The EU has lost its mind: Private jet/yacht emissions are totally fine, the rest of you can go cuddle your cats to stay warm

From Public Energy Number One

Posted by Terry Etam on January 14, 2022 

“Wow, you really are happy to see me, luv.”

“Blimey, no, I’ve got me ferrets in me trousers.”

Any Monty Python fans out there? For the non-initiated, the UK comedy troupe unleashed a barrage of wickedly funny absurdist humour that set a high watermark for comedy for decades.  The Ministry of Silly Walks. Ancient philosophers playing soccer against one another. Legendary quotes such as this one from a French solider to  “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal-food-trough wiper. I fart in your general direction.” 

In order to get a fix, us fans had to go dust off old DVDs or sample random snippets on YouTube. There has been little comparable since the group folded. Until now, that is. 

That famous British droll absurd weirdness has now infiltrated the news, and what makes it especially funny is that the newscasters deliver it with straighter faces than the legendary comedians. 

The quote at top is not Monty Python, but it could be, and it is indicative of what passes for news in Britain. For the wise soul that does not pay attention to the news, Europe (and the UK in particular) is undergoing an energy crisis – industries are shutting down due to the high cost of power/natural gas, and citizens’ utility bills are going through the roof. Many cannot afford the bills and are taking drastic measures to keep costs down.

One British energy utility posted a blog (since modified), as reported by the BBC, offering helpful tips to consumers: Cuddle with your pets to keep warm. Eat porridge because it increases blood flow, but stay away from spicy chili because it makes you sweat. Have a hula hoop contest with your children.

If that’s not blistering satire, what is? The country is in the midst of an existential energy crisis where people may or may not be able to heat their homes, and a utility provides…that?

Nor is that the end of it. At the recent COP26 circus, the gathering of the world’s guilty global elites, celebrities flew in from around the world on private and commercial jets to formulate lectures on how the rest of the world needed to quit being such energy gluttons. Funny addendum: should there actually ever be any meaningful global emissions reductions, all serious commentators have noted that carbon sequestration will be a necessity. The hydrocarbon industry pretty much must be at the center of any CCS plans, because it is a game played on their gameboard.

Yet the organizers of COP26 barred from participation any hydrocarbon companies (though some snuck in to see what would unfold), as noted in Euronews: “COP26 has made it a policy to exclude polluters from the summit.” [Emphasis added]

So…providers of fuel are polluters, and not welcome. Hollywood celebrities on private jets are deemed not polluters, and hailed as heroes.

Furthermore, the EU has gone one stupid step further: both private planes and yachts are exempt from the latest EU Carbon Pricing plan

Let’s head over to Germany for a wrap, some stereotype-busting proof that the Germans can play the absurdist game as well as anyone. Germany is arguably the nation most advanced in its drive to go all renewable and to limit emissions no matter the cost. The country has spent hundreds of billions on wind and solar. Yet, at the start of this year, Germany shut down three perfectly capable nuclear plants that were injecting emissions free energy into the system. This lost power has been replaced mostly with coal and natural gas. 

Actually, the last bit isn’t quite true – the Germans would love to replace the lost nuclear power with natural gas if they could, but because of a pissing contest with Russia, that gas is unavailable, and the rest of the world is in a bidding match for what is out there. 

Sadly, the whole situation is not funny at all, even if these actors are. BNN Bloomberg summed it up well: “Europe’s energy crisis intensified as the risk of war pushed up gas prices, power-plant halts were extended and the French government asked its biggest utility to take a $8.8 billion hit to protect consumers.”

As much as I feel sorry for the citizens of Europe, two thoughts come to mind: first is that I’m glad this catastrophe isn’t happening in a place like Africa or India or other low income region; and secondly – you voted for these idiots. No gloating here though, Canada isn’t far behind.

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January 16, 2022 10:04 am

It is the insanity of the West’s cultural revolution.

Reply to  Scissor
January 16, 2022 10:36 am

It’s bi-millennial cycle, don’t you know?
At the last peak or is it bottom of the cycle EU was run by Imperator Nero Cladius Divi Claudius filius Caesar Augustus Germanicus.

Reply to  Vuk
January 16, 2022 11:49 am

Hi there
Cuddling cats ain’t going to keep you warm, they just a bit to small. Why not pop in here for a cuddle …

Reply to  Vuk
January 16, 2022 12:22 pm

Michael Mann isn’t going in, or out.

Reply to  Scissor
January 16, 2022 1:30 pm

Apologizing mon Ingleze will bee not this good, you telling he not outed?

