Placing The Blame for Europe’s Energy and Economic Crisis

From The Manhattan Contrarian

Francis Menton

Over in Europe, things are looking bad for the economy, largely driven by a rapid increase in household and business energy bills. In the UK, average household energy bills have recently risen to about triple where they were just a year ago; and Bloomberg reports that “tens of thousands” of UK businesses are at risk of closure due to soaring energy costs. In Germany, KAKE reports on October 7 that energy costs are “savaging German industry,” with natural gas prices in particular up 400% from January to September 2022.

So how did they get into this mess? You might think, that’s easy to understand. Obviously, they pursued “Net Zero” carbon emissions programs, building weather-dependent wind turbines and solar panels that produce nothing most of the time, while closing reliable coal power plants, banning fracking, and otherwise suppressing fossil fuels, with the sole exception of imports of natural gas. When the gas market spiked, they had no other backup for the wind and sun, and their energy prices soared. For their exit strategy from the mess, they need to diversify reliable supply, start fracking, and get over the idea that intermittent wind and solar can power a modern economy.

On the other hand, if you work for the New York Times, it’s possible to look at the exact same set of facts and draw entirely the opposite conclusions. The lead op-ed in today’s Times is written by a guy named Sam Bright, and has the headline “They Wanted to Blow Up Britain’s Economy, and Liz Truss Let Them.” Read the piece, and you will learn that the UK’s current economic crisis has nothing to do with failed renewable energy schemes or spiking natural gas prices. Instead, it is all the result of the nefarious plot of new PM Liz Truss — in office just one month today — and a shadowy group of “libertarian” think tanks, with a plan to “blow up” the UK economy.

Under Ms. Truss, once nicknamed the “human hand grenade” for her ideological obduracy, the libertarian right has detonated the British economy. The cost, for all but the richest, could be incalculable.

Yes, according to Mr. Bright and the Times, the policies of the last two decades to suppress reliable energy production, subsidize unreliable renewables that don’t work most of the time, and make the UK totally dependent on a volatile international natural gas market, have little or nothing to do with the current troubles. Instead, it’s all the fault of the guys who just came into power a couple of weeks ago — when the crisis was already under way — and who supposedly have been able to ruin everything in a matter of mere days, probably just for their own sadistic amusement.

Most of Bright’s piece devotes itself to identifying the real bad guys, who are a group of shadowy “libertarian” think tanks all based in the Westminster area of London on one short street, Tufton Street:

Set in a maze of streets flanking the Palace of Westminster, the red brick townhouses of Tufton Street are anonymous; no corporate logos attempt to catch the curiosity of passers-by. In fact, the street itself is usually deserted. But this sleepy facade conceals a welter of activity. For the past decade or more, Tufton Street has been the primary command center for libertarian lobbying groups, a free-market ideological workshop cloistered quietly in the heart of power.

It seems that this little street is infested with a “battalion” of “libertarian” shock troops, who have now moved into Downing Street with well thought-out plans to destroy Britain in a matter of days if not hours:

This battalion of free-market thinkers has now been welcomed into 10 Downing Street. Five of the new prime minister’s closest advisers are Tufton Street alumni, including Ms. Truss’s chief economic adviser and her political secretary, and at least nineTufton Street alumni are scattered across other major government departments.

According to this narrative, just by getting “welcomed” at Downing Street, they have been able to “blow up” Britain’s economy almost instantly, before even any new legislation has been passed.

The Times then provides a picture of the nerve center of this nefarious movement, a townhouse on the street in question:

Wait a minute! 55 Tufton Street is the headquarters of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the organization of which I serve as the President of the American Friends affiliate.

My question is, can anybody really believe this incredible spin, that attempts to absolve people who have been creating this mess for twenty and more years, and shift the blame to the people who have been in the wilderness that whole time?

There isn’t an election currently going on in Britain to enable us to assess the extent to which the public may fall for such spin. But meanwhile over in Germany, there is an election going on, in the state of Lower Saxony. No Tricks Zone reports today in a piece titled “Germany’s Green Party in Dire Straits, Isolates Its Hapless Leader.” It seems that the German public has figured out that the Greens and their renewable energy obsessions are substantially responsible for the energy crisis:

The German Greens, who are partners with the SPD socialists in Germany’s government, are sinking dramatically in the public opinion polls as it becomes clear Green Party leader and Economics Minister Robert Habeck is driving the country’s economy into the ground at a dizzying speed.

NTZ says it has gotten bad enough that the Greens are hiding Habeck from the public during the election, not letting him show his face for campaign events:

Blackout News reports reports that the Greens are “hiding” Habeck from the public in order to control the damage, and so far he has “had only one campaign appearance”. . . . “In the polls, Robert Habeck has already experienced a significant plunge in the popularity of German politicians in recent days. So it’s no wonder that the Greens are literally hiding their once most popular politician ahead of the election in Lower Saxony,” reports Blackout News.

NTZ concludes:

Once the darlings of politics, the German Greens have seen their popularity plummet spectacularly over the recent weeks as Germany’s economy crashes due to excruciating energy shortages and price inflation.

Read the complete article here.

