Essay by Eric Worrall
According to the Washington Post, people who have accepted austerity to defeat Russian aggression are more likely to also accept “sleeping colder in the winters to flying less and paying more when you do” to combat climate change.
Fighting Putin Comes Before Climate Change
By Andreas Kluth | Bloomberg
Today at 3:05 a.m. EDT
On the day Russia launched its all-out attack on Ukraine, Svitlana Krakovska was holed up in her home city of Kyiv, working feverishly to finish a report. As leader of the Ukrainian delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), she and scientists around the world were dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s of their sixth assessment of global warming and its threats to humanity.
The IPCC report was released a few days later nonetheless. In normal times, these tomes make headlines all over the world. This one would have set records, because it’s the most dismal read yet in a genre that was plenty dire already. Humanity, it suggests, will probably miss its goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures and enter an age of calamities. But, of course, these aren’t normal times, and the message was muffled in a news cycle dominated by shooting and dying.
But even as we manage the acute emergency, we must also prepare to exit from it. Yes, we can talk now about temporary rebates for gasoline or heating oil to the poor. But our goal must be to return as soon as possible to letting carbon become gradually more expensive over time — via cap-and-trade systems and such — so that people get used to consuming less of it.
The new reality is that we have to go all the way to universal electrification even faster, powered by 100% renewable energy with green hydrogen filling the gaps. Countries that have so far dabbled in building out photovoltaics, wind farms, smart grids and other parts of the puzzle must double down as though life depended on it. It probably does.
The only glimmer of hope is that Putin may have inadvertently simplified the politics of such a global quest. Convincing voters requires communicating the need for sacrifice — from sleeping colder in the winters to flying less and paying more when you do. But now politicians can make that case in two ways — as necessary to fight both Russian aggression and climate change. Those on the front lines of both struggles, like Svitlana Krakovska, remind us that they’re equally urgent.
…Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/energy/fighting-putin-comesbefore-climate-change/2022/03/28/1d1f89cc-ae5d-11ec-9dbd-0d4609d44c1c_story.html
Naturally the proposed austerity measures will only apply to the peasants. The climate elite will continue to enjoy a life of taxpayer funded trips to exotic holiday destinations, like this year’s “conference of the parties” in Sharm el-Sheik.
The sum of Michael Bloomberg and the WaPo‘s IQs don’t break triple digits.
The diget you are thinking of is the square root of a very small number.
Yes they do appear to have very small, err, ‘digits’.
Could that be why they feel so inadequate??? ;-))
The square root of a very small negative number, perhaps?
The digits counted on one hand, perhaps.
Speaking of Ukraine: over eight years… 32… 33 trimesters since the Slavic Spring. To paraphrase WaPo: demos-cracy is sacrificed under a veil of privacy, sometimes.
These days I am more inclined to think that the other edge of Hanlon’s razor is the sharp one. That is, I don’t propose stupidity for that which is better explained by malice.
1.) Bloomberg and his fellows in the parasite class didn’t get their fortunes with stupidity.
2.) The outcomes of their proposals are obvious.
3.) If they weren’t obvious the first few times, they surely know the results by now.
Divesting Earth of some specific urban parasites, like those at WP, would be a good start to eliminating the “Climate Crisis”.
If a climate crisis was declared, but nobody noticed, was there really a crisis at all?
“…equally urgent.” When a bomb or cruise missile falls on your head it’s over. If, as the CAGW crowd alleges without proof, it warms up 1.5 deg C, you can move 100 kilometers more pole-ward and it’s the same. Russia killing Ukrainian children is criminal and disgusting, and not in any way comparable to the CAGW nonsense.
I read the opposite even on a German site, moonofalabama.org
I can see Sputniknews, RT etc. too if I want. The first victim of war is always truth.
How come you saw through the CAGW propaganda but not through the Covid-lockdown or Russia autrocity rubbish?
msm 24/7 and all over the radio etc seems to really be workin for em.
soros started the maidan bunfight I gather hes miffed he got pipped this time
madelaine albrights dissing usa killing 500k or so syrians n kids wasnt “right ” either but she managed to be unconcerned by it.so did just about everybody else
Remember, people who want to lower your standard of living are not your friends.
Key phrase to remember — your standard of living. They have no intention of lowering their own.
Andreas Kluth at Bloomberg obviously doesn’t spend much time with real people. France’s Yellow Vest movement and the whole world rushing to fossil fuels in a political response to shortages and price increases to the average person should be a clue to peoples’ response to calls for austerity to combat an invisible problem. CliSciFi scare tactics diminish in effectiveness as peoples’ standard of living falls. The iron law of politics (Pielke, Jr.).
