The EU has lost its mind: Private jet/yacht emissions are totally fine, the rest of you can go cuddle your cats to stay warm

From Public Energy Number One

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Posted by Terry Etam on January 14, 2022 

“Wow, you really are happy to see me, luv.”

“Blimey, no, I’ve got me ferrets in me trousers.”

Any Monty Python fans out there? For the non-initiated, the UK comedy troupe unleashed a barrage of wickedly funny absurdist humour that set a high watermark for comedy for decades. 

The Ministry of Silly Walks. Ancient philosophers playing soccer against one another. Legendary quotes such as this one from a French solider to  “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal-food-trough wiper. I fart in your general direction.” 

In order to get a fix, us fans had to go dust off old DVDs or sample random snippets on YouTube. There has been little comparable since the group folded. Until now, that is.

 

That famous British droll absurd weirdness has now infiltrated the news, and what makes it especially funny is that the newscasters deliver it with straighter faces than the legendary comedians. 

The quote at top is not Monty Python, but it could be, and it is indicative of what passes for news in Britain.

For the wise soul that does not pay attention to the news, Europe (and the UK in particular) is undergoing an energy crisis – industries are shutting down due to the high cost of power/natural gas, and citizens’ utility bills are going through the roof. Many cannot afford the bills and are taking drastic measures to keep costs down.

One British energy utility posted a blog (since modified), as reported by the BBC, offering helpful tips to consumers: Cuddle with your pets to keep warm. Eat porridge because it increases blood flow, but stay away from spicy chili because it makes you sweat. Have a hula hoop contest with your children.

If that’s not blistering satire, what is? The country is in the midst of an existential energy crisis where people may or may not be able to heat their homes, and a utility provides…that?

Nor is that the end of it. At the recent COP26 circus, the gathering of the world’s guilty global elites, celebrities flew in from around the world on private and commercial jets to formulate lectures on how the rest of the world needed to quit being such energy gluttons.

Funny addendum: should there actually ever be any meaningful global emissions reductions, all serious commentators have noted that carbon sequestration will be a necessity. The hydrocarbon industry pretty much must be at the center of any CCS plans, because it is a game played on their gameboard.

Yet the organizers of COP26 barred from participation any hydrocarbon companies (though some snuck in to see what would unfold), as noted in Euronews: “COP26 has made it a policy to exclude polluters from the summit.” [Emphasis added]

So…providers of fuel are polluters, and not welcome. Hollywood celebrities on private jets are deemed not polluters, and hailed as heroes.

Furthermore, the EU has gone one stupid step further: both private planes and yachts are exempt from the latest EU Carbon Pricing plan

Let’s head over to Germany for a wrap, some stereotype-busting proof that the Germans can play the absurdist game as well as anyone.

Germany is arguably the nation most advanced in its drive to go all renewable and to limit emissions no matter the cost. The country has spent hundreds of billions on wind and solar. Yet, at the start of this year, Germany shut down three perfectly capable nuclear plants that were injecting emissions free energy into the system. This lost power has been replaced mostly with coal and VERY EXPENSIVE natural gas. 

Actually, the last bit isn’t quite true – the Germans would love to replace the lost nuclear power with natural gas if they could, but because of a pissing contest with Russia, that gas is unavailable, and the rest of the world is in a bidding war (driving up prices) for whatever gas is out there. 

Sadly, the whole situation is not funny at all, even if these actors are. BNN Bloomberg summed it up well: “Europe’s energy crisis intensified as the risk of war pushed up gas prices, power-plant halts were extended and the French government asked its biggest utility to take a $8.8 billion hit to protect consumers.” 

Bullshit! It is to protect vulnerable, idiot, RE POLITICIANS

As much as I feel sorry for the citizens of Europe, two thoughts come to mind: first is that I’m glad this catastrophe isn’t happening in a place like Africa or India or other low income region; and secondly – you voted for these idiots. No gloating here though, Canada isn’t far behind.

A GOOD READ: “The End of Fossil Fuel Insanity” today, before it’s illegal! Available at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com

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Comment by Willem Post on January 16, 2022 at 4:23pm

EXCERPT from:

LEGAL FIGHT OVER NORD STREAM 2, AS EUROPE ENERGY COSTS SOAR AHEAD OF COLD WINTER

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/fresh-legal-fight-erup...