Reply to  Vuk
January 16, 2022 2:04 pm

I was kind of hoping that Mike was inside and for whatever reason, he had Bill McKibben’s medicine, and Bill was impatiently waiting for him to come out.

Brian R
Reply to  Scissor
January 16, 2022 3:17 pm

They’d just spit him out…… bitter.

Piedmont Jim
Reply to  Scissor
January 16, 2022 11:53 am

It’s not a cultural revolution per se, though there is a cultural element to it. It’s a political ideological revolution that’s been in the works for at least a century.

Smart Rock
Reply to  Piedmont Jim
January 16, 2022 12:56 pm

PJ, possibly you’re too young to remember this. The term “cultural revolution” is a reference to Mao Zedong’s “cultural revolution” which lasted from about 1966 to about 1975, and in which the number of people killed (directly and by deliberate starvation) is not well known. But it probably makes H1tler and Stal1n look like rank amateurs.

The methodology used by Mao probably provided a template for Pol Pot, who did murder around a fifth of his small country’s population in his quest to create a pure communist state.

And its use by Scissor is certainly deliberate and implicitly predicts that really bad things are coming our way.

Reply to  Smart Rock
January 16, 2022 3:16 pm

Your comment is a reminded that now deceased billionaire Canadian and former UN Official Maurice Strong, said to have been the architect of the climate hoax agenda, was granted asylum in China when the Environmental Protection Agency in Canada was after him for illegally pumping water from an aquifer to sell, his cousin had been a girlfriend of Chairman Mao Zedong.

Reply to  Piedmont Jim
January 16, 2022 3:13 pm

Yes, in various forms but based on the original Marxist based theories, since formation of the Fabian Society in England during the late 1800s. The Australian Fabian Society is a branch organisation and it was interesting to read around 2005/06 that the Labor Party Deputy Opposition Leader who was later appointed Prime Minister merged her socialist forum faction with The Fabians around the time that she became Deputy Leader.

Dennis G Sandberg
January 16, 2022 10:08 am

Canada may not be way behind, but Australia and the USA are right there with you.

Ron Long
Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
January 16, 2022 11:10 am

Who would have guessed that the “Let Them Eat Cake” mentality was contagious?

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
January 16, 2022 11:12 am

Do you come from a land down under
Where women hide and men knuckle under
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the covid thunder
You better run, you better take cover.

Buying a mask from a man in Brussels
He had an issue with his heart muscles
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a Vaccine sandwich.

And he said:
I come from a land down under
Where pfizer flows and men knuckle under
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the covid thunder
You better run, you better take cover.

Reply to  Scissor
January 16, 2022 6:48 pm

Small change:
He just smiled and gave me a vaccine mandate

Reply to  Scissor
January 17, 2022 6:14 am

Could we get that in singing telegram or ‘rap’ version?

Not sure whether to ROFLMAO or ROFCMAO

January 16, 2022 10:13 am

Long ago I first called climate alarmism ‘A Precious Conceit of the Western Elite’ but both ‘Precious’ and ‘conceit’ are used in an archaic fashion so I never got much response to it.

Danley Wolfe
January 16, 2022 10:17 am

It’s all about power and greed … to gain fame, wealth and R&D grants fed by the libs holding the purse strings who also are vested for the same reasons although most haven’t a clue about “real” unbiased climate science.

January 16, 2022 10:17 am

Don’t be fooled

Britain really is Pythonesque – that’s what makes it funny.

Reply to  fretslider
January 16, 2022 10:49 am

No 10 has been turned into exclusive private drinking club, the basement is being converted into cabaret and stip club.

Curious George
Reply to  Vuk
January 16, 2022 1:12 pm

Why regulate private cars? Simply ban them, electric or gasoline.

January 16, 2022 10:31 am

The Canadian delegation to COP26 was nearly 300 people – I believe either the biggest or the second biggest there.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Terry
January 16, 2022 12:02 pm

I’m shocked that Canada doesn’t embrace climate change.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 16, 2022 1:12 pm

Our climate in Canada is changing, but not for the warmer. What’s deteriorating even faster is the quality of leadership being elected by a populace too compliant to notice the koolaid is lethal.

Big Al
Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
January 16, 2022 2:38 pm

Elected by Dominion . Home town advantage.

Reply to  Big Al
January 17, 2022 1:48 am

Smartmatic …

John Hultquist
Reply to  Terry
January 16, 2022 12:11 pm

300 people for 10 days – – I wonder how many  “Eh?”s {~ay} were heard?

