Putin Preparing for a “Total Cut off” of Europe’s Gas Supply

Essay by Eric Worrall

Europe is doubling down on their renewable energy insanity, despite Russia’s President Putin threatening at any moment to permanently shut down Europe’s gas supply.

‘Prepare for total cut off’ EU in crisis as Russia threatens supply – but UK has lifeline

THE EUROPEAN Union has been scrambling to secure its energy by rationing supplies after Russia threatened to cut off exports completely.

By ANTONY ASHKENAZ

08:17, Mon, Jul 11, 2022 | UPDATED: 08:17, Mon, Jul 11, 2022

France’s economic and finance minister has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin will most likely cut off gas supplies to Europe as a response to the sanctions imposed by the EU. The French minister warned that this move could spark chaos across the continent, as countries have reportedly begun making planned lists of companies which will get priority access to energy supplies in the event of a severe shortage.

Fears of a complete cut-off have intensified after Putin threatened to trigger a “catastrophic” energy crisis if Western powers continue to press sanctions on Moscow.

In a speech on Friday, he admitted that while the sanctions imposed by the West have hurt Russia’s economy, he pointed out that the record inflation and cost of living crisis “reveals, once again, that sanctions on Russia end up causing much more harm to those countries that impose them.

“The further use of sanctions could lead to even more severe consequences, even, without exaggeration, catastrophic consequences on the global energy market.”

Read more: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1638500/eu-crisis-russia-total-cut-off-gas-putin-threaten-supply-uk-lifeline-energy-rationing

Anyone who thinks Putin can’t afford to do this, think again. China and India are buying energy from Russia as quickly as Russia can ship it, so much so that Russia is now China’s biggest oil supplier. Russia can live without the income it currently receives from sales of gas to Europe.

Despite this credible threat of an imminent energy supply collapse, Europe is doubling down on their renewable energy insanity.

The sane response would be for Europe to divert all available cash to developing shale gas and coal resources, to start producing more domestic gas as quickly as possible. But this simply isn’t happening on the scale required to stave off disaster.

Despite decades of green failure, which has left Europe utterly dependent on Russian gas, Europe’s leaders still believe in fairy tales. Europe’s leaders continue to embrace the fantasy that renewable energy is a viable option for powering Europe.

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Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 2:10 am

Germany is now way out in front in having retarded politicians with a plan to destroy their country. Having decided that coal and clean nuclear were not the way to go alongside the wind and solar insanity, that just left gas. And we can see how good a plan that turned out to be when you have no gas production and rely on a country you have pissed off to supply you. So having lied that the nuclear plants can’t be restarted, it is all in on coal. But….there are no coal stocks at the power stations and the transport barges are already in full use with some having moved to the Danube to transport grain from Ukraine. And it is summer and dry so water levels are at a lower level. Hard not to laugh but I don’t think the German people will be finding it too funny. Did they vote for all this any more than anyone else or was it just foisted upon them by a failed democracy like here in the UK?

Anthony
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 2:19 am

Don’t think they have heard the line about not biting the hand that feeds you……

Jon R
Reply to  Anthony
July 13, 2022 7:35 am

Don’t poop where you Doop?

TyTy
Reply to  Anthony
July 13, 2022 9:13 am

We (EU) shut down Nord Stream 2, and plan to end irreplaceable Russian gas from Nord Stream 1

Fact Check: Russia can guarantee EU energy security – Moscow. July 8
https://www.rt.com/business/558636-russia-guarantee-eu-energy-security/
“We completely reject any hint or direct statement that Russia is using gas or oil as a weapon of political pressure. This is not the case. Russia is consistently fulfilling all its obligations, and Russia is still capable of guaranteeing Europe’s full energy security. Russia is able to guarantee that taxpayers in European countries will not get the off-the-scale electricity and heating bills like those they receive now,” Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

EU’s top court rules in favor of shelved Russian pipeline: July 12
https://www.rt.com/business/558851-nord-stream-eu-court/

Germany reveals when it will wean itself off Russian energy: July 13
https://www.rt.com/russia/558887-germany-energy-russia-dependence/
The country will stop buying coal on August 1 and oil on December 31, the deputy finance minister has said

TyTy
Reply to  TyTy
July 13, 2022 9:39 am

Good leaders don’t parrot baseless unscientific lies such as catastrophic anthropocentric climate change. Liars do. Climate policy induced Austerity will increase social unrest to the point of revolution, leading to a change of elites as Putin said. To attempt to escape this fate, bad leaders refuse responsibility for their own actions, and project them onto a designated enemy, such as Putin. “Putin’s Gas Hike”. Thus Pursuing policy of ever increasing austerity will lead to global conflict and war, potentially nuclear war, which could hurl the world into a mini ice age that could last for thousands of years, according to a study recently released by Louisiana State University. Demonstrating why humanity mustn’t base policy upon lies. Unscientific lies create problems that didn’t exist before, and diverts attention away from fixing real problems in the world…

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TyTy
Reply to  TyTy
July 13, 2022 10:01 am

anthropogenic rather

pigs_in_space
Reply to  TyTy
July 13, 2022 2:47 pm

And how much more shit do you print from that Kremlin propaganda channel RT??
You get paid by them to replicate all that crap here??

TyTy
Reply to  pigs_in_space
July 14, 2022 12:16 am

Holding the world to Ransom: End of global economy, $380 a barrel crude if western leaders price cap Russian crude.

The Group of G7 threatened to hold the world to ransom with an embargo on irreplaceable Russian Crude shipments to customers around the globe, unless Moscow agrees to sacrifice its sovereignty to accept a price cap on Russian oil to limit Moscow’s ability to generate revenue from sales… undermining what little Global trust remains in western leaders.

“The most obvious and likely risk with a price cap is that Russia might chose not to participate and instead retaliate by reducing exports,” causing the cost of oil to skyrocket, the JP Morgan analysts wrote in a note seen by Bloomberg. $380/Barrel oil would basically bring the global fossil fuel powered World economy to a grinding halt. The global economy would crash well before that price. It could crash even at the current level, if lockdown’s are allowed to continue.

And for what? Apparently for nothing.

Blaming the high energy prices and inflation in the West on Russia – “Putin’s price hike,” as the White House put it – is “stupidity” and “designed for people who can’t read or write,” the Russian president said. “Don’t blame us, blame yourselves,” Putin said.

The EU “blindly believing in renewable sources” and abandoning long-term natural gas contracts with Russia led to the spike in energy prices last year, according to the Russian leader. Meanwhile, both the US and the EU addressed the Covid-19 pandemic by printing trillions of dollars and euros.

Biden stated: “I Guarantee you, we’re going to end fossil fuel.” (video speech)

Seems the climate death cult wants to accomplish an end in a matter of weeks and months what would otherwise happen naturally over a protracted expanse of hundreds, perhaps thousands of years… allowing humanity to properly adjust. Here we teeter on the cusp of technological singularity thanks to fossil fuels. If or when fossil fuels are depleted humanity must turn to HHO and perhaps the solar system to gather earth greening life giving non-renewable Co2 with AI driven robotics.

HHO, We built a water fueled engine THAT WORKS! (may 2022, just watch): VIDEO

The Myth of Overpopulation & The End of Limited Resources: Why Zero Sum Theory is False: VIDEO

Myth of the Sixth Mass Extinction Debunked: Willis Eschenbach, ICCC7: VIDEO

None of this would have happened if we did not overthrow Kiev in 2014 and replace a government at peace with both Russia and Ukraine with a hostile regime on Russia’s doorstep that was asking the west for Nukes. Don’t worry, there are a few quotes from RT in here.

In the words of the last legitimate Ukrainian Prime Minister: “To prevent World War III and an attack on Russia with nuclear weapons, the Russian government decided to neutralize the threat and restore order in Ukraine” – former Ukrainian P.M. Azarov

Article titled “Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Claims Putin Saved Hundreds of Thousands of Lives”

Question more.

