Climate Pundits Shocked at President Biden’s Green Backtracking

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to the NYT, the State of the Union speech was a missed opportunity to focus attention on the link between Russia’s military power and Western fossil fuel dependency.

War Abroad and Politics at Home Push U.S. Climate Action Aside

Climate change, a central part of Biden’s agenda, was barely mentioned in the State of the Union. And Europe is confronting its heavy reliance on Russian gas.

By Somini Sengupta and Lisa FriedmanMarch 2, 2022

War and politics are complicating the efforts of the two biggest polluters in history — the United States and Europe — to slow down global warming, just as scientists warn of intensifying hazards.

On Tuesday evening, President Biden barely made a mention of his climate goals in the State of the Union speech despite promises to make climate an issue that drives his presidency. European politicians have their own problem: They are struggling to get out from under one of the Kremlin’s most powerful economic weapons — its fossil fuel exports, which Europe relies on for heat and electricity.

Oil and gas prices are soaring globally. That is a boon to those who extract and sell the very products that drive fatal heat waves, wildfires and sea level rise. And it is leading to new demands for increased drilling in the United States, already one of the world’s biggest producers of oil and gas.

Energy experts said that Mr. Biden missed an opportunity to connect the war in Ukraine to the need to more swiftly sever an economic reliance on fossil fuels. “The president did not articulate the long-term opportunity for the U.S. to lead the world in breaking free of the geopolitical nightmare that is oil dependency,” said Paul Bledsoe, a strategic adviser to the Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/02/climate/state-of-the-union-biden-ukraine-climate.html

Of course, Biden hasn’t given up on the green revolution. The NYT article goes on to reassure readers significant green handouts are still proceeding. It is just President Biden doesn’t want to talk about it so much anymore.

As I’ve said before, the main political obstacle to the green revolution is that it does not work. The careers of math challenged politicians who believe the green hype are always destroyed by rising energy prices and fed up voters. Even undemocratic countries like China face this problem – Xi Jinping is facing a huge backlash in China for his green incompetence, which could yet end his reign.

Given green failure is inevitable, why bother writing about it?

My motivation is hope of reducing the depth of each successive failure, just a little, by piercing the smoke screen, and broadcasting to people an explanation of why their lives just turned to sh*t, and what they can do about it.

Each successive failure – Carter, Obama, Biden – does tremendous long term harm to the national economy and the lives of ordinary people. Anything we can do to minimise that suffering, including our own suffering, has to be worth it.

Worse, recovery from each successive green failure is not absolutely guaranteed. So far the USA has always bounced back, and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future, but so did the British Empire, and before that the Spanish Empire. Until one day they didn’t.

History teaches that societal collapses are like stock market crashes. Always easier to see with hindsight.

I like civilisation, the medicines which keep me alive and healthy, the comfort of having a refrigerator full of food, and easy mechanised transport so I don’t have to walk everywhere. I have no wish to see all that come to an abrupt end.

We have no way of knowing what is the breaking strain, of the American and other Western economies, political systems and societies. But politicians like President Biden seem utterly determined to find that breaking limit and breach it, with their dogged pursuit of green economic insanity and heavy handed government economic interventions. It is up to all of us to try to spread the word of what is happening, to help gather enough political support to put a stop to this madness at the ballot box, before it is too late.

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rah
March 5, 2022 10:15 am

Midterms are on the horizon. Nuff said.

Bryan A
Reply to  rah
March 5, 2022 12:56 pm

Heard through the grapevine that 30 some odd Democrat Senators will be retiring at the Mid Terms and their seats up for grabs. Conservatives need to make the blue zones of those states wake up and realize the potential mistakes being made. Perhaps we could turn 9 – 10 of those seats, and the 2 vacant seats into Red seats and wrest control of the Senate from the Lunatic Fringe infecting the Left side of the House

John
Reply to  Bryan A
March 5, 2022 1:35 pm

I think you mean 30 DIM house members. Only 14 DIM senators are up for reelection in 2022.

Bryan A
Reply to  John
March 5, 2022 7:33 pm

Ayup
And 12 house seats & 2 Senate seats will eliminate the Liberal Majority

rah
Reply to  Bryan A
March 6, 2022 4:57 am

That is good but not good enough. Lots of so called Republicans are corrupt and invested in or consumed by the DC culture and the go along to get along.

Every time the Republicans get a majority we conservatives have expected them to hit back hard, roll back the madness, and expose some of the corruption in DC and every time we are disappointed.

I’m just as guilty of having wool pulled over my eyes as any. I met Mike Pence before he was governor and bought his line. Was convinced he was Tea Party material. How wrong I was.

No more. I quit giving to the RNC a long time ago. When I saw what happened in a Republican controlled congress when Trump was elected.

roaddog
Reply to  rah
March 6, 2022 6:28 am

I believe Republicans in Congress operate under the McConnell Doctrine, wherein it is stated that retaining power is subordinate to any other objective. In Biden’s case, he has simply changed his approach to “Following the Politics.”

Paul Johnson
Reply to  Bryan A
March 6, 2022 7:31 pm

To be clear: six House seats and ONE Senate seat.

