Green Energy Fail: Germany Imposes Strict Winter Rationing on Individuals and Companies

Essay by Eric Worrall

German landlords can now turn down living area thermostats without tenants permission, thanks to Germany’s failed Energiewende programme, and Germany’s complete failure to plan for contingencies.


Close the doors, turn off the lights, turn down the heating – these energy-saving rules will apply to private individuals and companies from September

08/24/2022, 16:55

New energy-saving measures will apply in Germany from September 1st. The cabinet passed a corresponding ordinance, which stipulates, for example, that retailers keep the doors of their shops closed and that monuments are no longer illuminated. An overview.

Starting next Thursday, numerous energy-saving regulations will apply in Germany : Shop doors must not be left open all the time, neon signs must go out after 10 p.m., and monuments must not be illuminated. At the workplace, a room temperature of 19 degrees Celsius should be sufficient, in public buildings the corridors remain cold. Additional regulations are scheduled to come into force on October 1. 

On Wednesday, the cabinet passed two regulations based on the Energy Security Act, which are intended to save energy both in this heating season and in the coming ones. The first regulation applies from September 1st for six months, i.e. until February 28th.

Contract clauses in leases about a certain temperature are suspended for the six months. Tenants who want to save energy and turn down the heating should also be allowed to do so, as the Ministry of Economic Affairs explained. 

Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) said after the cabinet meeting that the measures could save two to two and a half percent of energy consumption in Germany. That is “not so much that we can lean back” – the federal government’s savings target for winter is 20 percent.

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This will not be the last of Germany’s draconian energy saving measures. Green Party member, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck admits this energy rationing plan only saves 2.5% of the 20% energy reduction target the German government believes is required to prevent a winter blackout. I doubt anybody in Germany knows how they will achieve the rest of the 20% cut.

10 new nuclear plants could have saved Germany from all this hardship – each existing nuclear plant contributes around 2% of Germany’s energy needs, so as a rough estimate, 10 additional plants would have made up the 20% energy shortfall. Nuclear power plants only have to be refuelled every two years, so a decent nuclear programme could have completely shielded ordinary Germans and the German economy from fuel availability and price problems.

Australian Uranium Oxide Fuel being Packed into Shipping Containers
Australian Uranium Oxide Fuel being Packed into Shipping Containers. Source Australian Government, fair use, low resolution image to identify the subject.

If Germany had enough reactor capacity, all the uranium reactor fuel Germany would have needed to make up their energy shortfall could have been delivered well before winter, from a friendly country like Australia. Highly radioactive nuclear waste needs careful handling, but Uranium fuel transport is much more straightforward, the radioactivity is low enough than it can be transported in regular shipping containers. Since nuclear fuel contains a million times more energy than fossil fuel, stockpiling enough nuclear fuel for winter energy needs would have been easily achievable.

But German politicians rejected the zero carbon nuclear option, and bet everything on their failed Energiewende renewable energy plans, while ignoring well meaning advice from politicians like President Trump, that Russia is an untrustworthy energy partner.

Imagine what will happen if there is a Covid or Flu outbreak this winter in Germany, with millions of ordinary people shivering in cold, energy rationed apartments, with energy too expensive to use for heating, even if the electricity or gas is available.

Of course no German politician or high ranking official is likely to suffer from cold this winter, they always seem to take care of themselves first. It is ordinary Germans who will pay for the stupidity and arrogance of their leaders.

President Trump’s warning to German diplomats about dependence on Russian gas.
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August 25, 2022 11:02 pm

“The first regulation applies from September 1st for six months, i.e. until February 28th.”

Is February 28th when they turn up the renewables?

Jeroen B.
Reply to  BobM
August 25, 2022 11:08 pm

probably when they fire up one of New York’s DEFR powerplants (No, not Dispatchable Emissions Free Resource — more like Definitely Entered Fantasy Realm)

Rod Evans
August 25, 2022 11:47 pm

The clip presents Donald Trump telling the world via his UN speech a truth. They laughed in the German delegation in a mocking pose of ‘what does he know and who will listen to the orange man’
The clip discusses how only Donald Trump was prepared to say what we all knew to be the risks of energy dependence on Russia.
I just wish the media has the courage to report truth when it conflicts with the main stream political agenda and started to behave like reporters rather than propagandists for the global agenda.
This winter will be hard, not just for those nations like Germany that have conspired with Russia to destroy Western energy security but all European nations including the UK that have blindly followed the Green Energy rule book. The unaffordability of energy thanks to blocking of fossil fuel extraction, along with the unreliability of ‘renewable power suppliers’ given grid connection priority will leave ordinary families in cold/hungry despair.
Thank you Green Energy advocates, and thank you WEF, your work is almost complete. The Great Reset advertised by (Prince) Charles Windsor has done its work people are in despair.
Was that the objective?

Reply to  Rod Evans
August 26, 2022 1:13 am

Tuesdays’s UK day ahead electricity price auction settled at GPB539/MWh. That equates to USD636/MWh. Very few people can afford electricity at this price. AND IT IS STILL SUMMER!

I cannot see Europe/UK surviving winter without major riots and significant loss of life. Covid was a mere glimpse of the future.

Australia’s winter power prices were extraordinary by Australian standards but are now back to regular negative pricing as rooftops kick in and the burden on gas supplies subsides. Europe/UK is just at the cusp of astronomical prices.

All those subsidy farms will not need to produce much to make money in the current circumstances. Gas generators can simply name any price. Someone will meet it, like government offices that create the money.

Reply to  RickWill
August 26, 2022 7:21 am

Reply to  RickWill
August 26, 2022 10:51 am

Today’s price in France was $1000/mWh

Reply to  RickWill
August 26, 2022 11:59 am

63 cents per kWh! YIKES!

