Guardian: Big Oil Conspiring to Use Ukraine to Overturn the Green Revolution

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t observa; The Guardian and other greens are still in denial about their culpability in the wrecking of Europe’s energy security.

Fossil fuel companies are trying to exploit this war for their gain. We can’t let them

Jamie Henn
Sat 26 Feb 2022 22.29 AEDT

Without fossil fuel, and Europe’s dependence on it, Putin wouldn’t have so much power. We need clean energy now, but big oil has other plans

Never ones to let a good crisis go to waste, the fossil fuel industry and their allies have taken to the airwaves over the last few days to try and use the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an excuse for greater oil and gas development.

It’s the classic shock doctrine that we’ve come to expect from big oil, and unless our politicians are wise enough to see through it, it’s a strategy that will continue to undermine our ability to take action on climate change over the decade to come.

The fossil fuel industry’s attempt to exploit this particular crisis is all the more galling because of their central role in causing it. Putin’s ability to wage war in Ukraine and threaten the stability of Europe comes exclusively from his control over Russian oil and gas production. Forty per cent of Russia’s federal budget comes from oil and gas, which make up 60% of the country’s exports. This October, Russia was making more than $500m a day from fossil fuels, money that goes directly into funding Putin’s war machine.

“Sanctions should be as targeted as possible to limit potential harm to the competitiveness of US companies,” an American Petroleum Institute spokesperson said recently. The companies he’s talking about aren’t your Main Street mom-and-pop’s: they’re the richest oil corporations on the planet.

If the Biden administration wants to help, it should launch a new green Marshall plan to help build renewable energy in Europe and around the world. Expanding the production of clean energy technologies, rather than fossil fuels, would help combat the influence of big oil and petro states, as well as address the growing climate emergency.

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I accept that some fossil fuel companies have helped build Putin’s fortune, but investing in Russia was not a crime, at least until a few days ago. Now those fossil fuel companies face likely expropriation of their assets by Russia’s authoritarian regime – a painful learning experience, for anyone who considers investing in such places in the future.

But the Guardian’s push for a “Green Marshall Plan” shows they still haven’t faced their own culpability in Europe’s energy security crisis.

The only reason Europe is facing an energy crisis is greens like the Guardian convinced European politicians to back renewable energy, renewable energy which has utterly failed to deliver.

Europe’s ongoing high risk dependence on imports of Russian gas, despite all the billions invested in wind and solar, is compelling evidence that renewable energy is not an affordable replacement for fossil fuel.

The Guardian has repeatedly published absurd claims that renewables are or soon will be the cheapest option. Why would anyone need a “Green Marshall Plan” to embrace the cheaper option? People would flock to the cheapest acceptable option of their own free will.

Dear Guardian authors, man up, grow a pair and admit you are wrong about renewable energy. James Lovelock had the balls to admit he made a mistake about climate change. You should follow his example, before your engineering challenged fantasies cause even more damage.

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February 26, 2022 10:09 pm

The Idiots ant the guardian are in the the class as that idiot John Kerry enough said

Alan the Brit
Reply to  H B
February 26, 2022 11:28 pm

The problem with the likes of the UK Guardian, & it’s intellectual sister paper, The Independent, is that they are ideologue newspapers with an agenda, a Socialist agenda. What a 20th Century record they leave behind them, & they’ only just begun. As said before, Mao – 80 million (estimated -true number will never be known)
Hitler – 60 million (estimated -true number will never be known)
Stalin – 45 million (estimated -true number will never be known)
Pol-pot – 500,000 (estimated -true number will never be known) Clearly a rank amateur by comparison. Stalin being the exception, the rest came from well educated middle-class backgrounds!!!

Have a nice Sunday folks!!!

Gerry, England
Reply to  Alan the Brit
February 27, 2022 2:55 am

It is also funded by the Gates slush fund.

Reply to  Alan the Brit
February 27, 2022 7:49 am

Ho Chi Min and the Kimmy Jong family are responsible for at least a few million apiece….,.and WW1 goes to leader of Germany giving green light to leader of Austro-Hungarian Empire to seek retribution for an assassination.

Reply to  Anti_griff
February 27, 2022 10:47 am

All of the leaders of Europe were looking for a good excuse to go to war. You can’t blame WWI on any single country.

February 26, 2022 10:09 pm

We can only wish that they had the cahunas for something like that

Richard Page
Reply to  Streetcred
February 28, 2022 5:33 am

Of course Big Oil must be behind a yuge conspiracy to derail and stop the Green revolution ‘cos there’s no way that such a wise, forward-thinking, life and planet-saving benevolent programme to benefit all of mankind could ever have come unstuck all by itself! sarc (as if it’s really needed).

Bryan A
February 26, 2022 10:21 pm

NEWS Flash BIG GREEN…Big Oil doesn’t need to conspire, they only need to do what they already do…provide a more reliable and affordable alternative to Unreliable Alternatives

Citizen Smith
Reply to  Bryan A
February 28, 2022 8:44 am

The real villain is oil itself. It has conspired to arrange its hydrogen, oxygen and carbon atoms into a convenient, normally inexpensive and energy dense fuel. Oil companies and their customers are just the victims.