MarkMcD
Reply to  Bryan A
March 6, 2022 2:52 pm

Many sources are calling for the People to Primary the RINOs and get them out so actual conservative voices can be elected.

Imagine that? Put (say) 20 MTG’s into the House and watch things happen. 😀

Derg
Reply to  rah
March 5, 2022 2:49 pm

And Covid hysteria is over.

rah
Reply to  Derg
March 5, 2022 3:45 pm

And Fauci is lost somewhere between the couch cushions for now.

roaddog
Reply to  Derg
March 6, 2022 6:32 am

I expect a resurgence of Covid Crazy (the re-election variant) between now and November.

Tom Halla
March 5, 2022 10:17 am

The New York Slimes would double down on a failed policy, as they have been doing since at least the early 1900’s. We just need to try harder, and next time it will work. That has been their editorial policy on gun control to socialism to climate change.

Willem Post
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 5, 2022 12:50 pm

Give us more money, more career staff, we will try harder 9 to 5, and we may tell you the results, if you sue us and we lose in court.

n.n
March 5, 2022 10:32 am

Worse yet, the Green development fund is supporting the Chinese regime, where there is practical and actual slavery, diversity (e.g. racism, sexism), environmental arbitrage, annexation of adjacent nation(s), violent border disputes, one-child/selective-child, and nary a sanction, a frozen account, to curb their progressive appetites.

Scissor
Reply to  n.n
March 5, 2022 2:15 pm

The one child policy ended in 2016.

rah
Reply to  Scissor
March 5, 2022 2:35 pm

Yep, after they found that their population of military aged males was being effected and they figured out that massive population is not a liability but a valuable natural resource that can be exploited for making the state wealthy.

Derg
Reply to  rah
March 5, 2022 2:50 pm

Meanwhile Russia gets older.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Derg
March 5, 2022 6:58 pm

So would the US apart from the impact of a wide open border.

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Frank from NoVA
Reply to  rah
March 5, 2022 6:57 pm

A lack of military age males may have been one problem. An even bigger cultural one would be a lot of aborted females to ensure that the single child, a son, could carry on the family line. Doesn’t exactly make for social harmony a couple of decades down the road.

John Endicott
Reply to  rah
March 7, 2022 4:08 am

The bigger effect is on the lack of females for those military aged males to mate with. The one child policy resulting in the favoring of that one child being male (to the point that female children would be aborted, abandoned or adopted out of the country).

Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 10:47 am

Ummmm . . . “In 2021, the US imported an average of 209,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and 500,000 bpd of other petroleum products from Russia, according to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) trade association. This represented three percent of US crude oil imports and one percent of the total crude oil processed by US refineries. By contrast, the US imported 61 percent of its crude oil from Canada, 10 percent from Mexico, and six percent from Saudi Arabia in the same year.”—source: https://ghextractives.com/how-much-oil-does-the-us-get-from-russia/ (my underlining emphasis added)

So, a 3% loss of receiving imports of Russian crude oil results in, what, about a 8.6% rise in US average prices for regular-grade gasoline in just the time from the start of the Soviet-Ukraine war (24 Feb 2022). Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

And this despite Uncle Joe’s promise to release stockpiles of oil out the US strategic reserves (plus other US “partners” also releasing oil out of their reserves to the international markets, or so Joe claims).

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bonbon
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 12:53 pm

That’s called inflation – who wudda thunk.
Sure , blame it on Ukraine and Russia , but it started before.
FED liquidity pumping since 2019 is now unleashing inflation – ask the average household about food and energy.
Russia , China, India will not tolerate being looted to ‘save the transatlantic’ – so witness full scale financial warfare, in other word, war, unleashed.
So far D.C. will not take WallStreet/FED/London on – after all they call the shots!
But for how long?

Drake
Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 1:55 pm

Liquidity pumping has been going on since the Obama years. They called it quantitative easing.

The last hurrah of 2 trillion passed by the Dems this spring, totally unnecessary, is directly responsible for much of the last 10 months of inflation up until the Russian invasion. The loss of FF independence is wholly on Brandon. Directly traceable to HIS executive actions. And now he is going to start buying Iranian oil. What a Putz.

Red94ViperRT10
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 1:49 pm

That’s because the demand-curve on energy is, in the short term, inelastic, since people still need to get to work, cook their meals and avoid freezing in the dark. So they MUST conserve on something else where they actually have more options, in order to continue putting gas in the vehicle to get to and from work, keep the residence above freezing temperature, and cook their meals, no matter how much it costs, until it costs more than they have. It makes my heart hurt to think about it.

kazinski
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 2:18 pm

If you look at the numbers we actually export about 5 times as much domestic crude as we important from Russia, that’s why our total imports exceed our crude production/consumption deficit.

Richard M
March 5, 2022 10:47 am

Maybe someone told Brandon that the CO2 greenhouse effect is saturated. With 99.94% of the available 15 micron IR flux already absorbed, there’s no energy left to “trap”. Any warming from the wings is small and completely compensated for by increases in net outgoing IR flux by CO2 molecules.

http://www.john-daly.com/artifact.htm

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Mr.
March 5, 2022 10:49 am

Eric, what I’d like to see is distinctive stickers attached to all essential products that support modern life.

