Be Proud that we Excel

And you thought the United States had problems …

By Guus Berkhout

The Netherlands has become a prosperous country by excelling in many sectors. That excellence was based on a well-educated population. Think of the professionals in our public transport, who are widely praised for their punctuality and comfort. I also mention the engineers in our energy sector who provided affordable, reliable, and clean energy 24/7. And especially our agricultural sector, which is seen worldwide as a textbook example of how to farm intensively in an increasingly sustainable way. I could go on and on. The Netherlands was a country to be proud of. How could it go so wrong in such a short time?

Figure 1. A map of The Netherlands, after Bing Maps.

With all due respect, our land has been ruled for many years by ministers who no longer have a clue about their portfolio. Because of their naiveté and ignorance, they are prey for militant groups and cunning lobbyists. As a result, nonsensical rules and laws are made that completely miss the mark. Instead of solving problems, they are created. As U.S. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

We see crises piling up. Step by step, every social sector becomes a victim of the administrative ignorance of The Hague. It wants everything we have built to be destroyed in a short time, preferably before 2030.

As a result of all this, in today’s public sector, the motto is: “We are forbidden to think, we only use protocols and check items off lists.” And those top-down protocols are increasingly coming from fanatical alarmists and bigoted ecologists. What a depressing work environment! The result is that people in the workplace increasingly feel like blunted robots, no longer seeing with any perspective, and eventually drop out sick. That is what is happening now.

The Netherlands is a small and crowded country. Space is at a premium. We need space for homes, offices, and factories, for rail and highways, for agriculture and horticulture, for city parks and nature reserves, etc. This requires sustainably maximizing farm yields per km2. This knowledge-intensive process is the basis of wise choices.

Look at last year’s flood crisis (Limburg, Ardennes, Eiffel). This was not a climate problem, but the result of administrative incompetence. Forestry, new canals, asphalt, and more and more solar farms are the real causes. The water could not get to the soil and the resulting runoff caused super-fast water flows. The water and debris caused enormous damage. The Brussels plan for no more logging will only make things worse.

Figure 2. Flooding in Valkenburg, The Netherlands 15 July 2021, Wikimedia commons photo by Romaine.

Also look at the energy crisis. That is not only the fault of the Ukraine war, but also the government incompetence that forbade investing in fossil fuels. Our pension funds first! A wise Dutch proverb says: “Never throw away old shoes before you have bought new ones”. Wind turbines and solar panels are not only expensive and unpredictable energy suppliers, but they also require a lot of space. They cannot replace our current energy infrastructure (‘our old shoes’). Bringing in hydrogen makes this circus even more foolish.

Now we see the nonsensical nitrogen crisis. If farmers are no longer allowed to excel with high yields, then more land is needed for the same yield. But we don’t have more land. Look at the Dutch map to see what this government wants to do with all those Natura 2000 (wilderness) areas. It’s hard to believe that this is serious policy. Poor farmers, poor Netherlands! Why does our innovative agriculture have to give way to artificial nature on artificial pieces of poor soil (‘museum nature’)? Did you know that if you let nature take its course, poor soils automatically become forest (spontaneous forest formation) and the soil enriches automatically (natural fertilization)? We want more trees, don’t we?

Once again, our farmers are inventive and want to contribute to a further harmony between intensive agriculture and nature. But with directors who are knowledgeable.

The unrealistic national carbon dioxide reduction requirement (50% reduction by 2030) and the equally unrealistic national nitrogen limit (0.9 gr/ha) are disproportionate. For a country with many inhabitants per hectare, different numbers must apply than for a country with few inhabitants per hectare. Compare the population densities of the Netherlands and Denmark: 504/km2 versus 137/km2!

The chosen policy ambitions therefore have nothing to do with reality, nor with objective science. CO2 and NH3 (ammonia fertilizer) are crises manufactured by climate and nitrogen fanatics that, with their pitch-black scenarios, have given the bureaucrats in The Hague and Brussels complete control. But these naïve fanatics don’t realize how essential CO2 and NH3 are in nature. Isn’t CO2 the raw material for all life on earth and isn’t NH3 indispensable to ensure sufficient food in the future? Aren’t CO2 and NH3 a blessing for humanity?

What’s next? The turning point to a new era for our country must start with the completely out-of-control immigration. That subject is an absolute top priority. If we do not tackle this first, we are mopping with the tap open. In 1990 our country had 15 million inhabitants, now there are almost 18 million (about + 100,000 per year). Almost all due to immigration. More people are asking for more physical living space (and all that goes with it), and for more health care, education, energy, roads, law enforcement, etc., etc.

If we bring so many people from problem countries into our country who cannot (or do not want to) contribute to maintaining our basic facilities, but who do use these facilities more and more heavily, then the whole collapses, as fewer and fewer people must provide for more and more people. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing happening now. Did you know that the profits of human traffickers are estimated to be 20-30 billion per year? The traffickers suggest to migrants that they will receive a generous benefit and free housing in our country. Why does our country continue to subsidize human trafficking? Why don’t our embassies in emigration countries tell the truth? Our country is overcrowded!

