives; not 18 months since he became president.

Sara
Reply to  Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 6:17 am

I wondered how long it would be until reality began to set in with the maddening crowd, but it is slowly seeping into their minds that they screwed their own pooches by voting for biteme., It comes under that old saying “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”

However, if you take the time to look ahead, there are still many months to come in which he can do even more damage than he already has, and drive away even more supporters. It’s like watching the emperor and having some little kid in the crowd ask Daddy “Why is the emperor not wearing any clothes?”

The more fumbles there are in WDC in the nuthouse on the Potomac, the more voters will stray from that side of the fence.

I’m waiting to find out just how thoroughly stupid the current lack-of-governance is going to become.

Rick C
Reply to  Jan de Jong
December 26, 2021 8:12 pm

I suspect his starting point was anti-fossil fuel statements Brandon made during the campaign ~6 months before the election.

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Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 4:34 am

From the article: “Eighteen months later, looking shell-shocked and not a day under 120, President Biden”

I think shell-shocked is his normal look.

Slowroll
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 9:21 am

Actually, I think he always has the look on his face of the man whose finger went thru the toilet paper.

Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 4:43 am

From the article: “But that’s not the craziest energy scene. That title goes to Germany. How a country that is legendary for its engineering precision and technical prowess can so badly botch an energy system boggles the mind.”

Isn’t that the truth! What happened?! Answer: Politicians got involved. That’s the problem.

Derg
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 5:36 am

Marxist got involved.

ATheoK
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 8:08 am

Marxist politicians got involved that believe they can achieve scientific process via irrational demand.

Scientists and engineers quickly realize that correcting erroneous politicians kills their careers. So, they pretend to acquiesce. Meanwhile science reverses, retreats and people end up harmed by improper use of politician demanded kludged technology.

Government involvement is almost always a very bad idea. Eventually, government scientists and engineers are replaced by bureaucrats and clerks with everyone desperate to avoid bleeding edge technology. Instead, they’ll spend years and fortunes putting lipstick on pigs and telling people about the beautiful technology.

Joseph Zorzin
December 26, 2021 4:45 am

This newfound enlightenment is happening all over- except of course in a few places like CA and MA. I can confirm, zero such enlightenment in MA where the green god is still worshiped.

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Scissor
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 26, 2021 6:11 am

Seems like underwear must be really tight.

Matt Kiro
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 26, 2021 7:00 am

It always amazes me that they keep talking about Mother Earth or Mother Nature. We got rid of nature worship a long long time ago in Western Civilization, but they want to return to it.
Human sacrifices included.

beng135
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 26, 2021 9:40 am

Ho-ho-ho. Green Giant.

Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 4:49 am

From the article: “The second stupefying move by Germany almost makes my head pop off.  In the midst of this energy crisis, at the end of this year Germany will shut down three perfectly good nuclear reactors.”

It doesn’t get more stupid than this. These politicians are completely delusional.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that there are a lot of holes in the Human-caused Climate Change claims. Yet these politicians never even consider that their actions may not be based on the facts. Somebody tells them the world is going to end because of CO2, and they accept the verdict without question, and then do really stupid things that cause harm to a lot of people.

MarkW
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 7:24 am

I believe that is one of the reasons why the church of global warming has concentrated on recruiting leftists. they have already proven their ability to ignore any inconvenient reality.

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Felix
Reply to  MarkW
December 26, 2021 10:28 am

The global warming alarmunists have always been leftists. They did not spring up out of nowhere and decide to co-opt leftism.

Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 4:56 am

From the article: “It is therefore an indescribable relief to find a rising chorus of voices that are unafraid to point out that the new-energy Emperor has no clothes. Every day it seems there are more energy realists around, and not just from North America.”

This is true. Reality is starting to set in for many people. The high prices for energy are getting people’s attention. If people start freezing because of these stupid energy policies, a lot more attention will be paid to it and a lot more voices will be raised.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 9:46 am

One can only hope. But what has to be undone is the unrelenting screaming from virtually the entire MSM, Academia, National Governments, and unbelievably wealthy NGOs. Just try to find a nature program on NPR that isn’t AGW based. Hard to overcome the Goebbels Law….

Felix
Reply to  Robert Hanson
December 26, 2021 10:34 am

Reality is beyond their control. People can believe all sorts of theoretical nonsense which doesn’t affect their daily life; flat-Earthers are a prime example, but look how many people believed in the face on Mars, alien abduction, holeopathic extreme dilution, and other nonsense.