Reply to  Dennis Topczewski
August 27, 2022 6:19 am

Prices in the US bump those levels regularly, albeit for only a few minutes most likely. I think we are all in for a cold winter in more ways than one.

Reply to  Rod Evans
August 26, 2022 5:41 am

Russia was and still would be reliable IF the EU and others werent so stupid.
Trump was trying to flog your lpg to em and that was his lobbying point
your gas cost more before the ukie kerfuffle
costs even more now
germans cut their own throats not approving Nord2
the leaders hopefully get the drubbing they deserve

Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 7:28 am


Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 1:10 pm

damn dude….ain’t tourettes a bitch.

John Dilks
Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 5:30 pm

Are you stupid or what?
Russia was only going to be reliable as long as it could have its way. It was always going to use NG as a weapon.

Reply to  John Dilks
August 29, 2022 1:43 am

Russia has still never “used” NG as anything…
The pro Ukraine group is using banks as a weapon.

Reply to  Rod Evans
August 26, 2022 5:59 pm

The objective will be met when those people are no longer able to feel despair.

Reply to  Rod Evans
August 27, 2022 5:07 pm

In particular, France allows the “garantie d’origine“, the certificate of authenticity of “green” electric energy to be sold, without a timestamp; you can sell “green” electric energy any time of the year then pretend you produce electric power full time and sell and resell these “certificates” to convince people they buy “renewable” electricity.

So you can flood the grid with so called “renewable”/”green” energy and make money on both the energy, via tariffs/guaranteed minimum prices (even when supply is huge) AND via certificates.

August 26, 2022 12:13 am

Winter 2022: danceing with Green Devils created millions of shivering blue paupers.

Reply to  Vuk
August 26, 2022 1:58 am

Soylent Green

By 2022,[3] the cumulative effects of overpopulationpollution and an apparent climate catastrophe have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing. In New York City alone, there are 40 million people, and only the city’s elite can afford spacious apartments, clean water, and natural food.

Stephen Skinner
August 26, 2022 12:20 am

Because of the assertion that humans have warmed the planet using cheep reliable energy, especially the polar regions, Germany has cut back on cheep reliable energy. Now there is no cheep reliable energy during the northern winter. Wait – I thought the planet was warming uncontrollably and without precedent? Winter doesn’t happen any more?

Reply to  Stephen Skinner
August 26, 2022 4:34 am

The misspelling of cheap to cheep (spell check?) reminded me of the Green chicken littles running around screaming the sky is falling. Well now we know because of idiotic Green policies and the stupidity of western governments the sky is falling (metaphorically).

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Mac
August 26, 2022 5:05 am

Indeed. I can’t correct the spelling but maybe it was a Freudian slip.

Jeff Labute
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
August 26, 2022 6:51 am

Freud wore a slip?

Reply to  Jeff Labute
August 26, 2022 11:01 am

Well, he was certainly kinky enough!

Reply to  Jeff Labute
August 26, 2022 1:12 pm

well….his mother probably did. hence his specialty in psychiatric care..

lee riffee
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
August 26, 2022 12:15 pm

That’s what I was thinking – how come we still have winter? Wasn’t that supposed to disappear along with the ice caps?

Reply to  Stephen Skinner
August 26, 2022 3:34 pm

Because of the assertion that humans have warmed the planet using cheep reliable energy

And not a single one of the asserting humans can tell you how much we have warmed the planet. Nor can they tell you how much the planet has warmed in the last century (a paltry ~1°C), nor can they tell you how much sea levels have risen over that time (~20 cm) and how much humans contributed to those amounts (no one knows but it’s certainly less than 50%, likely far less). Even more stupidly they can’t explain why their economically and socially destructive policies that attempt to radically and rapidly transform energy production and consumption that can’t possibly “fix” warming and sea level rise and are projected to have negligible effect, if any at all, on warming are preferable to the demonstrated human ability to adapt to the observed modest sea level rise and slight warming with practical and cost-effective engineering. So objectively stupid and uninformed people are making consequential policy decisions. And the result is what we see in California, Germany, the UK, Australia, the EU, Canada, Bangladesh: a man made disaster.

August 26, 2022 12:25 am

Anti-Russian energy imports
This is the result in Germany.

The German energy policy decisions are so bad it sems like some enemy nation is making the decisions for Germany.

The good news: Do the opposite of Germany and your nation will be okay,

Bryan A
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 6:21 am

With all those “ANTIs” at least we have Uncle Joe to pick on.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 10:07 am

Germany is/was PRO-Russian energy imports and THAT is/was “bad.”

Reply to  Janice Moore
August 26, 2022 5:00 pm

Germany had to import energy products from somewhere
They chose Russia for the best price.
Then they started a political war with Russia with sanctions
Whose fault is that?

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 5:16 pm

One thing they appear to be getting right is asking other friendly countries to increase production and exports of gas. See the talks with Norway and Canada.

Mikko Hamunen
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 27, 2022 9:16 am

The big picture is so ugly that most people can’t bear to look at it. Consider, for example, the events in Libya, Iraq and Syria, not to mention numerous older cases. As a reward for German reunification, the Russians were promised that NATO would not expand to the east. Why have thousands of civilians died in the Donbass region due to Ukrainian artillery fire.

There have been war crimes and genocide in Ukraine, but the main topic of this conversation should be energy. The USA wanted the EU countries to stop all trade with Russia. Finland did not want to pay for gas and electricity, and the previously reliable deliveries ended. Finland’s arms deliveries to Ukraine did not improve the situation – we shot ourselves in the foot and spoiled good relations. Other countries still trade with Russia. For example, the USA has bought no fewer than 3,800 shipping commodities since the start of the war. Gernany and UK still import russian products. The USA will not have the capacity to deliver LNG gas to Europe for many years.

Understanding the reasons for the war in Ukraine is not the same as accepting it. Warmongers and those who don’t know or don’t understand the background of the war seem to have the strongest argument to call someone else a Putinist.