I was at the hospital recently for a day procedure, and while waiting in the prep area, I was looking around the theatre at all the equipment that relied on oil derivatives for its existence.

I realized what an impotent facility that would be without reliance on oil to bring about its effectiveness.

This reality would confront people if most of the medical and technical equipment was stickered with bright labels that said something like –

MADE FROM OIL – FROM THE EARTH FOR YOUR HEALTH

bonbon
Reply to  Mr.
March 5, 2022 1:17 pm

That OP without electricity for 24 hours would be a major hell hole.
Sure, diesel generators would kick in, for a while….

markl
March 5, 2022 10:57 am

With AGW being last on the people’s list of concerns time and time again in polls why waste time on it when there’s other more insidious lies to be told.

March 5, 2022 10:58 am

“The president did not articulate the long-term opportunity for the U.S. to lead the world in breaking free of the geopolitical nightmare that is oil dependency,” said Paul Bledsoe, a strategic adviser to the Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank.”

Always fun to watch a lefty illustrate the wisdom and success of Trump’s energy policy and accomplishments!

Doonman
Reply to  JR Port
March 5, 2022 3:00 pm

Remember, people who want your standard of living to go down are not your friends.

The use of the natural resource known as oil releases everyone who uses it from hard labor and using animal labor. There is no other option except nuclear and “Progressives” oppose that too.

Vuk
March 5, 2022 10:59 am

Climate change ‘net zero’ is joke.
No gas for heating or electricity is serious matter.
War is tragedy and catastrophe for the innocent.
What is the priority for donkeys leading lemmings towards the cliff edge? 

bonbon
Reply to  Vuk
March 5, 2022 12:45 pm

To quote a famous American economist, speak out – the a*ss you save may be your own!

TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 11:04 am

Why would anyone be surprised that an intellectually dishonest corrupt sociopath and pathological liar and plagiarist who has NEVER kept his word LIED to the world…..AGAIN?

Doonman
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 6, 2022 7:36 pm

Democracies seem to have an affinity to elect sociopaths when they should instead elect statesmen. Sociopaths are famous for delivering stirring soliloquy on their chosen subjects while statesmen argue logic on any subject.

If everyone for once would stop regarding sociopathic behavior as celebrity, we’d gain a lot more respect for politicians who actually can serve the public.

TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 11:06 am

Unable to perform
https://www.mikehuckabee.com/latest-news?id=3EE52062-FDC2-4509-A885-7A04F8F7011F&s=5EQB

A recurring theme of this newsletter is the left’s inability to perform longterm strategic planning. Their arguments, principles and policies can all reverse on a dime, depending on what’s needed to advance their immediate goal or win the next election and hang on to power. For instance, I’m suffering a little whiplash just from watching them pivot from deriding the Second Amendment and their “deer don’t wear Kevlar vests” cliché to cheering Ukraine handing out rifles to citizens to fight Russian tyranny.

But if you’d like to see a sterling example of obtuseness when it comes to longterm planning, watch them argue that restarting the pipeline projects Biden killed won’t reduce Russian oil imports because they won’t be finished for years; and instead we need to develop “green” energy sources that won’t be available for years.

https://www.westernjournal.com/nbc-reporter-makes-preposterous-claim-keystone-xl-pipeline-russia/

Tim Gorman
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 2:02 pm

Know what keeps the drug cartel soldiers from taking over south TX like they have northern Mexico? It ain’t Biden and the feds. It’s all the TX citizens with guns!

TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 11:09 am

The hypocrisy and political whoring wouldn’t be complete without hearing from St. Greta.
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Bruce Cobb
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 11:45 am

She still hasn’t a clue! Some things will never change.

Stephen Philbrick
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 12:15 pm

I don’t think Greta understands that the root cause of the Ukraine war is the green revolution of which she is one of the architects.

AndyHce
Reply to  Stephen Philbrick
March 5, 2022 4:17 pm

Only a cheerleader in a frilly uniform.

Lrp
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 12:25 pm

She’s looks a bit chubby now. It must be from the incessant struggle for climate justice.

Bryan A
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 1:00 pm

I believe the source of her apparent fullness is the Petrochemical derived Synthetic Materials used to create and insulate her quilted jacket…probably purchased from The North Face

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Scissor
Reply to  Bryan A
March 5, 2022 2:20 pm

I think he’s referring to her chipmunk like cheeks, stuffed with acorns?

leitmotif
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 2:12 pm

Deep fried Mars bars at COP26 in Glasgow.

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Derg
Reply to  leitmotif
March 5, 2022 2:55 pm

Lol…that is mean. But funny.

Bryan A
Reply to  leitmotif
March 5, 2022 5:50 pm

How DARE You

Pflashgordon
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 2:26 pm

Must be taking male hormones trying to change her sex, based on the hat she is wearing.

Derg
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 2:54 pm

Is Climate Justice some kind of sandwich 🤓

Doonman
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 3:07 pm

It’s from attending all those awards dinners worldwide.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 12:41 pm

I do believe that the poster being held by Greta’s left hand in the above photo has been photoshopped. Compare it to the one held in her right hand and note:

1) the near-perfect horizontal alignment of the printed text at the top and bottom, and

2) the differences in the printed A’s, D’s, S’s and T’s.