In summary, more and more immigrants are crowding into our living space, displacing our agriculture, and nature in the process. And more and more immigrants seeking asylum are applying for social services without contributing to our economy or government services. Why does this government refuse to listen?

When the voice of the people no longer influences government and parliament, democracy fails. We need a recovery cabinet with a close-knit team of business project ministers, who know their portfolio, and who are not the playthings of fanatics, commercial research agency rent seekers, and cunning lobbyists who feed on big government subsidies.

It turns out that there are excellent administrators available, who want to come to Binnenhof for a limited time and reverse the Dutch decline. And they have a coherent recovery program, so our unique country on the North Sea can be returned to our proud entrepreneurs, farmers, and professional groups. The sooner, the better!

Guus Berkhout is a retired professor of geophysics from the Technical University of Delft and a co-founder of CLINTEL.

Translated from the original Dutch by Andy May, with the help of the translation feature in Microsoft Word.

Other English versions of this essay can be seen here and here.

A note from the translator (Andy): The progressive “globalist agenda,” or “open borders policy,” is a real threat to our freedom. Fighting globalism does not mean we are racist; it simply means we believe that local government is the best government because it is more responsive to local needs. The larger government gets, the greater the distance between you and it and the more corrupt it becomes, witness the EU, the US, or the UN.

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July 12, 2022 6:14 pm

“ That is not only the fault of the Ukraine war, but also the government incompetence that forbade investing in fossil fuels. ”

Russia, Russia, Russia

This is the fault of BAD policies.

Reply to  Derg
July 13, 2022 3:00 am

Do we really think these politicians make the policies ? They are just puppets like the press and the education system of those behind the curtain who can print all they need to corrupt/buy the system. They no longer need our vote nor our money. In fact we have become less than slaves without any privacy.

Willem post
Reply to  Derg
July 13, 2022 4:20 am

This is the fault of bad EU shaming, scare-mongering policies since 1990, when the present energy craziness started in Tokyo.

Remember, Putin repeatedly warned Brussels about its energy craziness, for many rears, but he was ignored, Trump was laughed at by the Germans.

Rich Germany has been the main culprit, wanting to be seen as SUPER GREEN, which worked somewhat when low-cost fossil oil, gas and coal were readily available from Russia, but now their prices are 4 to 8 times higher.

Then, the EU stupidly allowed the US/UK to expand NATO beyond East Germany, etc., and, as predicted, by many for many years, all hell broke loose.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Willem post
July 13, 2022 5:26 am

Ukraine isn’t in NATO.

Mark Whitney
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 13, 2022 5:49 am

Not formally, but as a puppet of the West and a recipient of western arms, etc. it is for all intents and purposes a NATO construct.

Reply to  Mark Whitney
July 13, 2022 7:03 am

Yes, Ukraine seems to have little choice, be part of NATO, or become a vassal state of Russia.
Tough decision.
I don’t understand how anyone can try to justify the Russian invasion on the basis that Russia imagines NATO is gearing up to one day attack Russia.

Willem post
Reply to  markx
July 13, 2022 8:19 am

The Pope said, NATO has encroached on Russia to “bark at its gates”

Two recent coup attempts in Belarus and Kazakhstan, to further diminish Russia, failed

Reply to  Willem post
July 14, 2022 12:37 am

Who gives a damn about what some cretin in Vatican thinks??

Coup attempt in Belarus??
What planet you live on mr troll factory SPB?

The only coup in Belarus was done decades ago by Lukashenko – president for life and care f-all about anyone that disagrees!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Willem post
July 14, 2022 3:38 am

Ridiculous. How many Ukrainian civilians has Putin murdered to date? You don’t want to think about that, do you. You are giving that murderous action a green light with your words. How do you justifiy that in your mind?

And quoting the Pope is ridiculous, too. He’s about as dumb as a stump.

Now Putin’s supporters are using the Pope’s words to justifiy mass murder of innocents. Is that what you meant to have happen, Mr. Pope? I think not. Thus, you are dumb as a stump.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  markx
July 14, 2022 3:33 am

“I don’t understand how anyone can try to justify the Russian invasion on the basis that Russia imagines NATO is gearing up to one day attack Russia.”

You are right to question this justification because it is stupid and is just used to try to excuse Putin’s murderous behavior.

Putin’s supporters say a lot of stupid, dishonest things. It’s part of their job. It’s a difficult task excusing mass murder of innocent civilians. Their only recourse is to lie.

Reply to  Mark Whitney
July 13, 2022 7:51 am

So if Ukraine had bought Russian arms instead of European arms, Putin wouldn’t have invaded?

Willem post
Reply to  MarkW
July 13, 2022 8:17 am

NATO had training bases in West Ukraine.
The US quickly moved out the trainers, after Putin invaded.
Now such training is done in the US and UK, and other NATO countries.