The whole world order is now changing and the biggest culprit is not Russia. If you’re interested in the truth, then a good start to understanding the background would be a video where Professor John J. Mearsheimer will discuss the current Russian Invasion on Ukraine whilst Exploring the potential causes and consequences of the crisis.

August 26, 2022 12:34 am

I do not think Trump was vindicated.

Trump wanted Germany to buy more expensive LNG by ship from the US
They decided to keep buying cheaper Russian gas via pipeline.

Trump predicted that Russia might someday not be a reliable supplier but the US would be.

He did not predict the German government would force harsh sanctions on Russia and demand that German companies stop paying rubles for energy as soon as possible.

So far Germany has reduced natural gas imports from Russia by over 50%. They want to reach 100% by mid-2024, but there is one problem. They do not have LNG infrastructure to accept so much LNG by tanker, assuming it is available.

In addition, as the EU stops buying gas from Russia, that forces Gazprom to reduce gas production — there’s nowhere to store all the gas they can produce. As a result, the world supply of natural gas is reduced. Unless world demand for natural gas is reduced by the same amount, the price of gas must rise higher than it would have otherwise been,

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 12:52 am

Whether Trump was ‘vindicated’ or not, it is absolutely clear that all those who laughed at him now are revealed as completely incompetent, venal nitwits.

No fracking. Closing nukes for fear of tsunamis in Bavarian Lakes. Opening new Lignite mines whilst closing productive deep coal mines. How expensive does US LPG look today compared to Russian gas?

How wise were they to believe the geniuses of PIKS, Schellenhuber and Edenhoffer? And all the other GangGreen admirers of Xi Jinping?

August 26, 2022 12:55 am

One set of these idiots is more than enough.

August 26, 2022 1:56 am

The media laughed at or ridiculed everything Trump said
Like a reflex.
Remember in 2020 when Democrats said they would never take a “Trump vaccine”?

Then Biden won with election fraud and suddenly he took credit for the Covid vaccines and demanded that everyone take hem or lose their job.

The vaccines were a medical disaster.
Excess deaths did not decline.
All-cause deaths did not decline.
Deaths with Covid significantly increased in 2021.

Excess deaths remain high in 2022, not cause by Omicron, which is no more deadly than a common cold.

Now the failed vaccine is once again being called “Trump’s vaccine”, allowing other bad things to be said about them.

This is like living in a bizarro world.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 9:14 am

I would refer you to George Orwell writings.

Reply to  dmacleo
August 27, 2022 6:26 am

And they are still urging everyone to get their boosters under that emergency use authorization.

Reply to  starzmom
August 27, 2022 4:15 pm

Boosters designed for a variant that practically doesn’t exist anymore, and that don’t help against the current strains…

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 29, 2022 1:50 am

Also apparently Trump “pressured” the agencies to approve the vax so antivaxxers are vindicated I guess? (I guess not, as antivax people must be wrong, by definition, according to the modern gospel – antivaxxers were historically often left wing but I guess that doesn’t hold anymore)

August 29, 2022 1:48 am

Do you really want Texans to pay a lot more for NG as most of it will be exported to Europe?

Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 26, 2022 5:08 am

Note our situation with China regarding solar panels, wind turbines and the materials to fabricate them. We’re not dependent on solar and wind yet, but we are headed in that direction.

Reply to  Ed Reid
August 26, 2022 6:31 am

With their slave labor, and coal for electric power, how can anyone beat Chinese prices for solar panels?

Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 26, 2022 5:45 am

as usa found out when the chips were down (and out of stock)

Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 26, 2022 6:29 am

The harsh sanctions on Russia were implemented by GERMANY

The demands that German companies stop paying rubles for Russian energy as soon they can find another source were made by GERMANY.

The political interference in the German-Russian energy trade was started by GERMANY, and then RUSSIA retaliated.

While Germany has been able to reduce natural gas imports from Russia by over 50%, so far, they do not have the LNG infrastructure to reach 100%. For Germany, US or other LNG sources could not have replaced 100% of Russian gas via pipeline no matter what Trump wanted Germany to do. Germany was getting cheaper gas via pipeline from Russia, than LNG by tanker from the US.

Germany is dependent on Russia for MANY energy products — that was a very good reason to NOT participate in anti-Russian sanctions, to preserve their supply. Common sense.
Punishing Russia punished Germany.

With no sanctions and other politics involved:
Gazprom wants to sell as much gas to Germany as possible
Germany wants to buy their gas from Gazprom pipelines –cheaper than LNG vis a tanker. BOTH GOVERNMENTS HAVE INTERFERED WITH THIS TRADE AND BOTH GOVERNMENTS ARE SUFFERING AS A RESULT.

Note: The percentages shown below may have changed in the past month or two:

Germany imports 32 percent of its natural gas supplies from Russia, who is now reducing those flows due to sanctions that Europe has imposed on the country since its invasion of Ukraine. 

And should Russia reduce its exports to zero, Germany would have less than 3 months of natural gas supplies on hand if its storage areas are 95 percent full by November. 

So, besides running its coal plants, Germany is considering operating its 3 remaining nuclear reactors that are scheduled to be shuttered by the end of the year through this winter. 

Germany, however, also gets most of its uranium fuel from Russia, which supplies more than a third of the global demand for enriched uranium. 

Germany’s three remaining nuclear reactors run mainly on uranium from Russia and Kazakhstan. 

Germany’s also gets 34 percent of its oil from Russia and 53 percent of its hard coal supplies. Germany’s coal mines supply the country with lower-BTU lignite coal since hard coal production was phased out in the country in 2018. In 2021, Germany accounted for 46 percent of the total lignite produced in the European Union.

Germany’s Nuclear Phase Out

After Japan’s nuclear accident at Fukushima in 2011, Germany started its phase out of nuclear power and it now has only 3 reactors remaining, suppling 6 percent of its electricity. 