And here, I was told that the MSM was going to eliminate “false information” from being propagated. Oh, well.

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Bryan A
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 1:04 pm

Looks like fairly standard 4th grade upper case font to me

Reply to  Bryan A
March 6, 2022 7:01 am

Normal practice = lightly rule in pencil lines for the top and bottom of letters, add letters, then erase lines. Gets top and bottom of letters neatly aligned.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Dudley Horscroft
March 6, 2022 8:19 am

Exactly my point . . . appears to have been applied by someone on the poster on the right, but someone else (not using this technique) appears to have done the poster on the left with the misaligned border spacing at the bottom.

Maybe Greta just “borrowed” one of the posters?

bonbon
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 1:23 pm

Well spotted! Kiev agitprop?

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 2:06 pm

I did a quick reverse image search and it’s on the Goblin’s own twatter account, so if it was photoshopped the Goblin was happy with it.

Scissor
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
March 5, 2022 2:29 pm

I did the same and came to the same conclusion.

Derg
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 5, 2022 2:58 pm

Gordon I saw a downvote. There must be people believe MSM can’t produce propaganda.

bonbon
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 12:55 pm

Says everything! Where did you get the pic? Greta is very connected!

TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 1:36 pm

It came from her Tweet….her account unless someone did a fantastic job of spoofing it.

https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1499765584761962496

roaddog
Reply to  bonbon
March 6, 2022 6:43 am

To the bakery, perhaps.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 2:04 pm

She’s a daft mare.

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roaddog
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
March 6, 2022 7:41 am

Perchance you meant “draft” mare?

Pflashgordon
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 2:24 pm

I had to look it up, but I just knew beforehand. Greta’s hat displays the transgender symbol. He/she/it is confused about far more than climate.

Derg
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 5, 2022 2:53 pm

Now I officially stand with Russia alongside Hillary 🙂

Stupid Greta

CapitalistRoader
March 5, 2022 11:16 am

Each successive failure – Carter, Obama, Biden – does tremendous long term harm to the national economy and the lives of ordinary people.

Inflation, which had stood at 5.2% in the month of Carter’s inauguration, hit an all-time high of 14.6% in April 1980. I expect this is pretty high on Biden’s list of worries:

Carter: 49
Reagan: 489

Tomsa
Reply to  CapitalistRoader
March 5, 2022 11:44 am

Out of curiosity I just looked up the 1980 results. Of that 49 electoral votes for Carter/Mondale, 12 from GA, Carter’s state, and 10 from MN, Mondale’s state. Carter won only seven states. Yes I do believe Biden should be worried.

Scissor
Reply to  Tomsa
March 5, 2022 2:32 pm

I do believe it’s the people who should worry. Biden has inflicted a lifetime worth of damage in just essentially a quarter of his term.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Scissor
March 6, 2022 3:55 am

Yes, Biden and the Democrats are not done doing damage to the United States.

Republicans can bring a halt to most of the insanity if they win one or both Houses of Congress in November, but a president has a lot of power and that gives him the ability to do a lot of harm, and sometimes the only remedy is to remove him from office to stop the damage to the country.

roaddog
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 6, 2022 6:47 am

They’ve only just got started.

AndyHce
Reply to  Tomsa
March 5, 2022 4:21 pm

Biden worried? Perhaps he would be quite relieved, no one poking him to hurry, dress properly, and get ready to read the teleprompter

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tomsa
March 6, 2022 3:51 am

I think Carter barely won Minnesota, by just a few thousand votes.

I was around during that time and I would say the poltical climate against the Democrats is much worse now, than back in 1980.

This next election in November is going to be a hard lesson for the Democrats. Their insane ideas are not flying with the American public.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  CapitalistRoader
March 5, 2022 12:45 pm

In the immortal words of Joe Biden’s alter ego:
“What, me worry?”— Alfred P. Neuman

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Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
March 6, 2022 7:05 am

That is an insult to the great Alfred E. Neuman.

Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 11:23 am

If only there was some way we (and Europe) could have been less dependent on Russian oil and gas, like – oh, I dunno, producing more of our own. And don’t forget the War On Coal, the idiotic policy which meant that even more gas would be needed. As usual, the GreenIdiots get things completely backwards, blaming instead “dependence on oil”.

Devils Tower
March 5, 2022 11:29 am

The worst possible outcome of this whole crisis is when China ends up with Russia’s energy resources in the east. Russia had it made with these resources, why they started this war is beyond explanation.

The US with this net zero crap is going to destroy the economy and leave the country broke with no way to defend it self.

Vuk
Reply to  Devils Tower
March 5, 2022 11:42 am

The worst outcome for the West out of all this would be China’s industry powered by Russian energy and natural resources within a politico-economic SinoRuss commonwealth.

bonbon
Reply to  Vuk
March 5, 2022 1:06 pm

Actually that is the very best thing – the west will have an example of what works, as opposed to Prince Charles’ loony tunes about ‘climate’ .
The EU notices this acutely. NATOstan’s Londongrad is having a terminal fit!

MarkW
Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 2:43 pm

I see bonbon is still convinced that communism works.