The innocent, 30 or so, bio labs are still there, per Nuland.

To say Ukraine is not part of NATO is correct, because NATO boots on the ground has been officially ruled out, but not all sorts of free, new, lethal weapons to have Ukrainians fight to the last Ukrainian.

Reply to  Mark Whitney
July 13, 2022 10:18 am

Absolute nonsense. Had Ukraine been a member of Nato Putin would never have dared to invade the country.

The real problem is that countries such as Germany put net zero ahead of energy security. Absolutely stupid and now we’re all paying the price.

Reply to  MarkW2
July 13, 2022 7:54 pm

NATO Clause 5 has never really been tested and if you read it you will see that it isn’t really worth all that much.

If Ukraine had been a full member I don’t think the response would have been very much different to the current situation.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mark Whitney
July 14, 2022 3:28 am

“it is for all intents and purposes a NATO construct.”

Yes, it is now, after Putin’s unjustified attacks.

How many tens of thousands of Russian troops has Putin caused to be killed so far on his little ego trip in Ukraine?

I’m guessing Russian mothers are going to get tired of burying their sons at some point in time.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 15, 2022 9:43 pm

Mark, you are correct. War will cease when all the mother’s refuse to allow their sons to go to the armed forces. They can do it! It might start in Russia because the Ukraine war is so obviously insane and the casualties are massive (though it seems at present this fact does not reach the public).

Once mothers are mobilized, there will be no stopping them. This could also catch on in China with surprising speed.

Reply to  Willem post
July 14, 2022 12:22 am

“Then, the EU stupidly allowed the US/UK to expand NATO beyond East Germany, etc.,”

show you know f-all about Nato and repeat the Russian propaganda shit.

FYI, the EU had nothing to do with expanding Nato.

The Eastern European countries ASKED TO JOIN, because they were so p..ssd off with being occupied by Russia for decades and seeing that cannibalistic monster try to destroy their language and culture.
Have you ever been to Tallinn or Riga? Go ask.
They are pretty happy British troops and US B52 are/were there.

Finland and Sweden have ASKED TO JOIN and they are EU countries for decades.

Fact is, if Ukraine had kept its nuclear weapons, instead of giving them back on the vague and useless guarantees of the Budapest memorandum, Putin wouldn’t be assassinating Ulrainian mother and children or raping women and committing war crimes in Bucha and Irpin, while trying to wipe Ukranian culture off the map just as Stalin did in 1932 in the 1st Holodomor.

July 12, 2022 6:24 pm

Netherlands is odds on to be the next Sri Lanka thanks to stupid green politics and bad politicians.

The weekend saw protest in Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland against the same stupidity so there are some people in the EU that can see what is about to play out.

Reply to  LdB
July 12, 2022 9:09 pm

Were the protests reported in the MSM in each of those countries?

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 12, 2022 10:39 pm

Where are the reports in the MSM of any country about these protests? Sri Lanka makes it in the UK, an report on the Netherlands and that’s it.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
July 13, 2022 3:51 am

Not in Portugal.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 13, 2022 4:15 am

They should start their protests at the newspaper offices. Burn those down first, and then the protest will be reported. Use the farm tractors to pull the front of the newspaper buildings off, and then the protest will be reported.

Think of the total ignoring of the laughingly titled “mostly peaceful protests” occurring across the US while cities burned, vs. the characterization of the DC protest instantly as a “rior.”

Perception changes when it occurs in your back yard.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
July 13, 2022 5:28 am

“Use the farm tractors to pull the front of the newspaper buildings off, and then the protest will be reported.”

There’s an idea. 🙂

Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 3:11 am

All over the world it are the same puppets working for those behind the curtain so all over the world we see the exact same policies. Never think that Russia is the problem. Russia (and climate and capitalism and white people) is just used to kick the can (of the failing economic system) a little bit further. And don’t blame capitalism because it doesn’t exist. We live in a centrally controlled central bank system. Our do we really think Biden and Harris have any power

July 12, 2022 6:33 pm

GuUs – All I can offer is that you are not alone.

The zealotry toward demonising CO2 is now widespread and is winning the day in the developed world.

I can only foresee a catastrophic outcome for a significant country as the point where questions will be asked that might mark the turning point back to reality. Sri Lanka’s plight has had no insightful reporting on the causes of its rapid dive into poverty.

My simple response to any climate change zealot is that open oceans cannot exceed 30C. There can be no catastrophic global warming and CO2 plays no direct role in Earth’s energy balance.

There are orbital changes that have been causing the Northern Hemisphere to warm for the last 500 years and those changes will continue for another 9,500 years. The boreal winters are cooling and that will eventually result in new ice mountains forming, capping the degree of warming in the NH.

Julian Flood
Reply to  RickWill
July 12, 2022 6:50 pm

Rick, your statement about open ocean not warming above 30deg C may need qualifying with the word ‘unpolluted’. Israeli fish farmer have apparently been putting light oil on their ponds which reduces evaporation and lowers albedo. Warming.