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Terry
January 16, 2022 1:24 pm

As an alumni, I discovered that my Olde Skoole at Leeds had sent a delegation of some unknown number to Glasgow but they seemed reticent about revealing exactly how many were in their party. (No Boris no! Its not *that* sort of party we’re talking here.
Leeds recounted the talks/meetings/seminars they attended but that seemed about it.

No matter that, The Priestley Centre (Leeds Uni’s climate department) are ever so ever so proud of their achievements, to date, in fighting Climate Change.

Incredible as it may seem and in spite of the arduous conditions and risks to personal safety of operating a computer in a steel, glass and ivory tower – staff at The Priestley Centre have successfully named: tada drum roll please:
~~~~~Six Antarctic Glaciers~~~~~~

Yes that’s right, 6 previously anonymous glaciers now have names. Thank you Leeds

Wow, what a Herculean effort on the part of 200 people working inside that glass/steel/ivory edifice at a cost to the students easily in excess of £20 Million per year.

How can we all not be saved now, how can feat such as that *not* stop all that hideous planet-roasting downwelling radiation – from a substance that does not even radiate?

January 16, 2022 10:47 am

“and secondly – you voted for these idiots”

My correction:
“and secondly – you idiots voted for these idiots” ; Was this out of fear, apathy, or stupidity? Hard to tell, perhaps a lot of each.

Of course the main problem of western European countries was all the individual governments….so collective European solution to this was to invent more government. Again, was this out of fear, apathy, Cognitive Dissonance, or stupidity?

Reply to  JEHILL
January 16, 2022 12:36 pm

It’s a bit like America. Lots of independent states, with their own governance, presided over by a Federal government which, in Europe’s case, is Brussels rather than DC.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 12:49 pm

But the laws, or at least the laws that the elected officials are allowed to vote on, are decided on by a cabal of unelected commissars.

Actually, thinking about it, that’s probably exactly like the USA…

Alan the Brit
Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 11:46 pm

Please do not confuse the EU with Europe, there are 28 countries in the EU, but some 42 nations in the geographical region known as Europe!!! They are NOT the same thing, one is a totalitarian political mess, run badly by un-elected, un-democratic, & un-accountable self-appointed bureaucrats, the others are hopefully free self-governing nations!!!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
January 17, 2022 1:52 am

Switzerland right now has had enough of Brussels.
But there is something even worse : The US declares Gruyere fair game. As far as I know even Brussels would not stoop so low.

Reply to  Alan the Brit
January 21, 2022 2:43 pm

Agreed. My bad.

Reply to  JEHILL
January 16, 2022 2:29 pm

“and secondly – you idiots voted for these idiots” ; Was this out of fear, apathy, or stupidity? Hard to tell, perhaps a lot of each.

I can answer this easily, it is as clear as the nose on your face. Speaking of the US the people voting for these fools are not afraid nor apathetic nor stupid. They are conditioned/indoctrinated. Think about it 12 years of extreme left wing indoctrination better known as public education. Twenty four/seven conditioning by mainstream media. These voters know exactly what they are doing and consider themselves the brave, knowing, educated and the last hope for saving humanity. You brush them off as apathetic, scared or stupid at your peril. The one thing they can’t be accused of is being critical thinkers or thinking for themselves. They can’t see any possible scenario where they might be wrong. No, it is people like you and me who do think for ourselves, are critical thinkers, don’t drink the koolaid, we are the knuckle dragging uneducated Neanderthals they must work so hard to block. I have tried discussions with them many times and only came away perplexed at how little progress I make with them. They see themselves as saving the world from the likes of you and me. Frankly I’m surprised Republicans do as well as they do in our elections, especially considering how much time we spend fighting one another.

John the Econ
January 16, 2022 10:48 am

Just more insults of the Marie Antoinette left.

Jay Willis
Reply to  John the Econ
January 16, 2022 11:02 am

The left have really jumped the shark on this, and covid. It’s a disgrace really.

John the Econ
Reply to  Jay Willis
January 17, 2022 10:22 am

We are now living “Animal Farm” in realtime.

January 16, 2022 10:49 am

An aggravating aspect of the human condition is the rather large percentage of the population, that when faced with the ill effects of their stupid decision, conclude that the problem is not enough stupid and the fix is to increase the amount of stupid.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
January 16, 2022 11:00 am

That was exactly the essence of my comment.

Rick C
Reply to  davidmhoffer
January 16, 2022 3:07 pm
  1. There is not a single real problem on earth that would be made better by the election of more liberals.
  2. There is no problem that liberals think cannot be solved by other peoples’ money.
  3. The liberals’ solution to failure of their spending to solve problems is to spend more other peoples’ money on it.
  4. When liberals run out of other peoples money they will simply borrow money from people who don’t yet exist which they have no intention to ever pay back. (This is known as Modern Monetary Theory.)