Derg
Reply to  MarkW
March 5, 2022 3:02 pm

No, that is why they aren’t communists per se. They have private enterprise up until it interrupts government.But will the US fascism last without the US being the world reserve currency?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  MarkW
March 5, 2022 5:42 pm

I think he’s worried that Charles runs the world

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  MarkW
March 5, 2022 8:51 pm

I can’t read his posts anymore, about like having a sink clogged.

Jtom
Reply to  Vuk
March 5, 2022 8:54 pm

“ China imports the energy resources it increasingly needs from Russia. In some way, Beijing extends its systems of control and management of the economy and public life to its Russian neighbor. The enormous disparity in the number of inhabitants (the Russians are about a tenth of the Chinese) means that China increasingly tends to consider Russia as a modest province of its own empire.”

https://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-'eating-up'-Siberia-53500.html

AndyHce
Reply to  Devils Tower
March 5, 2022 4:22 pm

china will probably be along to directly help run things, by and by.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  AndyHce
March 6, 2022 4:00 am

Yes, the Chicoms will be glad to help. Seeing the incompetence and weakness in the Russian military, and the depletion thereof, may speed up the Chicom timetable.

Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 11:51 am

Russian oil and gas is now tainted with Ukrainian blood. The question is, do we as Americans, and indeed, do Europeans really want that on their conscience? It should all be embargoed immediately. Or we can just sit on our hands and watch in horror as Putin slaughters thousands of Ukrainians.

Muzchap
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 12:15 pm

I’m not a Putin apologist, but please look at that region since the CIA helped overthrow the previous regime.

They have been waging war on Pro-Russian Ukranians, some with devastating consequences, like burning 7 of them to death.

This is all verifiable and even NATO have reports on it.

Ukraine is essentially lost, apart from virtue signalling, nothing has been done – except some asset freezing (slippery slope).

All countries should immediately prioritise energy independence. German money has bolstered Russia for years.

Lrp
Reply to  Muzchap
March 5, 2022 12:30 pm

Ukraine has the right to join any political, economic, or defensive alliance as any other country.

bonbon
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 12:41 pm

Sure – The Eagles – Hotel California :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BciS5krYL80

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
‘Relax, ‘ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
March 6, 2022 7:35 am

Somehow I think lyrics from bands headlining the Asgardsrei festivals in Kyiv might be more appropriate, but also more likely to be deleted (no surprise really).

Vuk
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 1:04 pm

It may not be as simple as that looking from Moscow westwards or certainly was not looking from Washington south towards Havana in 1962.

Derg
Reply to  Lrp
March 5, 2022 3:04 pm

They do and Russia is telling them NATO is a bad idea. Just like the US wanted Russian missiles out of Cuba.

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Derg
March 6, 2022 4:36 am

Yes, that’s why they are about to occupy Ukraine. They like to be nearer NATO.

Derg
Reply to  Rainer Bensch
March 6, 2022 12:07 pm

Hahaha..thanks for that.

roaddog
Reply to  Lrp
March 6, 2022 7:03 am

Therefore the Putin veto, which we are seeing in action. “I can see NATO from my house.” -Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Muzchap
March 5, 2022 1:12 pm

This so-called “war on pro-Russian Ukrainians” sounds more like an excuse than anything else, and it’s a weak one. Ukraine isn’t lost, not yet anyway. Putin is calling sanctions a “declaration of war”, so we know it’s hurting him. We should hurt him even more, by taking away his oil and gas money. Funny thing, he hasn’t said boo yet about all the arms and supplies being sent in from the western border. Those are going to hurt for sure.

bonbon
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 1:25 pm

Ukraine’s economy it totally ruined – mass emigration.
They have been simply swindled.

Muzchap
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 2:18 pm

Well it’s been happening for 8 years? So it’s not something new – but never covered in MSM.

The CIA involvement was very real too.

There’s almost no justification for war, but to dismiss the history of that region is folly.

As always, the pawns get slaughtered whilst the Kings sit in their respective castles.

Make no mistake, Ukraine is now Putins.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Muzchap
March 6, 2022 4:12 am

Will Putin stop at gaining half of Ukraine, or does he want it all, clear to the border with Poland?

If the latter, then NATO is probably going to get involved as cross-border incidents will happen.

So how far will Putin push this?

If Putin pushes too far, then NATO will have no choice but to respond militarily. This will be a huge test for the appeaser, Joe Biden.

Putin’s threats of nuclear war are keeping NATO from helping Ukraine adequately.

Will NATO give Putin anything he wants because he threatens nuclear war? Where and when will NATO draw the line?

Isn’t engaging in nuclear war a form of suicide for Putin and Russia? Why would they want a nuclear war? I can understand why they would threaten a nuclear war, but they would have to be crazy to initiate a nuclear war. Is Putin crazy?

NATO should be asking themselves these questions, and should have some answers.

At some point, if Putin doesn’t stop voluntarily, then NATO is going to have to call Putin’s nuclear bluff.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 6, 2022 5:42 am

According to Putin, NATO, by virtue of its sanctions has already declared war on Russia. Odd that he hasn’t mentioned anything yet about all the weaponry and supplies being shipped into Ukraine. Maybe he will.
Putin is a madman, along the lines of Hitler. For the sake of humanity, he needs to be taken out. Lindsey Graham was right about that, but got slammed for it by both Dems and Reps. Go figure.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 7, 2022 2:56 am

“Odd that he hasn’t mentioned anything yet about all the weaponry and supplies being shipped into Ukraine.”