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Vuk
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 2:30 am

Meanwhile, trading in the shares of the largest French electricity generator (with large financial commitments interests in the UK) has been suspended, ahead of possible nationalisation.
All due to Europe’s energy crisis caused by Ukrainian war, peasants are on verge of revolting, war or no war, covid and the rest.
On plus side, the greatest son of Monte Negro won yet another (7th) Wimbledon title.

Vuk
Reply to  Vuk
July 13, 2022 2:42 am

None can’t beat market forces forever, while electricity price has exploded throughout Europe, French decide to do a quick ‘short circuit’ at 4%.
No surprise that it is not going to work.

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curly
Reply to  Vuk
July 13, 2022 7:31 am

Novak the unvaccinated. May not be allowed to play in the US Open.
Deported by the neo-Fascisti in Oz (Klaus’s cult members)
Perhaps not having the damage caused by the jabs is an advantage?

Quilter52
Reply to  curly
July 13, 2022 10:06 pm

Quite a few of us Aussies were appalled by our government’s action against Novak. Especially now, since you can enter the country unvaccinated, just as long as you do not have COVID when you arrive. In redemption, can I say that I barracked hard for Novak at Wimbledon. The thought of that graceless and unsportsmanlike, regrettably Australian grub Kyrios winning Wimbledon was really too much to bear.

Sam the First
Reply to  Quilter52
July 19, 2022 3:39 pm
richard
Reply to  curly
July 14, 2022 9:25 am

He has decided to come thru the US southern border as an immigrant . You don’t need to be jabbed.

griff
Reply to  Vuk
July 13, 2022 7:49 am

I think its nuclear plant corrosion problems have more than a little to do with that…

oeman 50
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 8:13 am

All power plants, with any heat source, have ongoing corrosion problems that are successfully dealt with.

Ron Long
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 8:18 am

Corrosion had something to do with a Wimbledon win?

Vuk
Reply to  Ron Long
July 13, 2022 9:34 am

Yes, Novak lost at  Roland-Garros.
Telegraph said royals are his supporters
Prince George has made his first visit to Wimbledon, with his father suggesting the eight-year-old is supporting Novak Djokovic to win the tournament. Prince George was also asked who he was going to support and appeared too shy to answer – so the Duke of Cambridge looked at him and whispered: “Djokovic,”

Vuk
Reply to  Ron Long
July 13, 2022 9:50 am

We are still tribal clans over-there, our families come from MN area some 20 miles apart.

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AndyHce
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 10:58 am

As revealed some time ago, a design defect of the newer plants, not a problem with the older plants; nothing intrinsic to nuclear power.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 2:49 pm

Twat!
Sure show you know F-all about the effects of boiling water.

186no
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 2:38 am

Merkel and her successor are the latest in a long line of inept dreamers aka politicians who were/are in thrall to what they perceive as their voter base – after all their only raison d’être is to get re-elected to continue to snout snorkel the taxpayer trough of gold. Those with better memories can add to the list but Rutte and his ilk (with their hordes of compliant incompetent sycophants in their Civil Services) also appear to be hell bent on perpetuating the WEF BBB mantra infused policy which appears to be uncontrolled immigration, destruction of the economy, pursuit of impossible and insane Net Zero, and reboot with aid and assistance from the CCP central planning office.

mikee
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 6:10 am

Germany, Australia and England are competing on who can be the best crash test dummies on climate change.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  mikee
July 13, 2022 7:02 am

I think The Netherlands might be ghosting in unseen, like John “The Ghost” White in the Spurs Double winning side of the 1960s

Richard Page
Reply to  mikee
July 13, 2022 12:40 pm

With Carrie Johnson gone can the Tories elect someone to pull us back from the brink, or send us hurtling over the edge? We’ll have to see.

Quilter52
Reply to  mikee
July 13, 2022 10:08 pm

I think Sri Lanka is currently leading by the length of the straight.

Travis
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 6:59 am

yes they voted this in for the last 30 years

Mark BLR
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 7:51 am

Germany is now way out in front in having retarded politicians with a plan to destroy their country.

1) You are assuming that “career politicians”, not just the “retarded” ones, are capable of the mental activity known as “planning”.
History shows that you (and I) cannot blindly make that assumption.

2) It’s a marathon not a sprint. The delays from “cause to effect” are measured in months and years (or even decades), not “the 24-hour news / Twitter cycle”.
See : Sri Lanka. “Let’s go organic, no more fertiliser imports” was in April 2021, the “angry mob invades presidential palace” stage didn’t happen until this week.

3) While Germany can be seen as “way out in front” in the blind arrogance and stupidity sweepstakes right now, the UK, (South ?) Australia, Canada and the Netherlands (+ ???) are catching up remarkably quickly.

David A
Reply to  Mark BLR
July 13, 2022 9:07 am

I think the planned failure is now clear and willful self destruction is now obvious. Destroying GLOBAL food supplies, Global energy supplies, and Global health, instigating wars, while at the same time massive promotion of insane woke social justice ideals which destroy the ideal of family, create gender confusion and physical-psychological identity crisis in millions, and allowing massive influx of more millions of folk with zero ideology to the nations they are entering, and the creation and release of a very damaging virus, plus the tyrannical harmful treatment protocols that further destroy Nations, lives and cultures.

All of the above is not accidental. Evil, egotistical, unwise, yes, but the actions taken all have very predicted results, 
And they (The Western WEF led nations) hope to scapegoat Biden, and Russia, and implement their Great Reset? China appears to be cooperating with the depopulation aspects of this plan, yet clearly they intend to direct the reset and control the financial system of the reset. The west is marching ahead and panicking at the same time. Russia is saying NYET. An increasing number of nations are resistant, and the populations within the western nations are finally catching a little clue. 

Somehow the flaws of “W War Woke” (a great post and title at Musings from the Chiefo) and who controls the power vacuum created by such insanity, appears to have escaped the incredibly egotistical Ivy League would be WEF tyrants. So in the end they are both evil and incompetent.

jphilde
Reply to  Mark BLR
July 13, 2022 9:42 pm

Don’t forget the US of A. Brandon and his minions are trying their hardest to run the country into the ground.

Robert W Turner
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 4:01 pm

ARCH is currently at a fire bargain price. With the globalist green cabal running this fossil fuel divestment scheme, the dividends are going to be off the charts for energy stocks this quarter.

John Brown
Reply to  Gerry, England
July 13, 2022 8:26 pm

Our politicians are not “retarded”. CAGW/Net Zero together with massive uncontrolled immigration is their deliberate plan to destroy the West.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
July 13, 2022 2:15 am

Is Merkel in hiding yet? A guy saying he was a piano tuner just came in with a pair of pliers…

ozspeaksup
July 13, 2022 2:27 am

I have zero sympathy for the EU. what lifeline could UK offer as its also in the caca from following the eurocrats dictats and the( cant go soon enough) carrie n bobo fools

Richard Page
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 13, 2022 12:45 pm

Agreed but will the replacement be strong enough to pull us back from the brink that numbnuts and princess nut-nut got us to, or will they continue the path of least resistance but total stupidity? We should get a better idea next week and an answer in September.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Richard Page
July 14, 2022 12:26 am

Only WEF stooges need apply.

Except perhaps, Kemi Badenoch. But I’m sure she’d soon change her (eminently sensible) tune once ‘got at’ by the civil serpents…

Richard Page
Reply to  Nick Graves
July 14, 2022 6:52 am

I’d back Suella Braverman as well, if she can get the support: Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat look ok but relative unknowns really. I’d like to back Penny Mordaunt but she’s flip-flopped a few times and still a few question marks over her backing for the Green manifesto pledges. Liz Truss is a definite no-no and Rishi Sunak not much better, despite having a slightly better economic plan.

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
July 14, 2022 7:09 am

Suella Braverman is out – Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat are still in a precarious position, it’s difficult to see how they are going to improve. Penny Mordaunt, whilst still 2nd, has improved her support by the largest amount. Liz Truss has improved slightly but is getting desperate to grab Braverman’s supporters before anyone else can. This weekend is going to be very interesting and even more dirty!