Steve Case
January 16, 2022 11:09 am

As much as I feel sorry for the citizens of Europe, two thoughts come to mind: first is that I’m glad this catastrophe isn’t happening in a place like Africa or India or other low income region; and secondly – you voted for these idiots. No gloating here though, Canada isn’t far behind.
Thomas Jefferson quotes:

“The government you elect is the government you deserve.”
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

The majority of US voters probably didn’t vote for the current administration.  

There’s been a lot of talk about how the Republicans will big in 296 days. Hmmm, what ever the Democrats did to put Joe Biden in the White House worked so well that one can only assume that those methods will consist of new and improved versions ready to deploy in more states than just those nine or ten so-called battle ground states. Installing a Democrat governor in all the state houses up for election and securing a majority in both houses are probably regarded as realistic goals achievable using the new methods that now have a track record of victory.

Reply to  Steve Case
January 16, 2022 12:33 pm

That’s a fair assessment, but I’m not sure the American people will take that lying down. If another ‘virus’ or perhaps a ‘nuclear’, or even a ‘climate’ scare washes over the country to induce stay at home postal voting, I somehow doubt Americans will buy it.

Meanwhile, I suspect every legal means necessary will be employed to make sure Dominion machines and ballot harvesting etc. are outlawed.

It’ll only take cleaning up a few states to ensure a representative election result is returned.

Harkle Pharkle
Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 9:55 pm

I hope you are right, but there is little so far to indicate that this will happen. I believe the day of free and fair elections is long gone in every western country.

Reply to  HotScot
January 17, 2022 2:03 am

Have a look here for Smartmatic, Lord Malloch-Brown, and the 2020 election.

Reply to  Steve Case
January 16, 2022 12:35 pm


I used to subscribe to the Jefferson thot of deserving the government that you voted for.

Until this past year or two.

As with our friends in Europe, I feel very sad about the energy and then financial crisis descending upon them and then the U.S. as well. My biggest fear is a political change will follow that will also be something they didn’t vote for.

It is amazing what has happened when the media became an arm of a political group/movement, or a well-intentioned but ignorant environmental movement to save the planet.

As one who has been shot at, shot up but only shot down once, and having lost many friends for fruitless political causes, I become very depressed now and then, but mostly nowadays.

Gums opines…

Reply to  Gums
January 16, 2022 6:42 pm

I am sorry Gums. I have always enjoyed your posts. We can only hope for a brighter future for all.

Reply to  Steve Case
January 16, 2022 1:23 pm

The number one tactic was blaming the incumbent for the destruction they caused. They can’t really do that this time around, so hopefully the other tactics won’t be enough to turn the result next time.

January 16, 2022 11:14 am

Next up, excluding any home that is more than 5000 sq ft from needing to worry about having their electricity cut off during a “demand management” incident.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  MarkW
January 16, 2022 12:08 pm

Oh, heck, if they lose power, how are they going to charge their EV?

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 16, 2022 12:20 pm

I think that’s the point being made. Anyone owning a house over 5000 sq ft won’t have their electricity cut off so they can still charge the overpriced EV’s only they can afford.

Rick C
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 16, 2022 3:15 pm

No worries, their Generac NG powered 10 kW generator will automatically kick in.

Reply to  Rick C
January 16, 2022 6:54 pm

Only those with the proper political connections will be allowed to own one of those.

Reply to  Rick C
January 17, 2022 6:30 am

I think that in today’s politically correct green thinking that natural gas generator will be electrically powered.

Mike Dubrasich
January 16, 2022 11:24 am

The parrots at the EU are no more, ceased to be, expired and gone to meet their maker …

If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

It’s just that few have noticed yet.

Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
January 16, 2022 2:39 pm

Reminds me of the dead/live parrot skit.

January 16, 2022 11:49 am

We didn’t vote for these idiots. All the political parties agreed with this nonsense.
There was no democratic way of showing our displeasure.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Tinny
January 16, 2022 12:09 pm

pitch forks

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 16, 2022 12:16 pm

Violence of the common man against tyranny is frequently a good thing.

It largely ushered in Democracy.

Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 1:45 pm

Never fear –

Tom Abbott
Reply to  gringojay
January 17, 2022 2:12 am

“Worse than Pearl Harbour”

Leftists are not very good with numbers, and not very good with the real world, in general.

Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 6:55 pm

The tree of liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.

Thomas Jefferson

Alan the Brit
Reply to  HotScot
January 17, 2022 12:01 am

The primary rule of totalitarian guvment is to disarm the people, that way they have no way to fight tyranny!!!