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October 10, 2022 10:40 pm

Putin! Putin! Putin!, Russia! Russia! Russia! The cause of every problem in Europe!

Reply to  rah
October 11, 2022 12:09 am

Curiously, that is not too far from the truth.

Reply to  Leo Smith
October 11, 2022 12:24 am

Or the opposite from the truth 😉

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 11, 2022 4:10 am

Curiously, Leo is far from the Truth….

Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 11, 2022 5:48 am

I knew the troll Gregory would show up to defend Putin here. right on time

Reply to  Leo Smith
October 11, 2022 4:43 am

I agree … but not for the reason you think.

Putin is responsible for this mess because for the past 20 years his supply of cheap fossil fuel energy has allowed the German Energiewende fanatics to hide the worst effects of their asinine policies. If Putin hadn’t enabled their lunacy by selling them cheap energy, the whole scheme would have blown up 10-15 years ago and they would be well on their way to fixing the mess today instead of spending those years spiraling ever deeper down the drain of self-delusion. Instead, it took a war to make Germans finally face just how farcical their energy plans have become.

Willem Post
Reply to  Steve4192
October 11, 2022 5:59 am

Absolutely correct.

Germany gloated THEIR wind and solar was working so well (be like us), that they closed their NOT weather-dependent, reliable coal plants and ultra-safe nuclear plants, and cut their own and Romania’s ancient forests for power plants, because it is CO2 free, which definitely is far from the case.

Germany was able to do that by getting 55 billion cubic meter per year of pipeline gas directly from Russia at $280/1000 cubic meter, under long-term contracts, until the U.S./NATO helpers blew up the pipelines.

Germany becoming an unfriendly country, and buying US LNG at about $1500/1000 cubic meter, caused the 22-year ENEGIEWENDE to be revealed as a gigantic failure, which is about to be repeated teleprompter Biden in the US, unless the posse of White House leftists Dem/Progs gets voted out.

Reply to  Willem Post
October 11, 2022 7:22 am

Make no mistake, the German industrial complex can not compete internationally using US LNG as feedstock. Germany can certainly get the gas, but having to compete with Asian buyers crushes its competitiveness. This is the real story. The deliberate destruction of the Russian/German energy relationship. It’s a lose/lose for them. Who benefits? It’s not rocket science.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Nelson
October 11, 2022 11:42 am

The main beneficiary is China. More cheap gas from Russia. No competition for Geely. US distracted by European problems while China lines up its takeover of Taiwan.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Willem Post
October 11, 2022 11:40 am

The supply of Russian pipeline gas had been cut off by Russia long before the pipelines were attacked. Germany still has no LNG import terminal, and therefore depends entirely on pipeline imports. Russia had supplied sufficient in the first half of the year to allow them to rebuild stock in storage, and Norwegian supply has been boosted. Dutch supply from Groningen has continued to be cut back, losing almost 40bcm/a for Europe.

Russia first signalled their aggressive intent towards Germany over a year ago. They built up a substantial stock holding in German storage and refused to sell it in the depths of winter, causing sky high prices and disruption to supply patterns. The gradual turning down of the pipeline taps over the summer was a heightening of the pressure.

Meanwhile the US has maximised its exports and cannot export more just because Nordstream is disrupted: the disruption has not changed the supply picture for the winter.

The effect of blowing up the pipeline is that if the Germans think they will need it to refill storage next summer they will have to decide soon, as repairs will take months. If it were just a matter of turning the taps on they would have time on their side. It increases the pressure on Germany to switch to backing Putin fully.

That makes it unlikely that the US is responsible for blowing up the lines. Biden may be a dumb klutz but there are some people in the Pentagon and State Dept who can think a little more clearly.

Reply to  It doesnot add up
October 11, 2022 1:43 pm

To add some details:

Germany does not have its own regasification terminals for LNG and imports enter through neighboring countries’ terminals, especially Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany also receives some LNG via road freight.

That makes it unlikely that the US is responsible for blowing up the lines

I would like an explanation of who is responsible if the one nation that benefits, the US (because we are a major LNG supplier to the EU) is not responsible.

The US CIA had blown up a USSR pipeline in the past (1982) and the US / NATO attempted to blow up another Russian pipeline in 2015:

Honest global warming chart Blog: Russia’s Gazprom Releases Photos of NATO Seafox Mine Destroyer Found Next to Nord Stream Pipeline in 2015 – NATO Tried to Blow It Up At Least Once Before (

Honest global warming chart Blog: FLASHBACK: CIA Sabotaged Soviet Pipeline to Europe in 1982 – US Software Caused Massive Explosion in Siberian Pipeline Seen From Space (

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Gary Pearse
Reply to  Richard Greene
October 11, 2022 4:15 pm

The Poles had the opportunity, they were working on the new connector for Norwegian gas right where it crosses Nordstream on the same day. They also have become big in the NG industry of late.

Re US not having a motive, a little reverse psychology (the kind that spooks from all sides play!) makes US just as much a suspect. By your own links, they are obviously practiced at it.

Reply to  Steve4192
October 11, 2022 8:21 am

Putin is responsible for this mess

That “argument” falls apart faster than a cheap suitcase when you consider what happened in chronological order:

Germany decides that buying Russian gas is a good deal
That fact has never changed.
Gazprom wants to sell Germany as much gas as they want
That fact has never changed.