February 26, 2022 10:30 pm

In the long run, ‘Green’ + ‘Clean’ Energy = No Energy.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
February 27, 2022 7:01 am

Succinct and true.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
February 28, 2022 3:54 am

It’s the Elihu Smails energy paradigm … “You’ll get nothing and like it!”

February 26, 2022 10:41 pm

Griff has been very quiet on the subject he clearly doesn’t want the told you so barrage … although the concept of a few more HVDC inter-connectors in the current enviroment would be good for laughs for a shocked EU public.

February 26, 2022 10:54 pm

The Guardian and other greens are still in denial about their culpability in the wrecking of Europe’s energy security.”

The same applies to the U.S. We were pretty much energy independent a couple years ago.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Brad-DXT
February 27, 2022 3:31 am

We have some Republicans who are True Believers about Human-caused Climate Change. I’m not sure how much of a problem they are going to be. They need to have a talk with Dr. Happer. That shouldn’t be too hard to arrange. I’m sure Dr. Happer would be happy to straighten them out.

I note that Donald Trump, in his speech last night at CPAC, belittled the idea that sea level rise was going to be a problem.

Trump also sounded like he is going to be running for president again in 2024.

Trump also said they had evidence of fraud in the Georgia elections and this was going to be presented in the next few weeks. He said the vote manipulators, of which there were many, had to take a picture of themselves and the illegal ballots they were going to stuff in ballot counting machines, so they could get paid by the organizers of the fraud. Trump says he has those pictures. 🙂

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 4:20 am

Trump got a lot of things right but he is wrong about the 2020 election being stolen, at least in Georgia. Just as Democrats are every bit as wrong about the voting law changes suppressing minority voters. They don’t understand Georgia election law and they don’t understand that each county (all 159 of them) has its own elections commission, staffed mostly with volunteers, who actually run elections. In such a system there is bound to be lack of uniformity, mistakes and incompetence. Fulton County has been notorious over multiple election cycles for incompetence, which is why Governor Kemp has acted under provisions of the new law to force a review and possible takeover of the county commission. This is of course denounced as voter suppression by Democrats.

There may have been a lot of invalid votes cast in 2020, but very few if any of them were actually included in the official tallies.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 27, 2022 5:38 am

“They don’t understand Georgia election law and they don’t understand that each county (all 159 of them) has its own elections commission, staffed mostly with volunteers, who actually run elections. In such a system there is bound to be lack of uniformity, mistakes and incompetence“

And if the largest county (Fulton) is dominated by a political machine that can manufacture as many votes as needed to “swing” a state-wide election, that’s called fraud. Please try to be honest and add that word to your list.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
February 27, 2022 7:53 am

Fulton county cannot manufacture enough votes to swing the 2020 Georgia election for Biden. The Trump team filed dozens of lawsuits which were tossed out because either they never provided evidence or they flat-out got the provisions of Georgia law wrong. See here.

The Supreme Court did not “give” the 2000 election to Bush; Russian collusion did not steal the 2016 election for Trump and vote fraud did not steal the 2020 election for Biden.

I don’t know why people have such a hard time understanding that Trump lost the 2020 election; they sound like Democrats after 2016. The fraud that did occur and about which everyone should be mad was the whole Russia collusion hoax, manufactured by the Clinton campaign, laundered into an official investigation by corrupt Justice Department officials and trumpeted endlessly by the media. There should be dozens of people facing serious federal charges, but I’m not holding my breath.

What Trump’s claims of election fraud actually accomplished was to convince many Trump voters that everything was rigged so they stayed home for the two Senate runoff elections the Republicans should have won. Incumbent Senator David Purdue had a good reputation in south Georgia with the farmers and he was running against lightweight Han Solo wannabe Jon Ossoff. Newcomer Kelly Loeffler against Raphael Warnock was less certain, but the odds were still in her favor. If instead of continuing to claim the election was stolen Trump had come to Georgia and campaigned hard for Purdue and Loeffler, that would have brought his voters out and Republicans would have retained control of the Senate.

The downstream effect of that failure is that Biden’s SCOTUS pick will be confirmed unless she does something to anger the alphabet people.

Now Trump has encouraged Purdue to run against Brian Kemp in the primary for governor, out of spite that Kemp did not support his fraud claims. Fortunately, Purdue is trailing Kemp in the polls by 10% or so. If he does well enough to force a runoff, then whoever emerges as the candidate will have a depleted campaign chest to face Stacy Abrams (who never conceded losing the 2016 race against Kemp) bulked up with gobs of cash and continuing to ride her “voter suppression” hobby horse. If that happens there is a good chance Abrams will win. Thanks Donald.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 27, 2022 8:17 am

Can’t agree more. It’s been over a year now and no solid, substantial evidence of 2020 vote fraud has been made public and I’m not holding my breath on these photos. It’s a pointless distraction and if people want to change the current trajectory they need to vote these morons out of office, not muddy the water with baseless accusations of vote fraud. Instead, they should focus on making Biden a total lame duck in 2020 and to do so they need to encourage people to vote, not discourage them to vote!