Ron Long
July 13, 2022 2:31 am

I wonder if Europe, when on the brink of economic disaster that would result if Russia/Putin cuts off their gas, will realize their mistake and undertake a long-term correction by advancing a mix of energy types, or will they go for the short-term solution and capitulate to Russia and beg for gas? Greenie CAGW nonsense is stupid all the way down: Alex, I’ll take “Europe Begs for Russian Gas” for a million bucks.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Ron Long
July 13, 2022 5:48 am

‘I’ll take “Europe Begs for Russian Gas” for a million bucks.’

They don’t need to beg for anything. They can just tell the Biden administration’s evil stew of eco-progressives and neocon war mongers to sod off on Ukraine’s joining NATO, and then get off their collective duff to develop their own reliable energy resources.

MarkW
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
July 13, 2022 6:50 am

God forbid that a country that Putin wants, be allowed to defend itself.
You probably would have advised England to just let Germany have Poland and France.

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Frank from NoVA
Reply to  MarkW
July 13, 2022 7:34 am

God forbid that a country that the WEF, the Neo Cons, the Left, etc. want to destroy be allowed to defend itself.

As solid as you are on opposing the aforementioned actors’ attempts to implement energy misery in the West, you seem to have a blind spot on their equally miserable foreign policy.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Ron Long
July 13, 2022 8:01 am

Good old fashioned common sense would have advised these leaders to transition to natural gas some years ago when they could have found reserves by fracking locally. This would have provided electricity but at the same time reduced CO2 emissions and made them energy independent and brought down prices.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Ron Long
July 13, 2022 1:10 pm

Isn’t Biden on a grand tour of the Middle East right now, begging for them to open the spigots?

Simonsays
July 13, 2022 2:34 am

This is just another chapter in European History that children in 100 years will have to study in history and think what were these people doing!

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Simonsays
July 13, 2022 8:03 am

Children who will curse their green ancestors for their foolishness.

Slowroll
Reply to  Simonsays
July 13, 2022 8:19 am

Even more stupid than the tulip mania and more destructive.

LdB
July 13, 2022 2:46 am

Just to really rub it for Germany the wind has stopped blowing

https://news.yahoo.com/german-energy-prices-jump-due-155525937.html

I did get a good laugh from the term a “wind drought”.
That is opposed to the real drought and the Hydro issue
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-07-13/europe-s-heat-wave-is-bad-for-energy-prices-but-the-drought-is-worse

Griff get your butt to Germany and start blowing mate they need you 🙂

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michel
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 3:48 am

Yes, its completely dysfunctional behavior. Yet totally entrenched. And neither they nor the UK will admit what this is all showing: that you cannot run their economies on wind and solar, or not without a complete collapse in standard of living. They also won’t admit that the last two years have been an object lesson in the need for storage/backup for intermittent generation systems.

They are irrational enough and convinced enough to go ahead regardless, with no provision for adequate storage. It will not work, they will not be able to get to Net Zero, though they will do a lot of damage in the attempt before getting thrown out of office. And even if they could, it would have no effect on the level of global emissions.

Its going to be a long, poor, cold and expensive winter in Europe and also in the UK.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  michel
July 13, 2022 3:54 am

Abject…

Editor
Reply to  michel
July 13, 2022 4:11 am

“the last two years have been an object lesson in the need for storage/backup for intermittent generation systems”? I would say it has been an object lesson in the need for reliable energy, period.

michel
Reply to  Mike Jonas
July 13, 2022 4:57 am

Indeed yes!

Jan de Jong
Reply to  michel
July 13, 2022 7:11 am

Hydrogen! Will solve all problems!

Richard Page
Reply to  Jan de Jong
July 13, 2022 12:48 pm

And create oh so many brand new ones!

R_G
Reply to  Jan de Jong
July 14, 2022 4:43 pm

I presume it was a sarcastic comment?

Iain Reid
Reply to  michel
July 13, 2022 11:30 pm

Michel,

there will not be adequate storage for renewables, the required capacity is so large as to make it completely unfeasible.
Not only that, it seems that the so called back up (Gas) is not recognised for what it is. It is the backbone of the U.K. grid as that keeps it in supply and demand balance.
Renewables cannot do that and that is one of the several reasons that I don’t see how the ‘transition’ to renewables can ever happen

Rico Suave
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 5:03 am

They should require all politicians speeches to be in front of windmills. Surely that font of hot air will keep them spinning at 100% capacity. and finally a politician does something useful.

Mark D
Reply to  Rico Suave
July 13, 2022 7:20 am

Oops just read your comment…

ThinkingScientist
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 5:05 am

And meanwhile here in the UK our scheduled-for-closure coal plants have been running the last few days, In summer, when demand is low. Because the wind ain’t blowin’ and its cloudy.

griff
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
July 13, 2022 7:47 am

Because they are run in summer during planned maintenance for other plant

Jtom
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 8:41 pm

And once the coal plants are closed the other plants will never need maintenance? Do you ever bother to think?

David A
Reply to  Jtom
July 14, 2022 5:17 am

Really amazing, when ONE plant closes for maintenance, zero other energy plants stop producing. When the wind stops 100 percent of turbines STOP. When the Sun sets, 100 percent of solar stops. And yes, 100 percent of wind and solar has to be maintained, and eventually replaced.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
July 13, 2022 7:57 am

If anyone wants to check on ‘European Wind, visit here..
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure/

You can move it on a few days ifor a short term forecast
Presently now = Weds afternoon BST the prediction all through to Sunday mid-day is for a Humongous High covering all of Europe – the only significant wind being in the Atlantic to the south east of Greenland.

Even then, does a Low of 996 millibar actually count as a ‘low’
There’s another ‘low’ of 1012 mB over the Balearics and no isobars between Benghazi and Barcelona.
I’m sure someone will be along with a mnemonic shortly 😀

Coeur de Lion
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 6:08 am

Noted that isobars over Germany much spread out til Saturday. But they have 30000 windmills so shd be OK

oeman 50
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
July 13, 2022 8:19 am

So they should have installed twice as many wind turbines five years ago! That’s what I have heard the greenies screaming. Take something that doesn’t work and do more of it, that’s the ticket.

Ozwitch
Reply to  oeman 50
July 13, 2022 10:29 pm

When the wind doesn’t fill the sails, add more sails!!!

richard
Reply to  oeman 50
July 14, 2022 9:43 am

doubling the amount of stationary wind turbines- sounds about right for German thinking.

Mark D
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 7:19 am

Perhaps if the line up the politicians and “greens” in front of the wind mills?

griff
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 7:47 am

ah! If only I could… clean, green, safe Germany with its excellent public transport – currently unlimited travel for 1 month at 9 euros, I believe

meab
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 9:56 am

griffter,

Here’s a website that tracks the carbon intensity of electrical production by country in near real time. Germany, with all it’s solar and wind, usually runs at 2 to 4 times the carbon emitted per kWh as France – even more in the winter when solar doesn’t work at all. Why do you think that is? Most people know the answer.

https://app.electricitymaps.com/zone/DE

Germany isn’t clean after all.

DonM
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 10:16 am

typical ignorant perspective.

Who pays the rest of the cost for unlimited travel? Surely you don’t believe that the overall cost per person/month throughout Germany is 9 euros….

(Why isn’t it subsidized further (with other peoples taxes), at a rate of 2 euros/person/month? Or 0.5 euros/month. If it was, would that give you a bigger/better tingly feeling?)

pigs_in_space
Reply to  DonM
July 13, 2022 2:57 pm

Yes, and bus companies are going nuts about subsidising these pensioners doing their dumb 9E per month crap.

Packs the trains with people wasting space and is fuelled by coal – like most of the electricity there right now cos there’s a fat lot of wind in anticyclones.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 2:55 pm

What a prat.
You have never been to Germany and know F-all about it.

FYI, this so called clean,green,safe Germany is a shit-hole of traffic jams in summer because that is when they put their autobahns into maintenance mode…

BAUSTELLE!!
It drives me crazy every summer….but hey Griff has never been there as per usual but is an expert on everything.

Ted
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 4:00 pm

“The German government is launching a €9 ($US9.60) unlimited monthly travel pass this week as part of plans to boost public transport ridership and ease the effects of inflation and skyrocketing energy costs.”