The Sea of Marmara may be the inadvertent experiment which reveals how much oil/surfactant pollution combined with sewage, farming run-off and dissolved silica can warm our oceans.

Have a look for the UK blog TCW Defending Freedom and look for an entry from me about ocean smoothing.


Reply to  Julian Flood
July 12, 2022 7:05 pm

4,600 square miles (Marmara) compared to 140,000,000 square miles (oceans).

As for the comparison to the area of Israeli fish ponds…

Reply to  Julian Flood
July 12, 2022 8:08 pm

Rick, your statement about open ocean not warming above 30deg C may need qualifying 

The world “open” is al the qualifying it needs. There is a LOT of open ocean.

It take 25 days for the atmospheric column over 30C water to stabilise. Once there, it will rain on average 12 to 15mm per day in cloudbursts as high at 100mm/hour. That will quickly disperse and surfactant.

Reply to  RickWill
July 12, 2022 6:59 pm

Hi Rick, I see you make the point about oceans cannot exceed 30degrees etc. What is the impact on climate sea level if they get to 30degrees?

Reply to  Simonsays
July 12, 2022 8:24 pm

What is the impact on climate sea level if they get to 30degrees?

There is nothing that can cause that to happen. The Northern Hemisphere will continue to warm during the boreal summers and more of the ocean surface will get to 30C. We already see that in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal in late April:,17.92,388/loc=88.054,12.460

The monsoon forms to limit the heat input and some of the resulting rain ends up on land. All done by mid June as the sun zenith moves north:,17.92,388/loc=88.054,12.460

In time the Mediterranean will get to 30C surface temperature in summer and create its own monsoon. That will bring back biomass to the the Sahara and the Sahare will have lower temperature extremes.

Within the next 1000 years, ice will again accumulate in the Northern Hemisphere as the boreal winters cool. When the ice become 2000m or so thick plateaus, they will lower the average temperature of the northern hemisphere again. The current precession cycle gets perihelion to the boreal summer solstice in 9,500 years. THe Northern Hemisphere will start to get less summer sunlight and the SH more summer sunlight.

Meanwhile the Southern Hemisphere is cooling and the tropics are stuck close to 30C limit.

CO2 would have to a a magical gas if it can create a warming trend in the NH, no trend in the tropics and a cooling trend in the Southern Ocean.

I can even reliably forecast the 11.8 year cycle underlying the Nino34 record by just looking how Jupiter muscles Earth’s orbit relative to the sun.

Reply to  RickWill
July 12, 2022 7:52 pm

The current Modern Warming Period almost certainly will top out this century and temps will begin to fall back towards another Little Ice Age to bottom out in a century or two. These cycles have been going on for the last 8000 years and I would bet on another one except of course it takes too long to collect the bet.

Reply to  Anti-griff
July 12, 2022 8:34 pm

Nope, the current warming trend in the NH will continue for the next 9,500 years or until the ice mountains get big enough to arrest it. The boreal winters are actually in a cooling trend but overall, the warming is dominant.

The Equator will remain stuck where it is and the Southern Ocean, as well as more of the SH, will continue to cool.

You see CO2 is a magic gas that causes the NH to warm. The Equator to do nothing and the Southern Ocean to cool over the past 40 years.

2020 had the most solar EMR so far this century but 2031 will be close and there will be slightly higher than 2020 later this century. All related to Jupiters pull on the sun and where Earth is positioned relative to the sun.

But NH has been getting more summer solar EMR for the past 500 years.

Reply to  RickWill
July 13, 2022 12:01 am

Thanks Rick for the explanation. Had a look at some papers online on the topic of Jupiter effect on the earth climate(Sorokhtin ++ 2014). I saw in he mentions references we have reached maximum of temporary warming and will be heading to a cooling phase. (2030, 2055-2060 lasting 50-70 years etc). You think we will keep warming for 9500 years?
Would it be correct say that none of this is factored into IPCC climate models?

Reply to  Simonsays
July 13, 2022 1:09 am

The Jupiter affects on the orbit are not much. They are discernible in the Nino34 region – note the 11.8 year cycle. 2020 was a high sunlight year due to Jupiter. The next one is 2031 but not quite as high as 2020.

I think there are two years in in the next 80 years that will have more sunlight than 2020. However the long term trend in NH summer sunlight and temperatures is driven by the precession cycle and that will increase NH summer sunlight for 9,500 years. It is more significant than Jupiter muscling the sun about.

The northern hemisphere will have increasing summer sunlight for the next 9,500 years. It will have reducing sunlight in winter. Right now the summer increase is more than the winter decrease. Within the millennium, the ice will begin to accumulate again. The accumulation raises the average level of the land/ica and that causes the average surface temperature in the NH to decline. More of the northern hemisphere land mass will look like Greenland.