Thena political war began STARTED BY GERMANY:

Germany places harsh economic sanctions on Russia
Germany declares they will stop buying Russian gas
Germany cuts gas imports from Gazprom by over 50%

Russian retaliates against Germany by reducing gas volume sen to Germany.

US retaliates by blowing up two Russia to Germany pipelines.
Gazprom suffers as a result
Germany suffers as a result

The Germany versus Putin political trade war has disrupted the free trade of natural gas between the two nations. This political war was started by Germany. Therefore, it is not correct to blame Putin for Germany’s energy problems.

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Reply to  Richard Greene
October 12, 2022 4:59 am

Why did Germany place ‘harsh’ economic sanctions on Russia? Something to do with Putin invading Ukraine, perhaps?

Of course Germany contributed to its current position by placing too much reliance on one source (ignoring Trump’s entirely reasonable advice). But it was an act of war by Putin that prompted Germany to act as it has done.

Reply to  Steve4192
October 11, 2022 9:33 am

It’s not Putin’s fault for selling cheap gas – Russia’s got it to sell & Europe likes inexpensive energy. Putin didn’t force Europe to depend on Russia as the sole supplier, nor did he shut down European nuclear power plants or make them shift to unreliable & expensive green energy.
Cutting off gas to Europe & a war of aggression are Putin’s fault, but Europe got themselves into this energy mess.

Reply to  Steve4192
October 11, 2022 12:29 pm

Let’s just forget that Putin has been bankrolling most of the groups that are pushing both socialism and extreme environmentalism since before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  MarkW
October 11, 2022 2:43 pm

And we went for it? Half of America was already in the bag (Democrats) We can’t play the victim here and feel good about ourselves. I’m embarrassed that we got powned!

Sceptical Sam
Reply to  MarkW
October 12, 2022 2:28 am

Merkel was Putin’s Manchurian Candidate.
East German communist educated – brain washed – owned by the the socialists and supported by the Russian funded Greens.

jeffery p
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 11, 2022 1:46 pm

Yes, because Pute-Pute tricked everyone with Net-Zero and decarbonization.

willem opost
Reply to  jeffery p
October 11, 2022 2:24 pm

Net-zero is a Communist plot?

Reply to  Leo Smith
October 11, 2022 6:21 pm

Hahaha….. good joke……. right?!?

Reply to  rah
October 11, 2022 12:55 am

Many here openly said the EU was an accident looking for a place to happen and funny enough we were right. We have also said the Eastern States of Australia are going to meet the same end and we now have reports out agreeing … should be fun next year 🙂

Gary Pearse
Reply to  LdB
October 11, 2022 3:24 pm

I predicted a horror show in EU/UK a year ago and the damage to the global economy and I’m only a mining engineer not a well paid think tank boffin. I was very concerned about at least hundreds of thousands of casualties (an underestimate I now fear).

Industries were already shuttering plants, food shelves were emptying. And the British gov seemed oblivious to it, turning down cheap gas contracts and doubling down on wifty-poofty pretend energy. Even a half dozen renewable energy companies went broke.

The pres of Sri Lanka still hadn’t delivered his suicide note to Glasgow conference on a decree to convert the country to organic farms only. Sri Lanka months later became a failed feasibility study on the New Green Deal. Instead of reflecting solemnly on the total fail, the Dark Side began churning out alternative reasons, corruption, etc. etc. I can see why the misanthropes were so enamored with the term D*Nile. It’s where they live.

Reply to  rah
October 11, 2022 3:30 am

Someone called Trump warned the Germans relying on a dictatorships gas, and they laughed. Enjoy your freezing cold, dark winter Europe and England.

Reply to  Surrr
October 11, 2022 5:49 am

I’m laughing now at them!

Reply to  rah
October 11, 2022 4:21 am

Putin is obviously not the cause of every problem in Europe.

On the other hand …

Europe, largely because of global warming stupidity, let itself become dependent on Russian gas. The accusation has been made that Russia has been aiding the global warming loonies.

We know that the Soviets worked hard on subverting America. link The Russians have carried on in the same manner. The idea that Putin, a KGB man, would try to subvert Europe is probably true.

Putin is probably the cause of some problems in Europe. Just not all of them. 🙂 The Europeans have probably been their own worst enemies.

Reply to  commieBob
October 11, 2022 4:55 am

So the European governments and EU are the cause and not Russia or Putin. The subversion or attempted subversion has been going on basically my entire 67 year lifetime except a short break when the Soviet pact disintegrated, and long before that, but now it is a big problem?

Russia and Putin are not the problem. Physically it is less of a threat that it was during the cold war. Our own governments and press are the problem because unlike in the past they are selectively facilitating it and then blaming Russia when it was their actions or inaction which caused the problems,

Reply to  rah
October 11, 2022 5:54 am

The subversion or attempted subversion has been going on basically my entire 67 year lifetime except a short break when the Soviet pact disintegrated, and long before that, but now it is a big problem?