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/20/germany-public-transport-boost-9-euro-month-ticket

Yes, nothing like having to beg people to take the bus because your once energy-rich country is having a self-induced energy crisis

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/german-gas-power-prices-households-new-highs-2022-03-16/

Electricity at merely four times the rate of households in the U.S., and all signs point to it getting worse.

LdB
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2022 5:34 pm

Not seeing the connection but hey if your logic is true then you just need to keep building them and you can travel anywhere on the planet for 9 euros.

richard
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 9:43 am

soon be using donkeys.

BobM
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 8:01 am

Wind droughts have increased dramatically due to climate change. Just look at how few there were 40-50 years ago vs. today.

LdB
Reply to  BobM
July 13, 2022 5:36 pm

Yeah I am sure I will see records of wind droughts historically recorded given it’s a invented greentard term 🙂

Gerald the Mole
July 13, 2022 2:53 am

Isn’t this what many of the electorates voted for? sarc/off

observa
July 13, 2022 2:54 am
LdB
Reply to  observa
July 13, 2022 2:58 am

ROFL another mob of Biden greentards 🙂

Love her qualifications … aka another dropkick
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Granholm

Why don’t we get energy policy from the drunk at the end of the bar at the pub?

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observa
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 3:06 am

In hydrogen they trust but the greentards do have a familiar problem. They can’t trust the commies either-
Wind, solar and battery supply chains vulnerable to geopolitical crises, experts warn | RenewEconomy

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 3:55 am

That would probably yield better advice!

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  LdB
July 13, 2022 5:24 am

Thanks a bunch, Canada!

DonM
Reply to  observa
July 13, 2022 10:56 am

I don’t get how anybody can say a switch to wind and solar “could be greatest peace plan of all”.

Those that don’t switch will have complete control.

Those that do switch will be at the mercy of those with real resources.

Those governments that keep oil production going for govt/military use, and no significant private/commercial use will run the production infrastructure into the ground.

I hope Granholm knows that she is lying … the alternative (that she & others around her are such complete morons) is much scarier.

David A
Reply to  DonM
July 14, 2022 5:21 am

“Those that don’t switch will have complete control.
Those that do switch will be at the mercy of those with real resources.”

Russia meets NATO

roaddog
Reply to  DonM
July 15, 2022 12:32 am

She is, in fact, a complete moron.

Martin
July 13, 2022 3:03 am

When people are cold, hungry and bankrupt they might finally see through the lies fed to them by the politicians, the media and eco-loons. Sadly, it was always going to take a complete breakdown before people came to their senses. The only hope is that countries outside Europe learn from our mistakes and change their plans in order to avert catastrophes of their own

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observa
Reply to  Martin
July 13, 2022 4:27 am

Same everywhere Martin and here’s Australian Senator Matt Canavan nailing the problem-
People are ‘out of touch’ with the real world and ‘Albanese is their leader’ | Sky News Australia

Richard Page
Reply to  Martin
July 13, 2022 12:53 pm

“You will own nothing and like it” – the biggest problem with people not having anything is that they no longer have anything to lose. Desperate people with nothing left to lose should be these idiots greatest nightmare, not a desired outcome.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Richard Page
July 14, 2022 12:36 am

I believe the monsters are working on that aspect, too.

fretslider
July 13, 2022 3:25 am

“but UK has lifeline”

In theory it does, but it also has the very unhinged Climate Change Committee – Prop. Baron Deben; he who fed a burger to his child in a photo op in the middle of the BSE crisis. As John Selwyn Gummer – and Environment Secretary – he had responsibility for food safety during the mad cow disease epidemic in 1989–90 

We have gas and oil to be tapped in the North sea. We have a lot of frackable gas onland. 

But it remains more virtuous to buy fossil fuels in from abroad – Qatar, Norway in the case of the UK, just as it is to let the Chinese etc take on the heavy industrial work – where the emissions are high.  

The UK is at a potential crossroads right now. There are eight candidates – ie with the support of at least 20 [Conservative] MPs. 

Brexit, Net Zero, the culture war and basic freedoms are at stake…

“How Boris Johnson became nanny-in-chief
The famously libertine PM failed to take on the killjoy state.

What we got under Johnson is what we get under every Conservative government: an inexorable slide towards a paternalistic, authoritarian, micromanaging state – but at a slightly slower pace than might have happened under Labour and the Lib Dems, and at a significantly slower pace than would happen under the SNP.”

https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/07/12/how-boris-johnson-became-nanny-in-chief/

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Dave Andrews
Reply to  fretslider
July 13, 2022 6:59 am

Tells everything about the sort of person that Gummer is. Too scared to feed the burger to himself so gives it to his daughter. It disgusted me at the time and still does as I think about it now.

fretslider
Reply to  Dave Andrews
July 13, 2022 8:08 am

A truly odious character

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
July 13, 2022 1:02 pm

There are now 6 with over 30 supporters – Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt failed to get the support needed; not much of a surprise there. Tom Tugendhat, Kemi Badenoch and Suella Braverman might struggle in the next round but Penny Mordaunt and Rishi Sunak look to be the front runners. If Rishi Sunak can get enough votes he might try to help Liz Truss and squeeze Penny Mordaunt out otherwise I don’t think Liz Truss is in with much of a chance. Good game, good game!

vboring
July 13, 2022 3:47 am

Is Russian gas misty co-produced with oil or from dedicated gas wells?

If European exports are cut, does that mean a bunch of flaring or a reduction in production.

vboring
July 13, 2022 3:50 am

You call for a diversion of resources from RE to gas.

Why not just push both?

Investments in gas production are no-lose, should have started years ago. Investments in RE seem to get politicians reelected.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  vboring
July 13, 2022 4:08 am

So, to get rid of politicians, they just need to stop investing in RE? Sounds very reasonable to me, and amazingly beneficial!

2hotel9
July 13, 2022 3:54 am

Good! EU needs screwed right into the ground. Moronic people of European countries voted for this, they deserve to be punished for their stupidity.

Rich Davis
Reply to  2hotel9
July 13, 2022 4:15 am

Accountability, my dear 2hotel9, is strictly for conservatives, and mostly for conservatives who have done nothing wrong. You’re missing the nuance. You don’t see the context.

Everything bad going on now is Trump’s fault.

July 13, 2022 4:10 am

This article is deceptive by omitting a key fact:

Gazprom wants to sell all the natural gas it can sell
for Rubles. With the harsh banking sanctions, Euris are
Monopoly money to them and could remain that way.

Gazprom is delivering some gas for Euros now
(rather than none) because they don’t want to destroy
the economies of their best customers.

I don’t know what Russian laws are
but in the US, a natural resource company’s officers
would be sued by shareholders for accepting Monopoly money
that they can’t spend. In Russia, they’d probably get imprisoned.

Nations paying Gazprom in Rubles get all the natural gas they want.
Gazprom benefits from those highly profitable sales.

EU nations that suffer by refusing to pay Gazprom in Rubles
have hurt Gazprom, AND themselves, for no logical reason.

CoRev
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 13, 2022 5:00 am

We have to remember, these are the same politicians and their deep thinking (not) assistants, that proposed the move to renewables and the “war on Fossil Fuels”.

Steve4192
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 13, 2022 5:01 am

Agreed

This is a tempest in a teapot. A manufactured crisis. Putin will turn the taps back on because Europe is a fantastically profitable market for his petroleum products and he doesn’t want to lose it.

While China and India could absorb any volume of Russian fuels sales lost in Europe, they are buying at steep discounts. I’m sure Russian gas companies would prefer to sell as much product at full price to Europeans as possible. Also, while China and India are buying right now, they are mostly doing it to stock up their reserves at dirt cheap prices. Once they are topped off, there is no guarantee they will continue to buy at such high volumes, or that they have any plans to continue to buy at full price if/when the Ukraine situation gets resolved.

Putin may slap the Euros around a bit to send them a message about who has the upper hand, but he’s not going to stab them in the heart by cutting them off completely. As Lenin would put it, they are ‘useful idiots’. You don’t kill useful idiots. You keep them around and allow them to work for you until they stop being useful. As long as the cash continues to flow in exchange for fuel, the EU is useful to him.