Reply to  Ebor
February 27, 2022 8:32 am

Oops, should read “…making Biden a total lame duck in 2022…”

Jim B
Reply to  Ebor
February 27, 2022 5:41 pm

Nope, 2020 forward. The man is a lame duck ab initially.

Jim B
Reply to  Jim B
February 27, 2022 5:42 pm

Damn spell check. I wrote ab initio.

George Daddis
Reply to  Ebor
February 27, 2022 9:00 am

The evidence is not “baseless”; it is ignored.

Reply to  George Daddis
February 27, 2022 12:50 pm

Then why isn’t being published on the Internet?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ebor
February 27, 2022 10:07 am

…, not muddy the water with baseless accusations of vote fraud.

How can you be certain the accusations are “baseless” if those with authority to conduct an investigation have not done so? You sound like the MSM, asserting something for which there is no evidence.

Reply to  Ebor
February 27, 2022 1:58 pm

250,000 mail in ballots the did not have a signature match. Not evidence. They were suppose to check with the voter before they were open and counted that did not happen. Of that 250,000 about 50,000 of those voters cannot be found at the address gave. A good percentage have never lived their. Add in the people who vote who could not legally vote we had a mess.

Both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania judges have ruled the the election rule changes used in 2020 were not legal and not to be used again. Both ruled the rule changes were not approved by the legislator. The legislator is the only body that can make the rules and rule changes.

In a county in Montana an audit showed 7% voter fraud, that county had more votes than registered voters. The person who ran that election had no answer how that could happen.

You need to check you news sources, they are lying to you, of course that not a surprise to a great many of us.

Reply to  Ebor
February 27, 2022 7:50 pm

So you are going to hand wave away the security video footage of the ballot counters, after dismissing the GOP counters due to the “water leak” where we see them pulling out wheeled cases chock full of ballots. That was Fulton County. Is that part of the unique Georgia election law that permits fraudsters, literally in the middle of the night, to pull out blank ballots in tight races and fortify elections to go a particular way?

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 27, 2022 9:18 am

I think we agree on many more points than not, including that far too many “sensitive” members of the electorate probably found / find Trump’s boorish persona off-putting.

But that doesn’t mean that what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philly and several other Democrat Machine strongholds didn’t constitute electoral fraud. Nor does it mean that such fraud, as well as the contributions of big Tech, big Pharma and, of course, the Mainstream Media in perpetrating this fraud, should be swept under the rug.

The simple point is, for all the reasons mentioned above, the so-called Deep State, including it’s courts, are indeed deep. And ultimately, the only protection we have from its predations are our ability to hold honest elections.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
February 27, 2022 10:50 am

You aren’t required to provide evidence at the time a case is filed. That’s what the trial is for.
Most of the cases were tossed either because the courts ruled that the plaintiff’s lacked standing, or since the election was already over, the case was no longer relevant.

Reply to  MarkW
February 27, 2022 2:59 pm

You need at least some evidence to get past summary judgment. Yes, it’s true that most cases were thrown out for lack of standing (e.g., state A suing state B over state B’s election procedures) but there were substantive legal proceedings and no evidence was brought forth in any of those. But, lawsuits aside, to this day there’s still nothing in the press, and I read all types, that counts as real. Even AZ did its extra forensic audit using a 3rd party and still found nothing. Are we to believe that only those AZ precincts where Biden won were fraudulent operations but those where Trump won weren’t but somehow that audit couldn’t provide proof of that? IMHO Trump was cruising to a landslide 2nd term but screwed the pooch when Covid appeared and he downplayed it, said insensible things about bleach, etc. His behavior was not very reassuring to most voters and, regardless of whether it was or was not truly a life or death situation, most thought it was and he frightened them and frightened people do stupid things like voting for Joe Biden.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 27, 2022 10:03 am

The Trump team filed dozens of lawsuits which were tossed out because either they never provided evidence …

When a woman goes to the police with a complaint of having been raped, they don’t require her to provide a video tape or affidavits from witnesses as evidence of the crime. Once a reasonable complaint has been filed, it is the responsibility of the police to gather evidence, through warrants if necessary, and submit it to the prosecuting attorney. If the PA or a grand jury thinks the evidence is sufficient, then the accused rapist (if actually known) is arrested and charged, and then the accused goes to trial. If the rapist is not known, it is the responsibility of the police to try to identify him (or her) and not the responsibility of the victim.

In the case of voter fraud, the essential step of legally obtaining evidence, through subpoenas and warrants, did not take place. The request for an investigation was denied by the courts. It became a Catch 22 situation because there was never a thorough investigation and the request for an investigation was denied because there was never a thorough, bi-partisan investigation. The courts basically said, “Go home and keep your legs crossed.” Either situation is a miscarriage of justice.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 27, 2022 10:52 am

Charging voter fraud prior to an election would get tossed because a crime has not yet been committed.
Charging voter fraud after an election is over gets tossed because the election is already over and the case is no longer relevant.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 27, 2022 12:03 pm

You are confusing criminal law with election law — different processes. I can’t find it now but Erick Erickson (elections law expert) has several times gone through all the claims and lawsuits and refuted them. The Georgia Secretary of State is ultimately responsible to insure election law is followed by all the various election commissions, and has the authority to do so. What he cannot do is unilaterally overturn reported results or refuse to certify them.

