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IEA Climate Plan: Freeze in the Dark until the Green Revolution

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The IEA has recommended Europeans turn thermostats down, and conserve energy, to reduce dependence on Russian gas, until EU governments build enough energy storage capacity to make renewable energy viable.

A 10-Point Plan to Reduce the European Union’s Reliance on Russian Natural Gas

9. Encourage a temporary thermostat adjustment by consumers

  • Many European citizens have already responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in various ways, via donations or in some cases by directly assisting refugees from Ukraine. Adjusting heating controls in Europe’s gas-heated buildings would be another avenue for temporary action, saving considerable amounts of energy. 
  • The average temperature for buildings’ heating across the EU at present is above 22°C. Adjusting the thermostat for buildings heating would deliver immediate annual energy savings of around 10 bcm for each degree of reduction while also bringing down energy bills.
  • Public awareness campaigns, and other measures such as consumption feedback or corporate targets, could encourage such changes in homes and commercial buildings. Regulations covering heating temperatures in offices could also prove to be an efficient policy tool. 

Impact: Turning down the thermostat for buildings’ heating by just 1°C would reduce gas demand by some 10 bcm a year.

10. Step up efforts to diversify and decarbonise sources of power system flexibility

  • A key policy challenge for the EU in the coming years is to scale up alternative forms of flexibility for the power system, notably seasonal flexibility but also demand shifting and peak shaving. For the moment, gas is the main source of such flexibility and, as such, the links between gas and electricity security are set to deepen in the coming years, even as overall EU gas demand declines. 
  • Governments therefore need to step up efforts to develop and deploy workable, sustainable and cost-effective ways to manage the flexibility needs of EU power systems. A portfolio of options will be required, including enhanced grids, energy efficiency, increased electrification and demand-side response, dispatchable low emissions generation, and various large-scale and long-term energy storage technologies alongside short-term sources of flexibility such as batteries. EU member states need to ensure that there are adequate market price signals to support the business case for these investments.
  • Flexibility measures to reduce industrial electricity and gas demand in peak hours are particularly important to alleviate the pressure on gas demand for electricity generation. 
  • Domestically sourced low-carbon gases – including biomethane, low-carbon hydrogen and synthetic methane – could be an important part of the solution, but a much greater demonstration and deployment effort will be required. 

Impact: A major near-term push on innovation can, over time, loosen the strong links between natural gas supply and Europe’s electricity security. Real-time electricity price signals can unlock more flexible demand, in turn reducing expensive and gas-intensive peak supply needs.

Read more: https://www.iea.org/reports/a-10-point-plan-to-reduce-the-european-unions-reliance-on-russian-natural-gas

Mixed in with this horror show of bad ideas is a recommendation which I didn’t quote, that decommissioning of nuclear plants be deferred. But in my opinion this isolated outbreak of common sense was spoiled by the failure of the IEA to push hard for new nuclear plants to be built.

I think it is becoming obvious to everyone that you need enormous energy storage capacity to make renewables viable even on a per day basis, let alone meeting the challenge of producing reliable power throughout a cold winter.

Solar panels are all but useless in winter, especially in high latitudes. You can just about use winter solar where I live, 25° south, but the output of my friend’s household solar system noticeably drops in winter, even at this latitude.

Wind power is also less available in winter. Even in places which are windy during winter, small amounts of ice accumulation on wind turbines crashes efficiency. Active heating seems to be the most effective de-icing technology currently available, but using active heating forces turbine owners to divert power to the de-icing system, which leaves less for consumers. And winter high pressure systems cause bitterly cold, cloudless low wind conditions which can remain stationary and linger for days, or even weeks.

Given the seasonal nature of renewables, winter is and will remain a big problem for anyone who attempts to hit Net Zero using renewable energy alone. I don’t think it is remotely feasible with current technology to build a battery big enough to ensure adequate power throughout the entire winter. Organisations like the IEA can witter on about making sacrifices, but I bet their offices are pretty comfortable in winter.

As energy prices skyrocket and families struggle with unaffordable heating bills, thanks to politicians implementing grandiose green energy plans at the expense of energy security, I suspect consumers are pretty close to hitting the limit of their patience.

Correction (EW): h/t Ken – IEA, not OECD. Apologies for the senior moment.

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March 5, 2022 2:15 am

The Greenies sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
March 5, 2022 3:22 am

More global warming… but… actually cooling… …told you so, 20 year ago.

Kudos to the global warming alarmists and green energy acolytes for putting us in this hole.

