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Attention Poor People, Step Away from The Fuel. It’s Not for You. And Stop Using It Anyway. Thank You


 Terry Etam

Here we are in a season of counterweighting emotions. On one hand, the holiday season is close, the season of good cheer and all that other greeting card stuff. On the other hand, the sun is up for five minutes per day, it’s been horribly cold for more than a month already, and the entire landscape is either grey or brownish mud-grey. 

In the spirit of the dominance of the latter mood, it is a good time to descend into the septic tank that is the mainstream news flow. I won’t wallow for long, lord help me, but there are important vectors in the world today that deserve to be scrutinized. 

The mainstream news flow is, in general, too late, too opinionated/politicized, and, if it clears those hurdles, is often too sensationalistic. However, in their search for shock and awe, there are glimmers of stories we should all be following.

If you read columns here regularly, you will be familiar with some of the broader themes below, but they come from a curmudgeon on a soapbox. It’s time to give my vocal cords a rest since the world is providing plenty of clarity. What follows are tragic stories of human suffering, wild hypocrisy, and, threaded through, a glimpse into the cast of characters orchestrating it all. 

Following are a sequence of headlines and story snippets; read them and judge for yourself. Here we go!

Pakistan energy shortage could last years, blackouts expected this year: Report. “Not one supplier responded to Pakistan LNG Ltd.’s tender to buy the power-plant fuel for between four to six years starting January.”

LNG cargoes destined for Bangladesh being rerouted to EuropeWB “‘This led to widespread power cuts in some countries, such as Bangladesh and Pakistan, which were unable to compete with Europe to purchase LNG cargoes on the spot market,’ says the report.”

The Powerful New Financial Argument for Fossil-Fuel Divestment – Bill McKibben/NewYorker “BlackRock should be bold and proactively offer this as a core piece of its financial advice.

What would happen if the world’s largest investment firm issued that advice and its clients followed it?…It would show that a report issued by a small London think tank a decade ago had turned the financial world’s view of climate upside down.”

Students Dance for Divestment at McGill ““We’re calling on our institutions to divest from fossil fuels and to justly re-invest into things that actually help the community.” (It appears to be actually true that university students are unable to grasp that fossil fuels not just help communities but keep them alive, every single one of them.)

How Fossil Fuel Divestment falls short – Harvard Business Review “…divestment will lead to the sector’s demise and create a better environment for accelerating renewable energy efforts.”

Rising fuel costs are crippling Africa’s economies “Rising fuel prices are hitting Africans hard at a time when the prices of basic foods have also risen dramatically…The Kenyan government, under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise more revenue, had raised taxes on household goods such as cooking gas, fuel, and food by 14%…In Togo and Ivory Coast, food prices have also nearly doubled.”

U.S., other countries cut funding for international fossil fuel projects “…this is the first time that a number of key countries have come together to say that their public finance cannot be used for the financing of fossil fuels.” (Targets of this blockade are developing countries.)

2022: Germany inaugurates first new LNG terminal “The completion in 194 days represented an unprecedented pace of construction in Germany, made possible by permitting exceptions and forgoing environmental impact assessments.” (Germany has been among the loudest to abandon fossil fuels.)

NY to Divest Pension Fund from Exxon and Other Oil and Gas Corporations From New York: “Humanity is engaged in an epic battle to save the planet for future generations.The enemy is fossil fuels, and every step that works toward shutting them down is critical.”

LNG: European thirst for natural gas puts Bangladesh and Pakistan in the dark ““Europe is trying to grab every molecule of gas wherever it is available…They are purchasing everything from current to future gas. And their purchasing power is much higher than that of developing countries. So obviously, countries like Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan have been hit very hard.”

Pakistan is in the midst of a severe energy crisis and last week it emerged that it had failed to attract a single bid from suppliers for a tender to supply one cargo of LNG per month for between four and six years. For months, Pakistan has also struggled to buy LNG on the shorter term spot markets.

The consequences for certain countries are stark. Last week, Bangladesh suffered its worst blackouts in almost a decade, with more than 100 million people left without power for several hours. For months, Bangladesh has been struggling to secure enough gas on global markets.”29dk2902l

The ships full of gas waiting off Europe’s coast “…that’s one reason why LNG ships are waiting around – some are queuing for access to regasification terminals. In the meantime, Germany and the Netherlands have invested in new regasification facilities. Some, rapidly built using converted LNG ships pinned to docksides, are expected to become operational within months.