Agreed. As always, things are complicated. Anyway, we can thank my old buddy Vlad for the wonderful education he’s been giving us lately.

willem opost
Reply to  commieBob
October 11, 2022 2:28 pm

Vlad can say to Brussels all-knowing bureaucrats: “I told you so years ago, but you would not listen!”

Gerard O'Dowd
Reply to  rah
October 11, 2022 4:48 pm

Perhaps European/American Civil Society is witnessing the consequences of the simultaneous failure of the function of multiple state and federal governmental institutions: public education, academia, homelessness, the governance of corporations, local law enforcement agencies, the Judiciary courts, DHS, DOD, the Intelligence Community, FBI/DOJ, ICE, Federal Reserve, EPA, DOE, NIH, NIAID,SEC, etc when they seek to enhance personal privileges and positions or pursue an ideological agenda divergent from their Constitutional roles and duties and the interests of the welfare and prosperity of the nation.

It seems the Administrative State is trying to destroy the Constitutional Republic they have sworn to protect and defend: The suppression of political speech by Big Tech, the prosecution of political opponents, Open borders, uncontrolled illegal immigration, fentanyl drug smuggling and skyrocketing over dose deaths; rampant city crime, early release of convicted multiple offenders; irrigation, fertilizer, pesticide, and energy shortages affecting California Central Valley farmers; massive Fiscal deficit spending, the monetization of the Federal Debt, the devaluation and debasement of the $US,supply shortages, general price inflation; the shameful Afghanistan withdrawal, the loss of military deterrence in Eastern Europe and the Taiwan Strait; the harmful business lockdowns and health care mismanagement during Covid19 pandemic not to mention the NIH/NIAID funding of the WIV and the design of experimental Covid19 virus itself.

International “free” trade and Wall Street financing of Red China, to enable the rapid growth of the Chinese economy, the wholesale theft or coercive transfer of Western IP enhancing the power of the Chinese Communist Party to maintain its control over its people and technologies of the future are confounding problems to all free peoples and nations. Perhaps the corruption of easy Yuan is at the root of American administrative state failure, negligence and cowardice.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  commieBob
October 11, 2022 7:40 am

‘…let itself become dependent on Russian gas.’

Sorry to rant here, but I wish I had a dollar for every comment like the one above.

Europe’s energy problems are no more related to dependence on Russian gas than our food ‘problems’ are related to our dependence on the local Safeway. I’m referring, of course, to specialization, the division of labor and trade, which form the basis for the modern extended economy versus everyone poking in the ground with a sharp stick.

So, yes, while the Soviets and Putin certainly had / have their own nefarious interests, Europe’s real energy problem, beside falling for climate alarmism, was getting in bed with a US deep state bureaucracy hell bent on Russian regime change.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
October 11, 2022 9:56 am

I’m referring, of course, to specialization, the division of labor and trade, which form the basis for the modern extended economy versus everyone poking in the ground with a sharp stick.

That’s absolutely true. On the other hand, it’s not the one rule that always trumps everything else. There are other factors, like national security for instance, and they matter.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  commieBob
October 11, 2022 11:56 am

‘There are other factors, like national security for instance, and they matter.‘

My point was that both Russia and Europe were better off when they voluntarily exchanged gas and other products absent ‘sanctions’.

National security had no bearing on the issue until the US pushed its corrupt Ukraine puppet into a proxy war with Russia.

Sceptical Sam
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
October 12, 2022 2:41 am

Hang on. Hang on.

I didn’t see Ukrainian troops invading Russia.

I didn’t see Ukrainian rockets falling on Moscow.

I didn’t see Ukrainian politicians claiming parts of south-west Russia as Ukrainian traditional territory.

Coomie Bob. You’re well named.

Did I miss all that? Or has the CIA been hiding all that, as well?

Reply to  Sceptical Sam
October 12, 2022 4:39 am

While I feel sorry for the Ukranian people, if you think Ukraine is the good one and Russia the bad one, your sadly mistaken. Both are bad.

Reply to  rah
October 12, 2022 5:39 am

Yes but the lesson is clear. In the Russian military, all orders come from the top. They can’t fire a shell without an order from the top. That makes counter battery fire useless in these days of shoot-and-scoot.

Similar to the west, Ukrainian soldiers have a lot of autonomy. They are a lot more effective for that reason.

Reply to  commieBob
October 11, 2022 12:31 pm

It’s no surprise that most of the major hacker groups are backed by Russia.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
October 11, 2022 4:12 pm

The only sources of information for that particular nugget are biased as all hell. The only reliable information we have is that hackers from all over the world love using Russian sites and identities because there is little to no accountability on them. That they have appeared on Russian websites is circumstantial evidence but there is zero evidence that hacker groups are backed by Russia or are even Russian. Trump seemed to have evidence at one point that led him to believe they may have been Ukrainian – anyone have anything on that?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  commieBob
October 11, 2022 3:48 pm

commie, your last sentence is basically it. Because the Western World fell under this kind of manipulation, that’s our own fault. Blaming Putin for his successful campaigns to get his way smells of victimhood.The left in the West actually wanted this. They have been the biggest apologists for USSR.