The solutions to this debacle are easy – but not for the woke idiots now running the show.
See https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/04/democrat-senators-demand-that-oil-companies-increase-production/#comment-3470075

Despite the AGW Party willing Earth’s mercury up, it isn’t listening — the global average temperature is down 0.71C from its 2016 peak, and falling…

The COLD TIMES are returning…

Plus, descending polar air masses are threatening to prolong winter in North America and Russia/North Asia, too.

SSW event could lead to a full-blown ‘Arctic outbreak’ in mid-March…
Snow depth has reached 22.6 feet in Tanigawadake Tenjindaira, Japan — more than double that observed in recent years.

Grand Solar Minimum.

Adam Gallon
Reply to  Allan MacRae
March 5, 2022 10:51 pm


Reply to  Adam Gallon
March 6, 2022 5:47 am

On another site, an argumentative imbecile stated we would not know if this was actual cooling for another 30 years. But you see, that’s the essence of prediction, it’s about the future.
We first predicted this cooling in an article I published on 1Sept2002, twenty years ago. I refined it in 2013, accurately predicting the green-energy crisis in Britain and German to happen within ten years – and it is here now.
Cooling is not just about the thermometers – cooling kills people – as we will see after the total Winter death stats are reported this Spring. I expect the cold-caused death toll in China and India will number in the millions. Kudos to the scoundrels and imbeciles who have promoted the CAGW scam for almost five decades – they are now the great killers of our time.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
March 5, 2022 4:56 am

The Greenies sow the wind and we reap the whirlwind.
There, fixed it for ya.

Ron Long
March 5, 2022 2:18 am

I wonder if shivering is a good form of exercise? Leave it to Greenies to not let a disaster go to waste, Russia invades Ukraine and the response is to accelerate the stupid rush to “renewables”, which energy source, as previously presented on WATTS, is actually best identified as “undependables”

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Ron Long
March 5, 2022 3:01 am

Shivering is a natural defence against cold, fo good reason.

When we start to get cold, our blood becomes thicker, which can cause clotting. Clotting can cause problems and is one of the reasons that there are more heart attacks and strokes in the days following colder weather.

Being cold also affects our body’s ability to fight off infection. This is why in the weeks after the cold weather there are more deaths from infections like pneumonia, as lung conditions and coughs can develop into a more serious conditions.

Prolonged exposure to cold is a killer, humans are a tropical species and most of the world is uninhabitable for us without clothes, shelter and heating, it;s a pity some of the advocates of undependables have tried sleeping rough in winter.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
March 5, 2022 6:21 am

It’s the same problem with electric cars. Sure, you can drive 240 miles on a full charge on a balmy summer day, but try doing the same in the middle of winter in northern countries. You’re lucky if you eke out half that distance. Batteries do not like cold.

Reply to  Trebla
March 5, 2022 11:47 am

On that balmy summer day, are you using the air conditioning and getting 240 miles?

Reply to  Ron Long
March 5, 2022 3:20 am

You could go the Nick Stokes route and just add another blanket. Nick has been battling his thermostat for years according to him. He does not want to live in comfort.

Reply to  Derg
March 5, 2022 9:34 am

haven’t used either the heater or air conditioner for more than 10 year due to the expense. Winter indoor lows have (occasionally) been about 42F and summer highs in the high 90sF. It isn’t fun. I survive with multiple layers of insulation and fans, as required.

Reply to  AndyHce
March 5, 2022 10:07 am

Our low this winter was minus 6 F (in West Virginia due west of DC) so I think with no heat it would get a bit below 42F. Further north I have been in minus 45 F&C.

You obviously live in a warm climate. Many don’t.

Reply to  Derg
March 5, 2022 12:09 pm

Nick does what he preaches, and that is honest.

Reply to  Ron Long
March 5, 2022 9:56 am

In the UK we are having a cold snap with temperatures getting down to near freezing at night, and the wind has decided to take a rest for a few days with current wind generator output of 6 GW as against a demand of 36 GW.
Also the air source heat pumps can’t be working too efficiently either.
There is an ASHP where I am staying at present, rated at 3.8 kW, and is running pretty well 24/7.
The ambient temperature outside is 6 degrees C and the air coming from the heat pump is 2 degrees C.
The inside temperature is 19.5 degrees C, just OK if you wear a sweater.
The Smart Meter shows that about £9 of electricity have been used in the past 24 hours.
With electricity costs due to rise by a significant percentage.in April, electricity bills will be knocking on towards £4000 plus per year for a just comfortable home.
The recent storms have caused electricity failure in many places of up to a weel. What a future for all electric living. Even if we had ten times th number of wind generators, the change to EVs and electric heating/cooking’ would need some serious thinking by the powers that be.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  StephenP
March 5, 2022 10:25 am

That would make a change. Maybe it’s time for the plebs to wake up, rather than those “powers” to start serious thinking.