Good point. Maybe Putin is not so eager for nuclear war after all.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 6, 2022 7:18 am

Answers are:
All,
As far as the Polish border,
No,
At the border,
Yes,
They don’t but neither does the west, so it is a good point to use as a threat,
Yes.
Thanks Tom for the questions.

Scissor
Reply to  Muzchap
March 5, 2022 2:38 pm

There seems to be as much corruption in Ukraine as wheat. It’s been reported that Zelensky has become a billionaire and even owns a $35 million mansion near Miami Beach. In any case, poor public servants are becoming rich all the time.

Derg
Reply to  Scissor
March 5, 2022 3:06 pm

He is an oligarch 🙂

Jtom
Reply to  Scissor
March 5, 2022 8:59 pm

They have a long way to go to match the corruption in Russia.

bonbon
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 1:09 pm

Nuts. I use oil every day in my bloody diesel, and grill.
That is Pope Francis’ plaintive cry for Gaia! What a joke!

roaddog
Reply to  bonbon
March 6, 2022 7:26 am

Your barbecue burns diesel? A bit outside the box, are you adding DEF for flavor?

Rah
Reply to  bonbon
March 7, 2022 6:56 pm

He also doesn’t like walls except the one that surrounds where he lives. He believes there should be no borders but what do you think would happen if a few 1,000 Nigerian immigrants showed up at the gates of the Vatican?

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It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 5:52 pm

Without an energy supply all you will be able to do is sit on your hands and watch in horror not only as Putin slaughters Ukrainians, but also as the West enters terminal economic and social decline, likely accompanied by widespread rioting.

If you want the world to be able to ignore Russian fuels the first job is to have some alternatives in place that can be relied on. Grab as much as we can while it’s still available, and before Chinese outlets are further developed. It’s not Russian exports in exchange for digital credit that empowers them. It’s the imports they need that are important to choke off. Meantime get drilling.

roaddog
Reply to  It doesn't add up...
March 6, 2022 6:57 am

So you figure Putin’s got this invasion on layaway?

roaddog
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 6, 2022 7:32 am

Bruce, I don’t see that there is any longer an ethical or moral conscience in the West. Else why is that (stalwart) ethicist, Pete Buttigieg suggesting we cease funding Russia’s war on Ukraine, and instead (further) fund Iran’s development of nuclear weapons? It’s not as if Iran is NOT the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. There is only a political awareness, and it’s neither conscience, nor conscious.

Terry
March 5, 2022 11:58 am

It is utterly inconceivable to me that people who are educated enough to hold jobs at a major newspaper can actually be this stupid. I know that they make their living off issues they flog, but really – stuff like this without any apparent shame.

Stephen Philbrick
Reply to  Terry
March 5, 2022 12:16 pm

They aren’t this stupid. But when your job depends on not knowing certain things, it can be done.

commieBob
Reply to  Terry
March 5, 2022 12:55 pm

Not surprising at all.

We have an education system that rewards logical analysis, and pretty much only that. As a result, educated people lose the ability to deal with context. link The result is the death of wisdom.

The explanation is that the brain’s left hemisphere is valorized and the right hemisphere is suppressed. We have known for a hundred years what happens to people whose right hemisphere is damaged. They display a disconnect from reality that closely mimics schizophrenia. They jump to conclusions and will not change their mind when presented with ironclad proof otherwise and they exhibit unwarranted confidence.

We can say that the left is literally not in their right minds.

March 5, 2022 12:08 pm

Biden doesn’t want to reduce US dependence on Russian Oil.

Almost like Biden is an agent of Russia,. A secret mole working to help Russia. After all he did get the Ukrainian prosecutor dismissed.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  ferdberple
March 5, 2022 12:19 pm

And the Russians know about how the Biden family was enriched by laundering millions of dollars back to him through his son Hunter. This is the leverage they have over Biden.

Scissor
Reply to  ferdberple
March 5, 2022 2:41 pm

Biden seems to like his blue cake and yellow cake too. Blue and yellow make green.

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Muzchap
March 5, 2022 12:10 pm
March 5, 2022 12:24 pm

For about $25 you can buy a 1500W space heater at your local discount store. It produces enough heat to keep a small room warm in winter.

That same heater over 24 hours uses about 36kwh of electricity. About the same as the 33kwh in a gallon of gasoline. Both cost about $4 to $5 for the energy.

But now consider a battery. A 36kwh lipo battery to run the heater for a day is at a minimum $10,000 and likely a lot more.

So how do you hope to power the world on electricity when battery costs are so far out of whack?

Philip
Reply to  ferdberple
March 5, 2022 1:46 pm

Fred … you obviously don’t understand modern economic theory. The problem isn’t that LiPo batteries are too expensive, it is that other power sources are vastly under-priced. Governments have the poser to fix that. That is what taxes are for.

Scissor
Reply to  Philip
March 5, 2022 2:46 pm

Plus 10% for the big guys.