Those 3 reactors are scheduled to be shuttered by the end of the year. “


Honest global warming chart Blog: Germany’s Energy Dependence on Russia Is Greater than Just Natural Gas (

Janice Moore
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 10:12 am

And why did the Germans feel it necessary to punish Russia?

He did not predict the German government would force harsh sanctions on Russia and … (you at 12:34AM today),

but, President Trump did predict the actions of Putin and his thugs which are the reason for the sanctions.

Reply to  Janice Moore
August 26, 2022 11:09 am

The German government interfered with the German companies buying gas from Russian companies. Then the Russian government retaliated. Germany had to import gas from somewhere. They could not import 100% LNG from the US, at higher prices, as Trump wanted. They were stuck with cheaper Russian suppliers via pipeline, until other non-LMG sources could be found. Not so easy to do.

And then there are other energy products imported from Russi, listed in my prior commenta. The large energy trade with Russia made it common sense to not pick a fight with Russia.

Did Germany ever sanction the US when we attacked Iraq for no justifiable reason, based on the fake weapons of mass destruction, last used in the Iraq – Iran War, at the time when the US was in favor of Iraq using such weapons?

Janice Moore
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 12:17 pm

Chemical weapons are “weapons of mass destruction.” They were not fake.

Your comments are becoming internally inconsistent and you are also contradicting yourself. I don’t have the patience to sort out your mixed up writing — especially when you are making big mistakes of fact. Thus, I will bid you “Adieu.”

Reply to  Janice Moore
August 26, 2022 1:29 pm

His goal is to defend Russia. Any lie will do so long as it distracts from the murderous activities of Putin.

Janice Moore
Reply to  MarkW
August 26, 2022 1:39 pm

Thanks for the back-up, MarkW. Much appreciated (on a day when I have enough aggravation already without a Richard Greene to deal with!). 🙂

Reply to  Janice Moore
August 26, 2022 4:45 pm

Yet another meaningless childish generic character attack

Reply to  Janice Moore
August 26, 2022 4:44 pm

Iraq only had old chemical weapons buried underground for safety. None ready to use. None being used after the war with Iran, when the US did not seem to care about the use of chemical weapons. Using the “your enemy (Iran) is also my enemy” theory, the (US) didn’t care what Iraq did to Iran.

If you have any issues with facts and opinions in my comments, dingbat, at least have the courtesy to state what sentence you disagree with and refute it. You completely failed on the subject of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. They were old, buried for safety reasons, and no longer in use. Thank you for a meaningless childish character attack.

Russia, China, India and Pakistan have weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear weapons. Should the US attack those nations simply because they have weapons of mass destruction? What are your thoughts on that subject? Oh. I forgot, you no longer read my comments.

John Dilks
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 5:44 pm

Saddam caused the Iraq war by playing games with UN inspectors and creating the illusion that he was hiding something from them. When you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 7:03 pm

Even you admit that they had weapons of mass destruction, after spending the last few weeks screaming at every opportunity that they had none.

Beyond that falsehood, you also fail to fail to acknowledge the WMD programs that have been discovered. Nor do you acknowledge the fact that Saddam had been preventing inspections, which was the true reason why the ceasefire failed and the Gulf War resumed.

I see you just can’t permit yourself to let go of a good lie. The US never agreed to or supported Iraq’s use of chemical weapons and in fact condemned it from the start.

Once again, you go from the absurd the down right brain dead.
Do you honestly believe that if one is not able to solve all problems, one should ignore all problems?

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 27, 2022 8:43 am


“5,000 civilians, many of them women, children, and the elderly, died within hours of the attack. 10,000 more were blinded, maimed, disfigured, or otherwise severely and irreversibly debilitated.

Thousands died of horrific complications, debilitating diseases, and birth defects in the years after.”

These were Iraqis.

They weren’t old and buried. They were used to kill his own people.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 28, 2022 4:50 pm

“Iraq only had old chemical weapons buried underground for safety.“
Patently false. Viable chemical weapons that were not on UNMOVIC’s list were found in warehouses around the country.

“we attacked Iraq for no justifiable reason” In addition to the chemical weapons, Joe Wilson’s actual report to the CIA showed they were trying to add to the 400 tons of yellowcake uranium they had on hand, Iraq repeatedly violated the cease-fire that paused the war, from ignoring inspections requirements of their chemical and other weapons to deliberately starving people by secretly selling the food and formula delivered via the oil for food program.

“Did Germany ever sanction the US when we attacked Iraq“ Even if Germans were intentionally ignorant enough to think that we had no reason to attack Iraq, they’re not dumb enough to ignore the difference between an ally attacking in the Middle East and Russia attacking a few hundred miles away.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 1:28 pm

You just aren’t going to let go of that lie about Iraq are you.

And the lie keeps getting bigger. At no time did the US favor Iraq using chemical weapons. At the time such activities were roundly condemned.

Reply to  MarkW
August 26, 2022 4:49 pm

The US did nothing to stop the Iran Iraq war where chemical weapons were used.

There was no danger from old chemical weapons buried underground in Iraq. It was not even known that they still existed — none were seen or used before the attack on i Iraq was launched

Iraq had no connection with the 9/11 attacks

The attack on Iraq was unjustified.

You are a warmonger.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 7:10 pm

Geeze, when one lie doesn’t work, you just continue to pile on one absurdity after another.

What exactly do you think the US could have done to stop the Iran Iraq war? Invade Iraq? I thought you were opposed to that.

Are you completely dense, or does your desperation to distract from the murderous actions of your patron, Putin, just make you act that way.

Time and time again, you have been told that the reason for the resumption of the Gulf war was Saddam’s attempts to foil the UN inspectors. Of course the weapons that were found, couldn’t be found until after inspectors had access to the country. Something Saddam had been preventing.