Jeroen B.
March 5, 2022 2:24 am

They would cut off their noses to spite their faces and loudly proclaim how someone else is at fault for it.

Michael in Dublin
March 5, 2022 3:05 am

When we need the most electricity, solar and wind are the least efficient and least dependable. Unfortunately green logic does not seem to exist.

Interested Observer
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
March 5, 2022 6:30 am

Green logic is oxymoronic, with the emphasis on moronic.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
March 5, 2022 8:49 am

Because it’s not green, but red.

March 5, 2022 3:10 am

I think it is becoming obvious to everyone that you need enormous energy storage capacity to make renewables viable

The 6.7 million pound funding announced by the UK govt last month for funding 24 long term storage projects acknowledges that need…

Estimates are UK needs 24GW of such storage.

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 3:21 am

Why do you hate poor people?

Spending tax money foolishly 🙁

Reply to  Derg
March 5, 2022 7:59 am

Don’t you know, if the government prints enough money, then everyone one can have a million dollars.

Of course a loaf of bread would cost a billion dollars, but that’s just a technicality.

Phillip Bratby
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 3:37 am

The UK needs lots of new nuclear power stations and it needs to get on with fracking.

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 4:24 am

Griff, the sensible thing to do is increase gas storage and commence drilling in Cambo and Abigail. That should be followed by licensed fracking operations.

Only a fool would invest in a useless and very expensive fire risk. And what about the child slave labour involved? You seem ok with that. You must use a lot of Nytol.

Ed Reid
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 5:00 am

The appropriate unit for energy storage is GWH. The “hours” beyond 4 with current technology are a real problem, especially during a multi-day wind or solar “drought”.

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 5:12 am

Borg’s warning is:

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.[5]

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 5:26 am

Estimates are UK needs 24GW of such storage.


Step up your game bro. Electric storage capacity is measured in gigawatt-hours, not mere gigawatts.

Actually, electric storage capacity should specify three things:

  • Total capacity (gigawatt-hours). This should be usable capacity, i.e., the total amount you can actually draw. Li-Ion batteries can’t be either fully charged or fully discharged, so the useful capacity is somewhat less than nominal.
  • Peak discharge rate (gigawatts).
  • Discharge rate decline curve, or more simply maximum discharge rate at 75%, 50%, and 25% charged.

Then you have to look at how long your storage can supply peak load, typical load, and critical minimum load (after you’ve dumped everything non-essential). Then match that against your worst-case renewable output shortfall. If you do that you’ll quickly discover you can’t afford the battery storage for an all renewable grid. At best it can tide you over until you can spin up standby fossil plants.

I have two commercial quality 3KVA UPS units in my basement. Each one has eight 12V batteries rated at 7.5 Amp-Hours each. In theory I have 1,440 watt-hours (1.44 KWh) of energy storage. In practice I have a lot less.

As I sit here, one has a 3.1 amp load (@123.8 VAC), or 12.3% of its rated output and a battery runtime of 17 minutes. That’s 113 watt-hours. The other one has a 1.5 amp load at 124.5 VAC (5.8% rated output) and a battery runtime of 11 minutes, or 34 watt-hours. Taken together I have an actual usable capacity of 147 watt-hours or 0.15 KWh — roughly 10% of the nominal capacity based on battery rating.

So if I do nothing, I have 11 minutes until one UPS shuts down and 17 minutes before they’re both offline. If I react quickly and shut down my two main servers I can keep the network up for about 40 minutes. If I had a whole-house generator, I’d never have to worry.

This illustrates another reality of battery storage: effective capacity declines with age. The unit with 113 watt-hours of effective storage had batteries replaced June 2021. The unit with only 34 watt-hours had new batteries September 2018. Same batteries; same vendor.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
March 5, 2022 6:08 am

Said with more clarity than I could manage.

But bear in mind Griff works for a “Renewables” company. There’s no other explanation for his commitment to the cause. Upton Sinclair applies in his case.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
March 5, 2022 7:33 am

Estimates are UK needs 24GW of such storage. (Griff)

Griff is so dumb he fails to understand the fundamental difference between Power (Watts, or Joules per second) and Energy (Joules, or Newton-Meters, or Watt-hours). Energy storage capacity therefore has the units of Watt-hours or Joules, NOT Watts.