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep & bear arms, as a last resort, is to protect themselves against tyranny in government!” Said by some bloke from the Virginian Colonies called Thomas Jefferson!!!

Joseph Zorzin
January 16, 2022 11:58 am

“industries are shutting down due to the high cost of power/natural gas, and citizens’ utility bills are going through the roof”

what the left used to worry about- they now caused

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 16, 2022 6:57 pm

The left has never cared about poor people, or anyone else for that matter.
Poor people, and minorities as well were used as props in order for the left to gain power.
This can be demonstrated by the fact that whenever the left gains power, they never create programs that help people get out of poverty, instead they create programs to entrap people in poverty, and to create as many new poor people as possible.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  MarkW
January 17, 2022 12:04 am

“This can be demonstrated by the fact that whenever the left gains power, they never create programs that help people get out of poverty, instead they create programs to entrap people in poverty, and to create as many new poor people as possible.”
If they did create programs to elevate people out of poverty they would destroy their voter base!!!

Reply to  MarkW
January 17, 2022 9:10 am

“instead they create programs to entrap people in poverty”

Did you know that if you are on SSI, you’re not allowed to have more than $2000 in liquid assets? (exceptions being primary residence and primary vehicle). If you do, you lose your benefits, which most often also includes medical. You can’t slowly get out – you can only get out by a big leap.

How is anyone supposed to improve their position in life when they’re prohibited from saving enough money to do so?

January 16, 2022 12:12 pm

British politics right now is like an insane Rugby match, played at 100mph, without a referee.

The spectating British public are simply bewildered at the recklessness and incompetence of the players on both sides.

All those with genuine environmental concerns (which includes those sceptical of green climate science) are watching their bills rise by six times over what they were this time last year. I have the utility bills to prove it.

This isn’t just a problem for the poor, this is now a middle class problem. My utility company now wants me to sign a contract to ‘secure’ my annual gas and electricity bills at £3,000 for 2022, it was £500 in 2021.

That’s the difference between tucking a little away every month as savings, contributing a little extra to a pension, or even leasing a modest car to get to work.

But having blown £hundreds of billions on a flu no one had heard of before to make sure the salaried public sector and the well provisioned office worker can sit at home working from a PC, when this real crisis hits we’ll be told the only people eligible for help with a real crisis are those on welfare who were sitting at home anyway!

All the schmucks who worked through the the last two years will be told they have to pay full price for our government’s energy security incompetence over the last 25 years whilst welfare recipients get the support.

I don’t grudge anyone a leg up, least of all pensioners who have worked their whole lives just to be left in the cold and dark, but it appears the actual, official government calculations of those who died OF covid over the last two years was around 15,000. Our last bad flu season (2017/18 from memory) saw 25,000 flu deaths in that single year!!!!!

My considered opinion of any government, anywhere in the world, is that every single policy they enact, no matter how noble or worthy, they screw up. To be fair to the governments of the moment, even the congenitally deranged Biden, the problem isn’t proposing a policy, it’s getting it through the morass of the deep state civil service.

If anyone imagines we should direct our ire toward Boris, Biden or Trump, think again. These guys, for all their faults, accept the job knowing they first of all have to sort out the screw ups of the previous government, which is deeply embedded in the civil service, long before they can begin to promote their own policies.

I have long been of the opinion that any government should be given a fixed term of ten years, with a break clause after five years, that if they have not materially improved the health wealth and security of their nation they must surrender to their opposition for the remaining five before another General Election.

And of course, the civil service needs to be slashed. Nor do I mean cops, firemen and nurses etc. with boots on the ground; I mean anyone sitting in an office with no direct connection to those people who actually make a difference to our day to day lives.

The most dangerous sentence known to humanity is ‘The government ought to do something about that’.

No! Sort it out yourself you coward.

Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 12:20 pm

Hmmm… EON will offer you solar panels for £3999 with 10 years interest free repayment.

Savings at least £500 a year….

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 12:48 pm

So, spending even more money you don’t have to ensure you still have no stable power supply makes sense to you Griff?

Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 12:52 pm

Oh, the benefits of old age –

I’m old enough to remember a time when electricity providers didn’t have to offer their customers a “D.I.Y.” option to keep the lights on, and also an energy subsistence loan to take up the offer.