They just moved the goalposts – Regime Change in Russia is worth freezing for!
Never misunderestimate the iron hand in the velvet glove!
Haven’t you heard, bonbon? Brandon’s handlers are waking back his regime change comment; he didn’t mean what he said.
He has been walking a lot back lately…well his handlers are. Now Biden claims he didn’t say these things.
I hope Democrats don’t get us into a war.
Except now, at 3 Pm PST, Biden is sticking behind his original speech that Putin must not be in power. Now I’m getting dizzy watching the WH appointments disagree with POTUS. Hopefully, maybe, 4-5 members of the Democrat Congress will jump ship to the Republicans, and Manchin or Sinema will leave the Democrat Senate. The sooner this shitshow is over, the better.
Funny how providing a good example never enters their mind, hey? Or even the tiniest reduction in the corruption that depends on our involuntary sacrifice.
Why should they lower their standards of living??? After all, they wouldn’t be able to afford to grab a cab, jump on a First Class flight from LA, to land at Heathrow, take part in a contrived protest against another runway at Heathrow, then jump back on a plane & fly First Class all the way home to LA!!! The wealthy ruling “elites” don’t want John & Jane Peasant to have anything near what they have, that would just NOT do!!!
By 31-03-2022, next Thursday, the G7 will have to find Rubles to buy Russian gas.
Russia and West at odds over gas payments in Roubles
“We are not going to supply gas for free, this is clear,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call. “In our situation, this is hardly possible and appropriate to engage in charity (with European customers).”
Poor woke feezing voters likely think There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch, but is hilarious for Russia to remind the G7 that Free Trade is not Free Lunch. French fishermen and Spanish truckers, like the Yellow Vests, were in uproar before the Rouble Decree.
Of course US LNG firms are lunching freely on EU taxpayers flesh.
WaPo is obviously out to lunch on this….
The fetal remains of an economy where single/central/monopolistic cannibals feed on labor (i.e. practical and actual slavery) and environmental (i.e. shared/shifted responsibility) arbitrage to fund annexation of sovereign foreign nations, the Green blight, wars without borders, one-child/selective-child, etc.
I expect Putin’s apologists to become more and more strident and more and more far-fetched as the scope of Putin’s humiliation in Ukraine becomes more apparent.
I find it fascinating how people who have spent the last year ridiculing every word out of the mouth of Biden are now treating this one statement of his as if it were gospel and official US policy. Can’t let something as trivial as consistency get in the way when we have a murderous dictator to defend.
When are you going to fight Xi?
Sanctions against Xi, communist party, and a nation that has indulged annexation of sovereign nations, violent border disputes with democratic nations, labor arbitrage (i.e. practical and actual slavery), redistributive change, environmental arbitrage (e.g. laundered, Green solutions), and one-child (State’s Choice)/selective-child (her Choice), too, today, tomorrow, never.
One of these days, Derg’s going to get a new talking points memo with new arguments on it.
Eight years… 32 trimesters since the Biden/Maidan/Slavic Spring. 2 years… 8 trimesters since Zelensky assumed power. Eight years… 32 trimesters of Ukrainians under assault by military and paramilitary Kiev-aligned forces. There is a chance to end the war in Ukraine.
Are you a Biden apologist? Good boy, you are a validated member of the Anglo sheep flock. The WaPo (Bezos) will lead you.
Hey wait, I thought we stopped trade with Russia? Are you telling me western countries still need natural gas?
I am shocked. We’ll time for more windmills with solar panels on top. Am I right Griff?
And the nerve of those Russians demanding payment in rubles. Fossil fuels are paid in US dollars…everyone knows that.
Bonbon I suppose you are going to tell us India and China still trade with Russia?
Yes, sanctions are have their intended effect: divest from the transparent bigotry of western liberal democracies/dictatorships, and redistributive change for the middle class and anyone who denies the consensus.
last person to try n trade in other than usd$ was gaddafi
didnt end well did it?
russia however may have more chance for rubles or gold
hope they do actually
Another comment that makes no sense from the brainwashed Marxist bonobo. Just exactly how are US LNG firms lunching freely on EU TAXPAYERS?
You’re a stupid F’n apologist of Putin the Butcher.
4 times price hike – that’s a free lunch. Be very sure EU voters see this heist for what it is, Don Mope.
And of course the US LNG companies control world wide prices.