Nobody in the Bush administration, or anyone else with any degree of authority ever claimed that Iraq had a connection with 9/11. That’s just another of your oft repeated lies.

The attack on Iraq was completely justified.

You just can’t deal with the fact that your lies aren’t catching on with anyone outside your Putinphile circles, so youi have to resort to pathetic and inaccurate insults.
Besides, being called a warmonger by someone who has gone to great lengths to excuse Putin’s much more destructive and deadly invasion of the Ukraine.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 27, 2022 6:46 am

Richard unless you have proof of your claim that “the US was in favor of Iraq using such weapons” you need to apologize for this comment and delete it. Since nuclear weapons were not used in the Iran/Iraq war you must be referring to chemical.

In my years of naval service I never heard of the US being in favor of the use of chemical weapons. I was the weapons officer for Iceland Defense Forces and held a Top Secret clearance.

You slander good people who would never approve of use of chemical weapons.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 3:46 am

In addition, as the EU stops buying gas from Russia, that forces Gazprom to reduce gas production — there’s nowhere to store all the gas they can produce. As a result, the world supply of natural gas is reduced.

Allow me to disagree.
EU has decided to go backwards (until reaching Stone Age or even beyond), that is a fact.
… but in the rest of the world there are many nations that choose progress, wealth, better living conditions; they will buy the EU quota of gas from Russia, and they will ask for more!

Reply to  Joao Martins
August 26, 2022 6:33 am

I’m not sure sufficient LNG infrastructure exists elsewhere for Gazprom to completely change their customers. The existing pipelines to the EU will eventually become worthless.

John Dilks
Reply to  Joao Martins
August 26, 2022 5:47 pm

Russia doesn’t have the LNG production capability to ship gas that way. They also don’t have the ships necessary to do that.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 5:43 am

perfect summary!
I hear russias flaring off natgas..while germans go without

Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 6:36 am

This is bizarro world.
Germany gets dependent on Russian gas, and other energy products, and then does everything they can to ruin the trade.

One of the benefits of global trade is supposed to be making nations more dependent on each other for business, increasing the costs of starting wars with their trading partnetrs. That does not seem to be working.

John Dilks
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 5:49 pm

It can’t work when a trading partner decides that it wants to rebuild its defunct empire by force.

Rich Davis
Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 3:18 pm

There were those who refused to trade with Nazi Germany for the trivial reason that they were engaging in genocide. What fools! They could have had lots of cheap human hair to stuff mattresses and human fat to make soap. But for some reason they chose to pay for more expensive raw materials. How ironic, eh oznevershutsup?

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 1:25 pm

Trump said it was foolish to depend on the Russians. That turned out to be true.
Sounds like vindication to me.

Reply to  MarkW
August 26, 2022 3:02 pm

BTW, the US was never the only alternative to relying on Russia for gas supplies. So your rather rapid belief that he was demanding that the EU buy from the US doesn’t pass the smell test.

Reply to  MarkW
August 26, 2022 4:58 pm

Trump was not demanding anything.
He wanted Germany to buy more LNG gas from the US and less from Russia. That’s what Germany is doing now.

The main problem was caused by German government sanctions on Russian companies, followed by retaliation by the Russian government.

Otherwise, Germany would still be buying all the gas they wanted from Gazprom.

The political war is interfering with the trade. Russia benefits from exports to Germany and Germany benefits from imports from Russia. Companies in both nations want to trade — but now their governments won’t let them. Germany depends on other energy imports, not just gas. Their dependence was their choice, not Trump’s choice.

The US is dependent on energy imports too. Not as much as Germany, and mainly from the friendly nations of Mexico and Canada. But in 2021 even the US imported some energy products from Russia. The U.S. continues to import a critical fuel from Russia: uranium. We buy about 16% of the uranium we use in our nuclear power plants from Russia. In many areas of the country these plants are a critical source of electricity.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 5:41 pm

Germany has no means to import LNG. It is buying pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, the Netherlands and Denmark with some minor flows from France. They may manage to get limited LNG import capacity before the end of the winter.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 7:13 pm

It really is amazing how you can read Trump’s mind.
As I pointed out the last time you tried to push these lies. Trump only said that Germany shouldn’t rely heavily on Russia. The US and Russia aren’t the only places in the world where natural gas or LNG can be bought.
Your assumption that Germany was being pressured to buy from the US only is supported only by your own fervent imagination.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 4:44 pm

but the US would be.” Only if President Trump’s Policies were continued.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 29, 2022 1:47 am

It’s clear that Trump was right on the fact Europe and notably Germany was increasingly relying on long term stability of its relation with Russia.
Of course US cons people are lying about “hostile Russia” when it’s the West that was hostile.
But switching from stock energy (coal, nuke) to flowing energy (NG) was craziness.

Philip CM
August 26, 2022 12:48 am

German tax payer, punished two times. They had their hard earned taxes usurped for a failed idealism, and now they have to suffer the consequences of that failed idealism.

Reply to  Philip CM
August 26, 2022 12:57 am

They are also being punished for voting for disastrous Green policies. No sympathy from me.

Bill Toland
Reply to  Graemethecat
August 26, 2022 1:17 am

The German people might not have had much of a choice. In Britain, there is no choice at all. All of the main British parties have bought into the net zero fantasy.

Reply to  Bill Toland
August 26, 2022 1:55 am

No need to vote in Britain. You can either vote for Big Brother or Big Brother. (like in most/all of the Western countries)

Rod Evans
Reply to  Robertvd
August 26, 2022 2:09 am

Robert, Don’t forget in these woke times you can also vote for big sister…thinking of you Nicola.

Reply to  Bill Toland
August 26, 2022 4:17 am

That’s true, alas.

Reply to  Graemethecat
August 26, 2022 5:10 am

So are we in the US, though not as severely yet.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Graemethecat
August 26, 2022 12:38 pm

Yet there seems to be little consequence for Boris’s leanings towards the policies of those he shares his bed with. The approaching winter needs to see a swift reversal!