It beggars the imagination to claim that a Republican Secretary of State would collude with a Republican Governor in a fairly solid Republican state to help Democrats steal the presidential election. Really?

This is tinfoil hat territory.

George Daddis
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 28, 2022 7:34 am

It also buggers the imagination that a GOP SoS would leak an out of context and purposely distorted recap (Adam Schiff style) of his conversation with the GOP President to the NYTimes of all papers. (The conversation was later proved harmless when DJT demanded the actual transcript be released..)

But that is undeniably what happened with Brad Raffensperger who also colluded with Stacy Abrams to by pass the GOP led legislature and unconstitutionally changed GA election law for 2020.Tin Hat or not!

Jim B
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 27, 2022 5:39 pm


Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 27, 2022 10:03 am

What you are expecting everyone to believe is that a candidate that hid in his basement and had rallies with crowds smaller than the press crews, garnered the highest number of votes in history. It is not a probable result and needs to be investigated seriously. Most of what has been called investigations have generally been whitewash to cover incompetence and fraud.

George Daddis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 8:57 am

I did not hear the speech, but DJT must be referring to the “ballot mules” who were going from drop box to drop box mass dumping ballots after midnight. (Ballot harvesting is illegal in GA.) They were caught by stationary cameras and tracked by the cell phone towers as well as eye witnesses.

There is at least one whistleblower and hundreds of sworn (subject to perjury) affidavits. Anti Trump SoS Raffensperger has reluctantly opened an investigation but as a resident of Georgia I have no faith this will get either MSM attention (it is weeks old BTW) or any significant result. Don’t underestimate the ability of a GA or Federal Judge to dismiss with very inventive rationale (e.g. “no way of knowing if those ballots were for Biden or Trump”.)

There was a similar instance of uncovering statistically impossible occurrences in a court ordered sample audit of mail in ballots. (Just one example: many consecutive batches of ballots with identical vote totals – say 286 for Biden, 64 Trump and 2 for a writein.) That has died a silent death in the courts and MSM (although grass root groups have paid for billboards along major highways demanding followup.)

George Daddis
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 28, 2022 7:56 am

Thanks Clyde. I missed that.
2 Notes:

  • most replies were dated Jan 3, and clearly all of the respondents were hoping that the protest would result in an investigation of the irregularities that were uncovered by that time even if it meant a delay in certification. NO ONE talked about “overthrowing a government” – i.e. an insurrection.
  • DJTs list of possible unlawful votes that were described as UNRESOLVED are still unresolved. Ignoring probable cause for an investigation is not the same as saying probable cause does not exist.

It is too late to “over turn the results” (I can’t imagine SCOTUS going along no matter how clear the proof of fraud is) but we can continue to restore election law to pre 2020 status to prevent future fraud.

February 26, 2022 11:02 pm

The more these watermelons keep amassing lithium batteries together the bigger the problem they have to solve-
EV fires become hot issue (

One possible solution would be to cover each EV with a special fire-proof blanket at the time an EV is being loaded and tied down to the car deck. 
These would have the fire retardant qualities along the lines of those used by Bridgehill car fire blankets which in normal use are unfolded and dragged over burning cars thus containing the fire under the cover. 
Some car carriers and ferry operators have already begun equipping their vessels with these blankets. 
The blankets are made from similar material to that used on space vehicles to protect them from the intense heat generated on re-entry into earth’s atmosphere.
These blankets not only starve the fire of oxygen but they prevent reignition of the battery. 
This solution would add serious cost to the loading and unloading of cars but it might prove to be the only solution at this point to preventing the catastrophic maritime losses being experienced so far.

Presumably that also applies for EV owners in hi-rise apartments and multi-level carparks or just the local shopping centre carpark but certainly with public chargers. Has to come with every lithium battery EV and owners cover them every time they park in order to avoid legal liability for Grenfell Towers and the like-
Bridgehill Car Fire Blanket –

Alan the Brit
Reply to  observa
February 26, 2022 11:32 pm

Shouldn’t EVs come with a warning label clearly visible, stating “WARNING – vehicle may spontaneously combust at any time – always park out in the open air with easy access for fire trucks/tenders, Thank You, Have a Nice Day!!! 😉

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alan the Brit
February 27, 2022 3:42 am

“Shouldn’t EVs come with a warning label clearly visible, stating “WARNING – vehicle may spontaneously combust at any time”

Yes, and they should put these warnings on their tv and video commercials, too.

Reply to  observa
February 27, 2022 12:06 am

starving the fire of atmospheric is irrelevant

Reply to  AndyHce
February 27, 2022 7:05 am

According to the video ad, the blanket “helps” to contain an EV fire.

Reply to  observa
February 27, 2022 7:41 am

If the maker of the so called fire blanket doesn’t understand that EV fires don’t need oxygen in order to burn, then I don’t have a lot of confidence in the ability of that company to create a blanket capable of dealing with an EV fire in the first place.