You are being disingenuous, Bonobo, you Marxist propanganist. Russia raised the price of NG from $6.13 per MMBTU in March 2021 to $38.03 in Dec. 2021. That”s a factor of over 6. Many Europeans would rather get their NG from anywhere else rather than Russia to avoid funding Putin the Butcher, so the demand for non-Russian NG went up. When the demand rises for a limited commodity the price goes up. That’s apparently too difficult for a brainwashed Marxist to understand.
Who gives a rat’s tail what EU voters see or think? I for one welcome Putin to stroll past the Siegessäule in Berlin and down through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on his way to the Atlantic in Lisbon. Hopefully there will be gulags for useful idiot Marxists and nobody will ever hear from the cheese-eating surrender monkeys and their ridiculous EUSSR, ever again.
noted the price for usa gas?
“Convincing voters requires communicating the need for sacrifice — from sleeping colder in the winters to flying less and paying more when you do. But now politicians can make that case in two ways — as necessary to fight both Russian aggression and climate change. Those on the front lines of both struggles, like Svitlana Krakovska, remind us that they’re equally urgent.”
I think WaPo, the NY Times and all the others that pass themselves off as news outlets need to give up on any hope that their CAGW action goals will be met. I mean we’ve been at this for coming up on 35 years now (since Hanson’s testimony before Congress in 1988). It should be obvious to these brilliant MSM light bulbs that there is no hope for humanity and civilization due to the lack of adequate progress on meeting the MSM’s CAGW agenda goals. It must be terribly frustrating for them.
The MSM need to start advocating for the total shutdown of civilization so we can all starve and/or freeze to death by next winter. Wind turbines, EVs, batteries and solar don’t cut it. Outlawing fossil fuels would be good for starters. Once humanity is gone, Mother Nature will be free of the scourge that was mankind and Earth can become the MSM’s vision of an Eco-paradise once again.
To be blunt, we are all in a doomsday cult like Jonestown and the Branch Davidians. Time for all of us to accept our fate and drink the kool-aid. And let WaPo and the rest of the MSM outlets lead the way. /sarc
Funny how in Leftie World it is always the ‘communication’ that is at fault – never the message.
Utter bogosity. We need to burn more fossil fuels and emit more CO2. Yes, Andreas Kluth, no sacrifices to the Climate God are needed or desirable. Warmer Is Better. Catch the clue.
Although, we could sacrifice the WaPo. Stone knife in the chest. Don’t have a problem with that.
A Pen is far shaper than a stone-age knife…
The American media oligarchs say so.
JournoListic license to spin handmade tales with “benefits”.
Do you think Hollywood will cancel Will Smith?
No, Hollywood has progressed through spinning and braying handmade tales for social, economic, and political benefits. The most plausible, and, I think, best, appraisal of the Smith/Rock incident is that it was a publicity stunt a la Jussie. Maybe.
Yep, they are pretty desperate.
roflmao! the industry that promotes gross violence is so upset someone bitchslapped a loudmouth black on black was even funnier
Lower standard of living now so that we can have a lower standard of living later.
Lower standard of living now so that we can have
a lowersignificantly lower standard of living later.
The empathetic reaction to a war in progress since 2014, over 2 years with the current regime, is overwhelming. The Slavic Spring, part of World War III from Tripoli to Kiev and others less politically congruent (“=”) and therefore not brayed.
More climate nonsense. I almost can’t be bothered to read these fairy stories. Does ANYONE believe this type of drivel anymore?
Unfortunately lots of people, who have painted themselves into the CAGW corner, still say they do ‘cos their livelyhoods depend on it. When they retire they often recant but then no-one in power listens to them
This is just more proof these people are disconnected from reality. People consistently rate fighting climate change as a low priority and consistently report an unwillingness to pay for it. But somehow the war in Ukraine changed everything…
They really want to be careful what they wish for there….
Seeing as 25% of world’s wheat and something like 30 to 40% of agricultural fertiliser comes out of Russia/Ukriane
In the way that prophets hermits and other highly regarded types would spend ‘40 days and 40 nights‘ out in The Desert
They were on a fast. 40 days being about the limit a human body can go without food.
(Still needs water though)
Why it worked for those people (and it did ##) was that by going hungry, shall we say ‘Concentrates the mind‘
## In these modern times you can try it, even just over the weekend or everyday for a minimum of 16hrs. Go on, Dare ya!!
First of all we have a built in mechanism that does that for us but also, going on a fast enforced or otherwise, clears your system of sugar.
You become a Fat Burner (ketones strictly, your liver does the conversion honours)
And your brane simply loooooooves burning ketone.