If you wonder what happened to our education system, here’s part of a long interview with Yuri Bezmenov a KGB defector to the US back in the 1970s who predicted today’s state of affairs!

How’s that for a successful campaign and whose fault is it really?

Ben Vorlich
October 10, 2022 10:54 pm

We’re always told that off shore wind is more productive than onshore. But it still duffers from the same problems in reality.

There’s 10 years worth of information there and it doesn’t look good. Optimum output for a wind turbine is at 13 m/s or 25knots

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
October 11, 2022 2:18 am

Evidently the wind in the North Sea did not get the memo about the speed it should be blowing.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 11, 2022 7:12 am

Obviously Liz Truss intercepted it as part of her scheme to destroy England’s economy.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
October 11, 2022 3:32 am

The EU ,ENGLAND and Australia’s ALP should install wind turbines around their parliament house, heaps of wind there.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
October 11, 2022 10:35 am

“We’re always told that off shore wind is more productive than onshore. But it still suffers from the same problems in reality.”

The analogy:

1) I dig a hole with a shovel and you fill it in with a spade.

2) I dig a hole and you fill it in with a shovel.

Which is more productive, #1 or #2?

October 10, 2022 11:13 pm

Democracy is a self-correcting system. In the UK (but not in Scotland) it appears that the correction has started at last.

alastair gray
Reply to  Mike Jonas
October 10, 2022 11:31 pm

The green shoots of reality are thrusting from the manure bed of Net Zero.Not the beginning of the end but hopefully the end of the beginning. There will be blood, sweat, tears and toil ahead.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
October 11, 2022 12:46 am

Democracy in the UK is just a word.

There are at least two convicts in the Commons and their constituents have no democratic means of removing them

That’s up to their godfather – Mr Speaker

Richard Page
Reply to  Strativarius
October 11, 2022 12:34 pm

Interesting – this information is not collected by the House of Commons and isn’t considered a bar to becoming an MP (you can even remain an MP in prison as long as the sentence is under 1 year). Their constituents have a very good democratic way of removing them – if their constituents vote to recall their MP by a simple majority then the MP will be replaced in a by-election.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Mike Jonas
October 11, 2022 8:09 am

There are two stable endpoints of Democracy – limited or unlimited government.

October 10, 2022 11:37 pm

It is what Putin does (given his education in the KGB) and it was all socialists do, no matter if their prefix starts with inter-, or just national. They always blame their own crimes on the other side. This is 101 socialism.

Reply to  E. Schaffer
October 11, 2022 3:38 am

I guess Putin’s qualification as a lawyer has no bearing on his behaviour whatsoever.

Meanwhile America enjoys the openly corrupt Biden, ruling (not governing) by executive order whilst turning the DoJ and FBI on his political opponents and jailing Jan 6 protestors without charge. Entirely ignoring the fact that the only death on that protest was an unarmed Trump supporter shot by an official who has not been charged.

Whilst Extinction Rebellion, Stop Oil and Insulate Britain etc. sit down on motorways to cause chaos, Russia designates public squares in, for example, Moscow where people are welcome to peacefully protest against anything the want to.

But Putin’s bad for doing what the west has done almost continuously since the end of WW2.

Reply to  HotScot
October 11, 2022 6:01 am

Troll alert!

Richard Page
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 11, 2022 12:36 pm

How very kind of you to self-advertise, but I think everybody here is capable of making up their own mind thanks.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  HotScot
October 11, 2022 6:38 am

Putin pursues policies he believes are in the best interests of Russia. That is thing people need to keep in mind. His policies may be wrong, but his motivation is “What is good for Russia?” He wants to be top dog, but then so does everyone else (amusingly, even the French, still thinking it’s 1750). He doesn’t primarily want bad things for other countries, but if that’s what it takes to make good things happen for Russia, well, breaks of the game. Don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s some evil gnome trying to break the world “just because.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 11, 2022 7:15 am

What Putin is doing is harming Russia, not helping it.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 11, 2022 10:33 am

What is good for Russia?

Or perhaps what is good for Putin’s political and economic control of Russia, and his legacy as “the one who reinstated the Russian Superstate.” Neither of which is working out for him at the moment.

Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 11, 2022 12:35 pm

No, he has no interest in the what is best for Russia, his only interest is what’s in the best interest of Putin and his cronies.
If his actions were in the best interest of Russia, would hundreds of thousands of young Russian men be trying to flee the country?

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jeffery p
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 11, 2022 1:49 pm

First, what is good for Vlad, second what is good for Vlad’s oligarch cronies, three, what is good for Russia.

Reply to  E. Schaffer
October 11, 2022 8:52 am

No way Putin is a socialist!

Robert Hanson
Reply to  atticman
October 11, 2022 10:38 am

A Stalin style Communist, no. A Mussolini style Fascist, yes. These are the two main flavors of Socialism, as different from each other as Catholic and Protestant.

October 10, 2022 11:44 pm


Sky News UK allows people to express their opinion that the energy crises may be about ruinables not just the war in Ukraine.

Link to broadcast

October 10, 2022 11:49 pm

Bright does not appear to be very bright!