Beyond that. Let’s assume that this blanket is capable of preventing the heat generated by the fire from spreading upwards and to the side. Since the same amount of heat is still going to be generated, where is that heat going to go. Down. Once the fire melts through the decking, what happens next? Hopefully that decking is not also the hull of the craft.

Reply to  MarkW
February 27, 2022 8:25 am

Spot on. This idea of using a fireproof blanket is just wishful thinking, once an EV battery is in thermal runaway, ordinary citizens (and I’d throw shipping personnel into that category) should likewise run away:

Welsh Wizard
February 26, 2022 11:30 pm

The greenies genuinely believe they will be given a seat at the table when the dystopian future they are fighting for becomes a reality.

Denying reality (intentionally or not) is becoming a really dangerous past time for us all! I hope we can change course before it gets worse.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Welsh Wizard
February 27, 2022 5:54 am

As has always happened under totalitarian regimes in the past, once the useful idiots become useless idiots, their days are numbered.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
February 27, 2022 7:43 am

They were willing to betray their former country, you can’t assume that they won’t betray you as well.

February 26, 2022 11:52 pm

This renewable energy ‘thing’ reminds me of something from Chinese history.

There was the daoist theory that gold and mercury could not be destroyed. You could burn them but, unlike everything else, you would always be able to get your gold and mercury back. And everyone knows you are what you eat. So, it’s logical that, if you eat gold and mercury, you’ll live forever.

Ok, everyone knew that things like cinnabar, which contained mercury, were poisonous. Even so, charlatans persuaded emperors and kings to eat immortality elixirs containing gold and mercury bearing compounds. There were many deaths over thousands of years. link

Why could people be persuaded to eat potions they knew had killed people? Simple. The charlatans trotted out their their favorite excuse.

Those folks died because they were doing it wrong. You are much smarter, of course you won’t make the same mistakes. You can make it to heaven, an so can your pet deer.

In the face of the fact that renewables don’t work the charlatans are doubling down. That’s what charlatans do. It reminds me of folks who claim they can make Marxism work.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 27, 2022 5:01 am

Thanks for that.

He was taking all these mercury pills because he wanted to live forever and it killed him by the age of 39.

Maybe his mother told him he shouldn’t do that but the charlatans called her a mercury denier, so he ignored her. 🙂

February 27, 2022 12:26 am

Stop calling it Renewable Energy. It is Unreliable Energy.

Reply to  decnine
February 27, 2022 12:41 am

I prefer to call it Magic Energy.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
February 27, 2022 4:54 am

Fairy dust.

Rod Evans
February 27, 2022 12:53 am

The Guardian only had two choices. They could either blame Man Made Climate Change, i.e. fossil fuel companies, or they could blame Brexit.
They chose to run with, let’s blame fossil fuels, so reaching out to a wider audience.
We look forward to George Monbiot organising a protest march to the Russian Ukraine border. Hopefully, with his XR anarchists friends in tow, perhaps led by Justin Welby singing kumbaya. An appropriate leader, as he is a reformed fossil fuel executive..
Maybe, they can camp on the bridges across the Dnieper River?
That will be an effective blocking location, instantly stopping the war…..It would certainly garner publicity for the Green movement, or the “Guardanista” to use their more descriptive sobriquet. . .

February 27, 2022 1:00 am

The Grauniad ignores reality and while this war is killing people they don’t care at all

“ Tory MPs fear that net zero is hurting poor people. Ignore their crocodile tears

Caroline Lucas”

Let them eat cake

Reply to  fretslider
February 27, 2022 1:42 am

I got banned from commenting on the Grauniad the other day. My crime: In response to someone complaining about the poor sub-editors, I wrote: “Well it is the Grauniad after all. I just love how they beg me for money.” LOL

Reply to  Steve
February 27, 2022 2:00 am

Komment ist frei – if it is on narrative

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  fretslider
February 27, 2022 5:02 am

I just read the tripe Kazza has written. She even tried to claim unreliables are bringing UK energy costs down. She is beyond thick.

Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
February 27, 2022 5:28 am

Her PhD thesis…

Writing for Women: a study of woman as reader in Elizabethan romance”

From Exeter, of course.

Reply to  fretslider
February 27, 2022 7:12 am

I personally saw a professor from Exeter break down and cry when talking about a tree and our carbon sins. Otherwise intelligent, it seems that he had fallen prey to some kind of environmental religion.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Scissor
February 27, 2022 10:27 am

His behavior suggests he is not well-balanced mentally. Perhaps that is why he went through all the hoop-jumping to get a PhD — compensation.

February 27, 2022 1:25 am

Oh yeah, they’re getting Russia to start a war with Ukraine to keep Big Oil out of the line of fire… lol

Rod Evans
Reply to  marty
February 27, 2022 1:41 am

If nothing else, it shows how twisted, corrupted and fixed, the editorial minds at the Guardian are..

Reply to  Rod Evans
February 27, 2022 7:46 am

The lighter something is, the easier it is for it to get all twisted up.

February 27, 2022 2:17 am

Slight edit but I think the Grauniad piece is the better for it.