On top of this bottleneck, less gas is getting used up in Europe than it otherwise might at present because the weather has been very mild well into October.”

Reuters Analysis: Can COP27 deter Africa from a ‘dash for gas’ in green energy transition?

Game Not Over: Resistance Against East African Crude Oil Pipeline “The global #STopEACOP [pipeline] campaign is mobilising support and putting pressure on investors to stop the flow of money towards construction. At least 15 banks and six of the world’s leading insurers have so far publicly pledged not support it. The struggle continues.”

Europe’s Rush to Buy Africa’s Natural Gas Draws Cries of Hypocrisy “Near the tip of Nigeria’s Bonny Island, an arrowhead speck of land where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Niger Delta, a giant plant last year produced enough liquefied natural gas to heat half the UK for the winter. Most of it was shipped out of the country, with Spain, France and Portugal the biggest buyers.

Just 17 miles away in the town of Bodo, residents still use black-market kerosene and diesel to light wood stoves and power electricity generators.”

2021: IEA zero emissions roadmap’s bombshell: no new fossil-fuel investment beyond 2021 Hmm, sounds like the Euro-centric IEA is fairly clear, if one wants Net Zero 2050 – they’re the only ones that have actually drawn a roadmap. Stop the fossil-fuel development, now!


2022: Sempra annouces 15 year deal to sell LNG to France

2022: Britain announces first new coal mine in 30 years

2022: Germany Inks 15-Year LNG Deal with Qatar

But then again on the other other hand: Fossil fuel recruiters banned from three more UK universities

Ok, ok, I can almost hear you dry-heaving. Almost done – here are two last quotes, one for comic relief from the theatre of the absurd, and another to offer hope.

Peter Kalmus, NASA Climate Scientist, ultra-uber-anti-fossil fuels activist, on Twitter: “I’ve been trying everything I can think of to get the public to realize what an emergency [climate] we’re in for 17 years now.” 

You would be correct in wondering what mental disorder leads to calling something an emergency for 17 consecutive years, a time in which the condition, according to him, only worsened. The whole thing kind of makes a mockery of the term “emergency response”, but that’s how some people think. They are so enraged they just make sh*t up.

In one article Kalmus describes being on a hike that was so hot that “lizards fried, right there on the rocks…and songbirds fell from the sky.” Quite the hike. Very interesting how this middle-aged perptual-emergency machine managed to survive where lizards and birds couldn’t. Kalmus’ own wife describes him as having “almost like a pornographic fascination with ‘Oh, I’m going to imagine just how bad everything is going to be.’” 

Of relevance here, Kalmus himself in the article gets right to the point: “The overt denialists are easy villains, the monsters who look like monsters. But the rest of us, much of the time, wear pretty green masks over our self-interest and denial…”

I wouldn’t bring the guy up at all, except for two reasons: his line of thinking directly underlines the above actions that are destroying the world’s fuel system, and his quote brings up my last, brilliant, hopeful one.

To wrap up quoting, let’s turn to one of those supposedly lazy/useless/entitled millennials whom people love to heap scorn on, a cliche that needs exterminating asap: 

“The laziest way to create meaning in your life is to find an enemy.” Kyla Scanlon

Kyla Scanlon is mid 20s and she is exactly right. I’ve catalogued this list not to create a different enemy, but to point out the consequences of designating one. Sure, it makes life easier, but the world is a lot more complex than that, and besides, when that enemy is the world’s most critical fuel supply, maybe you’d better rethink your premises.

There are many ways to fight for “the environment.” I put this phrase in quotations because we are actually quite far from agreeing on what that actually means. “The environment” – an environment – will always be here. It is a thing independent of our existence. So the fight for “the environment” is kind of nonsensical as a framework to start.

Do we want “the environment” as it could be, that is, more or less free of the mark of humans? That ain’t gonna happen. There are 8 billion of us. Next.

Do we want “the environment” free of pollutants? That’s almost impossible to envision, but worth working to optimize. We can reduce pollution, we can reduce spills, we can reduce waste.