See, back then we had a constant, cheap supply of electricity from inexhaustible coal-fueled power plants.

Sigh . . .

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 12:56 pm

Very, very useful when the sun is just peeping over the horizon in winter, NOT!

Nick Graves
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 17, 2022 12:36 am

My 7KW Hyundai cost less than £2,000, including input installation.

It’s not afraid of the dark/cold/excessive wind etc.

Only wish modern petrol was a bit more stable…

Only wish modern politicians were a bit more stable, too.

Amos E. Stone
Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 12:57 pm

EON will also send you a pair of socks! More useful than the advice to cuddle your pet at least.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Amos E. Stone
January 17, 2022 2:15 am

That’s hilarious!

I wonder if Griff got a pair?

Reply to  Amos E. Stone
January 17, 2022 6:38 am

The house elf in one of the Harry Potter films got his freedom when given a pair of socks. With us it seems to be the other way round.

Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 1:07 pm
Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 7:03 pm

Fascinating how griff actually believes that huge subsidies are the answer to every problem.

Reply to  griff
January 16, 2022 9:13 pm

Here is Griff logic for someone who is already struggling to pay bills.
10 years of savings = £500 x 0 = £5000
You could convert each to a monthly figure showing the same result

So basically it makes no difference to the struggling person as whatever savings are gleaned are used to pay for the system each month and year.

However in 10 years time they will be saving heaps they just have to get there and hopefully not need to replace the system 🙂

Typical eco nutcase economics right there.

Reply to  griff
January 21, 2022 2:56 pm

Whilst normally tolerant of griff, I can’t possibly express how enraged I am at that inane remark. Why is this pimple brain allowed a computer!

Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 12:41 pm

HotScot, I don’t know who your supplier is but my new fixed-price tariff with Scottish Power is nowhere near 6 times what it was last year. It’s gone up a lot but it’s not even doubled. But then I wasn’t paying anywhere near as little as £500 in 2021 so maybe your increase just brings you closer to what I am paying, although I would say you are now paying quite a bit more.

Reply to  Alba
January 21, 2022 3:00 pm

British Gas. That most able to absorb the increase. Sorry mate, but you have one hell of a shock coming.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 1:02 pm

And of course, the civil service needs to be slashed.


This creeping, ever-growing cancerous drain on our wealth needs serious culling in every single country. It’s how governments creep left. Anybody on the government teat will always vote for more government and bigger teats.

One suggestion is to only allow those who pay more in taxes than they receive from the government to vote. That would skew the voters alarmingly to the right, is the usual argument against this, but that just proves that it’s the conservative voters who are actually funding the entire country.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 21, 2022 3:04 pm

Perhaps we could do what we used to do. Pay the civil service a modest wage with a nice pension as a reward for years of loyal service.

Instead, what we are now doing is having government compete with commerce for ‘the best’ people, on the highest salaries, with the best pensions in the world.

Reply to  HotScot
January 16, 2022 1:09 pm


TY Hot scot, right on the spot.

I was at tip of the spear for a few decades, and then moved over to the part of the enterprise that actually designed, built and worked on the neat gadgets.

I got to see what some call the “deep state”. It is not some secret back room or “star chamber”. It is the bureaucracy and the millions of folks paid by tax dollars that do not want to lose their job, or maybe influence, if not directly employed by the government. No probelm in the old Soviet system as politicks was supreme, but it is evident in the current hybrid socialist-capitalist countries. Too many agencies, and worse, some have labor unions.

As another thread points out, the biggest reason for cost increases and delays for fielding a nuclear plant is the red tape. I saw several defense programs stretched out by politics and procedures more than technical or changing operational requirements. The biggest effort I personally had to exert was building a cabin in the pristine forest was the same – countless inspections, rules, codes and then meeting demands of the folks trying to save the planet. It is funny that many of the same environmentalists care so little about the large bird shredders spinning away in west Texas or the plants and critters being shaded out by PV panels.

What I noticed in the military and then second career and then dealing with the red tape after I retired for good was very few of the civil servants had “dirty hands” from working in the field or had never even worked in the field. There’s no substitute for working with the “proles” like Mike Rowe does in “Dirty Jobs”.

Gums sends…

Reply to  Gums
January 16, 2022 2:30 pm

There is a technical term for “hybrid socialist-capitalist” – fascist.

Uncle Mort
January 16, 2022 12:16 pm

Yes the EU has lost its collective mind, but give it some credit for doing its very best to manage without one.

Linda Goodman