Reply to  Philip CM
August 26, 2022 1:51 am

And thanks to the ECB printing ‘stimulating’ money for a failing socialist economy system their Euro buys less and less. That’s the hidden tax we all suffer.

Reply to  Philip CM
August 26, 2022 2:19 am

The Germans have a history of willingly voting for politicians that ruin the country. Maybe there is a masochistic tendency in the German DNA.

Reply to  Alba
August 26, 2022 6:49 pm

Remember, Merkel was a Communist. She trusted Russia.

Reply to  BobM
August 26, 2022 7:15 pm

Not just trusted them, I would say she preferred them.

J. R.
August 26, 2022 12:57 am

Germans aren’t known for engaging in revolts, but I wonder if one is around the corner.

Reply to  J. R.
August 26, 2022 1:23 am

French are known for revolts and they are rowing in the same boat as the Germans. . The pain is shared reasonably evenly and there is a lot of pain in Europe right now on the electrify front. Remember it is STILL summer there.

Wait till it gets cold. The only way to prevent riots is to shut down the internet so people cannot get organised via web contacts.

The dry summer means the land will cool fast until the rain and then snow come.

Reply to  RickWill
August 26, 2022 5:47 am

parts of France just copped big rain/floods so the winter will be “interesting”

Reply to  RickWill
August 26, 2022 6:11 am

Well, I must be older than you – I remember pre-Internet (Yes, honestly!) times: the French somehow managed to organise mass protests even then!

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  IanE
August 26, 2022 5:43 pm

233 years ago, even.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
Reply to  J. R.
August 26, 2022 1:40 am

Judging from their pathetic adherence to their last great green farting leader they will probably stick with the lunacy they have embraced until the rescuing Americans arrive to prise the levers marked “Nuclear” and “Coal” out of their cold frozen dead hands and turn them back on.

Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
August 26, 2022 5:49 am

germanys buying coal at a huge rate and having to railfreight it as the rivers are too low for loaded barges
so now public rail disruptions to follow as coal trains are on the lines
it gets funnier by the day

Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
August 26, 2022 4:53 pm

The Americans are in no shape to be ‘rescuing’ anyone… they have more than enough on their plate.

Reply to  J. R.
August 26, 2022 5:47 am

reckon the first uproar will come from the warm climate handout seekers feeling the chill

Philip CM
Reply to  J. R.
August 26, 2022 7:40 am

Depends on which leader comes into power. 😏

John Dilks
Reply to  J. R.
August 26, 2022 6:13 pm

Possibly one started by their immigrants.

August 26, 2022 1:08 am

We just got our good news

“ENERGY bills for UK households will jump to all-time highs in October as the state regulator today announced that the price cap will be raised to an unprecedented level, making energy more expensive at home than almost anywhere in Europe “

How much? An 80% increase to. £3,549

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  fretslider
August 26, 2022 1:44 am

As I write this at 09:38AM on August 28 2022, wind is producing 2.37% of demand, solar 8.81% and gas is picking up the slack with 52.92%. ( And yet just about every day a number of “energy professionals” will appear on TV saying we need more “renewables”. These people are delusional.

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
August 26, 2022 2:04 am

They are delusional

They do not understand
Greene’s Iron Law of Windmills

One windmill + no wind = no electricity
One bazillion windmills + no wind = no electricity

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 4:20 am

Math is hard! (Barbie Doll)

Janice Moore
Reply to  Graemethecat
August 26, 2022 11:42 am

And sometimes….. Ken Doll. 😉

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
August 26, 2022 2:09 am

We need some common sense

Reply to  fretslider
August 26, 2022 5:13 am

Common sense is a rarity these days

Reply to  fretslider
August 26, 2022 5:50 am

it isnt very common, sadly

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
August 26, 2022 2:11 am

They are mental

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
August 27, 2022 6:37 am

Where I live in windy Kansas (Kansas is taken from a Native American word meaning people of the south wind), for the past week, wind has contributed about 10% of the electric load while coal and natural gas have contributed 70-90%. Solar is negligible. And someone thinks there is enough renewable energy to power fleets of electric cars.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  starzmom
August 27, 2022 8:05 am

I live near Topeka. Went to CO for a week about a month ago. The entire area has been in a high pressure zone for more than a month. At least 2/3 of the wind turbines we saw going to and returning from CO on I-70 were idle. There hasn’t been enough wind here for a month to get much electricity out of a wind turbine.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
August 27, 2022 1:54 pm

Yep. Sounds about right.

Reply to  fretslider
August 26, 2022 2:02 am

I was sure +80% was a typo so I read the article at the link.
+80% is correct and more increases are forecast for January 2023.
Invest in lots of blankets.

Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 2:08 am

You have no idea how I wish it were a typo!!!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 26, 2022 4:04 pm

Shack up with a fat woman.

Reply to  Dave Fair
August 26, 2022 4:32 pm

Advice based on experience?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 27, 2022 11:50 am

You bet! The best experience was on a moose hunt in Alaska. We were cuddly and cosey each night, plus other benefits. There have been many other times I’ve benefited from and enjoyed being with a fat woman.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  fretslider
August 26, 2022 12:49 pm

I’m surprised that those 2 politicians vying to succeed Boris are still apparently in the race. That increase in the cost of heating for the coming winter looks beyong a solution, which means that the appointment as the next P.M. will be a poisoned chalice. Whereby the LOSER of the coming competition could well wind up the winner! Meanwhile, the Brits should be trembling as winter approaches. Glad I left there 60 years ago.

August 26, 2022 4:03 am

What’s your problem Europe as Putin is doing exactly what you always wanted-
Putin is ‘doing exactly’ what Europe wanted (

Peta of Newark
August 26, 2022 4:06 am

Hindsight is great innit – it’s now obvious where Engywendywendy went wrong.