Thick ice will not melt in an annual cycle because it is cooled from below and is reflective. Hence it accumulates. The lapse rate over ice is 10C/km so it gets colder on the surface as it accumulates.

We are only 500 years into the current cycle of glaciation and all we have seen so far is a bit of warming in the northern hemisphere. I expect it to get warmer on land in the NH before the ice begins to accumulate.

The IPCC models do not model climate. They are just extrapolations of CO2 having some relationship to temperature. All models warm everywhere at roughly 2C per century. The attached shows how well Australia’s CSIRO climate model with the CMIP3 input compares with the measured temperature the Nino34 region. A long way off and doing the physically impossible of getting the ocean surface to sustain above 30C for months. It has a similar warming trend in the Southern Ocean where measurement shows it has cooled.–65N_n_1980:2020_a.png

Climate models are based on a demonic fairy tale about the evils of CO2 and produce useless information. They have done a good job of scaring children.

Reply to  RickWill
July 13, 2022 2:21 am

Thanks really appreciated

Julian Flood
July 12, 2022 6:37 pm

In the UK we have a political class, elected and civil service, that is essentially STEM-illiterate. We are putting solar panels on poorer farmland which with irrigation would grow wheat. We are neglecting the opportunity of CRISPR-CAS9 bioengineering.

The Hodder-Bowland shale deposit is in places kilometres thick, but fracking is forbidden as it might cause tremors equivalent to someone sitting down heavily on an office chair.

Immigration has been tolerated up to now, but one wonders how long that will last if energy rationing reduces employment and power cuts leave people seeking scapegoats.

Still, it could be worse – we could be closing down our fossil fuel producers while begging Saudi Arabia to produce more oil. That’s sure to save the planet.

The crisis when it comes will have been engineered by our politicians. And at the bnext election equally stupid men and women will be elected.


Dennis G. Sandberg
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 12, 2022 8:13 pm

“the crisis when it comes”? It’s been here for more than a year, and with no end in sight.

Reply to  Dennis G. Sandberg
July 12, 2022 11:03 pm

A “crisis” is only a “crisis” when it directly affects you. Currently not enough millions are affected for it (what ever it is) to Be a “crisis.” Maybe in another 5 years “it” will be a crisis.

Leo Smith
Reply to  Dennis G. Sandberg
July 13, 2022 2:48 am

Well yes, let’s not get bogged down in semantics…This winter is going to be a sea change across Europe. I think the Ukraine situation has pushed the existing infrastructure over its winter limits.

Reply to  Julian Flood
July 13, 2022 1:22 am

do we really have the water resources to irrigate wheat? I notice the Liverpool Leeds canal is closing this week due to lack of water.

Leo Smith
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 2:51 am

It depends where you are. We certainly seem to have have the water to irrigate potatoes..

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 2:54 am

irrigate wheat? wtf for? it grows well in hot aus with rainfall of 10 inches a yr avg for heavens sake!. what poms call poor soil is still far better than most of our soils down here ever would be

Reply to  Julian Flood
July 13, 2022 4:58 am

The crisis when it comes will have been engineered by our politicians. “

Far too much credit to politicians. Politicians are too stupid to do anything intentionally.

paul courtney
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
July 13, 2022 5:29 pm

Mr. Scientist: I dunno, here in the US, a baffled, too-stupid-to-do-anything Joe Brandon has managed to double price of gasoline. Intentionally. I must give credit where credit is due, the dems’ program to crash the economy is going fabulously well. Intentionally.

July 12, 2022 6:56 pm

A really depressing article, because it resonates.. You can see the Climate Industrial Complex tactic is to push parts of the society with restrictions as far as possible until there is backlash, then backoff and return later with the next round. They are in for the long game and they are winning

Reply to  Simonsays
July 12, 2022 7:06 pm

This ^

We were told they were dropping a vac passport, but it will be back. Like China, your score will determine what you can do. These are sick people who do nothing but dream up a better society under their control.

Reply to  Derg
July 13, 2022 2:55 am

started with the unelected unremoveable Brussels warmists and has only gotten worse. the head of that hydra needs removing

Reply to  Derg
July 13, 2022 3:16 am

Those behind the curtain. Those in politics are just puppets.

Reply to  Simonsays
July 13, 2022 3:22 am

2 steps forward and 1 back. Yes the wizards behind the curtain are winning. Remember that freedom never has been the normal for most of humanity. They only give you freedom when they need you. And they no longer need us.

James F. Evans
July 12, 2022 7:03 pm

It’s madness what the government wants to do to the Dutch farmer… and by extension the Dutch People… heaven help us.

Reply to  James F. Evans
July 13, 2022 2:55 am

dont wait for heaven you will have to unite and help yourselves

July 12, 2022 7:11 pm

Speaking of excelling in many areas, nobody, but nobody does smoked eel like the Dutch.

A taste of Heaven on Earth!