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Steve4192
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 13, 2022 6:49 am

I don’t see how cutting off European fuel helps him to win.

  1. It hurts Russia financially in the short-term
  2. The Americans are doing most of the heavy lifting in terms of money and war material while the Euros are, per usual, freeloading.
  3. It creates a long-term economic problem for him (being locked out of the European market entirely).
  4. It creates a long-term political problem for him. If European cold deaths spike this winter, politicians will blame him, threatening any potential ‘return to normalcy’ in Euro-Russian relations after the war ends.

Putin obviously wants to win, but he also wants to avoid making his neighborhood any more hostile towards Russia than it already is.

Besides, he is ALREADY winning. Since abandoning the failed push on Kyiv, the Russians have been making slow and steady progress in the south and east. They have a land bridge to Crimea, total dominance of the Sea of Azov, complete control of Luhansk province, and are slowly expanding their territorial gains in Donetsk. They achieved almost everything they set out to achieve, aside from the aborted Kyiv push. At this point, they are playing with house money and just picking up additional territory that can be used as bargaining chips in the eventual peace negotiations.

Steve4192
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 13, 2022 12:14 pm

But the overwhelming majority of Ukraine’s financial and military support is coming from the USA, not the EU. While the USA is sending tens of billions, Ukraine’s European neighbors are dragging their feet over a billion here, a billion there. As usual, they are freeloading while comfortably secure under the security blanket America provides.

jeff corbin
Reply to  Steve4192
July 14, 2022 10:31 am

Putin’s Gambit is long term (the grand historical dialectic is inevitable regardless of time frames). He said it himself…He’s done with the west…. “the world is very large and very rich”. The gambit freed him of his useless parasitic oligarchs. He is committed a vast new vision of a Chinese like economy for Central Asia and his own country. He knows that the market for his energy will resurface elsewhere and with it he buys influence and new partnerships. Europe was a bad partner for him. It didn’t get him anything but money. So he created a European horror show to demonstrate his distain for the West and his long term commitment. I am unsure how much of this is driven by the old Communist ideology or a desire for a new communism. A love for the old Soviet union is a love for the Revolution. A CHIRUSCOM empire in the East is a scary thought. Welcome back 20th century. Globalism didn’t fix it…it got leveraged. It’s no surprise that there is a growing love for Marxism among our rising generation in the West. One world is on the horizon and it won’t be pretty like corporate globalism.

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jeff corbin
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 14, 2022 10:41 am

No one is going to call his bluff, except for the Ukrainians and they don’t have the power to do so. But the anti-communist Ukrainians desperately want to for their own country and what they see as a long term threat…they see it better than we can. They were born and bred with it in their bones.

jeff corbin
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 14, 2022 10:41 am

the EU better get a clue quick

Jan de Jong
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 13, 2022 7:21 am

My expectation is: gas delivery restored now but ‘technical problems’ to arise in future.

fretslider
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 13, 2022 8:11 am

With war you get more bang for your buck than you do with environmentalism

jeff corbin
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 14, 2022 10:13 am

Putin had wrapped up the European natural gas market. It was no problem for him to stick a fork in it. He has a much bigger long term grandiose plan that involves controlling the black sea. Obviously, he tried to solve the Ukraine problem with a quick strike to Kyiv,. Now he is dug in for the long term primary goal., the Black sea and central Asia. Meanwhile, he is leveraging China to help him build an industrialized, consumerized, commercialized Russia from one end of the continent to the other, (the average Russian is poorer than the average Indian). Maybe by the time he is in his early 80’s he will see a strong enough Russia to regain central Europe. Better be ready.

Reply to  Steve4192
July 13, 2022 6:55 am

Euros are worthless to Gazprom now
and future sanctions may get worse.
That’s the only story here.
Germany needs gas.
Gazprom wants to sell gas to Germany.
But not for Euros.

Germany has deliberately shot itself in the foot
for no logical reason. As EU’s primary manufacturing
nation, they can least afford unreliable weather
dependent electric power.

Rusty
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 13, 2022 10:50 am

There’s a very logical reason it’s just some people don’t or can’t see it. Britain could have made peace with Hitler but we didn’t and it cost us an Empire and may be more.

Sometimes you have to make a stand on principle. This is one of those times. The best way to deal with this is to help Ukraine win and then develop the hundreds of years worth of natural gas in the UK and western Europe that’s under people’s feet.

Steve4192
Reply to  Rusty
July 13, 2022 12:22 pm

If we had stood on principal any time in the past 30 years, none of this would be happening. We could have either (1) honored the agreement with Gorbachev not to expand NATO any further east than Germany or (2) lived up to our promises to Ukraine and admitted them to NATO. Instead, we did neither. We kept expanding NATO further and further east until it was right up on Russia’s border, while at the same time stringing Ukraine along and never admitting them to NATO. The west created this whole mess by jerking both Russia and Ukraine around for the past 30 years. We kept cranking up the heat on the pot and then acted surprised when it boiled over.

Richard Page
Reply to  Steve4192
July 13, 2022 1:09 pm

There was a statement made by a US General (retired now, I think) to the effect that the aim of NATO was to bring the Soviet Union to its knees and disarm the country, and that aim had never been abandoned.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Rusty
July 13, 2022 1:28 pm

‘Britain could have made peace with Hitler but we didn’t and it cost us an Empire and may be more.’

Hitler and Stalin simultaneously invaded Poland from the west and east, respectively, and both had plans in place to invade the other to implement their ‘true’ version of socialism. But for their ‘red line’ to protect Poland with an army it didn’t have, the ‘Empire’ could have watched these two monsters beat each others brains out, instead of exhausting itself in WWII.

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David A
Reply to  Rusty
July 13, 2022 3:49 pm

Ukraine cannot win. They allowed the US and rest of the WEF nations to push Russian to hard, and to far. They have already lost most of what Russia said they wanted, and claimed they had a right to. They allowed and promoted evil persecution of a significant portion of their own population, a population with a deep and long history. They allowed the US to have illegal bio labs. They threatened nuclear power on Russias doorstep.

I do not think Russia is a threat to Europe, and they should have been brought into the fold two decades ago.

All continued support will do is cost lives, and generate economic destruction that will risk even greater conflict.

John Dilks
Reply to  David A
July 13, 2022 7:08 pm

Do you believe all of that crap that you just wrote?

David A
Reply to  John Dilks
July 14, 2022 5:38 am

The failure of NATO to honor their agreements is documented.

The history of Russia in that region is documented and centuries long.

The rise to power in Ukraine of a violent Nazi faction, supported by the Ukrainian government, is documented.

The atrocities against Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine are documented, and many prisoners of war atrocities are documented as well.

The truth about US bio labs in Ukraine has been, after denials, revealed.

Ukraine’s threat to bring in nuclear weapons happened.

The CIA actions resulting in the overthrow of a democratically elected 2014 Ukrainian government is history.

Putin wanted to work with and be a part of NATO decades ago.

George Washington’s caution to stay out of foreign wars has been ignored.

You do not see any risk of more lives lost, greater economic destruction, and greater conflict?

You provided exactly zero counter arguments.

David A
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 13, 2022 3:37 pm

What is the deception in the article?

Ted
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 13, 2022 4:12 pm

“I don’t know what Russian laws are…”
They are whatever Putin desires them to be. More specifically, almost every business action is illegal in some form (not serving shareholders vs not serving the needs of the people) it is but a matter of whether the state decides to prosecute.

Climate believer
July 13, 2022 5:01 am

… and this is from the same incompetent French minister that said his sanctions would bring Russia to it’s knees!

Fool of a man!

Keep an eye on France this autumn, the kaka is about to hit the fan…

Saighdear
July 13, 2022 5:16 am

Well after all, it is “supposed” to be a War, or Pre-cursor to one. THe sooner Mr Putin stops fuel supplies to Europe, the better – will bring Europe to it’s senses. Whoever heard of the Agressor still trading with the opposite side ?
I think that Putin is showing how tolerant he is about the nonsense of the Euro Gad Flies. He has the Cream. Like a bad tooth, it’s no use kicking the dog, have it out and gone. Maybe our Boris is the first of many to go and others to follow like Brexit. ( isn’t this what many left footers expect me to say? ) – but it’s reasonable commonsense.