I’m not being pedantic, I’m getting to a point. What has come to dominate the fight “for the environment” is the fight against CO2 (and lately, methane). It is clear from above that if that is the axis on which the battle is fought, the casualty will be much of humanity. The fuel system we’ve developed over the last century is the only thing keeping us all alive. It is a complex Rube-Goldberg machine that works, albeit imperfectly.

May this basket of crap above at least get us thinking about the victims of forces way beyond their control, and also to think about the single flower growing in that fertilizer – the correct take that there are ways to make progress while feeding everyone, to make “the environment” cleaner and stronger while building a lot of necessary stuff – but it takes work, and not blame.

A great gift to put under the tree to ward off holiday energy arguments. It works like a pacifier. Pick up “The End of Fossil Fuel Insanity” at, or  Thanks!

Read more insightful analysis from Terry Etam here, or email Terry here.

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Philip Mulholland
December 20, 2022 2:26 am

Cheap energy = clean environment.
Expensive energy = polluted environment.

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
December 20, 2022 7:17 am

Agreed in principle but where is the cheap energy? CNG is pretty cheap but it’s a do it yourself proposition cause there is no one to help install it. No one will deliver it. Everyone laughs at CNG even when it’s 1/2 the price of gasoline and heating oil in equivalent numbers.

People are willing to pay higher prices for the status quo.

Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 9:10 am

Hard to find a CNG vehicle. Harder to find where to refuel it. Just as expensive as an equivalent ICE vehicle, and a much smaller range (CNG Civic range is 180-200 mile).

People are comfortable with the status quo, but more importantly, they do not want to go backward.

Reply to  jtom
December 21, 2022 10:47 am

I once sought for a CNG conversion kit for my truck.
Found out that it would cost $50,000 to begin the process of getting EPA/DOE approval for the conversion.

Typical government, send people down impossible paths while minimizing their own level of work.

Reply to  ATheoK
December 21, 2022 1:43 pm

And regulation is the way that the hydrocarbon market is played and it is totally political. I am sure the oil lobby doesn’t want the door to be opened wide for CNG to under cut the gasoline market…..that is until they have consolidated colluded control over both markets. Sell he oil because the margin for gasoline is much better than with CNG.

Many car makers make CNG cars abroad. They are popular in Asia and work fine.

I have been unable to find the production cost comparison between CNG and gasoline.

WUWT that has:

Off Grid heads
Grid heads
Oil heads
Nuke Heads
I am the NG head.

Whatever energy input is cheapest is fine with me. CNG is 1/2 the price of all other fuels and has the same MPG efficiency as gasoline.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  JC
December 22, 2022 8:47 am

CNG has far lower energy density. There’s the rub. Nobody wants a fuel that effectively doubles the required amount of refueling stops, and/or swallows up cargo space with bigger fuel tanks.

Nor does a fuel which need be “compressed” come without risk. Rupture your fuel storage tank in a CNG vehicle and you have a nice bomb on your hands.

December 20, 2022 2:41 am

Didn’t Kalmus get thrown out of the AGU meeting with the threat of arrest?

Yes he did.

Steve Case
December 20, 2022 2:53 am

“for the environment” is the fight against CO2 (and lately, methane).

Methane has been a target since the first silly report about cow farts was published. But lately, Nitrous Oxide has been made a target. Stories from Sri Lanka, the Netherlands and Canada are very recent in the last several months.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Steve Case
December 20, 2022 3:44 am

Nitrous Oxide is produced by fertilizers, so is a natural target for those who want to create starvation.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 10:28 am

Reply to Steve Case and Ben Vorlich.
You are both right there is concerted action against methane and nitrous oxide .
Greenpeace and the Greens are dead against these emissions.
The problem is that they want to ban nitrogen fertilizer and farmed animals but they have no ideas how the vast amount of food that these supply to the world could be produced any other way .
I saw a woman from Greenpeace collecting signatures for a petition to our parliament to ban nitrogen fertilizer .
I remonstrated with her ,asking her did she not know that 4 billion people in the world rely on food produced with artificial nitrogen .How were they going to survive ?
She could not care less.
She had been brainwashed and she believed that nitrous oxide was a danger to humanity .
As I have explained many times enteric methane from farmed animals is a cycle and not one molecule or atom of carbon is added to the atmosphere .
All fodder that farmed animals consume has absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere and the tiny amount of methane emitted during digestion is broken down in the upper atmosphere in 10 years into CO2 and water vapour .