Griff old chum, why do you even bother commenting here?

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
March 5, 2022 9:37 am

I have a battery back-up with 115 V inverter to power critical circuits in my house (gas furnace, gas water heater, refrigerator). It has a 2 kW-hr battery with a measured 92% round trip efficiency (energy out / energy to charge). It has powered all those circuits for 9 hours and had enough energy left over to run the microwave in the morning long enough to heat my breakfast. If I have an outage longer than 9 hrs I fire up my gas generator and recharge the battery while running the house on the gasoline generator. With this system, I don’t have to leave the noisy generator running overnight but can still run the house for well over a week on the gas in my RV’s tank. The only downside is that I’d be screwed if the Natural Gas ever got shut off in the winter.

If your system has a lot less than 85% round trip efficiency, it’s a dog and you might want to consider upgrading.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Meab
March 5, 2022 2:12 pm

Thanks Meab.

Double-checking my last battery order just now I find I mis-remembered the rating: they are 5.5 Amp Hour batteries, not 7.5 as I stated above. So nominal storage should be 1,056 watt-hours rather than 1,440.

As for upgrading, I got the UPS units for free out of the soon to-be-closed warehouse of a previous employer. So far all they’ve cost me is batteries — gift horses and all that.

My goal was not surviving 9+ hour outages, but keeping all my computer and network gear up over the typical 1-2 second fault/reset glitches we tend to get in storms. If that ever becomes not enough, I’ll go for a natural gas whole house generator.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
March 5, 2022 11:53 am

Great explanation, with a practical example. I hope that you still have enough power to read our responses.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 5:30 am

Fossil fuels are by far the best, cheapest, and most reliable energy storeage systems. Even a pea brain such as yourself should know that.

Al gray
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 5:31 am

Please do tell what these projects are Educate us

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 6:07 am

What does 6.7 million pounds get you these days?
And is there not just a wee bit of a difference between a ‘project’ and an actual increase in capacity?

Ed Reid
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 7:05 am

According to NREL, current cost of 4-hour battery storage is $350/kWh, or $350,000,000 per GWh. Therefore, the 6.7 million pound funding doesn’t buy much, especially if the need is 24GW for 10 days.

Reply to  Ed Reid
March 5, 2022 8:04 am

Add to that the fact that you will be replacing between 5 and 10 percent of your batteries every year, and the cost never ends.

Reply to  Ed Reid
March 5, 2022 8:04 am

It’s not buying anything . It’s a competition.

Government earmarks £7m for new storage technologies (electronicsweekly.com)

Ed Reid
Reply to  Charlie
March 5, 2022 10:39 am

300,000 pounds each for 24 storage R&D projects. That’s spreading it pretty thin.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Ed Reid
March 5, 2022 7:08 pm

~600billion for 3 days/72 hours

Better double it to be double sure

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 7:56 am

6.7 pounds would cover about 0.01% of the need for Great Britain alone. The rest of the world would need a lot more.

Smart Rock
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 9:02 am

Griff – please note that storage capacity is measured and GWh, not GW. Charge and discharge rates can be measured in GW or kW. If you’re quoting directly from a source, the source was written by ignorant people.

I fear that you are parroting stuff without really comprehending the subject. Don’t worry, you’re in good company, including your current prime minister.

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 6:51 pm

Are you missing about 3 orders of magnitude in that expenditure? What the hell is 6 mill going to cover, salaries and travel expenses?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 7:03 pm

6.7 million?
That won’t even pay for an initial scoping study for 24gw of storage.

Is that 24 for 1 minute?

You need at least 3 days and probably double that
But 3 days is 1700gwH

Can you do the math on that?

Reply to  griff
March 5, 2022 9:15 pm

6.7 million pounds is not going to go very far.

And at the average UK energy consumption per day (including gas because you are going to be converting that to electricity – Energy Consumption in the UK – How many kWh is the average? (switch-plan.co.uk)), your 24GW (whatever that means, you really need to use GWh, I assumed 24GWh for illustrative purposes) of storage is enough to last for one day for just under 1.3 million people.

Bad luck for the other 60 odd million eh Griffo???

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Dean
March 6, 2022 7:06 am

The Wooreen Energy Storage System due to come online in Victoria, Australia, in 2026, is the second largest such storage system in the world at 1.4GWh and will be able to provide power for over 230,000 homes but only for four hours before needing to be recharged.