Steve4192
Reply to  Saighdear
July 13, 2022 7:00 am

Whoever heard of the aggressor still trading with the opposite side?

Every war throughout history. Though they are usually a bit less open about it. It’s usually conducted through a neutral third-party rather than directly. When the Nazis needed new parts for their IBM machines, they’d order them through Finland or Spain, not directly from IBM.

Then again, this is the same world where Russia is acting as the primary negotiator/intermediary between the USA and Iran, as the Biden administration attempts to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Yet, at the same time, the Biden administration continues to ‘wartime’ rhetoric in regards to it’s relationship with Russia. So we’ve got an undeclared war against an enemy who we are relying on to negotiate a treaty with a third party.

As the old Chinese curse says … ‘may you live in interesting times’.

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Jon R
Reply to  Steve4192
July 13, 2022 8:35 am

Ford motors supplied most of the Soviet war machinery during Vietnam.

Richard Page
Reply to  Jon R
July 13, 2022 1:12 pm

Ford motors supplied most of the Wehrmacht trucks in WW2 as well, mainly from the factories near Berlin. Apparently Henry Ford was mightily pissed off when the USAF started bombing them!

roaddog
Reply to  Saighdear
July 15, 2022 12:40 am

I had to laugh at that. Biden is currently trying to emulate Europe’s energy disaster by making the US dependent on enemy nations (like Venezuela) for oil.

BallBounces
July 13, 2022 5:37 am

The West is getting weaker by the day. Global warming madness has played a big part.

Rod Evans
July 13, 2022 5:49 am

We have a new longest suicide note in history.
This time it is entire Western Democratic World that has written it.
It is headed up with one of the most appropriate if not subtle titles.
It is called ‘Net Zero’….

Enginer01
Reply to  Rod Evans
July 13, 2022 8:32 am

“Shooting oneself in the foot….”
The silly argument over returning Siemens Gas Turbines sent to Canada for repair highlights the absurdity of the EU seeking to do Bolton’s will in overturning Russia’s bi-polar world.
(Sorry, too much in that thought.)
But, Not To Worry. Nord stream II is up and ready to run, with more modern compressors sourced Rolls-Royce (owned by Rolls-Royce Holdings, UK). And a Court has just decided that it is not necessary for a separate company to own each of production and transport of NG. One more decision, and let the Rolly-Royce begin.
And fertilizer! Are these guys totally stupid? When the British Throne is over-throne after 100,000 Britains die from starvation and cold next Winter….sanity may begin to return..

Old Man Winter
July 13, 2022 5:51 am

Beside protesting the larger Agenda 2030 used to turn the world green, Dutch farmers are protesting
the gubmint’s land grab used to build housing for all the numerous immigrants. It’s cheaper to build
out than up.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/07/12/eva-vlaardingerbroek-summarizes-all-the-merging-food-energy-and-farming-issues-with-stark-advice-to-americans/

Also, there are interesting connections involving Minister Christianne van der Wal-Zeggelink, who
wrote the regulations farmers are protesting, & America’s largest farmer & frequent Lolita Express
regular, Bill Gates. Creating food shortages definitely makes farming much more profitable as $h!t
Spreader Bill never met a monopoly he didn’t like & make gobs of $$$ from it.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/07/12/political-corruption-in-the-netherlands-and-how-the-dutch-farmer-protest-connects-to-the-burning-of-the-picnic-grocery-distribution-center/

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SebMagee
July 13, 2022 5:54 am

The sane response would be for Europe to divert all available cash to developing shale gas and coal resources, to start producing more domestic gas as quickly as possible”

The only sane thing for Europe to do in not impose the sanctions to Rusia. Since the only purpose of these sanctions is to benefit China.
Why is USA interested in helping China become the economic leader of the world, you may ask?
-The Biden Administration is deep on the pocket of China, and if only it was just Biden. The MSM most of the tech industry all follow the wishes of China!

roaddog
Reply to  SebMagee
July 15, 2022 12:44 am

Unquestionably. After all he did just sell them 1,000,000 barrels of oil siphoned from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve last week. I hold no hope that the Republicans will begin impeachment proceedings in January, but they are certainly warranted.

DMackenzie
July 13, 2022 6:08 am

Canada decided to bend their sanctions and release the Siemens turbines for Nordstream pipeline. Primarily so that they would not be the brunt of an excuse by Putin if/when he shuts off the pipeline.
This was requested by Germany due to the dire straits they are in if without Russian gas this coming winter. US agreed with this move. Ukraine was very unhappy because their houses are being blown up, just not “maybe cold this winter” like Germany.

https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/ukraines-zelenskyy-slams-canadas-weakness-for-returning-russian-turbine/wcm/7cefa0b9-c2c2-4b7f-9bc8-cfa5b55e09a7

Richard Page
Reply to  DMackenzie
July 13, 2022 1:20 pm

This tired old refrain should be getting familiar to Zelensky by now; “Hey, we sympathise but business is business y’know!” By the time he realises that his NATO and EU membership applications have been held up indefinitely the penny might actually drop with him that he got played.

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David A
Reply to  Richard Page
July 13, 2022 3:57 pm

The WEF globalist love their useful idiots and useful nations.

Carlo, Monte
July 13, 2022 7:29 am

How will they keep the battery cars charged and running?

Olen
July 13, 2022 7:30 am

They are like a mountain climber cutting the rope.

SAMURAI
July 13, 2022 7:52 am

Ah, yes…

Lunatic Leftists are finally starting to figure out insane CAGW polices create catastrophic economic consequences…

Drill, baby, drill…

Michael in Dublin
July 13, 2022 8:13 am

I wonder if some kind of deal with economic benefits for Russia would have cost a lot less than the war? We know Putin being nearly 70 will only be around for a decade or two at most and a less favorable deal for Ukraine now might well be changed in their favor after Putin goes. Unfortuately the war games of politicians is not like teens playing war games on their computers. Politicians are sacrificing real lives and squandering huge sums of public money. That is why I hate warmongers.

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July 13, 2022 8:20 am

Cancelled Fact Check: “Russia can guarantee EU energy security” – Moscow. July 8.

“Despite decades of green failure, which has left Europe utterly dependent on Russian gas”

Who isn’t dependent on someones gas. Russian LNG is irreplaceable.

Prof: Russian Gas is Irreplaceable, But If EU Wants More African Fuel It Should Invest First. Dr. Mamdouh G. Salameh, a visiting professor of energy economics at the ESCP Business School in London.

marcjf
July 13, 2022 8:33 am

Who could have guessed, Russia appears to be retaliating against the economic sanctions placed upon it? Imposed by the the same geo-political naiives who seem to think that there might be a quick and painless transition from fossil fuels to [something else?] and which did not involve nuclear and also would be cost neutral. Well we keep electing them – though in the case of the EU itself not so much.

n.n
July 13, 2022 8:51 am

A total abortion of Europe’s gas supply… safe, rare, and affordable. Progress.

roaddog
Reply to  n.n
July 15, 2022 12:48 am

I see what you did there.

TyTy
July 13, 2022 9:01 am

We (EU) shut down Nord Stream 2, and plan to end irreplaceable Russian gas from Nord Stream 1

Russia can guarantee EU energy security – Moscow. July 8
https://www.rt.com/business/558636-russia-guarantee-eu-energy-security/

“We completely reject any hint or direct statement that Russia is using gas or oil as a weapon of political pressure. This is not the case. Russia is consistently fulfilling all its obligations, and Russia is still capable of guaranteeing Europe’s full energy security. Russia is able to guarantee that taxpayers in European countries will not get the off-the-scale electricity and heating bills like those they receive now,” Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

EU’s top court rules in favor of shelved Russian pipeline: July 12
https://www.rt.com/business/558851-nord-stream-eu-court/

Germany reveals when it will wean itself off Russian energy: July 13
https://www.rt.com/russia/558887-germany-energy-russia-dependence/
The country will stop buying coal on August 1 and oil on December 31, the deputy finance minister has said

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David A
Reply to  TyTy
July 14, 2022 5:47 am

It can all be replaced, if they can afford it.
Russia can still sell all of their production as well, and at a higher profit per energy unit.