January 16, 2022 12:18 pm

Either C02 controls climate or AGW is the mother of big lies. But WUWT presents a ‘compromise’ that serves only one side: ‘The science isn’t settled’.

The masters of the universe didn’t spawn a sinister plot to crush humanity under a carbon jackboot, they’re just abusing their power and privilege. Then again, they do need quality transportation to control the world and we don’t. Right?

The science is absolutely settled, so cognitive dissonance allows this eco-tyrannical insanity to continue, as we get closer to the point of no return. I get that climatologists are now in a heady league of their own, but please put ego aside and take a courageous stand for the TRUTH, or be part of humanity’s ruin.

Linda Goodman
Reply to  Linda Goodman
January 16, 2022 12:46 pm

Correction: of course ‘part of’; I meant ‘complicit in’. The major difference is your bullhorn.

January 16, 2022 12:18 pm

Being worried about Europeans paying high energy bills and being cold is like worrying about the homicide rates in Philadelphia or Chicago. THEY VOTED FOR IT.
So, this is just democracy in action.
Nobody said democracy is perfect.
All is good. Until it isn’t.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel
January 17, 2022 2:28 am

A Democracy doesn’t work very good if the citizens are lied to constantly about reality.

The Leftwing Media in Democratic nations are the most dangerous organizations of all, because they distort reality in order to promote the socialist agenda and in the process cause voters to vote for the wrong people, who then proceed to destroy the society that elected them.

If voters knew the truth about Biden, he wouldn’t be president today. If voters knew the truth about most radical leftwing politicians, they wouldn’t be elected, either.

But voters don’t know the truth because they are lied to constantly by the Leftwing Media.

Leftwing Media is the most dangerous organization when it concerns the personal freedoms of people. The Leftwing Media will cause you to lose your freedom if you are not careful.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 17, 2022 7:51 am


re the idealists and others of the left’s media…

“they distort reality in order to promote the socialist agenda and in the process cause voters to vote for the wrong people, who then proceed to destroy the society that elected them.”

Most did not be around when that little man with the small mustache gained power in Europe during the early 30’s. Most did not have to grow up in Moscow in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s when only the west was waging war in the traditional sense in a place I know well. They still had food shortages, no choice of where to live, no choice of what to study at school, no choice of job and crappy health care access. BUT!!! No income tax or sales tax. Wow, what a great deal for all the state can provide.

Unfortuantely, the left pundints and many polytickians view things using the aspects of a capitalist society and freedom we enjoy in the U.S. and other countries. They do not realize that every tiny progrm removes a tiny amount of freedom. And then one day a knock on the door and “they” take you to your new, furnished apartment- no rent to pay, no utility bills, censored TV and internet, but hey!. It’s free!

See: Typical Apartment Of The Soviet Time – Understand Russia

Life Hacks From Soviet Time Or The Story Of Deficit

and then imagine a millionare news gal or guy or it allocated 9 sq meters!

Communal Flats in Russia – Shared Life – Understand Russia

Gums sends…

Iain Russell
January 16, 2022 12:26 pm

I was reading The Scotsman just yesterday where food bank operators were quoted saying the poor won’t take food that has to be cooked – they can’t afford it and keep warm at the same time. Lucky that Anthropogenic Gerbil Wormening will heat them up any time soon!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Iain Russell
January 16, 2022 1:07 pm

the poor won’t take food that has to be cooked – they can’t afford it and keep warm at the same time.

Then they need education. Cooking food will send that heat into the home just as well as heating systems do. Eating warm food gives you more calories than cold food as it doesn’t need to be heated up by you. Eating hot food warms you up.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 16, 2022 7:16 pm

I was thinking the same thing. However if your stove is electric while your heat is natural gas, that could make a difference.

Pat from kerbob
January 16, 2022 12:44 pm

Canada is clearly in the race for peak stupid
Don’t count us out.
Boris is a rational logical intellectual compared to Justin.
But based on that comparison, so is my cat.

January 16, 2022 12:47 pm

“ I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet”

Pink Floyd – How right they were

Reply to  fretslider
January 16, 2022 2:34 pm

Yes, but that was an anti-capitalist rant. Oh, how times have changed. The irony is delicious. Good song though!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Davidf
January 16, 2022 8:44 pm

I’m not sure it was an anti-capitalist rant. I expect that Roger Waters was buying a Lear Jet by then, or at least could have. I’m not sure that he bought a football team, though, although again, I’m pretty sure he could have.

Thomas Gasloli
January 16, 2022 12:49 pm

It isn’t stupid & it isn’t insanity, it is elites being elites. Like at the Met Gala where the masked served the unmasked “guests”.

The worldwide elite need a decrease in the general standard of living to set off their status. Climate change, like Covid, is an excuse that allows them to get away with it.