They should have imposed these saving measures while everything was still ‘cooking on gas
i.e. Before they stopped the coal stations and switched off the nukes

Then, The People would have had a taste of what was to come and decided/voted/rioted/emigrated/twitted/faceborked as they best felt fit.

But no, The Emperor’s Costumer sold them a story…..

Damned expensive it was at the time, that that was just a down-payment.

Or, recalling that hideous child-molesting parody of humanity (Shwab?) from the WEF, is the tale of the Pied Piper more apt?

Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 26, 2022 5:51 am

homes in victoria aus that cut gas and go back to electric are being warned of up to 7k in costs to do so apparently(was paywalled)

Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 26, 2022 6:18 am

Germany only gets 12% of electricity from gas (2020 figure)… and is a net energy exporter.

Given it planned to do without nuclear this winter and will now keep it on, given it always had a generation surplus, given it is getting gas from elsewhere and has not entirely lost all supply from Russia before starting to fill storage, it is unlikely to have an electricity shortage.

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 7:54 am

The actual German government doesn’t share your optimism (delusion).

German Economics Minister Robert Habeck noted that Germany would face “a difficult autumn and winter” due to energy prices, and Germans would receive higher heating bills in autumn.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz “Now we are concerned about the security of our energy supply. And this will not change over the next few weeks, months and even years.”

German Federal Minister of Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger warned that due to interruptions in gas supplies, classes in the country’s educational institutions could be cancelled.

Reply to  Climate believer
August 26, 2022 12:20 pm

The actual German government doesn’t share your optimism

griff knows better than the German government, didn’t you know that?

Jim Gorman
Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 9:29 am

Can you read?

Do you think these numbers and policies are made up misinformation?

When rationing is required BY THE GOVERNMENT do you think maybe, just maybe, that unreliable production might be part of the problem?

Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 10:21 am

You as usual never see the whole picture such as skyrocketing energy prices and rationing electricity in the nation.

How can you be so blind to what is going on?

Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 1:31 pm

If Germany only gets 12% of it’s power from gas, then it’s not possible that the energy costs are only due to rising gas prices.

Dave Fair
Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 4:10 pm

Griff, you should be embarrassed by the fact you continue to walk around in public with exposed genitals.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 5:48 pm

Germany is a vast importer of energy. All its oil and gas, plus much of its coal and nuclear fuel, and now lots of hydro from Norway, and soon electricity from most of its neighbours.

Reply to  griff
August 28, 2022 4:59 pm

Germany can export energy when demand is low. Because there’s no way to store electricity for months, that’s pretty useless when everyone on the continent has high demand at the same time. Energy can be stored in the form of nuclear, oil, and natural gas, so the only way being a net exporter would be meaningful would be if they paid to keep enough capacity in those forms of production to satisfy 100% of demand on the coldest day with all manufacturing at full capacity.

August 26, 2022 5:36 am

Cut back on energy is catching-
Public should cut back on energy use, says chancellor in government U-turn (
Britons never never never shall be slaves to Putin. Be slaves to Xi instead eh lefties?

August 26, 2022 5:37 am

theyre shutting down at least one aluminium smelter and other industrial users
so cold and unemployed workers really will be struggling.
using sports and other large centres as warming places isnt going to help much- people have to go back to cold homes, and if its cold/snowing and they dont own a car..or have a close bus or train stop,any supposed warmup will be a memory by the time they get through their doors.big wakeup for useless solar n wind in cold weather isnt it?

as should be listening to usa/nato wef etc and ruining a stable supplier of fuels to support a corrupt government like ukraines

Mike Lowe
Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 12:52 pm

How long will it take for a policy reversal over fracking, and get it back in operation? One benefit – that should be the final end for Green idealism!

John Dilks
Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 26, 2022 6:22 pm

Ukraine is not to blame for this. This is all Europe’s and Russia’s fault. O’Biden also assisted when he stupidly said a minor incursion by Russia into Ukraine was OK.

August 26, 2022 5:53 am
August 26, 2022 6:15 am

Germany’s problems are entirely a fossil fuel issue and nothing to do with any imaginary failure of Energiewende

Tim Gorman
Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 7:32 am

ROFL! Yep, getting rid of fossil fuel electricity generation *IS* a fossil fuel issue! And Energiewende hasn’t failed, it was never up to replacing fossil fuel generation to begin with. What failed was the greenies like you who are *still* thinking wind and solar can replace fossil fuels!

Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 10:25 am

The lies continue to flow you might be able to fool the typical science illiterates but not here who are mostly well educated can read and understand the article you didn’t read as you are a proven closeminded believer of dead science ideologies.

John Garrett
Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 1:19 pm


I hear Iraq is looking for a new Information Minister.
You’d be perfect for the job.

Reply to  John Garrett
August 26, 2022 1:33 pm

There are no Americans in Baghdad.

Reply to  griff
August 26, 2022 1:32 pm

Can’t you at least try to come up with new lies?

Reply to  griff
August 27, 2022 8:20 am

Are you related to Baghdad Bob, Saddam Hussein’s old spokesman who always told the world Iraq was winning the war with the US, until they knocked down his door?

August 26, 2022 6:29 am
August 26, 2022 6:38 am

One word: schadenfreude.

The Emperor's New Mask
August 26, 2022 6:41 am

This is what the majority of voters in Europe freely and willingly chose.

It’s not a secret what the result would be.

As a candidate Obama was still young and honest enough to tell the truth. And, as he famously said, elections have consequences.

August 26, 2022 6:46 am

Ten new nuclear plants might have been the solution, but they would be underutilized whenever the sun shone or the wind blew, making them less economic and therefore even more expensive than they already are.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Rod
August 26, 2022 7:33 am

Hmmm…… Why would they be underutilized? There’s no real reason to turn them down. Keep them as the base load and wind/solar as peaking generators. You just won’t need as much wind/solar and nukes are *now* beginning to be recognized as green!