He should take the following factors into account:
The UK electricity grid functioned in a reliable cost-efficient manner before renewable boondoggles were installed.
European countries with the most expensive per unit electricity have foolishly invested very heavily into ruinables and some (ie Germany) are busy reverting back to coal.

One wonders at how he is completely oblivious to events in the wider world outside of his narrow fossil fuel obsession. There is something lacking in the modern education system!

Reply to  KAT
October 11, 2022 5:17 am

KAT: There is something lacking in the modern education system!”

True, but there is nothing lacking in the pay stubs of those willing to carry the water for the ‘elites’ who wish to impoverish and enslave us.

Reply to  KAT
October 11, 2022 7:28 am

He lives/works in New York City. Of course he’s not very bright, except in relation to the rare case of that particular enviromnent. They think everybody ELSE that is wrong because they don’t have the same world view of say, about 20 blocks in any direction.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  BobM
October 11, 2022 10:41 am

It has nothing to do with bright or not bright. It has only to do with parroting the predominate Dem party line.

Reply to  KAT
October 11, 2022 11:48 am

Bright probably got a nice bonus from some entity for writing that blatent bullshit to
try putting the hammer on Truss somemore.He knew he was gaslighting when he wrote
it & no,I do not think he wrote it because he’s such a firm believer in AGW or any of that
other climat nonsense. The lies & misinformation are so obvious that even a dumb ass like
me can see thru it just from following the discussion every day & keeping up with the climate fiasco that the UK has foisted upon itself. .
Sadly people today have no pride,morals,ethics or shame. Wave a handful of money
at them & they’ll do most anything.

October 10, 2022 11:50 pm

Technically it was not lack of wind that set off the energy crisis by causing a gas shortage. It was lack of a correct forecast, but it amounts to the same thing. Betting on the chaotically unpredictable weather is bound to lose at some point.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  David Wojick
October 11, 2022 4:26 am

Many a gambler has said, “let it ride” one turn too many times. Sooner or later if you’re playing games of chance, i.e., the wind not blowing or the sun not shining, you WILL lose.

October 10, 2022 11:52 pm

Good news about Truss, right? Maybe she will blow up the green agenda. One can hope.

Reply to  David Wojick
October 11, 2022 12:19 am

Reply to KAT

Mr Bright needs a new nickname – Notso

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Jeff
October 11, 2022 3:45 am

Or perhaps a legal name change to “Dim.”

Richard Page
Reply to  David Wojick
October 11, 2022 5:50 am

The ‘human hand grenade’ nickname was put on her by Dominic Cummings, which perhaps should be a good reason for not using it. Frankly the MSM all using Cummings insulting and/or misogynistic nicknames smacks of complete stupidity and hypocrisy – perhaps they will now officially refer to Carrie Johnson as ‘princess nut-nut’ as well?

October 11, 2022 12:24 am

 ‘‘It seems that the German public has figured out that the Greens and their renewable energy obsessions are substantially responsible for the energy crisis…”

I can feel a reckoning coming on, not just in Germany, but around the globe. Greens and their ideology is getting on the nose. Especially when creature comforts people have become accustomed to, like affordable electricity and the mod cons it runs, are taken away.

Bob boder
Reply to  aussiecol
October 11, 2022 4:10 am

You are all dreaming, the brainwashing runs extremely deep. Any correction will be short lived

Reply to  aussiecol
October 11, 2022 10:08 am

Meanwhile the Biden administration continues to emulate the obviously suicidal path of the Europeans on energy policy.

October 11, 2022 12:32 am

55 Tufton Street is home to a number of organisations – the BBC has run a few programmes on the subject

They’ve obviously told the NYT all about it

The UK needs all the Carbon bombs it can muster, while the greens go even more do-lally

“Give legal rights to animals, trees and rivers, say experts” – The Guardian

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AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Strativarius
October 11, 2022 3:48 am

Let me guess who will “speak for” the “animals, trees and rivers” when their “rights” have been “given” to them…

Reply to  AGW is Not Science
October 11, 2022 8:55 am

Doctor Doolittle?

Barry James
October 11, 2022 12:46 am

The parsimonious Socialists with the Greens leading them by the nose will never admit that their policies are at fault. They religiously believe that the problems caused by their over dependence on unreliables can be solved if they can just get enough unreliables. It really is mind boggling that such stupidity is allowed to prevail. Here in Oz, we are witnessing the same stupidity being enacted, this time with legislation that forces it on us.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Barry James
October 11, 2022 4:23 am

“Socialists… will never admit that their policies are at fault”

Standard fare for socialists!

Louis Hunt
October 11, 2022 1:18 am

Liz Truss must be a pretty powerful woman if she can tank the economy of her own country in just a few weeks and that of Germany at the same time. However, I think it is more likely that Sam was adopted because he is certainly not “bright.” He should go by the name Sam Liar rather than Sam Bright. It’s much more fitting.

Richard Page
Reply to  Louis Hunt
October 11, 2022 6:01 am

Liz Truss did not tank the economy nor did anything whatsoever untoward. The economy tanked as a reaction by the markets, the IMF and international finance brokers who heard something they didn’t like. Basically the UK government is being held hostage by international businessmen who want our economy to perform in THEIR best interests, not for the people of the UK. When the Unions believed they could control the government of the UK then it was time to break the power of the Unions; now it should be time to break the stranglehold of these international businesses on our country.