Bruce Cobb
January 16, 2022 12:56 pm

Instead of “ways to stay warm”, what they really need to be advising people on is “ways to save money”. So for example: “If you are having trouble paying for your electrics and/or heating, there are numerous ways of both saving money and saving energy, often at the same time”. They could even set up a “hot” line (ha-ha) of advising people. I mean, just cutting back on the number of lattes you buy, cigarettes, booze, lotto tickets, and on and on could save a bundle. Do you really need that second car? How about biking or walking instead? Get healthy at the same time! Indeed, cutting back could become the newest craze. Think of Lent, on steroids. The sky’s the limit!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 16, 2022 8:50 pm

I’m actually pretty amazed at how much people pay monthly for phones, internet, and streaming services. Sometimes it’s hundreds of pounds.

I pay au$300 (£160) per year for unlimited phone (even to several overseas countries) and texts and 150GB of data, and that’s all. No landline, no streaming.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 16, 2022 9:15 pm

I think you forgot the sarc tag because not to many on the bread line have anything to spare.

January 16, 2022 2:02 pm

And in the US there are “selected” leaders in power the people never voted for.

January 16, 2022 3:10 pm

The non-government organisation and part of the climate hoax based cooperative of manipulators, World Economic Forum, and fellow travellers including the bankers who are very keen on carbon credits business and other wealth creation schemes riding on the back of the regularly changed tipping point scare would not be pleased if their clients and climate conference delegates were penalised for flying around in private executive jets.

After all, WEF has decided that the rest of us will own nothing and be happier.

January 16, 2022 3:25 pm

Oh my – – – the poor people of the EU will have to round up the feral cats at last and bring them in to their homes for warmth!

January 16, 2022 5:09 pm

Zil lanes for the commissars…

Richard Thornton
January 16, 2022 7:56 pm

There is a reason the super wealthy are more progressive leaning now. They know full well on that side of politics you can easily buy your exemptions from whatever onerous rules come down on the common man. This is the most glaring exampe to date.

Kiwi Gary
January 16, 2022 10:47 pm

Russian gas is available. However, under the long term contracts that Gazprom insist on, once a buyer has taken up his contracted volume per year, but wants more then it is at the ruling spot price, not the contract price. Some of the German buyers [ OMV comes to mind ] decided in mid-December to not buy at the spot price. Hence the line through Belarus was closed down. { Source Bloomberg }.

Reply to  Kiwi Gary
January 17, 2022 2:53 am

The EU adopted the infamous Enron spot-price scam, result just like Enron in 2001.
As Enron CEO Skilling said ‘we are on the side of angels, taking on monopolies’.
Straight radical FREE MARKET bunkum.
Along comes the US with special LNG tankers at spot-price of course – they see a FREE LUNCH!
Free Market does indeed work, just not for you.

January 17, 2022 3:23 am

Well, unless people rise up and drag these anti-human scumbags into the streets and hang them nothing is going to improve.

Gerry, England
January 17, 2022 3:29 am

There is a big problem for comedy when the Left take over. It is very hard for comedy scriptwriters and comedians to come up with something funnier than what the government is doing. They write something absurd and amusing only to find it is actually already government policy delivered with a straight face. Hence the term:- you couldn’t make it up.

Reply to  Gerry, England
January 17, 2022 9:15 am

“They write something absurd and amusing only to find it is actually already government policy”

See The Babylon Bee – many of their parodies turn out to be predictions instead. And in many cases they’re being out-beed by reality.

Peter Louwen
January 17, 2022 5:42 am

“I feel sorry for the citizens of Europe … you voted for these idiots”.
I most emphatically did NOT vote for these twunts.

January 17, 2022 6:10 am

The hydrocarbon industry pretty much must be at the center of any CCS plans, because it is a game played on their gameboard.

And if they play their cards right it can be a very profitable game too.
How so?
Well pumping carbon dioxide into a depleted oil reservoir is an excellent way of extracting more oil from the trap. Also the company gets the clients to pay for this and still manages to earn political “Brownie Points”. That’s not to like?

Vincent Causey
January 17, 2022 8:46 am

I fear the utility companies may have been sincere when recommending hoola hooping or cuddling your pets, much as Marie Antoinette may have been sincere when advising the consumption of cake if bread is in limited supply, though I cannot claim to be clairvoyant. In my mind, that is even darker and more Orwellian that outright mockery because it assumes they fully comprehend the plight but instead of wanting to rectify the problems at root, the best they can come up with is how to make do with less.

They remind me of the “nice” Roman officer at the prison in Life of Brian, who sees off each condemned man with gentle spoken words of encouragement – Crucifixion? Good, take the line on the left, chin up, there’s a good fellow.

January 19, 2022 1:57 pm

The government is the enemy of the people.

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