Harmful sanctions from a position of weakness.

Richard Page
Reply to  David A
July 14, 2022 3:34 pm

It can all be replaced if they have the political will and can wait a year or two. Right now, not so much.

Gary Pearse
July 13, 2022 9:15 am

“The further use of sanctions could lead to even more severe consequences, even, without exaggeration, catastrophic consequences on the global energy market.”

The West’s idiot energy policies and proactive destruction of the oil and gas industry has all, on its own, screwed up the world economies and food security for a couple of years hence.

Maybe it’s a veiled threat, but frankly, I don’t trust MSM translations. They are generally self serving. If Putin is wise, he will follow Napoleon’s dictum: “Never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake.”

No Name Guy
July 13, 2022 9:17 am

I just saw the other day, where apparently there is a Dutch Proverb: “Don’t throw away your old shoes until you have new ones.”

Seems to be true with respect to energy. Germany and most of Europe for that matter wants to throw away the reliable coal and nuclear energy before they’ve secured equally reliable replacement sources. As has been seen in Europe and Texas, unicorn farts (wind) and pixie dust (solar) aren’t reliable replacement for time tested coal and nuclear.

Hate to say it Germany, but my schadenfreude is pretty darn high on this one – Trump cautioned you not to rely on Russian Gas, not to turn off your nukes and coal plants (and shut down your domestic coal production). But hey, your TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) led you to do the opposite of what he suggested, no matter how sensible it was on its own merit, since you didn’t want to be seen agreeing with “Orange Man Bad” in any way, shape or form.

Suck it Germany come winter. You don’t want to learn from reason and common sense, so learn from literal cold, hard experience. Enjoy your poverty of choice. When you’re ready to be reasonable adults (cast off this “green” stupidity), we’ll be here to offer a helping hand.

Mike Dubrasich
July 13, 2022 9:19 am

Somebody should sue Dartmouth. They have deep pockets. Make it hurt.

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
July 13, 2022 9:22 am

whoops wrong thread. sorry.

Colin Chattan
July 13, 2022 9:49 am

“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”

Chris Nisbet
July 13, 2022 10:20 am

Are we still meant to think our politicians are just stupid/misinformed, or can we start thinking that it’s all part of a plan now?
I know about Hanlon’s razor, but I’m not sure simple stupidity is enough to explain this destruction anymore.

jeff corbin
July 13, 2022 11:29 am

Germany had always been vulnerable to the caprice of Gazprom until after 2014 when they cut deals with Putin to keep our LNG out.. Germany and the EU as a whole in part responsible for the Ukrainian debacle believing Putin in 2014 just trying to protect the Russians in Crimea. Meanwhile the Russians have been waging war with Ukraine since 2014. Now it’s a horror show. How coincidental.

Spiraling grain and fuel prices with shortages. Grid failures and outages, Baby formula famines, endless climate catastrophe, pandemics, Masks and vaccines that don’t work to prevent the spread,, rapidly declining birth rates, massive opioid epidemic, war in European endless propaganda.

Lenin: religion if the opioid of the masses. Now we have Chinese Fentanyl, smartphones and the media as the opioids of the masses….with a growing array of systems of self righteousness…or pseudo-religion.

I thought the really smart people in the world: WEF, UN, Our government, all the global corporations and universities would have prevented most of these problems or solved them all by now. Why does it feel more like we (the masses) have been had, …more like a revolution than the consequence of endless stupidity?

Peter Müller
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 13, 2022 3:53 pm

It was the USA which made a regime change in Ukraine. USA is the problem.

jeff corbin
Reply to  Peter Müller
July 14, 2022 8:46 am

So the Ukrainian revolution of Dignity was perpetrated by the USA? Did the USA facilitate Ukraine’s desire to be part of the EU and NATO and be anti-Russian? Is that why the EU has done nothing since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014? Why is the EU now considering the entry of Ukraine and NATO? These are real questions.

David A
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 13, 2022 4:05 pm

Prevent??
They caused and exasperated EVERY issue you outlined. Except climate disaster, because that has not happened.

jeff corbin
Reply to  David A
July 14, 2022 8:35 am

I should have stated, “endless threats of climate disaster”. Agreed climate disasters have not happened. My comment about solving and preventing is sarcastic. Sorry for the confusing post.

Alasdair
July 13, 2022 11:41 am

And here in the U.K. we are witnessing HYPOCRISY on a grand scale as politicians fighting for the premiership all seem to support the Net Zero Policy which is the ultimate in LIES and deliberate MISINFORMATION which swamps the niggly indiscretions of Boris however disreputable they may have been.
Meanwhile we sit on top of vast sources of gas, just beneath our feet and have to suffer this gross incompetence and hypocrisy of our Westminster Politicians.

Call me a skeptic
Reply to  Alasdair
July 13, 2022 12:42 pm

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. US oil embargo of Japan led to WW2 in the Pacific. Me thinks WW3 has already started. Look for NATO to launch a military attack on Russia. This time it’s likely to be a Russia-China axis against NATO.

Richard Page
Reply to  Alasdair
July 13, 2022 1:34 pm

Really? In that case you may not have been paying attention – did you snooze through much of their speechifying and self-aggrandising? Suella Braverman and Kemi Badenoch are no fans of net zero, Penny Mordaunt is a naval reservist and ex Secretary of State for Defence (first woman to do so), Tom Tugendhat is ex military and both he and Penny Mordaunt are very anti-woke, possibly anti net zero as well. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the only ones that seem to support net zero; the others I think may reverse some of the green damage done or go further and start fracking/north sea drilling on a larger scale.

griff
Reply to  Alasdair
July 14, 2022 12:57 am

The Baker/Braverman camp don’t: Baker is GWPF

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 7:44 am

Braverman is now out, which means that she and Steve Baker will be looking to support another candidate. Liz Truss is desperately hoping to get that support but, as a Remain supporter, it’ll be somewhat difficult to convince Baker to support her. I don’t think we’ll see a clear-cut shift but a split among the remaining candidates – with a steady increase across the board. On the other hand, a good series of interviews or debates this weekend could tip the balance – my money is on Penny Mordaunt being able to win over the audience; she has a better personality than many of the remaining candidates. Monday afternoon will be interesting.

Duane
July 13, 2022 12:25 pm

It’s stupid to blame the Russian-threatened cutoff of gas supplies to Europe on green power. No matter what, if any supplier in a near monopoly situation does a sudden shutdown of supply, it’s going to cause chaos.

In any event, Europe is already responding by importing much more LNG from other sources, and the US is primed to be part of that as well as the northern tier of European states that drill and produce gas in the North Sea. The EU has already announced it bans all Russian gas imports by the end of this year. A few EU states that are Russia friendly, like Hungary, did not participate.

And no, cutting off European sales of gas not only WILL but ALREADY IS hurting Russia tremendously, along with all the other economic sanctions imposed on Russia. In fact, Russia is not just hurting – they are IMPLODING.

https://www.businessinsider.com/russian-economy-imploding-exports-under-pressure-ukraine-war-sanctions-2022-5#:~:text=1%20Experts%20say%20Russia%27s%20economy%20is%20%22imploding%22%20as,by%20end-2022%2C%22%20a%20chief%20economist%20at%20IIF%20wrote.

That is precisely why this week Medvedev, Putin’s puppy (now that Trump has given up that role) threatened to launch a nuclear war against NATO. They’re losing it, literally and figuratively. Ukraine is now whipping their asses with newly arrived long range artillery, aircraft, and tanks from NATO nations. Putin knows his end is near, which is why the insane threats.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Duane
July 13, 2022 1:41 pm

You really get off on this, don’t you, Duane? Some Russian spokesman getting to his or her feet and threatening to start WWIII has been a regular feature of the war with Ukraine, starting sometime in the very first week I believe. Nothing has really changed, the propaganda mills on both sides are running hot and Russia is still being Russia.
I saw a lot of uninformed morons during the cold war shouting the odds and screaming that the “goddammed Commies were finished now, fer sure” – certainly enough to recognise the warning signs once again.