Doonman
Reply to  ferdberple
March 5, 2022 3:39 pm

100 amp hour LiFePo4 available now on Amazon with free delivery for $800, plus don’t forget the 10% sales tax. $880

Power = I X E = 100 X 12 = 1200 watts for an hour only $880

Such a deal.

roaddog
Reply to  ferdberple
March 6, 2022 8:17 am

Government will subsidize the battery. “Did you know that?” in mini-AOC voiceover.

See Doonman’s comment below…$800 battery, less $795 subsidy from the Federals. $795 cost of subsidy + 10% for The Big Guy = $875 government indebtedness, to be added to the $30 trillion we owe for what is currently on layaway.

And, voila, total cost of $25 + $5, and “renewables” cost less than, or about the same as fossil-fuel powered energy.

Manhattan Contrarian has run through a couple simulations of the cost of pan-American implementation of storage batteries required to facilitate the nonsensical “Our state will be net-zero by 2030” pronouncements politicians have made recently, (“Because I said so,” is of course the total thought and science behind those pronouncements.) and at least one of them was re-posted on WUWT. Well worth reading, see the link below.

https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2022-1-31-more-focus-on-the-impossible-costs-of-a-fully-windsolarbattery-energy-system

J Cuttance
March 5, 2022 12:29 pm

I worry for the European poor who will not be able to keep warm with fossil fuel reliant set ups. The PTB probably view them as useless eaters and sacrificable in the conflict with Russia.

bonbon
Reply to  J Cuttance
March 5, 2022 1:02 pm

Just watch COVID – Aktion T4 in 1938 classed chronically ill first on the list with no right to exist. Kept secret until the war broke out. Result was the next step, well known.
So the poor, infirm, ill, and likely migrants recently arrived better watch out.
This could rapidly get very embarrassing for those under NATO vassalage.

roaddog
Reply to  J Cuttance
March 6, 2022 8:21 am

There will be need for a great many graves dug in some very hard and frozen ground, which must be thawed using…wait for it…rosebuds fired with fossil fuels.

Brian Bishop
March 5, 2022 12:32 pm

green craziness seems to be propotional to distance from the fighting. even the german greens realize they have to stop turning off nukes and extend the life of coal plants. Not so at the NYT where they would apparently prefer World War 3 to 3 degrees of warming.

Mike Smith
March 5, 2022 12:54 pm

The green economy doesn’t work. It hasn’t worked but too many people still believe that it will. They think more investment will produce a Moore’s Law in wind, solar and battery technology. However, the science is clear: that simply isn’t going to happen.

The battle will continue until we see more visible failures and that “green faith” eventually evaporates.

AndyHce
Reply to  Mike Smith
March 5, 2022 4:36 pm

The general plan has always been to keep the scam going as long as there is any money to be made.

Devils Tower
March 5, 2022 1:02 pm

Requesting again…

Provide mail address to take donations before PayPal shuts site donations down as it has others…

Would gladly change method of donation.

Chris Hanley
March 5, 2022 1:03 pm

Energy experts [sic] said that Mr. Biden missed an opportunity to connect the war in Ukraine to the need to more swiftly sever an economic reliance on fossil fuels …

That’s an example of a ‘cure’ being the veritable disease of which it purports to be the cure.
As has been said before: the solution to Europe’s energy woes is under their feet.

Ireneusz Palmowski
March 5, 2022 1:10 pm

Little Amelia from Kiev livens up people’s time in one of Kiev’s air-raid shelters with her singing
https://youtu.be/g2BHRt9jSXY

bonbon
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
March 5, 2022 1:30 pm

Azov Nazis just leveled a civilian building in Mariupol. About 200 civilians are under the ruins.
Singing there ?

Ireneusz Palmowski
Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 1:41 pm

Are you afraid of Putin? Then listen to his propaganda. It won’t help in a moment of trial.

Ireneusz Palmowski
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 5, 2022 11:39 pm

More than 800,000 refugees from Ukraine have already reached Poland, the vast majority of them women and children, including the elderly. One million refugees will soon be surpassed. Men who can fight are returning to Ukraine, including many who have long lived in other countries. Ukraine has about 40 million citizens. Russia is unable to control all of Ukraine. No one greets the invaders with flowers except on their graves.

bonbon
March 5, 2022 1:13 pm

The New York Slimes, all the lies that fit we print, is badly translated in most of EU MSM.
So one can puke in at least 4 languages. Should I give examples?

James F. Evans
March 5, 2022 1:22 pm

Hopefully, people will come to their senses.

The green scam will die under a pile of reality.

Net-zero carbon is a self-inflicted disaster.

Rud Istvan
March 5, 2022 1:40 pm

NYT quoting a ‘strategic advisor to the “Progressive Policies Institute, a Washington based think tank.”
Says all you need to know.

GND cannot ever work because the Sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. EVs will consume the worlds store of lithium and cobalt, leaving nothing for grid storage. So the only backup solution is fossil fuel or nuclear generation. The greens hate nuclear as much as fossil fuels.

So the progressive think tank thinking tanks again. Reality is cruel to,progressives.
Remember, AOC’s previous job experience was bartending. Biden’s was almost 50 years of ‘10% for the big guy’ collected thru bagman Hunter when not high smoking crack.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 6, 2022 7:54 am

The IEA say the price of lithium carbonate for EV batteries rose 150% in 2021 and that the world faces potential shortages of lithium and cobalt as early as 2025.