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D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Richard Page
October 11, 2022 6:41 am

Richard, you forgot to turn your sarcasm detector on while reading the first line of Louis’ post.

Richard Page
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 11, 2022 12:41 pm

I upvoted Louis on his post. I just thought I should point out that it was actually the international community that has done this. I do apologise if I came across a bit ‘ranty’ though.

Reply to  Richard Page
October 11, 2022 11:54 am

reread the post by Louis… slower

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Louis Hunt
October 11, 2022 7:22 am

“He should go by the name Sam Liar rather than Sam Bright.”

You made me laugh! 🙂

October 11, 2022 1:19 am

The Left are like the infected in the movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, they point and shriek at anyone who is not “one of them”.

Old Man Winter
October 11, 2022 2:50 am

Because libs don’t have anything good that people want, they MUST lie,
censor & control people to win, with climate being only a part of that plan.
WUWT’s posts did a great job exposing Greens demanding Big Tech to treat
“climate disinformation” like hate speech & lying about hurricanes. Here are
some of the other ways they’re going “all in”:

1) “Network of Democrat-Backed Fake News Outlets Exposed As the Party
Targets Swing States for the Mid-Terms”

2) Gates Foundation pledges $1.27B to the UN Sustainable Development
Goals, of which $200M is for int’l digital IDs.

3) California’s being sued over AB 2098, which told doctors to self-censor
their opinions on the Wuhan flu.

4) Twitter temporarily censored Florida’s Surgeon General’s tweet about
men’s post-Wuhan flu vaxx death risk

5) The AMA wants the DOJ & Big Tech to censor, deplatform, investigate, &
prosecute journalists who question the orthodoxy of radical gender surgeries for minors.

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October 11, 2022 2:58 am

Bright is not the brightest candel on the cake, for some more of light, you need some more of guys like him. 😀

October 11, 2022 3:21 am

Utter nonsense. The most unreliable source of energy turned out to be the fossil fuel russian natural gas.

Reply to  lgl
October 11, 2022 5:49 am

But only because the most rotten leaders made their followers dependent on it.

Reply to  R Taylor
October 11, 2022 6:06 am

Germany is a democracy.

Reply to  lgl
October 11, 2022 6:51 am

Ask A. Baerbock about, she decided in favour of Ukraine, not caring about her voters.

Richard Page
Reply to  lgl
October 11, 2022 12:48 pm

Really? So getting rid of Russian gas that is keeping homes warm, lights on and businesses going is in the best interests of the German people is it? When the jobless Germans are dying of cold, in the dark, do you think their last thoughts will be to thank their elected representatives for saving them from Russian gas?

Richard Page
Reply to  lgl
October 11, 2022 6:05 am

Economically unreliable no. Politically unreliable maybe.

Reply to  lgl
October 11, 2022 10:49 am

In the current sense … lgl is absolutely correct.

What (an who) reason be?

Amos E. Stone
October 11, 2022 3:30 am

On the other hand, from the NTZ link:

“Desperate to find new sources of energy now that the Russian supply of natural gas has been halted, Habeck has angered his party base by extending the operating life for two nuclear power plants and putting lignite-fired power plants back on line.”

Not sure he’s being sidelined for being too Green. I’d vote for him on the basis of the above, except he’s in the wrong party!

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Amos E. Stone
October 11, 2022 10:10 am

The German Greens have always been hypocrites. Greenpeace International had a policy that all nuclear waste should be dealt with by the country in which it originated back in the 1980s – 1990s. (May still have)

Germany sends spent fuel to France for reprocessing. The German greens were vehemently against any of the waste products being returned to Germany and repeatedly blocked the railway lines in attempts to stop the return.

October 11, 2022 3:40 am

The German citizens should be able to sue their government for negligence. Governments are there to serve the people, not rule over them, and I’m sure as he’ll going to hold the Australian government accountable if our energy generation goes arse up. I’m moving into parliament house, permanently.

Old Man Winter
October 11, 2022 4:15 am

“Europeans are hoarding wood, cleaning chimneys, and mulling horse dung
as winter looms in an energy crisis” (emphasis mine; h/t Sunshine Hours)

Stateside, Dems wanted DeSantis to fail & Floridians to suffer just so they
could “Win, Win, Win! Libs really can “kill us with kindness”!

John the Econ
October 11, 2022 5:21 am

Nothing sours one on bad Progressive policy like having to live the reality of bad Progressive policy. And yet there will be those who believe whatever the NYT spins on it because the alternative is just too unfathomable to accept.

October 11, 2022 5:58 am

It worked the same way with VW mpg cheating–it worked great right up to point where it stopped working.

Joe Wagner
October 11, 2022 6:33 am

> My question is, can anybody really believe this incredible spin, that attempts to absolve people who have been creating this mess for twenty and more years, and shift the blame to the people who have been in the wilderness that whole time?

Um, yes! As hard as it is to believe, they have quite the willing group of sheep, er, believers.