Reply to  H.R.
July 12, 2022 8:57 pm

Haven’t been there in many years but it’s really the only place I’ve enjoyed eel.

Their coffee shops used to offer other smoked treats.

James Schrumpf
Reply to  H.R.
July 14, 2022 1:04 pm

Do you smoke eel in a pipe, or use rolling papers?

Reply to  James Schrumpf
July 19, 2022 4:33 am

I bought it after it was smoked. I don’t know how the Dutch smoke it. 😉

July 12, 2022 7:14 pm

Green devils, politicians, administrators, bureaucrats and academics are responsible for our pseudo problems. If they went away so would our pseudo problems.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bob
July 13, 2022 5:38 am

Like Ronald said: Government isn’t the solution to the problem, government *is* the problem.

July 12, 2022 7:37 pm

I remember exiting a train in the central train station in Amsterdam in 2002. I looked left and then right. Then I ask myself where all the Dutch had gone. Apparently nothing has changed.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Marc
July 13, 2022 7:19 am

Sounds just like Munich. Was there for a week during “Oktoberfest” in 2001, the central city was filled with Turkish restaurants, no beer or sausage anywhere.

Jeff Alberts
July 12, 2022 8:29 pm

Perhaps it should now be called The Nether Region.

John Hultquist
July 12, 2022 8:40 pm

the motto is: “We are forbidden to think, we only use protocols and check items off lists.” 

I’ve run into this in county agencies. Sometimes if you pay an indulgence, they will check the box.

Roger Bournival
July 12, 2022 8:52 pm

What’s happening in the Netherlands is sad, indeed. I was watching some Science Channel (US) episodes last year and I was blown away by the engineering prowess of the guys (and let’s face it, they’re mostly men) maintaining the water locks & gates around Holland’s waters; otherwise it looks like 1/2 the place would be like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Berkhout’s larger point is on point – they are ruled / governed by complete dolts.

July 12, 2022 9:02 pm

With all due respect, our land has been ruled for many years by ministers who no longer have a clue about their portfolio

So true…. In which country can you become a minister of Finance without any financial or accounting background? In which country moves a Minister of Health to the position of Minister of Housing after an election? If which country is it possible to become Minister of Justice without any background in law? In which country does the Minister of Defense not know the difference between a sergeant and lieutenant?

And this is just the current government.

Hans Erren
Reply to  Peter
July 13, 2022 1:10 am

“In which country moves a Minister of Health to the position of Minister of Housing after an election”
In the UK you do not even need an election for a cabinet reshuffle.

Reply to  Hans Erren
July 13, 2022 4:17 am

And I thought that it could not get worse. ;-p

Reply to  Peter
July 13, 2022 2:57 am

umm hands up for Aussies also doing the same dumb shite!

Kelvin Duncan
July 12, 2022 9:04 pm

Et tu Brute! You could say the same for my country, only worse. At least you don’t have an apartheid state as we are heading toward.
Until recently our parliamentarians largely ignored agriculture as they thought it a dying industry. Now with it earning 82% of our export income, they are imposing policies on it that are at least as stupid as those your government has imposed on yours.
Is it an international conspiracy since so many countries seem to be heading down the same doom-destined goal?

Reply to  Kelvin Duncan
July 12, 2022 9:47 pm

If you arent a Kiwi, you sure sound like one. Same shit here.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Kelvin Duncan
July 13, 2022 12:30 am

All the evidence would seem to suggest it is.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Kelvin Duncan
July 13, 2022 5:45 am

“Is it an international conspiracy since so many countries seem to be heading down the same doom-destined goal?”

There are billionaires and other rich, powerful people who are controlling the investment of large amounts of money, and using it to force policy, and many nations are dancing to their tune as a result.

Whatever their motives, their actions are destroying the Western democracies, and poor third world nations.

Will the people wake up to their peril in time? That’s the question.

Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 10:41 pm

Normally you have to wait until the comments until the racist sentiments appear but now it seems that you can put them in the blog post itself.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 11:38 pm

To be clear, what race are you talking about that are suffering from sentiments in the post? I didn’t see one mentioned in the blog post, but you must have one invented in your mind since you brought it up.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Doonman
July 13, 2022 12:04 am

if the translator has to try and claim that the essay isn’t racist that is fairly sure sign that it is.

Smart Rock
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 4:40 am

And if an assertion is made that someone or something is racist, that assertion needs no evidence to become an article of truth to the one who made the assertion.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 7:56 am

On the other hand, to socialists, everything is racist, and if you disagree that’s proof that you are racist.

Racism has been the fallback position for the left for over 70 years.

Reply to  Doonman
July 13, 2022 1:20 am

Maybe ‘politicians’ are a new race? ;-p

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Doonman
July 13, 2022 5:55 am

“To be clear, what race are you talking about that are suffering from sentiments in the post?”

The word “immigrant” was mentioned in the article, so Izaak thinks that’s racist.