Reply to  Steve Case
December 20, 2022 11:30 am

We just got plastic buckets to put food waste into to keep it out of landfills to prevent methane. They are going to pick it up separately and feed it to pigs. No mention where the pigs are, how they are going to get the slop to them or how they are going to stop pigs from pooping.

Reply to  doonman
December 20, 2022 7:42 pm

We have not been able to feed food waste to commercial pig farms in New Zealand since 2005 because of the risk African swine fever ,and Foot and Mouth.
Many piggeries were cooking food scraps from cafe’s and green grocers but the rules are so tight now that they have stopped that .

December 20, 2022 3:05 am

“”Poor People, Step Away from The Fuel.””

“A man claims he is facing a staggering £7,000 energy bill after replacing his heating system with a £25,000 Government-backed ‘green’ heat pump.

Only the stupendously wealthy can afford the figure in my head, and the joint incomes of me and my wife are nowhere near.

When asked about the positive aspects of investing in the air pump, Steve added: “I could say we are using some green non-polluting energy and Greta Thunberg will be pleased.

“However, as we have set the room temperatures to 17 degrees to save money and it’s minus three outside, we have a log burner chomping its way through a forest and sending smoke up the chimney – the irony should not be lost here.”

In other news Hydrogen is being abandoned in favour of…. heat pumps

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Reply to  strativarius
December 20, 2022 4:16 am

Lucky wood grows on trees; otherwise it would be getting expensive.

Protect your source of wood.

Reply to  RickWill
December 20, 2022 4:57 am

Everybody is turning to wood and as we all know increased demand pushes prices up.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  strativarius
December 20, 2022 7:09 am

Lots of UK residents are installing Woodburn ing stoves.
What they are using for fuel is unknown
Whether the flue has or will be swept is unknown
How many chimney and roof fires there will be is unknown but >1
How many rooves with solar PV will catch fire thanks to a chimney fire is unknown
Have firefighters been trained to tackle roof fires with solar PV panels installed, who knows
Does insurance cover fires caused by a badly maintained flue, doubtful.
CO detectors probably not

It could be interesting

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 7:39 am

I burned a whole old garden fence panel. It’s great as kindling.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 8:43 am

Insurance certainly does not cover a badly maintained flue in France. An annual up-to-date certificate from your rammoneur would be required for any fire-damage claim involving an open chimney. No certificate, go whistle!
France, of course, is used to wood burners and supplying the wood is a thriving industry. What else would you do with tree thinnings of which there is an abundance. And a properly constructed and maintained burner using properly seasoned wood emits very little in the way of smoke and not very much ash either!

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 8:43 am

Have firefighters been trained to tackle roof fires with solar PV panels installed, who knows

Pretty sure we would just hit it with the deck gun instead of trying to climb up on the roof and deal with that mess.

Reply to  strativarius
December 20, 2022 7:20 am

If you are in US, CNG is half the price of heating oil and gasoline in equivalent numbers. Wood only makes sense if you own some 4-6 acres of forest, have a tractor or horse, a splitter etc. CNG is just much cheaper and so is coal if you can find it.

Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 7:40 am

Wood makes sense if you live near a common….

Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 1:28 pm

If you include propane in CNG, it is available here, at least in small quantities, if you have your own portable tank, but costs are about 2X the cost in some other parts of the country. Kerosene, with about 50% more energy per quantity (per gallon), is generally significantly cheaper where it is available.

Reply to  AndyHce
December 21, 2022 7:23 am

CNG and propane are two different animals. The last time I looked (a month ago) CNG was at least 1/2 the price of all other hydrocarbon fuels in converted equivalent energy numbers.

Reply to  RickWill
December 20, 2022 8:42 am

I have 11 acres of it so I’m good for awhile.

Joseph Zorzin
December 20, 2022 4:40 am

“Humanity is engaged in an epic battle to save the planet for future generations.The enemy is fossil fuels, and every step that works toward shutting them down is critical.”

fossil fuels- the new Satan

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 20, 2022 7:50 am

At the level of propaganda about hydrocarbon fuel is Satan….agreed.