But people will not put up with that crap when it directly affects them. Inflation hits 6%, hardly a disaster, but it drives Biden’s ratings underwater. Utility bills go up, fuel prices go up, and people pay attention.

AGW has survived this far only because it is just a bunch of yammering with few direct consequences. Now it has despoiled enough wilderness to get some greenies angry, and the politicians are so afraid of voter wrath over power bills that they are cloaking their about-face on fossil fuels in all sorts of desperate language.

AGW cannot survive reality.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 26, 2021 1:28 pm

The Leftist politicians, NGOs, media & etc. will blame FF energy companies and many people (most?) will believe them. To reverse course is to admit failure, in the political sense, and one never admits failure in Leftard Land. Notice that Xiden’s pleas to OPEC didn’t get much coverage and this is the first I’ve heard of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm asking U.S. FF companies to ramp-up production.

Barnes Moore
December 26, 2021 5:43 am

A comment I repeat with some frequency. To stop the insanity, it will likely take some major grid collapse affecting millions of people that lasts for more than a few days or a week where the cause is undeniably due to over-reliance on weather dependent unreliables. I hope it does not come to that, but there appear to be far too many ill or misinformed people who think we need to move away from fossil fuels – on both the left and the right – and that wind and solar are up to the task. If we had invested the amount of money spent on unreliables on nuclear development, we would be in a much better position today. I am not anti-fossil fuels, but I am pro-nuclear. It just makes sense.

Jeffrey C. Briggs
Reply to  Barnes Moore
December 27, 2021 8:37 am

Sad, but true. And even then it may not work, between the political hacks and the media hacks, there simply is no room for them to ever say they got anything wrong. There is always an excuse, so even your horrible scenario probably will not make a difference. A great example is with the virus: It now seems pretty clear that the vaccine is nowhere near as effective as claimed, if at all, but proponents always will say that it makes symptoms milder and there is no way to know because many show little or no symptoms even without the vaccine. I am afraid that things don’t just have to get worse before they get better, they have to get genuinely horrific. And even then a lot of the same morons will keep getting elected. And the press will still not admit they were wrong.

Bruce Cobb
December 26, 2021 6:03 am

The green slime is infecting the energy grid whether we like it or not. New England’s largest electricity provider, EverSource, crows loudly and proudly about how “green” they are, and about all their future “green” plans, like offshore wind. In the same breath, they “explain” how “global pressure on energy markets” is driving up electricity prices. They’re not doing it, see. The blame is “out there”. Riiiiiight. Then, they have the audacity to “explain” how to cut down on electricity use. See, that throws the blame onto us, the power customer, for our high electric bills. But, if you have trouble affording those bills, no worries because, they have “assistance programs” available. How nice of them. They just think of everything. Except how to ACTUALLY keep electricity prices low. The turds.

john
December 26, 2021 6:04 am

Well done! I’ve been writing about the sector for years. Not only do I write about it, I build substations and inspect/repair/test transformers. I’ve got a channel on Telegram and am also on Twitter. I see this crap first hand and everything I fix, they keep finding ways to break everything else. 😡

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Dave Fair
Reply to  john
December 26, 2021 1:35 pm

John, I hope you wholly own the business TSI. BTW, some of my employees and my three daughters (never my wife after the first time) have seen that same expression of yours on my face. [A bit of explanation: I enjoy good food and regular sex; my wife provides both when she is happy.]

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Steve Case
December 26, 2021 6:08 am

Posted four hours ago and only 18 comments. Well OK there are a lot of people sleeping of Christmas goose and Christmas cheer. Waking up to Terry Elam’s take on the current state of affairs is like waking up to a real real “Alice in Wonderland” nightmare.
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“Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious”
George Orwell.

Peter Barrett
Reply to  Steve Case
December 26, 2021 8:15 am

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” Voltaire.
Therein lies the problem.

John Garrett
December 26, 2021 8:09 am

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Terry
December 26, 2021 8:42 am

Ahh Terry, by brillant German engineering are you referring to those that couldn’t make a small diesel engine comply with emissions standards without cheating that was so severe that company executives are going to jail, where BMW reliability is an absolute joke, where any car guy will tell you never own a MB beyond it’s warranty, where they built 1 Tiger tank in the same time it took the Russians to built 100 T34’s because the Russians knew tanks didn’t last beyond a couple of weeks on the battlefield. Those engineers?