Ireneusz Palmowski
March 5, 2022 1:42 pm

Are you afraid of Putin? Then listen to his propaganda. It won’t help in a moment of trial.

March 5, 2022 2:06 pm

the main political obstacle to the green revolution is that it does not work” is a plus 10

Doonman
March 5, 2022 2:48 pm

Oil and gas prices are soaring globally. That is a boon to those who extract and sell the very products that drive fatal heat waves, wildfires and sea level rise.

The New York Times propaganda shills abandoned news reporting long ago.

observa
March 5, 2022 4:52 pm

Oil and gas prices are soaring globally. That is a boon to those who extract and sell the very products that drive fatal heat waves, wildfires and sea level rise.

While it might be a boon to them isn’t that exactly what the climate changers wanted to see with carbon taxing? Raising the price thereby reducing demand and making the free fuel renewables even more competitive?

But the renewables aren’t so free are they?
Light … or blight? Anger rises at plan for Britain’s biggest solar farm (msn.com)
By my calculations of solar farms in the most productive arid areas like the Nevada desert or Australia’s Pilbara it easily takes 30-35 square meters of land sterilization to produce 1kW of nameplate solar generation. What then does it take in green merrie old England? Much too much as the ugly reality bites methinks.

observa
Reply to  observa
March 5, 2022 5:15 pm

Of course some 6,500 acres of land sterilization are more woke and bespoke than others-
White House advances large solar project on tribal land outside Las Vegas | Courthouse News Service

Patrick Peake
Reply to  observa
March 5, 2022 8:02 pm

The article compares the size of the solar farm to Hyde Park. Actually Hyde Park would be a great location as it is close to the load Centre and would reduce the high distribution system losses occurring in central London. Politicians and senior executives could just pop down there whenever they needed a nice photo shot.

Peter W
Reply to  Patrick Peake
March 6, 2022 3:45 pm

Especially if they take the picture on a typical cloudy winter day.

observa
March 5, 2022 5:44 pm

When the dopey watermelons have a growing problem and their hypocrisy knows know bounds you can always trust private enterprise to come up with some tradeoff solutions if there’s a quid being handed out- Erthos

embutler butler
March 5, 2022 5:57 pm

China’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are More Than Twice 

is number one in co2 emitance ,and number 2 , 3

J. R.
March 5, 2022 8:38 pm

to slow down global warming, just as scientists warn of intensifying hazards.”

“Scientists” have been warning of intensifying hazards for 30 years. What else is new?

Ireneusz Palmowski
March 5, 2022 11:41 pm

More than 800,000 refugees from Ukraine have already reached Poland, the vast majority of them women and children, including the elderly. One million refugees will soon be surpassed. Men who can fight are returning to Ukraine, including many who have long lived in other countries. Ukraine has about 40 million citizens. Russia is unable to control all of Ukraine. No one greets the invaders with flowers except on their graves.

Ireneusz Palmowski
March 6, 2022 12:00 am

You can see that the sudden warming in the stratosphere has moved from the middle stratosphere to the tropopause. See how low the temperature is in the lower stratosphere.comment image?fbclid=IwAR2sAmADTIJ08aA5CnQaKtaMW7T3qvKDAMK08_uqGBKQZSziTVi77zPJHRE

Tom Abbott
March 6, 2022 3:30 am

From the article: “Energy experts said that Mr. Biden missed an opportunity to connect the war in Ukraine to the need to more swiftly sever an economic reliance on fossil fuels.”

Severing our economy from fossil fuels is a dangerous delusion. A delusion the radical Democrats are infected with. All built on lies about CO2.

Lately, I seem to be hearing talking heads on tv saying more and more how crazy they think the Green New Deal really is. Reality is dawning as the price of gasoline, and subsequently, the price of everything else, goes up.

The public Questioning of the meme is beginning.

George Daddis
March 6, 2022 6:54 am

How does 1 1/2 degrees temp rise in 100 years during which time the occurrence and intensity of forest fires (wildfires sounds worse) is significantly down justify the alarm?

roaddog
Reply to  George Daddis
March 6, 2022 8:27 am

In exactly the same way that climate models projecting warming at 200% of measured reality justify alarm.

Rudi
March 6, 2022 7:27 am

Politicians will use fear in any way or form to make people vote accordinly. Unfortunately a majority of the population is ignorant and lazy enough to believe what they are told insted of educating themselves.

Shoki Kaneda
March 6, 2022 8:17 am

Quite naive to think a lying politician will not behave like a lying politician.

MarkMcD
March 6, 2022 2:49 pm

Has anyone else noticed the decline among the left of calling him PRESIDENT Biden? Tehre are occasional mentions of the honorific but they keep calling him Mr Biden.

In spite of their hatred of mean tweets, I don’t recall the lefty mob using Mr Trump – I remember noticing that and thinking maybe they thought it would show too much respect to acknowledge him as a person instead of the office.

RMT
March 6, 2022 11:14 pm

It’s an election year, so the Dems have to scale back on what they really want to do. Should they still have power after the 2022 elections, the Dems will go back to what the greens want them to do, at the same time, screwing Americans with their policies.,

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