Yet for the Rad-enviro, the presupposition is humans are Satan The error is not that that humans are a depraved manesfitation of nature. The error is the Rad-enviro sees themselves as rising above human depravity into the divinity of nature making them a superior order of human having shed their human depravity. They think they are better than the rest of us. This false superiority is self righteousness which is at it’s core the definition of depravity.. It is a delusion that enables them to perpetrate lies with a clear conscience, which has caused all sorts of mayhem through the ages. The struggle for humans is the competent, wise and good stewardship of the the environment and to live in peace with each other…..not a struggle to sustain human worth and survival under the scruples of some deluded pagan religion.

. For the sake of argument, let’s say Fusion suddenly put Hydrocarbon fuels totally out of business. A massively cheap global energy supply distributed on a global SC grid means tons of cheap energy for everyone, (hang with my flight into fantasy, there is point). The anti-human radical environmentalist would then freak that the world would become over populated with a human every 1/2 acre efficiently producing food and consuming and filling the air with methane and encroaching on every wild habitat….. and you know those could be in your back yard without you even knowing about it. LOL Radical Environmentalism is not rational, consistent or predictable and it’s level of rigor is urban myth.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 11:35 am

“The error is the Rad-enviro sees themselves as rising above human depravity into the divinity of nature making them a superior order of human having shed their human depravity.”

Right on- such critters are very common here in Massachusetts. I argue with them all the time.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 20, 2022 1:14 pm

The glow of oneness with the divinity of nature must be one very motivating glow.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 20, 2022 11:38 am

Saving the planet for future generations is a fools errand. There is no guarantee that future generations will not save themselves in other ways making your efforts meaningless, but there is also every guarantee that you will not be around to see the fruits of your labors, which is also meaningless.

Reply to  doonman
December 20, 2022 1:22 pm

Good stewardship of all that is of nature including ourselves, is our age old mandate as humans. Solutions that are not solutions or solutions that cause more problems than they solve is bad stewardship. Touting solutions for false problems is a huge waste and is very disruptive to good stewardship. Self righteous fear mongering is an evil solution that will be leveraged by anyone with an agenda or desire for filthy lucre and it only results in mayhem.

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Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 1:41 pm

We live in an age of solutions to non-problems. Entire industries and markets have been built creating solutions to non-problems. This is how we do it in our modern age. We call it progress LOL

In 1930, American farmers had for 60 years of produced a corn and beef glut farming with horses. Farmers worked hard and over produced. Food was plentiful and cheap. In 1930 they needed nothing to keep doing the what they were doing and living the life they were living. What they needed was more mouths to feed. Everyone had work to do and a role to play: the weak, the intellectually disordered, the psychologically disabled, the sick, the children, the elderly, men and women. They had houses. horses, books, pens and paper, musical instruments, stories to tell and plenty of great food and they had each other. There was no problem to solve. The only problem was the rich and powerful were not making enough money off of them and by 1985 they were leveraged off the farm by all sorts of expensive solutions. Now they live in dem run cities.

Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 1:46 pm

Who owns the breadbasket of America now and who benefits from the value of all that amazing land. Why am being sold food products from China, Pakistan, Argentina etc.

Reply to  JC
December 24, 2022 10:01 am

Why am being sold food products from China, Pakistan, Argentina etc.”.

Climate change. The US no longer can grow pineapples and coconuts in Iowa.

Reply to  doonman
December 20, 2022 1:38 pm

A serious question in regard to your statement

Is a parent giving up his/her life to save a child’s life, or any individual giving up his/her life to save the lives of his group, meaningful? Too often, much seems to depend on such actions but even if wholly successful, the one making the sacrifice will ever know the outcome.

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December 20, 2022 6:09 am

Eat bugs and shiver, peasants.

Reply to  Shoki
December 20, 2022 7:42 am

Interestingly, the recycled urine tastes like Dutch lager…

Reply to  strativarius
December 20, 2022 9:30 am

In Holland?

Reply to  Shoki
December 20, 2022 9:29 am

A massive removal of people off land before all Americans end up shivering bug eating urban peasants. This is the reason people should consider owning land a bucket list goal. The pandemic may have already triggered a little movement in this direction.