“If the Biden administration wants to help, it should launch a new Marshall plan to help build RELIABLE energy in Europe and around the world.”

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Galileo9
February 27, 2022 4:53 am

Europe does not need US help to build reliable energy; they have all the knowledge, technology and financial means to do it themselves. They simply need to decide to do it.

Germany in particular could do two things almost immediately which would add roughly 8.1 GW of reliable non-CO2 emitting electric power and cost almost nothing:

  1. Cancel the scheduled Dec 31 shutdown of their three remaining nuclear power plants.
  2. Restart the three plants they just shut down last December. I don’t believe any work has actually started to physically decommission them.
Reply to  Galileo9
February 27, 2022 1:03 pm

With whose money?

Mark Pawelek
February 27, 2022 2:25 am

Greens live in clown world. They think their Malthusian, anti-energy, anti-human memes will become reality. Refute them with a fact and they ignore you and your fact – they counter with fallacy such as : “climate denier”, “fossil-fuel shill”, flat-earther (or other red-herring/ad hom).

Green is a by-word for insane. The rise of the green movement into a new anti-human religion and the West closing our loony bins is not just a coincidence!

Reply to  Mark Pawelek
February 27, 2022 7:24 am

Brainwashing begins in childhood, from that standpoint, perhaps some sympathy is warranted.

Reply to  Mark Pawelek
February 27, 2022 1:06 pm

In the world of the insane, a sane person appears insane. Attributed to Kurt Vonnegaut

Ron Long
February 27, 2022 2:47 am

I wonder why idiots are so proud of their condition? To check out the reality of oil price effects you can google price closure of a barrel of crude (average of North Sea and West Texas Intermediate) for ending 2020 (basically end of President Trump influence) and end of 2021 (first year of Biden et al attack against evil CO2/Keystone Pipeline, Fracking….) and the change from end 2020 to end 2021 is $26.69. Now in 2021, Russia acting badly, Greenies with undue influence, etc, the price of oil (a little volatile, but basically) is $92.50 per barrel, a rise of $17.29 per barrel. The most obvious conclusion is that the Greenies et al provoked a larger rise in the price of crude oil than has (so far) the reckless Russian conduct.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
February 27, 2022 3:56 am

“The most obvious conclusion is that the Greenies et al provoked a larger rise in the price of crude oil”

So the Greenies are financing Putin’s war machine. That would include Biden who is buying about 550,000 barrels of oil a day from Putin.

The U.S. wouldn’t need to buy 550,000 barrels a day of oil from Putin had Biden allowed the Keystone Pipeline to be put in place, which would have supplied 850,000 barrels of oil a day to the U.S. and then Putin would not be in the picuture.

But Biden is a stupid fool so we have the current situation.

Ron Long
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 4:19 am

OK, Tom, “…Biden is a stupid fool…”, sort of, and he appears to be in cognitive decline, entering into senility, so the real question is: Who writes that stuff he tries to read? And who tells him he can’t talk to the press? And who coaches him in those phone calls with Putin, et al? I think one day we will know, as secrets have short half-lives in Washington DC, but for now, what a mess!

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ron Long
February 27, 2022 10:30 am

Who writes that stuff he tries to read?

I’m pretty sure it isn’t Kamala.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 27, 2022 1:04 pm

If it was Kamala, he’d spend all his time cackling.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
February 28, 2022 6:39 pm

I’m not sure who is running the show, but I think in the case of Afghanistan, that was all Joe Biden. He’s an appeaser at heart, always has been, and he knew what he wanted to do, run away as fast as he could, and he did, despite all his military advisers telling him not to do it that way.

Gerry, England
February 27, 2022 2:52 am

In the UK the energy cost cap is changing from 1st April – going up of course. I have received my new tariff from Shell. Unit cost is up 36%. BUT the standing charge is up 73%. As this includes the grid costs we can see how much more expensive running an unreliable grid is. A decade ago it was £200m a year but last year it was £2.6bn!! And will no doubt be heading for £3bn by the end of this year.

Reply to  Gerry, England
February 27, 2022 7:37 am

Are all these cost increases offset by free healthcare?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Scissor
February 27, 2022 10:33 am

NASA has discovered that there is no such thing as a free launch. Europeans have yet to learn the lesson.

Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 3:04 am

From the article: “The Guardian and other greens are still in denial about their culpability in the wrecking of Europe’s energy security.”

Perfect way to describe the situation.

Human-caused Climate Change delusions have put Europe in this situation.

The Elites vigorously fight a climate change war and ignore the real dangers around them.

Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 3:13 am

From the article: “It’s the classic shock doctrine that we’ve come to expect from big oil,”

A particularly ridiculous statement.

This is a classic effort to demonize without using facts. The author couldn’t give us an example of Big Oil “shock doctrine”, if he/she tried, but he/she wants his/her readers to assume that shocking behavior is standard operating procendure for Big Oil.

It’s only shocking to him/her. He/she is projecting his/her mental problems on the rest of us.

Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 3:16 am

From the article: “as well as address the growing climate emergency.”

What growing climate emergency? The only one I see is in the minds of alarmists.

Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 3:18 am

From the article: “The only reason Europe is facing an energy crisis is greens like the Guardian convinced European politicians to back renewable energy, renewable energy which has utterly failed to deliver.”

And these Climate Change Idiots want to double down on this stupid.

Ron Long
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 27, 2022 4:21 am

Tom, you’re on quite a roll this Sunday morning. Go for it!

February 27, 2022 4:31 am

new green Marshall plan

Hilarious – after the trillions already invested and millions of square kilometres of countryside cemented over already for wind and solar, they now need a Marshall plan? As if the world has any money or any countryside still left?!

This sounds like admission of defeat wrapped in denial and doubling down.

Andrew Wilkins
February 27, 2022 5:12 am

As always, the comments below the article are beyond hilarious. Typed by parlour bolshies who rely on fossil fuels that manufacture, ship, and power the computers and phones the are furiously typing on. Tell them that their machines are made of fossil fuel products and their heads will explode.

February 27, 2022 5:28 am

This is Russian propaganda strategy of confusion.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 27, 2022 10:36 am

Sadly our muddle-headed cocaine-snorting elites are capable of total confusion without the need of any help from Russia or Satan or anyone else.

February 27, 2022 5:58 am

Um … the Guardian is only partially right. Big Oil is conspiring with the RAND corporation, Monsanto chemicals, and the Koch family to keep the green revolution down. Colonel Sanders was once part of this group, which calls itself the Pentavirate, but he died too young. This cabal meets tri-annually at a secret place called the Meadows. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the people in the Guardian and CNN, the Pentavirate has been exposed and the green revolution is somehow surviving.

We are through the looking-glass people!

(P.S. This is sarcasm.)

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Wade
February 27, 2022 10:39 am

I thought that the not-so-secret place was the Bohemian Grove.

February 27, 2022 6:14 am

During WWII Canada was a major contributor of raw materials to the war effort. Coupled with American manufacturing the allies were thus able to out produce the opposing forces and win the war.

Canada has more oil than Russia. Way more. Yet Russia has Europe by the throat. NATO could not defend Europe if Russia cut off oil and gas to Europe.

Canada is a NATO member. Yet they also buy oil from Russia, driving up the price of Russian oil and help cut the throats of their European allies.

Canada, time to step up like you did in WWII and use your vast supplies of natural resources before it is too late. Replace Russia as the main supplier of oil and gas to Europe before Putin pulls the plug.

Reply to  ferdberple
February 27, 2022 7:52 am

The buyer needs the seller and vice versa.

Things get complicated when there are more than one buyer and seller. The beauty of free trade is that competition keeps quality up and costs down. If only.

Bruce Cobb
February 27, 2022 6:24 am

Textbook projection by the gray matter-challenged Climate Liars. It is in fact Ruinables which has created the current dilemma regarding energy security, and it is their side shamelessly attempting to use the Ukraine crisis to their advantage.

Coach Springer
February 27, 2022 6:36 am

It’s not Big Oil they are worried about. But they expect the smear to work against us.

February 27, 2022 7:00 am

Eric, thanks for your reference to James Lovelock and the recognition that he is man enough to admit a mistake.

As far as I know, he has to some extent always been a supporter of nuclear power to the chagrin of environmental leftists, though overall they revere him because of his Gaia theory and support of other leftist causes.

Nevertheless, if only on the basis of his longevity (he’ll turn 103 this summer) his voice is worthy of consideration by all.

David Elstrom
February 27, 2022 7:02 am

We can always hope the insanity and lies will stop, but you can’t fix stupid. Stupid is forever.

February 27, 2022 7:09 am

“Putin’s actions in Ukraine threaten your savings, investments, and livelihood. They endanger your life and the lives of those you love. Russia may have the most advanced cyber-attack teams in the world. Such attacks threaten electricity, water, and food. Russia also holds the world’s largest nuclear arsenal & Putin’s threats to use it suddenly seem credible. Some say what happens in Ukraine shouldn’t concern Americans. These people either don’t personally visit gas stations or don’t understand the recent jump in fuel prices. Over next weeks & months, the connection will probably be made plain to everyone who drives a car, heats a home, or pays an electric bill”

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  marlene
February 27, 2022 10:43 am

… or don’t understand the recent jump in fuel prices.

Not to mention food, which reflects transportation and fertilizer costs!

Reply to  marlene
February 27, 2022 11:06 am

Putin has ordered the heightening of the alert status of it’s nuclear forces.

Condoleeza Rice has met with Putin a dozen times and says that his recent behavior seems erratic to her.

February 27, 2022 7:10 am

“Vladimir Putin lies. He looks his opponent straight in the face & lies. He’s good at it. He says he must invade Ukraine because NATO refuses to rule out the possibility of one day admitting Ukraine. But he knows no one joins NATO without the unanimous consent of all existing members. He knows France & Germany flatly refuse to allow Ukraine to join & several others have expressed strong reservations. He knows there’s no immediate possibility of Ukraine joining NATO”

Reply to  marlene
February 27, 2022 11:13 am

France isn’t a member of NATO.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
February 27, 2022 2:10 pm

Not entirely correct. DeGaulle removed France from the NATO integrated command structure in 1966 but not from NATO itself. In 2016, France rejoined the integrated command structure. France has been a member of NATO since 1949. Sorry to be pedantic but the facts are the facts.