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Tim Gorman
August 26, 2022 12:55 pm

Wouldn’t that require sensible logic? Very unlikely, unless there is a wholesale takeover of political power by Engineers!

Reply to  Tim Gorman
August 26, 2022 1:34 pm

They would be underutilized because that is what the law requires. Wind and solar must always be purchased if they are available.

Coach Springer
August 26, 2022 6:54 am

Could save 2%” Doubt it. Dialing back to 66 degrees F in work places (only) when they may already be pretty low? If tripling the cost doesn’t do it, what will?

Smart meters and automatic shut-downs seem the way for a good German to go to spread their self-inflicted misery.

August 26, 2022 7:14 am

If I’m reading this correctly, draconian measures on john q public get them to 10-15% of their target? There is a lot to unpack here. The short version is apparenly they do not know how to keep the lights on. The govt. admits this. They are pre-positioning fuel and supplies for security forces, with emphasis on keeping them operational when the power is out. I’m pretty sure I saw this movie. It was called the Hunger Games.

But at least they managed to keep the planet from warming 0.0004 degrees. That will comfort ordinary people as they freeze to death in the dark.

Michael in Dublin
August 26, 2022 7:19 am

The candle in the picture brought to mind Michael Faraday’s very popular lecture series, “The Chemical History of a Candle.”

We need to present the Scientific History of Climate in a clear and entertaining way to young people today so a new generation will approach this subject with wonder and not alarm.

Andy Pattullo
August 26, 2022 8:00 am

The US played the Trump card back then and won handily. Now they are just Biden their time waiting for a miracle to save them from ruin. Yes elections have consequences.

August 26, 2022 8:10 am

This is bad and wrong.

Gordon A. Dressler
August 26, 2022 9:08 am

From the above article’s quoted text from , near the end:
“. . . the measures could save two to two and a half percent of energy consumption in Germany . . . the federal government’s savings target for winter is 20 percent”.

OK, Germany, that’s 12.5% of the way toward your winter energy savings goal . . . now where do you go?

Walter Sobchak
August 26, 2022 9:29 am

Serves ’em right to suffer.

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”
Edmund Burke, Letter i. On a Regicide Peace. Vol. v. p. 331.

Kevin McNeill
August 26, 2022 9:55 am

Willie Nelson said it best, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Kevin McNeill
August 26, 2022 12:39 pm

Well, only for those that embrace the meme that “green, renewable” energy sources can actually replace fossil fuels to power modern civilization.

For those holding a different view—that mankind’s emissions from burning fossil fuels have an insignificant effect of Earth’s climate—“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

Shoki Kaneda
August 26, 2022 11:26 am

One of these days, the peasants may appear at the tyrant’s castle with pitchforks and torches. Those scenarios tend to end poorly for all concerned.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
August 26, 2022 4:23 pm

That’s so old-school, Shoki. In the future it will be body armor and firearms.

mega weld
August 26, 2022 2:21 pm

Creeping humidity into a home in cold weather is a sure killer. It also encourages the growth of mold and mildew. It seems that the Greens and left wing in general are just wanting to make life miserable for billions world wide.

Reply to  mega weld
August 26, 2022 3:06 pm

More like, they want to make the continuation of life impossible for billions worldwide.

Chris Nisbet
August 26, 2022 3:02 pm

Look at what Germany (and the UK) have done to themselves, and look at what impact it has had on the climate.

Has there been _any_ reporting in MSM indicating that anything we’ve inflicted on ourselves has made the slightest difference to the climate? Here in NZ the alarmist reports about ‘Climate Change’ have never been more feverish.
Check out the graphs of global CO2 concentrations – no sign that anything we’ve done over the last few decades has had _any_ impact on CO2 levels.

Serious question – is it going to take violence to get our idiot leaders to see sense?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Chris Nisbet
August 26, 2022 4:28 pm

French yellow vests, Dutch farmers, Canadian truckers & etc. U.S. inner cities may have to be nuked if welfare goodie supplies are disrupted.

August 26, 2022 3:49 pm

There’s gonna be a whole lotta chilly Europeans this winter. Might be time for that old Beatles song to become real: ‘You say you want a revolution..?’ Or maybe ‘Power to the People?’

Reply to  Dave
August 27, 2022 8:36 am

Or: “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”, by Billie Holiday

Dennis G. Sandberg
August 26, 2022 7:58 pm

German investors helped finance NS2. NS2 was fully ready, willing, and able to begin deliveries BEFORE anything happened in Ukraine. Germany postponed licensing NS2 for months BEFORE Putin’s action. Obviously, there were political shenanigans going on that held up the licensing. It was not technical. Could it be that the wind and solar interests had anything to do with it? Germany definitely has “issues”.

Reply to  Dennis G. Sandberg
August 27, 2022 8:28 am

Correct. The politics began with Nordstram2, with President Trump in the lead. Then Germany led the NS2 politics. Then Germany and the US placed harsh sanctions on Russia. Forcing Gazprom to demand payments in Rubles. Which the German government told private companies they did not want — abandon Russian energy sources as soon as possible. And Putin seems to be interfering with Gazprom, who wants to sell as much gas as possible for Rubles — but demand is already down 50%, even though LNG is more expensive. Demand will be down 100% when alternative suppliers can be found for Germany.

This all adds up to political interference in free trade
Russia has the gas and the pipelines to move it.
Germany needs to import gas from somewhere
Both governments are fighting with each other while the people sgffer.
Where have I heard that story before
Meanwhile the Russian Ukraine War continues.

August 27, 2022 5:01 pm

Russia is an untrustworthy energy partner

A statement without any supporting evidence.
Not even when a French minister promised “la guerre totale” against Russia, total war, a Reich III reference BTW, did Russia did nor suggested any energy related retaliation.

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