 

PART 1

 

Fresh Legal Fight Erupts Over Nord Stream 2 As Europe Energy Costs Soar Ahead of Frigid Winter

 

BY TYLER DURDEN

TUESDAY, OCT 05, 2021 - 10:40 AM

 

Just ahead of Monday's announcement that the Nord Stream 2 Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline has begun filling with gas in the first line while awaiting approval from Germany regulators before it goes fully online and the taps are turned on, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in weekend statements had warned that political opponents are ready to exploit "legal squiggles" to prevent it from finally going operational. 

 

"I will stress once again: all the necessary steps, including in the legal field, have been taken and we firmly hope that this project will be implemented," Grushko explained, while warning of the "rather complicated" process for receiving legal certification on the European side. 

 

Crucially signs of a final inter-EU political fight have already emerged, as Bloomberg details, European lawmakers "who supervised the European Parliament’s work on EU gas market legislation, said NS2 doesn’t meet the conditions for German certification because it fails to meet the unbundling criteria (which ensures a gas producer is prevented from simultaneously controlling the production and the transmission side of the business).

Comment by Willem Post on January 16, 2022 at 4:18pm

Fossil Fuels Supply 84 Percent of World Primary Energy, and Other Eye Openers from BP’s Annual Energy Review

 

Primary energy is energy supplied to users

 

In 2020, per BP Annual Energy Review, primary energy consisted of Coal, 27%; Natural Gas, 24%; Oil, 33%, a total of 84%, plus Nuclear, 4%; Hydro, 6%;

 

Heavily subsidized, new Renewables were 5%, mostly wind and solar, after more than 20 years of subsidies.

 

Some of the primary energy, about 10%, is used for exploration, extraction, processing and transport, including energy for building and maintaining all energy infrastructures, to produce primary energy to users. That 10% of primary energy is often called “upstream energy”.

 

For example, to produce ethanol from corn requires a very significant quantity of primary energy to produce a gallon of ethanol for blending with gasoline; the combustion CO2 of ethanol is not counted, as is the CO2 of burning biomass, because they are “renewable”, per international agreement.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2020/06/20/bp-review-new-highs...

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/is-burning-wood-co-2-ne...

Comment by Willem Post on January 16, 2022 at 4:17pm

Soaring gas prices in Western Europe due to mistaken reliance on wind and solar systems 

Russia on track for record gas exports in 2021 – Putin

https://www.rt.com/russia/537357-soaring-gas-prices-in-eu/

 

A surge in the cost of gas, which has seen bills shoot up for households and industry, is due to a shortfall in electricity generation, and not because Russia is somehow squeezing supplies, President Vladimir Putin has argued.

 

Speaking as part of a keynote address at Russian Energy Week, on Wednesday, Putin said that a fall in output from wind systems meant electricity prices shot up, having a knock-on effect on demand for gas. Wind power makes up an increasingly large share of Europe's energy generation, particularly in the west of the continent, he went on.

 

“The rise in gas prices in Europe was the result of a shortage of wind electricity, and not vice versa,” the president insisted.

 

Putin went on to accuse Western leaders of “trying to cover up their own mistakes,” following a series of claims that the situation is because Russia is withholding supplies. He added that “proper analysis of the gas supply situation is often ignored, and replaced by empty political slogans.”

 

ALSO ON RT.COMMoscow’s EU envoy advises Brussels to improve relatio...

 

According to the Russian president, an exceptionally long winter drained the continent's energy reserves and disrupted pricing. Now, “the invisible hand of the market” is at play, Putin said.

 

Contrary to Russia seeking to worsen the crisis, Putin insisted that the country could well see record levels of exports in 2021, as Moscow works to meet the growing demand. That said, though, he claimed that the Kremlin doesn't relish the prospect of shortages and that “the high price environment can have negative consequences for everyone, including producers.”

 

ALSO ON RT.COMRussia supplying additional gas to Europe using all a...

 

Some countries have seen gas prices increase by as much as 250% in recent days, with a knock-on effect being felt various industries. Homeowners also face higher heating bills with winter fast approaching.

Several energy companies in the UK, which has seen some of the sharpest gas price increases, and gas supply disruptions, have entered into talks with the government to prevent them from potentially going bust.

 

Last month, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the state energy firm, Gazprom, is already fulfilling all of its contracts and no customer, with long-term contracts, have been denied deliveries.

 

According to him, “nobody has any grounds to claim otherwise,” and Gasprom is making preparations to 1) sign new, long-term gas supply deals, and 2) after those deals are concluded, increased gas volumes would begin flowing westwards.

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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