You wake up. Your memory starts functioning properly
You have ‘concentration stamina’
You can tackle/resolve difficult problems
You have mental agility. You ‘get’ Monty Python
You regain your sense of humour
They will relearn ‘first impressions’ = recognise liars & snake oil sellers and have the self-confidence to call out that mendacity when they see it
If enough people go on an enforced fast and a few of the above things happen inside their heads….
…..Climate Change Science will seen as the garbage that it is and be consigned to history
Does it help snipers take better aim?
Snipers – forget it :
Supermarket used to reload MLRS – last time at the Mall I could not buy one of these:
Видео удара по торговому центру высокоточным оружием по украинским РСЗО и складу с боеприпасами
Video of a strike on a shopping center with precision-guided weapons on Ukrainian MLRS and an ammunition depot
Hiding behind residential essential services is a hallmark of the crowd being cleared out.
100 million are right now threatened with enforced fast – Famine. Yemen, Afghanistan, to name just 2. See UN Food official Beasley.
That is the Great Reset in action.
How many US families have food-insecurity – a nice name for immanent famine?
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get our message out to the average Joe. When I read stuff like this I just want to puke. I laugh at what pathetic reprobates we are dealing with. The thing is they are getting their message out to the average Joe, we aren’t. Look, this site is chock full of super smart people, someone should be able to figure out how to get our message out to the general public. We can not win people over until we do. I’ll try an analogy. In the US military there are special elite forces such as Navy Seals, Delta Force and god only knows what others we may not even know about. These people are the best of the best. I liken WUWT with these special forces, you are good. But just like in the military special forces do not win wars or major battles, for that you need boots on the ground infantry i.e. Army and Marine infantry, lots of them. We need to inform, educate and motivate the average Joes. You win them over and you have won, you don’t win them over you are looking at defeat no matter how right you are.
Here’s where we should start — outlaw private jet travel, globally. Let’s see who is serious and who is a poser. My guess is WaPo would pass on that editorial.
Let them fly – and then present the fuel bill in Rubles.
Sure, the super rich will dig up some somewhere.
But if gas firms pass on the price hike to gas-stations in Rubles, expect a circus!
We’ll see who blinks first over the rubles dustup, the fractured EU or the wily Putin.
Or Blinken ?
The U.S. isn’t buying Russian oil anymore so the feckless Blinken isn’t involved.
Not directly, no, but oil is a fungible commodity, with diverse applications and forms, in a global economy. The grade school admonition: stop hitting yourself, comes to mind. The middle class hardest hit.
I agree, n.n, but Blinkin is still feckless and a danger to all of us.
Start with outlawing frequent flyer miles and see what happens.
Europe is really sneaky, they have been opening new gas routes bypassing Russia –
They can try bypassing voters. Good luck with that!
I presume when you refer to Europe, you are meaning the EU, they are two different entities, one has 28 nation states within, the other has nearly 40!!! Too many ignorant people refer to the EU & Europe as one & the same, they are not!!!
But…but… I thought Green Energy was going to save us all?
Are they admitting it’s “not ready for Prime Time”?
Put plainly and simply it is the start of the destruction of the middle class. In Canada the hoi polloi are so brainwashed they will go gaily, singing songs of the revolution.
“the acute emergency”
Happens to be the lack of attention climate change worriers are getting.
Too bad Reality bites
A very hard transition is on the way.
That probably won’t deter the dead enders calling for windmills throughout the solar system.
Never let a good opportunity for propaganda and fear mongering go to waste.
The propaganda is getting to the terminal stage, where nobody should be believing it, but it looks like Albert Einstein’s quote is correct-“The only thing in infinite supply is human stupidity.”
I have it on good authority that the loyal officers will soon imprison Xenu (who escaped and is behind the climate crisis) and solve all our problems.
and when we’re totally electric and get a massive CME that fries everything?
Id like to get a pre 1984 car with zero EFI etc again. my tractors would run but theyre not good for road travel;-)
Climate change is particularly evident in Canada.
Yes, it causes drivers to lose control on PA highways.
Might I suggest a draft of able-bodied Hollywood icons, progressive politicians and green energy speculators to go and defend Ukraine from the Russian onslaught. These are exactly the people who would welcome the chance to live frugally in the dark and cold, if we can judge by their words.
The IPCC report was released a few days later nonetheless… Humanity, it suggests, will probably miss its goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures and enter an age of calamities.
So can we please stop all this talk of limiting the rise in global temperatures? The scientific consensus is clearly saying that we ain’t gonna do it. And they must be obeyed.
The message you want to deliver to us is correct
Climate change is no less dangerous than current wars
Countries should cooperate to solve the problem of climate change
Instead of focusing on waging wars here and there