March 5, 2022 3:23 am

Orrrr … now hear me out. You could stop poking the Russian bear and not have it snap at you.
I know it sounds crazy and years and years of breaking promises that NATO will not further expand have been the US lead way of doing things. Oh you might also want to stop overthrowing democratically chosen governments in Ukraine and help the puppet regime installed afterwards slaughter ethnic Russians. 14.000 dead so far by the hands of the Nazi Ukrainian army.

Just a couple of ideas to counter the criminally insane OECD drivel.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 5:14 am

ST -FU, nazi a whole.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 6, 2022 4:44 am

Hunter? Is that you? How’s your father, still poorly?

Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 5:17 am

OECD is the policy arm of NATOstan – they cannot tolerate Russia, China, India refusing the destruction of their economies at COP26, with the BRI and major growth.
Limits to Growth of the Club of Rome is their playbook.
Time for the USA to buck these limits.
By the way, Londongrad is the capital of NATOstan.

Teddy Lee
Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 6:50 am

bonbon,me thinks you are in the midst of a sugar induced brain fog!

Boff Doff
Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 5:27 am

Ah yes, The Chamberlain Solution.


Don Perry
Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 5:38 am

Beware of the Russian Troll!

Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 6:06 am

I expected more critical thinking here, and knowledge of con-census media campaigns after the IPCC and the Covid scare. Now even Russian news channels are blocked in the West, only Ukraine gets full bandwidth. Poor show boys. This scare show for the Russia Bear is another fake.
The main aim stays to divert attention from US/UKs own problems = the West is at the service of the 1%, not of the 99%.

Reply to  AntonyIndia
March 5, 2022 8:08 am

Of course the Russian troll doesn’t mention the fact that everything channel that does not have the approval of the Russian government has been blocked in Russia and that they just passed a law that anyone who repeats information that isn’t government approved will be thrown in jail for 15 years.

If the troll thinks the west has no idea what is going on in Russia, the troll is fooling itself.

Jeffery P
Reply to  AntonyIndia
March 5, 2022 8:49 am

I can still get to Sputnik.com. As for the Russian news being blocked — Nothing is allowed to be broadcast that doesn’t toe the party line, so nothing is lost.

Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 6:20 am

There is a reasonable way of putting the argument you make but your figure of 14,000 dead Russians doesn’t help to persuade other people of your argument. Anybody wishing a more rational way of putting the argument can have a look at a talk by John Mearsheimer:

Reply to  Alba
March 6, 2022 5:03 am

The 14000 number is correct. It is the number of deaths since 2014 when the current US/NATO backed regime overthrew the democratically chosen one.
The Ukrainian army started their war against the Peoples of Luhansk and Donetsk region and commenced shelling. Even burials of the dead were shelled and thus not possible.
The UN source:

UKR’s own foreign inister:


Tha Azov batallion is the most famous part of the Ukrainian army. The US State Department described the Azov Battalion as a «nationalist hate group» and in that, it agrees a lot with Vladimir Putin. It is a mosaic of young people captivated by the extreme right, nostalgic for Hitler

Any more snark remarks for the “Troll”? Please provide a source or better, put your energy towards ending this awful conflict and stop virtue signalling by attacking everything Russian as if that has got anything to do with it.

Teddy Lee
Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 6:48 am

Care to expand on your “theory”. Where can I find details,sources etc?

Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 8:06 am

Ah yes, everything bad that happens in the world is the fault of the US.
Everything bad that Russia does is just because somebody was bothering Putin, it isn’t his fault.
These Putin apologists are so predictable.

Jeffery P
Reply to  huls
March 5, 2022 8:39 am

More propaganda and disinformation. Do you get paid for this or are you being held against your will and forced to post this?

Just work “Yuri Gagaran” into your next post and we will send help.

Steve Case
March 5, 2022 3:24 am


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. Wikipedia

Reply to  Steve Case
March 5, 2022 5:16 am


Better Policies For Better Lives For The Better People.

Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 6:13 am

Do-gooders, eh? Then we better watch out.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Steve Case
March 5, 2022 5:34 am

That’s strange. I thought OECD stood for Obsessive Envirofascist Compulsive Disorder.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 5, 2022 5:38 am

And imagine, OECD are NATOstan’s policy shop.
Resist and be bombed, compulsively,obsessively.

March 5, 2022 3:33 am

Here is one more reason to abolish or severely curtail the activities of global organisations like the OECD. They are not driven by the interests of ordinary people, but of the global political, corporate and technocratic elites who are using them to reshape the world into their dystopian image.

Reply to  richardw
March 5, 2022 5:40 am

NATO is the OECD enforcer.

Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 8:11 am

If NATO was run by the French instead of the British, bonbon would be it’s biggest cheerleader.