The immigrants were mentioned in the context of causing economic problems and no mention of their particular race was written. I assume the immigrants make up more than one race and I saw no criticism of any particular race in the article.

Izaak likes to accuse WUWT of being racist, so he distorts the meaning of the article.

This is standard operating procedure for leftists. They always accuse those they disagree with of being racists. That’s what Izaak is doing. He sees racism in everything and thinks that benefits his arguments. It causes a big yawn from me. So predictable. So wrong. Nothing to see here. Pitiful. Desperate. That’s what goes through my mind when I read these accusatory comments from Izaak.

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 2:16 am

I assume

Fighting globalism does not mean we are racist”

is the phrase you are referring to. Seems to me he was pre-empting idiot comments like yours.

Climate believer
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 2:22 am

Sanctimonious cretin.

Reply to  Climate believer
July 13, 2022 2:42 am

Don’t be fooled. Accusations of r@cism from leftist dolts like Izaak Walton are always a sign that they have run out of arguments.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Graemethecat
July 13, 2022 5:58 am

That’s correct.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 7:20 am


Reply to  Carlo, Monte
July 13, 2022 7:58 am

That’s racist.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 7:56 am

As usual, you see what you are trained to see, not what is actually there.

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 13, 2022 10:05 am


Richard Hill
July 12, 2022 11:33 pm

Dear Guus,
Thank you for speaking out as a senior, respected scientist.
I respectfully disagree with you.
There should be no need for politicians to have technical skills.
They should be expert in human beings.
A good politician should be able to ask “who benefits?”.
A good politician should ask “is there another side to this story?”
A good politician should be able to tell when people are lying.
The fault lies with your senior fellow scientists who have failed to call out bulldust when crazy ideas are put forward.
A good politician would take advice from senior, respected experts in any field.
If there is disagreement among the advisers, the good politician would be very careful.
To quote Winston Churchill (a respected politician) “it is important to keep scientists on hand, but not on top!”

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Richard Hill
July 13, 2022 8:37 am

Agree in principle, however much of what you are talking about is symptomatic of government funding of scientific research making it become politicized, just as President Eisenhower warned it would in his farewell address in the 1950s.

So the failure of scientists to speak out against the madness is their self-preservation in the face of the bullying and endless attacks they will endure should they dare to speak out.

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Hill
July 13, 2022 9:50 am

As with anything there are differing opinions among experts and scientists; one of the problems with governments is that they only listen to the opinion they agree with, not to all sides.

oebele bruinsma
July 12, 2022 11:59 pm

Everything the left (progressives, socialists, communists) touches, withers and eventually dies.

July 13, 2022 1:20 am

Look at last year’s flood crisis (Limburg, Ardennes, Eiffel). This was not a climate problem, but the result of administrative incompetence. 

It absolutely was a climate problem! No amount of preparedness could have dealt with the 1 in 1,000 year rain event in the Rhineland, which was climate related.

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 2:12 am

And the rain was 6% wetter!

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 3:03 am

Wrong as usual. The flood of 2021 was vastly surpassed by earlier historical floods in Germany.

Climate believer
Reply to  Graemethecat
July 13, 2022 7:55 am


Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 4:27 am

Why would you waste money trying to prepare for a 1 in a 1000 years event? especially as climate models are telling you that the Rhineland is going to be much drier in July.

1 in a 1000 is not climate.

Reply to  Climate believer
July 13, 2022 5:15 am

Griff isn’t very bright and has never understood the Normal Distribution.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 6:16 am

Trouble was the local politicians ignored the warnings given by the European Flood Assessment Agency FOUR DAYS in advance and did nothing to warn or protect the local populations of the Rhineland.

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 8:00 am

In a world with millions of places, one can expect thousands of 1 in a thousand year events every year.

In poor little griffies mind, anything unusual has to be the fault of global warming, because god knows, there was never any bad weather before man discovered the demon fossil fuel.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 8:44 am

No it wasn’t. Europe, being much older than the US, has flood records for that area going back over 600 years.

There has been WORSE flooding in that region in the distant past, AND there have also been MULTIPLE flooding events in that region that were a VIRTUAL BLUEPRINT for the 2021 flooding.

Since all of that was pre-industrial and you can’t blame CO2 for it, there is no “science” basis for blaming the 2021 flooding on “climate change” bullshit either.

There is a 1 in 1000 chance of a 1 in 1000 year flood EVERY YEAR. It’s called WEATHER.

James Schrumpf
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
July 14, 2022 1:15 pm

If only the aboriginal inhabitants of North America had developed a written language, there might have had some kind of records going back a thousand years or more. Sadly, there were no written languages among these peoples until Sequoyah created his syllabary in the 1810-1820s.

Jan de Jong
July 13, 2022 1:23 am

The Netherlands are governed by Young Global Leaders, working towards The Great Reset. It takes a while for people to catch on.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Jan de Jong
July 13, 2022 6:00 am

The People better catch on quick. They must realize they are being led off the cliff by fools in their governments.