Reply to  marlene
February 27, 2022 1:08 pm

With everything that has happened this week, reluctance to admit Ukraine into NATO will probably decrease. A lot depends on whether Putin is successful in installing a puppet regime.

February 27, 2022 7:18 am

The Marshall Plan worked because US factories that had been going all out to produce war material had spare capacity because the war was over. There was also all those soldiers returning home from the war to provide labor.

Where’s the factories and labor for this new “Marshal Plan”?
As usual, the lefties at the Guardian spout great plans, but never think through how those plans are going to be executed.

Julian Flood
February 27, 2022 8:26 am

The great James Lovelock was wrong about which goddess rules the Earth. It’s not Gaia, she is a minor deity holding sway over only one quarter of the surface. Three quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered in water and what happens in top few feet of the world ocean is the domain of Oceana.

The oil, surfactant and run-off nutrients from our civilisation are altering those few hundred feet. It’s not surprising that this alters everything


Richard Page
Reply to  Julian Flood
February 27, 2022 2:16 pm

Oil seeps have been a part of the ocean ecology for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years; certainly enough time for bacteria to evolve that consumes oil. Aside from that I really wasn’t taken with your religious sermon, Reverend.

John Furst
February 27, 2022 8:40 am

“Without fossil fuel, and Europe’s dependence on it, Putin wouldn’t have so much power. We need clean energy now, but big oil has other plans”

Putin taking advantage of the unconscionable self-destruction of formerly available, reliable, less expensive Western energy systems is what criminals do.

Putin funded much of the “green” hysteria and perhaps paid for a few supportive politicians, but the Western governments are more to blame.

Europe and USA are too influenced by self-interested, self-rewarding, pompous, elitists, and organizations that fund the propaganda and politicians destroying the very engines of their historic success and well-being.

If blame is sought, look internally, find the collaborators of this drastic and tragic “green” scheme and excise them. Install full transparency in data and economic costs and educate citizens before policies like “green or nothing” cause more harm!

To do nothing is criminal.

February 27, 2022 8:42 am

Confusing “Big Oil” with “big consumer demand” again…..

4E Douglas
February 27, 2022 9:32 am

too much sharing the bong in the Guardy newsroom.

February 27, 2022 11:46 am

A learning experience – never would have believed it possible for folks to actually be this stupid, and insensitive, but they are Marxists.

February 27, 2022 12:48 pm

Meanwhile John Cook at Skeptic Tank Science boasts that climate alarm shake-down politics has caused 39 trillion dollars of fossil fuel divestment:

Big numbers – dollars and institutions – behind divestments from fossil fuels (

39 trillion dollars.

Their argument that this can’t possibly have had the slightest effect on fuel and energy prices is of exactly the same type as all alarmist counter-arguments against skeptics.
What psychologists call a “risk statement”. (Lie)

John in LdB
February 27, 2022 3:42 pm

I’ve commented here before how climate alarmism is analogous to the early 20th century enthusiasm with eugenics where a a theory in development about complicated and poorly understood systems was used to fashion crude instruments of public policy. After Mr Hitler the ideas and the public policies were quietly abandoned by the progressives of the time without any apology and now only remain as ideas held by racists and white supremacists.
Up till now I thought the only question remaining was what kind and how much misery would be caused by climate alarmists’ political perversion of science. Well, now are seeing it.
probably this is where you tell me about Godwin’s law and I suppose you are right, except in the case of the Guardian, their favourite dictator would be Stalin.

February 28, 2022 3:50 am

Here’s some perspective for these alleged journalists.

Probably not the best chart to use for this, but it illustrates how small the temperature changes are, that we are supposed to be alarmed about … and it carries “official” endorsement.

Greater threat II.png
February 28, 2022 8:30 am

they still haven’t faced their own culpability

And they never will.

Andy Pattullo
February 28, 2022 12:27 pm

It seems clear that people in the energy and environment sectors are indeed doing Putin’s bidding. However it is not the oil, gas and coal folks who, if they were left to do their work would have ensured the West a reliable source of energy that would not require imports from Russia. Just a year ago the US was energy independent. Biden “fixed” that issue in a few days of ham-handed “leadership”. It is the renewalble energy welfare cases and environmental wingnuts who are Putin’s best friends. They ensure that Western nations are crippled without imports from Russia and the Middle East thereby strengthening Putin’s position. How many Ukrainian children are they willing to see die from war and how many elderly Westerners die from cold for their idiotic crusade against natural climate variations?

February 28, 2022 1:34 pm

Putin is a former WEF young global leader which means the WEF has “penetrated” the Kremlin.

If anything, this attack is going to favor green energy and the DNC.

Russell Johnson
February 28, 2022 4:36 pm

I sure as hell hope all green activists heed my advice and book flights to Moscow with a massive effort to convince Putin to go green! This will eliminate 99% of these morons and their fascist policies!! The gulags are ready for you greenies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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