March 5, 2022 4:18 am

Europe needs decades to reach self-sufficiency in renewable energy
I don’t think it can get rid of Russian gas easily
check our website for environmental articles and news

Reply to  Laith Sharba
March 5, 2022 9:21 pm

Many, many decades.

Raw material production levels are going to take at least 3 or 4 decades alone to get up to where they needs to be.

God help those kids in the Congo.

March 5, 2022 4:20 am

“Encourage a temporary thermostat adjustment by consumers”

They’ve been trying that for years here in the UK. There’s a long history of public information films etc on saving energy. We do know about saving energy, money etc. But the politicians and the media think we’re all so stupid we don’t realise turning down the thermostat uses less gas. It’s a simple choice be cold or be warm. What would they choose? I think we know.

I dread to think what my gas bill will be, but today it’s a stonking globally warmed 6C, so the heating is on whether they like it or not. 

If they had any sense they’d start drilling in the Cambo and Abigail oilfields in the North Sea and revoke the ban on fracking.

But I digress, they have no sense at all.

Matt Dalby
Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 6:13 am

I got a letter today telling me that from April the cost of my electricity is going to increase by over 50%. No that isn’t a typo, it’s actually 50% in a year! I dread to think what the increase in the cost of gas will be. People will be turning their thermostats down, not to save the planet, but because they have no other choice (apart from going without food, sending their kids to school without shoes etc).
Meanwhile the PTB and middle class eco nutters will still be quite comfortable. Consumers shouldn’t be close to hitting the limits of their patience, they should’ve hit them years ago, when green subsidies meant we had some of the highest energy prices in Europe while sitting on some of the biggest gas reserves.
No doubt people will claim that the surge in gas prices this year and the war in Ukraine were impossible to predict. This may be true, but a sensible energy policy would create a system that could withstand one or more sudden unexpected events. Sadly none of the main political parties in the U.K., or most of the rest of Europe have anything resembling a sensible policy.

Reply to  Matt Dalby
March 5, 2022 7:29 am

The war brought matters to a head. Reducing supply – ie leaving it in the ground – is bound to increase the global market price.

It’s basic economics.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 7:13 pm

Increasing supply has no effect on price

Griff says so it must be right

Peta of Newark
March 5, 2022 4:29 am

OECD have just demonstrated how they are now terminally disconnected from The Real World

Under Government direction, instruction, nudging, coercion, punitive taxation and every other low-down trick in the book – the British People have been doing that for the last generation at least (Call that 25 years)

We’re told by a ‘reliable source’ that UK Gov is spending £6.7 Million on storage’

By reference to attached image…
…..I get that to be 175,000 kWh of storage – or about 20 seconds of the already low amount of electricity presently (12:26GMT on 5 March 22) being consumed in the UK
(Get a load of the delivery charge – coaches drawn by unicorns don’t come cheap)

Hallelujah – we are saved!!!

(Holy cow, I kid ye not. Our host here (AWW) has a twin brother – sitting with a blonde milf two tables away from me here in the Wetherspoons pub. Looking very healthy and happy. bless.)

Alibaba Battery.PNG
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 5, 2022 4:32 am

“£6.7 Million on storage”

A huge Duracell bunny.

Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 6:30 am

Good point. Just how many AA batteries will £6.7 Million buy?

BTW, I think the bunny runs on Eveready Energizer batteries.

Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 8:59 am

Eveready, and not that big. Hugh would be something TRUMP! would build, if he were ever stupid enough to buy into the unreliable energy future, that is just a pittance.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 5, 2022 1:44 pm

You can’t beat a night in the Spoons!

Tom Halla
March 5, 2022 4:59 am

As Texas, South Australia, and the Canaries revealed, wind and solar are not reliable, and no amount of hand waving will make it so.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 5, 2022 1:45 pm

Maybe if they wave their hands hard enough the wind turbines will turn?

March 5, 2022 5:12 am

You can bet your ass they don’t practice what they preach as they live in luxury and climb on that private jet to the tropics.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  2hotel9
March 5, 2022 7:17 pm

The golden rule in action

If you have the gold you make the rules.


Rules are for little people

March 5, 2022 5:14 am

The Club of Rome founded by Dr. Alexander King , CBE (Commander of the
British Empire), CMG (Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St.George) is the OECD.
Why anyone is surprised at their latest drivel is beyond me – in 1975 OECD demanded sacrifice. Limits to Growth is their playbook.

Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 5:29 am

The protest in Ottawa by Canadian truckers has not been easy financially for these people and their families. Those who believe in their freedom cause have sent money to help them, but GoFundMe withheld their money, and the Ontario court froze funds sent to GiveSendGo. However, Bitcoin is getting through – beyond the reach of any government to stop it.”


There’s still time….

Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 5:44 am

As warned :
Will The World Soon Be Ready For Central Bank Digital Currencies? The IMF Thinks So…

The move towards central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) “is gaining momentum, driven by the ingenuity of Central Banks.”

Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 5:49 am

You have a real blind spot – you should get it seen to

However, Bitcoin is getting through – beyond the reach of any government to stop it.””


Reply to  fretslider
March 5, 2022 6:10 am

Beyond the reach of any government, exactly like the central banks.

Who ever thought governments controlled currency anymore? Ever heard of the Petrodollar? Do you actually think Teddy Roosevelt’s FED is government?

These out of control central banks are driving the Great Green Reset, and Green Digital currencies, in the West. In other words, suckered!

Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 7:22 am

When banks are run by politicians whose jobs depend on election votes….they always print money until everyone is rich in worthless currency….no type of political philosophy is immune….

Reply to  DMacKenzie
March 5, 2022 7:25 am


Reply to  DMacKenzie
March 5, 2022 9:28 am

The FED pumps liquidity, like the EU ECB – not government. Politicians are owned by banks. Even when the US Constitution states exactly the opposite. The FED has been pumping since a major derivative disaster in 2019, beyond any limits ever seen.
Hyperinflation is inevitable. The FED is a private consortium.

Meanwhile in Lugano Switzerland :

As if Switzerland did not already have enough problems!

March 5, 2022 5:20 am

Hey folks, we’ve already had the Green Revolution. It’s just not what some folks seem to think it is. The actual Green Revolution is about farming technology.

Studies show that the Green Revolution contributed to widespread reduction of poverty, averted hunger for millions, raised incomes, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced land use for agriculture, and contributed to declines in infant mortality.

By using improved technology, we improve the world and reduce our ecological footprint. If the supposed environmentalists actually cared about the environment, they would be all over this like a wet blanket.

The Green Revolution is powered by fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are actually good for the environment.

Technology allows us to do more and more with less and less. It’s called dematerialization. It’s why Malthus was wrong.

The loony left doesn’t understand that, if you want to make the world better in every way, you should embrace progress.

Reply to  commieBob
March 5, 2022 5:29 am

The Great Green Reset, now in full swing against Russia, with economic weapons soon to be unleashed against China, is a counter-Green Revolution.

This is Prince Charles’ Davos ‘you will own nothing’ – including heating.
We are being Reset in full broad daylight!

Reply to  commieBob
March 5, 2022 6:23 am

The key leader was agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution”, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation.
Borlaug in his bio. credits FDR’s Vice President Wallace , former Sec Agriculture and Commerce, as the original Green Revolutionary.

Reply to  Ewin Barnett
March 5, 2022 5:44 am

We will be giving presentations and live demonstrations (stream limited by venue infrastructure) at the 2022 Battelle Climate Conference and the 2022 MIT Energy Conference.

Innovations in Climate Resilience

Your Solutions Make the Difference

Indeed, there’s nothing quite like reinventing the wheel.

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden [1595 -1683]… Dutch-born British engineer who introduced Dutch land-reclamation methods in England and drained the Fens, the low marshy lands in the east of England.

I note that the Netherlands is still above water, so to speak, centuries later.

Reply to  Ewin Barnett
March 5, 2022 5:53 am


Looks like Blacklight Hydrino got a Dark Matter makeover, and CERN did not get the memo….

Jeffery P
Reply to  bonbon
March 5, 2022 8:53 am

Since nobody knows what dark matter is, that’s a real neat trick.

Reply to  Jeffery P
March 5, 2022 9:35 am

They claim to have it figured. The Hydrino thing goes decades back. Never seen, and the CERN guys say no trace of dark matter, axions …

The irony is that CERN’s Kirkby did prove aerosol nucleation using the accelerator, like Svensmark’s investigation, and climatologists sent it to some dark cellar under CERN. Maybe there in that dark cellar lurks the light of truth.

Rich Lentz
March 5, 2022 5:55 am

The Net Zero program is going to create WWIII.

Reply to  Rich Lentz
March 5, 2022 12:18 pm

It’s heading that way. EU and the west generally should stop buying gas and oil from Russia right now.

March 5, 2022 6:05 am

EU member states need to ensure that there are adequate market price signals to support the business case for these investments.
Translation: EU member states need to hand out massive subsidies to weather-dependent sources of energy in order to make them cheaper to consumers than fossil-fuel-based energy.