Otherwise a great piece – as usual!

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Robert Hanson
Reply to  Terry
December 26, 2021 9:53 am

This is not your grandparents Germany. The “new” Berlin airport is 10 years late, at 3 times the projected cost, and is still a mess. Even the water isn’t safe to drink, and it takes over an hour to get your luggage returned.

And now the Greens are a powerful part of the new government. That will work out well….

Jeff Alberts
December 26, 2021 9:57 am

A few of the names listed by the author still believe that CO2 is a problem. I don’t take much stock in their thoughts.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
December 26, 2021 1:41 pm

Jeff, one cannot be correct in all things. I take my allies where I find them.

Alba
December 26, 2021 1:39 pm

Terry Etam describes Jan Philipp Albrecht as ‘Germany’s new environment minister.’
Wikipedia says “Jan Philipp Albrecht (born 20 December 1982) is a German politician of the Alliance ’90/The Greens, part of The Greens-European Free Alliance. Since 2018, he has been serving as Minister for Energy, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization of Schleswig-Holstein.”
On the other hand Wikipedia says, “Steffi Lemke (born 19 January 1968) is a German politician of Alliance 90/The Greens who has been serving as Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s cabinet since 2021.”

4 Eyes
December 26, 2021 1:42 pm

Serious comment – I am now really regretting getting a mechanical engineering degree in 1974. Learning all about energy and how to harness and manage it has not equipped me for head exploding logic of the TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED non-engineers who are making all the big policy decisions about big, and small, energy use. I am at the point where I am actually hoping there will be a big disaster resulting from the insane energy policies that have been developed all around the world. This depresses me because my whole 40+ career was focused on engineering and problem solving. The code of ethics that was drilled into me was to make the world a better place and, like doctors, do no harm. I do not know if scientists have a code of ethics but there clearly no code of ethics for politicians, bureaucrats and activists

Beta Blocker
December 26, 2021 5:19 pm

From EURACTIV: (November 24th, 2021): German nuclear power shutdown will not lead to power shortage: report

The shutdown of Germany’s last nuclear power plants will not cause supply shortages, according to calculations by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), CLEW reported.

As the so-called “traffic light” coalition in Berlin takes shape, there have been concerns that the country’s upcoming phase-out of nuclear power could cause power shortages as the country’s renewable expansion has been slow-going for years.

“I’m looking for a flashing orange traffic light emoji when the German government will have to face blackouts later this winter,” tweeted energy analyst Thierry Bros.

Researchers used modelling methods to see how the decommissioning of nuclear power plants Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C (which will be taken off the grid at the end of this year) and Neckarwestheim 2, Isar 2 and Emsland (which will be shut down in late 2022) will affect power flows and the energy mix in Germany.

They found the decline in nuclear power will temporarily lead to a higher use of fossil fuels and imports, but that this should be quickly reduced by the accelerated expansion of renewable energies.

In Project Management 101, we learn that he who controls the project’s assumptions controls the project’s decisions — for better or for worse.

Will the Germans be turning those three nuclear plants closed at the end of December, 2021, back on again at the end of January, 2022?

Probably not. Regardless of what kinds of immediate impacts these shutdowns have, a restart is not likely. Once regulatory authorization for a nuclear plant’s operation has been permanently withdrawn, it is next to impossible for that authorization to be restored.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Beta Blocker
December 27, 2021 4:35 am

Shutting usable nuclear power plants is pure insanity.

griff
December 27, 2021 1:03 am

I notice this appeared as a linked article above ‘Newsbytes: Greens Lose Battle As Germany Prepares To Lift Ban On Fracking
and no, they didn’t… that’s par for the course with forecasts on this site.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 4:37 am

Are you disparaging WUWT, Griff?

Perry
December 27, 2021 3:12 am

Looking up the GB fuel type power generation production figures demonstrates to me that Boris dePiffle Johnson has no clue about how electricity is generated. Right now, the UK in importing 9% of our electricity via interconnectors & just 14% is generated by renewables. https://gridwatch.co.uk/

Sylvia
December 28, 2021 12:49 pm

Who makes up these idiotic stories on climate in the first place ?? If they are Biden’s fellow members of the Senate(?) then why does he not sack them when they turn out to be wrong ? !!!!

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