Gunga Din
December 20, 2022 6:12 am

In one article Kalmus describes being on a hike that was so hot that “lizards fried, right there on the rocks…and songbirds fell from the sky.”

Sounds like he was hiking near the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
(They call the birds they fry in midair “streamers”.)

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Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Gunga Din
December 20, 2022 7:11 am

Lizards frying on rocks, you’d think that lizards had only evolved the week before and never encountered hot weather

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 8:07 am

Or even a meteorite….

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 11:37 am

Lizards love to climb on rocks to warm up their cold blooded bodies. When they warm up enough, they effortlessly dive into the sand or crawl under other rocks. They aren’t going to fry on the rocks.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 24, 2022 10:05 am

Kalmus might have been using a magnifying glass on the lizards.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
December 20, 2022 1:42 pm

Maybe it is with them as with redwoods and many other plants. They need fire to propagate.

Reply to  Gunga Din
December 20, 2022 8:59 am

The lizards weren’t able to crawl under the rocks for shade?
People actually believe this crap?

Reply to  Tony_G
December 20, 2022 11:42 am

People believe a lot of crap. But it’s always people you don’t know.

Reply to  doonman
December 20, 2022 1:43 pm

I’ve know a few

December 20, 2022 7:11 am

Dates would have been helpful. The current energy debacle has its roots in going back to the 2008 MIT report of massive reserves of Shale gas in US:

·        2008 Gazprom has a monopolistic hold on Northern/Central and Eastern European with high prices straining those economies as well as central Asia and Southern Asia.
·        2009 Shale Gas extent in in PA, NJ and TX report published by MIT
·        2009 Environmentalist begin fight against fracking.
·        2009 Brazil’s shale gas extent reported in, Brazil builds a Major LNG port
·        2009 French Air Flight 447, with US and Brazilian LNG export team with Peugeot CNG car team on board
·        2010 Russian Diplomatic team goes to Brazil. Brazil stops plans to extract NG from massive reserves giving voice to “climate as the reason”.
·        2011 MIT reports 16,500 Tcf of exploitable shale gas in the world. The globe uses 4.04 Tcf per year. If the report is true, the shale gas could provide all energy needs for thousands of years.  Point is… natural gas is THE hydrocarbon market game changer. The big push for geographic hydrocarbon energy market control begins. Anything else that can be said about it is marketeering chatter.
·        2011 Cheniere begins uphill battle to build an LNG port at Port Arthur LA, and doesn’t begin exporting until 2016  
·        Radical Environmentalist begin political fight against NG pipelines.
·        2011, 9.0 Earthquake leading to Tsunami induced Fukushima nuclear disaster,
·        2011 EU publishes a policy statement on future of nuke power in recommending complete transition to two and three tier Natural gas turbines driven generation and smart grids in by 2025
·        2011 Germany begins to decommission their nuke power plants, completed in 2015 with plan to transition to 3 tier NG turbine driving electrical generation.
·        2011 Germany and Russia launch joint effort to build The Nord Stream Pipeline ending the threat of Brazilian and US LNG
·        2014 Putin visits Brazil, Brazil remains LNG importer not exporter.
·        2014 Putin invades Crimea, 40%of German voters applaud this. Germany turns a blind eye.
·        2014 Climate propaganda escalates at to absurd levels
·        2016 Germany bans fracking
·        2019 Climate propaganda becomes an a well-orchestrated and heavily funded endless drum beat in every corner of society.
·        2020 Climate propaganda and pandemic propaganda merges into a movement of censorship and massive narrative management and enforcement.
·        2022 Putin Invades Ukraine harkening memories of the Battle of Britain and cuts of gas to Germany,
·        2022 Nord Stream is bombed.
·        .2022: Germany inaugurates first new LNG import terminal

Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 9:50 am

Ironically, much of US LNG goes to Brazil who is just now trying to wind up it’s NG/LNG export business.

From a financial point of view it made perfect sense in 208-2011 to quickly build the infrastructure needed to turn the USA NG industry into a global energy juggernaut with massive LNG exportation. Due to climate propaganda and politics, we were not nimble enough to beat out the Nord Stream Russian/German Deal, and we were beat out of the Black sea by Russian’s invasion of Crimea. Russians forced all LNG projects in the Black sea to end. Finally, Since Brazil was not going to be a a LNG exporter our LNG would go to them not Germany and the rest of Europe.