Reply to  Alba
March 5, 2022 10:11 am

Sure, we pay more for our apples than we sell them for but boy do we sell a lot of apples.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
March 5, 2022 6:24 am

Hmm, I don’t see one obvious measure:

  • Incentivize keeping herds of sheep, goats, alpaca and other livestock that can ethically and sustainably produce wool. Incentives should be prioritized to support woman and minority-owned herds.
  • Create new green jobs harvesting wool, spinning into yarn and knitting into personal thermalwear such as sweaters, caps and socks.
  • To offset the temporary higher cost of green personal thermalwear, provide direct subsidies to retail purchasers.
  • To monitor the thermalwear subsidies and recommend regular increases, create a new department staffed with those dedicated people who unfortunately proved incapable of either managing the herds or producing the wool products. This of course creates even more jobs.
  • Institute a Public Service Advertising campaign promoting green thermalwear items. Enlist celebrities to model and promote the products — “I always wear sustainable wool at the Oscars red carpet!”.
  • Have declared days (“thermalwear Thursday”) when only those wearing green thermalware are permitted on public transportation.
  • Institute green thermalwear passports; people must display at least one green thermalwear item to enter a bar or pub. Wool masks are a great way to save the environment and Help Keep Everyone Safe.

By this simple measure we can reduce fossil fuel consumption and create new green jobs.

If I were Bill Clinton, that idea would be worth a $400,000 speaking engagement. I’d collect my fee and a souvenir wool tartan lap blanket to keep my legs warm on the flight home in my private jet.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
March 5, 2022 9:25 pm

You can be sure there is no setting of thermostats to low temperatures on private jets.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Dean
March 6, 2022 4:06 am

Also, we know Bill Clinton doesn’t use a blanket to keep warm …

Andy Pattullo
March 5, 2022 7:12 am

Message from your elected government: “we f###ed up and now you must suffer”

very old white guy
March 5, 2022 7:49 am

Do any of us have that long a life span? particularly north of the 49th without fossil fuels. Of course they ignore the fact that wind turbines, solar panels, or freaking storage batteries cannot be made without that which they vilify, FOSSIL FUELS.

March 5, 2022 7:54 am

How long till someone comes along to tell us that the inability of solar panels to work in the dark is just a trope propagated by fossil energy shills?

Reply to  MarkW
March 5, 2022 10:16 am

They have already explained that the idea that the grid needs to be reliable and efficient is a FF industry false information campaign.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  AndyHce
March 5, 2022 6:00 pm

That would be “Barry”, the fool’s fool

Griff on steroids

Walter Sobchak
March 5, 2022 7:58 am

A plan that hinges on technology that has not been invented, let alone tested and commercialized, is not a viable plan. It is SciFi/Fantasy. Like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.

If that is the best the OECD can do we are in very deep kimchi.

Lord have mercy on us poor sinners.

March 5, 2022 8:26 am

The OECD recommends a complicated Rube-Goldberg-inspired mess of wind-solar-storage (ignoring the inherent pollution in the building out of that) because they think nuclear and fossil fuels have the cooties.

Great plan.

Basically everyone in Europe, midlevel manager and up and all union leaders, need to resign, they’re all incompetent or corrupt and not serving the people to the best of their ability.

All have failed to represent and protect the taxpayers/members and their families.

They serve some other master that only cares to sell as much green junk as possible regards of how unfit for purpose it is.

March 5, 2022 2:14 pm

Turning thermostats down as a solution to energy supply was implemented by government in 1976 when Jimmy Carter’s newly formed dept of energy was established.

It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. Remember, drive 55 ? Another failed attempt at social engineering.

All the solutions of socialist governments are doomed to failure as they are specifically designed to lower your standard of living, exactly the opposite of what people everywhere want.

One would think these people would wise up. Nope, this time it will work.

March 5, 2022 9:04 pm

Looks good when we had that health study saying that mild cold was one of the greatest killers out of any sort of heat and extreme cold.

Adam Gallon
March 5, 2022 10:50 pm

21C isn’t freezing, it’s what my house is heated to when it’s at its warmest.
Heating off overnight.
Public buildings are vastly overheated.

March 6, 2022 1:31 am

In the IEA report there’s not a single word about (at least temporarily, hopefully for ever) cancelling the criminal CO2 tax.
They are nothing but CRIMINALS, those politicians and elites.

March 6, 2022 9:29 am

I think it is becoming obvious to everyone

Not based on some of the comments around here…

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