July 13, 2022 2:43 am

excellent article!! i DO hope sanity prevails and it gets sorted
and yes the immigrant issue targeted at all the places with the best handouts and services was clear, as the refugees..term used loosely, refused to stay in other places they travelled through, for obvious financial gains elsewhere.
gather them up and ship them out.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 13, 2022 6:02 am

“excellent article!!”

I agree. They ought to put this author in charge. He sees the situation clearly.

July 13, 2022 2:46 am

Thank you Guus and Andy – I agree.

We have the same problems in Canada, where we have plenty of space – our governments are utterly corrupted by their phony green globalist agenda. Fire all these woke incompetents and start again. All they do is drive up costs and cause great harm.

Leo Smith
July 13, 2022 2:53 am

Membership of the EU has emasculated national governments. It is starting to show.

Steve Richards
July 13, 2022 3:42 am

It does seem coincidental that Sri Lanka, Netherlands and now Canada are mentioning how fossil fuel fertilizer and nitrogen in various forms needs to be controlled!

I wonder what, why, where, when and who started this push?

It must come from someone pretty influential for developed countries to act on it considering Sri Lankas massive problems.

Have the greens now realised they need a replacement bogie man since the demonisation of CO2 has not worked as hoped?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Steve Richards
July 13, 2022 6:05 am

Someone mentioned the other day that the UN and other transnational groups have been pushing to control agriculture for decades. We are now seeing the culmination of those efforts in some nations.

There’s a lot of radical activity going on behind the curtain and it’s been going on for years. The People’s enemies are very well organized and funded and they are serious. The People need to get serious, too. They will when they start freezing and starving.

July 13, 2022 4:04 am

This statement in the article,

The chosen policy ambitions therefore have nothing to do with reality, nor with objective science.”

Ambition in the context of climate policy always seemed to be clever packaging for “clueless ruthlessness”. However I never really fully appreciated just how clueless the political class could be.

Michael in Dublin
July 13, 2022 4:40 am

Andy May


Please give the link to the Dutch Original and encourage WUWT to do the same with other translations.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
July 13, 2022 9:31 am

Hi Michael,
Here is the link to the Dutch original I was sent.

There are probably other versions. I know the one that was put on was a very heavily edited version. It was posted in both English and Dutch and is linked to in the post, at the end. The file I linked to above is the original from Guus and Marcel.

I’m just an editor here. If you want all translated posts posted or linked to in their original language you will have to take that up with Anthony and Charles.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
July 13, 2022 10:09 am
July 13, 2022 7:21 am

Thanks Guus. Sadly we in the west live in a world dominated by social justice warriors and green terrorists. I suspect it has to play itself out, and that will entail the destruction of the middle class, and some countries well being and standards of living. Youth is a peculiar combination of bravado and stupidity, and we’ve seen it before. It always ends badly.

Kevin kilty
July 13, 2022 10:12 am

I recognize that quite a bit of this mania/hysteria looks like the result of stupidity and groupthink, but the wealthy elite stand to gain mightily. They stand a good chance of buying valuable assets at pennies on the dollar. Just like a “constructed dismissal” put in place to jettison an inconvenient worker, this could be a component of “constructed firesales”.

July 13, 2022 11:26 am

If only there were fraudulent research stories about the ill effects of tulip growing and human made flood control structures to speed up the train wreck and make it more obvious to voters. But alas, the green agenda science research industrial complex is maxed out.

Giordano Milton
July 13, 2022 12:25 pm

Why do the people of the Netherlands tolerate these leaders?

Jørgen F.
Reply to  Giordano Milton
July 14, 2022 11:10 am

…because people are too busy, separating waste into 10 bins, to notice what’s going on.

July 13, 2022 12:42 pm

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when underfunding defense, competitive industry, research, and energy.

July 13, 2022 12:44 pm

Invest in the tulip market instead of heat, light, food, and defense.

July 13, 2022 2:05 pm

“…Did you know that if you let nature take its course…” you’d lose 1/3 of your country to the Sea.

July 13, 2022 2:17 pm

Keep up the great work (?)…….

WSJThe Incredible Falling Euro Nears Dollar ParitySharp movements in exchange rates create uncertainty and can lead to economic and financial instability.

July 13, 2022 7:03 pm

This same insanity of killing off agriculture while flooding the civilized countries with hoards of illiterate peasants is going on all over the world. It’s time for the entire world to revolt before we face mass starvation.

Jørgen F.
July 14, 2022 11:02 am

…the next Sri Lanka.

John Kelly
July 16, 2022 4:01 pm

Such an excellent article highlighting the catastrophic problems being faced in all western countries. If the Dutch farmers lose then clearly the country, and Europe, will dissolve into food shortages, poverty, riots by the immigrants and much worse. These globalists are the most dangerous thing confronting the world, particularly the European world, since the nazis.

July 25, 2022 3:20 pm

The world has 8 (or 9?) billion people.
Do the math.

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