October 11, 2022 8:13 am

I criticized this article at the MC website and will say the same thing here:

Conservative authors should spend less time quoting idiotic New York Times articles and more time on providing the truth. This NYT article blaming new PM Truss was stupid even by the usual low leftist standards. If a conservative author wants to criticize a leftist energy or climate article, just summarize that article in one sentence. Then tell us the right answer. Keep the leftist claptrap presented at conservative websites to a minimum. Especially quoting incredibly stupid piece like this NYT article
by a Mr. Sam (not so) Bright

It doesnot add up
October 11, 2022 11:25 am

Of course one of the people with a high degree of culpability is the new Chancellor. Kwarteng was the minister running the Business Eradication and Industrial Suppression department who authorised Alok Sharma, President of COP26 and still in the cabinet to blow up a coal fired power station. Kwarteng was personally responsible for preventing the development of new North Sea fields, failing to procure adequate dispatchable generating capacity and much else.

He of course is merely one of a succession of disastrous ministers in charge of energy policy, which include such luminaries as Ed Miliband, the promoter of the Climate Change Act and his Energy Act that placed green interests above consumer interests, Chris Huhne who promoted wood chips for Drax (which he now sells) and prevented new nuclear investment, Ed Davey who boasts he shut down any chance of fracking, Charles Hendry who went straight to a sincere chairing Forthwind on stepping down, Amber Rudd who echoed Davey, and Andrea Leadsom who refused to look again at fracking.

Campsie Fellow
October 11, 2022 11:49 am

In the election for the state Parliament of Lower Saxony on 9 October 2022 the Green Party won 14.5 percent of the votes and 24 seats. In the previous election in 2017 they won 8.7 percent of the vote and only 12 seats. Not much sign of the Green Party being punished by the voters.

Richard Page
Reply to  Campsie Fellow
October 11, 2022 1:00 pm

Scholz leads a coalition of 3 parties in power, not just the 1. How did the other 2 parties in the coalition do?

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
October 11, 2022 1:09 pm

Cat got your tongue? The SPD are down 3.5% but up 2 seats, the Greens are as you say but the FDP lost every seat they had – overall it was a definite loss.

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willem post
October 11, 2022 2:15 pm

Carbon Dioxide; Where Does it Come From?

Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies.

He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.




12 February 1946 






Earth ScienceGeologyMining Engineering


University of New England,University of Newcastle,University of Melbourne,University of Adelaide

Alma mater

University of New South Wales,Macquarie University


The pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Australia (1976)

Notable awards

Eureka Prize (1995, 2002),Centenary Medal (2003), Clarke Medal (2004)


 Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?

 Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better!

If you’ve read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.

 PLIMER: “Okay, here’s the bombshell: The volcanic eruption in Iceland .


 Since its first spewing of volcanic ash, in just FOUR DAYS, it has NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past FIVE years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.


Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.


I know….it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished, while:


suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids,

buying fabric grocery bags, 

sitting up till midnight to finish your kids “The Green Revolution” science project,

throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies,

using only two squares of toilet paper,

putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, 

selling your SUV and speedboat,

vacationing at home instead of abroad, 

nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle,

replacing all of your 50-cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…..


Well, all of those things you have done FOR FIVE YEARS, have all gone down the tubes in just four days.


The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes, FOUR DAYS – by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon.


And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.


I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention, when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.


Yes, folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year – think about it.


Of course, I shouldn’t spoil this ‘touchy-feely, tree-hugging, moment, and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.


And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is, the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS. And those fires are happening every year.


Just remember your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus ‘human-caused’ climate-change scenario.


Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention ‘Global Warming’ anymore, but just ‘Climate Change’ – you know why?


It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century, and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.


And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.


It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.


But, hey, relax……give the world a hug and have a nice day!”

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Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  willem post
October 11, 2022 4:12 pm

Two squares of toilet paper? After eating a contaminated Indian curry?
Australian industry to the rescue. Australians use toilet paper at more than 1,500 miles an hour. Twice the speed of sound in a fighter jet. No sonic boom though, because it is properly managed and hidden from the media.
On the other hand, our national media mobs are highly ignorant about how supply and demand work when they ventilate their lack of wisdom about the destruction of Australian electricity supply. The green ideas that cause the media to clap their hands and sing simple ditties are nothing short of treasonous, as they would be labelled if we were at war. Who is going to toss out this green garbage (in the approved waste bin, of course)? Will it be some politician who finally realises the size of the problem? Can’t see reform starting with the media. Guess it is up to people like Ian Plimer who have studied the problem with abundant experience and ability, not your average green who has yet to learn to spell penecontemporaneous dedelomitisation, let alone know what it means while their knuckles drag in the mud on the way to their next antisocial protest.
Australian society is sick. There are obvious solutions for the major self-inflicted energy problems. Just reverse recent energy supply changes until we are back to the low cost, reliable supply of the pre-2005 era, as good as any in the world. Simples.
Geoff S

H Fan
October 12, 2022 11:09 pm

Yeah, it’s amazing but don’t doubt that the spin will be “we are too reliant on fossil fuels and have to double down on more green energy to save the economy and planet”. Whether voters will be stupid enough to believe it, who knows. But so far they mostly have been.

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