Ted
Reply to  Duane
July 13, 2022 4:27 pm

A) The cutoff isn’t being blamed on unreliable power, the reality that a cutoff could be catastrophic is because of unreliable power.

B) No one that’s done even 5 minutes of research honestly believes Trump was beholden to Putin, that was just projection for the lazy from the party that handed Putin control of 20% of US uranium, Crimea, and gave his best ally billions of dollars in exchange for a pinky swear to move their nuclear weapon facilities.

griff
Reply to  Duane
July 14, 2022 12:56 am

It will take russia 10 years to shift/get as much revenue from sales to Asia etc as it did pre war from Europe.

Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 3:37 am

So when China recently doubled their gas imports from Russia (seems Joe Biden’s threats didn’t work) – where did that come from?

David A
Reply to  Phil Salmon
July 14, 2022 5:53 am

It did not take India 10 years to make a deal either. The fabric Griff uses to spin his thoughts is imaginary.

Russia’s energy income is steady and their production revenue per unit of energy increased.

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 7:49 am

Interesting that Kazakhstan have said that they are looking to increase exports from them – that will presumably be Russian gas and oil going to India and Pakistan primarily. Russia is building more export capability elsewhere rather than relying on rebuilding the EU trade.

ResourceGuy
July 13, 2022 12:39 pm

I guess it’s going to take the demise of the German export engine for the EU to wake up. Well, that and winter.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 13, 2022 1:01 pm

What is the UK’s lifeline?

Richard Page
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 14, 2022 7:53 am

Norway, Libya and increasing drilling in the North Sea. Not straightforward as trouble in Libya and issues in Norway have reduced the amount coming through there. There’s a trickle coming through from other places like USA but it won’t be much.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 14, 2022 7:56 am

Not sure….better get in line behind the Ukrainians

Euro Slips Below Dollar as Europe’s Economic Fortunes SlumpThe euro selloff has intensified as investors gird for a Russian gas cutoff that many fear will drive the region into a recession. But unlike the last time the common currency was this weak 20 years ago, nobody is coming to its rescue.

Peter Müller
July 13, 2022 3:48 pm

That’s nonsense. USA didn’t allowed Germany to open Nordstream 2. Putin is not the problem, the problem is USA. We need a tea party in Germany, at the moment we are a colony of USA.

Peter Müller
July 13, 2022 3:50 pm
griff
Reply to  Peter Müller
July 14, 2022 12:55 am

nonsense!

ResourceGuy
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 7:47 am

Better learn to share space with the other trolls griff.

sendergreen
July 13, 2022 3:58 pm

I’ve been predicting for years the coming “cold deaths” from energy poverty, and energy drought. The February 2021 Texas storm took out the windmills, which crashed the Texas grid, and came close to crashing the regional grid. It is estimated now to have killed 210 people. I think the political side of the Ukraine conflict ( santions/counter sanctions ) is going to cause kilodeaths in thousands of European cities this coming winter from “in home” hypothermia. That’s how ideologically possessed the European intellectuals are. They will not let go of “green” until tens of thousands are fatally “blue”.

observa
Reply to  sendergreen
July 13, 2022 6:34 pm

 I think the political side of the Ukraine conflict ( santions/counter sanctions ) is going to cause kilodeaths in thousands of European cities this coming winter 

Well maybe Putin isn’t such a bad guy?
German firm calls for energy price cap to avoid social unrest (msn.com)

Desperation with the call for price caps. Can’t the brains trust simply dial up more cheap solar and wind power? What’s their problem?

griff
Reply to  sendergreen
July 14, 2022 12:55 am

Texas had an entirely preventable failure of fossil fuel plant, which likely would have happened on a 100% fossil grid.

Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 2:08 am

So all the patient attempts to explain to you that the restructuring of Texas’ energy market to favour intermittents, leading to the price distortions and the disaster – all water off a duck’s back?

Did I miss the news that Pfizer are rolling out a new vaccine against technical and scientific understanding? You must have been one of the first in line.

observa
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 4:08 am

It’s like this griff. With wind and solar dumping on the grid and FF generators being told they’re not wanted existing rational owners run them down to squeeze the last revenue out of them. That’s what dumping achieves in any market. Drive out the competition so you can charge more. That suits the weather dependent generators but not consumers who want dispatchable power not greenouts.

That’s when climate changing politicians start running around like headless chooks calling for storage/firming to keep the punters happy and guess what?
BESS cost base has gone up 25% year-on-year, says Wärtsilä (energy-storage.news)

Tim Gorman
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 6:12 am

Ah!!! So the BACKUP to the wind/solar failed, eh? What’s going to backup the wind and solar when the FF plants are all gone? Do you ever look past the end of your nose?

ResourceGuy
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 7:50 am

Go read the EIA data on that event to get the real story. If you ever get real that is and if you ever want to learn anything.

Robert W Turner
July 13, 2022 4:06 pm

When is everyone going to wake up and realize they are not incompetent; they are WEF stooges and they are doing this on purpose.

griff
Reply to  Robert W Turner
July 14, 2022 12:54 am

Ah WEF! seems to be a shift in conspiracy theory these days – it is always the WEF now…

observa
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 4:20 am

Nah same old lefties but they like hiding behind lots of different public circus acronyms.

TonyG
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2022 8:05 am

Gotta love how griff claims “conspiracy theory” about things that are clearly documented on the relevant organizations own websites. Not the first time he’s done so. Reminds me of a child sticking his fingers in his ears “I can’t hear you!”

Bob
July 13, 2022 6:47 pm

Good, I hope Putin does it sooner rather than later. It is the only remaining road left to wake these European numbskulls out of the stupor they are in. Truth, facts, reasoning and teaching have had no effect, it will be a tough lesson but sometimes that’s what it takes. Let’s hope they wake up before it gets too painful. I don’t hold out much hope though because they have been incredibly stubborn and thick headed up till now.

Quilter52
July 13, 2022 9:59 pm

Isn’t the 14th of July the anniversary of the French revolution? Perhaps this is the time for another one, but this time make sure that no bureaucrat in any energy or climate decision making area is left with a job. instead, they need to be sent somewhere to live the life they are trying to impose on the rest of us/

July 14, 2022 12:46 am

The two-front war on climate change and on Russia is going just as disastrously as should be expected:

https://youtu.be/EtqJrbTygFs

observa
Reply to  Phil Salmon
July 14, 2022 6:02 am

If you want to try some really big picture economic analysis there’s none better than the guest telling it like it is in that video. Why they call it the dismal science and utterly beyond the comprehension of the likes of our Teal ladies and their fan club.

roaddog
July 15, 2022 12:23 am

Meanwhile Biden is attempting to emulate the European energy disaster by making the US dependent on energy supplied by obvious enemies like Venezuela. There is nothing that Brandon cannot F*** Up.

Don
July 15, 2022 4:29 am

The EU along with the US have stolen over 330 billion dollars in cash , assets and Gold from Russia through these illegal sanctions , Russia and Putin would be insane if they do not cut off the gas and oil going to the countries involved completely till the assets are returned. This is the bare minimum that they should do . What the EU and the USA are too stupid to realise is that these sanctions have destroyed the trust ANY country in the world has in the International financial trading and banking system ! ALL countries around the world now are going to be very careful where they invest or bank their money and gold from now on .

Ted
Reply to  Don
July 16, 2022 1:11 pm

Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons in exchange for Russia to recognize its borders, in a deal that was negotiated with the US and UK. The sanctions may have hurt trust in the US and EU, but not nearly as much as letting Russia take territory has damaged trust in the US and EU. The sanctions are not only legal, they’re really the least they could do. It would be legal for the US and EU to take any action up to and including using nuclear weapons on any military or government target that Ukraine requests.

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