At some point, we have to get tough in the global hydrocarbon market place. build the Black sea LNG ports and the dare Putin to do anything about it. Why not help build the Moldova port.

This is the insanity of Putin. He has capitulated the European NG market. All he has left is a long term hope that Russia and Central Asia will grow in NG demand quickly and that India and China remain friendly.

Reply to  JC
December 20, 2022 9:54 am

I missed this on my time line


Russia’s funding of Anti-=fossil Fuel groups and anti-fracking.

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December 20, 2022 7:29 am

The vast majority of global common people are not as gullible and open to ideological reprogramming as the elitists would like

When I see or hear an institutionalised western leader, or celeb, banging that old, tired, save the planet, nut zero, lovely renewables drum, I laugh a lot

I picture the Emperor stood there, naked and shrivelled, no clothes, but telling me how well he looks in his shiny new, expensive, designer clothes, telling me I too can look this smart if only I follow his path to a Devine, green future – again, I laugh a lot

When I read MSM news or watch MSM tv news channels – I laugh a lot

The elitist hordes and their myriad of hypnotised followers do not realise how stupid they look from outside their self promoted, heavily financed echo chambers – like the clown show in Billy Smarts circus, they simply strengthen my opinions against climate alarmists and their trickery and scams

I see through them like the panes of glass they are – they are visibly dire hypocrites, private jetting to and from their beach front mansions, whilst preaching their scorched earth narratives to the lesser peoples

They have traded honesty, integrity and morals for greed, greed and more greed

I refuse to entertain their arrogance – I just laugh at them

B Zipperer
Reply to  Energywise
December 21, 2022 5:26 am

Yes! I also read their nonsense for intellectual amusement.
Skeptics should thoughtfully & with civility rebut their pronouncements
yet never forget that RIDICULE is one of the best responses.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Energywise
December 22, 2022 12:44 pm

Problem is, too many believe their bullshit, being constantly bombarded with “the message.”

Tom Halla
December 20, 2022 7:43 am

A class action lawsuit against Blackrock would be in order.

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 20, 2022 1:51 pm

Lawsuits almost always depend on spending. Who will outspend Blackrock?

John Hultquist
December 20, 2022 10:05 am

The top photo is interesting. I searched for more. The world has bigger issues than CO2!
 From 2017, a photo shows “Mumbai: Massive fire breaks out in Bandra slum, …”
The “slum” appears to be 4 stories high. Other photos show some higher units, most lower. There are many roofs with TV-receiver disks on top. Red paint {geru: iron oxide} and blue tarps are favorites. I assume the colors are cultural/geographic choices. 
Note the photo at the top has blue tarps, but no red paint, and not much color throughout.

abolition man
December 20, 2022 10:08 am

Kalmus sounds like a climate pornography novelist; he’s just making stuff up to see how many will fall for it! Lizards frying!? Yeah, pull the other one; it’s got bells on it!

Jeff Alberts
December 20, 2022 12:40 pm

Regarding the quote from Kalmus, you know, lizards frying and songbirds dropping from the sky due to heat.

I have a much more logical explanation (if any such thing actually happened, that is): The lizards and birds suddenly realized that they were in the presence of such a loathsome, hateful creature, that they felt it better to just spontaneously die rather than exist in the same square mile as “it”.

Bruce Cobb
December 20, 2022 1:45 pm

Songbirds are dropping and lizards are frying
Windstorms are making my clothes go a flying
All of the species are dropping like flies
These are a few of my fav’rite climate lies

Pat Frank
December 21, 2022 6:29 am

The real question is, how did insane people come to control all our institutions?

And a central corollary is, why do so many institutions roll right over and surrender to it?

Institutions are supposedly run by people brought up in freedom, prosperity and transparency. These Enlightenment values should be in their blood. And yet they immediately plunk for tyranny, poverty, and censorship.

Pod-people. It’s the only explanation that makes sense.

December 21, 2022 10:44 am

Kalmus describes being on a hike that was so hot that “lizards fried, right there on the rocks…and songbirds fell from the sky.”

Anyone that claims such things is delusional. A condition that almost everyone can spot immediately.

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