Is the Green Energy Climate Cabal Crumbling?
Merkel closed atomic powerplants only to make Germany more dependent on Russian oil & gas
As we know now, Merkel adopted a ‘not in my backyard” (NIMBY) approach and increased fossil fuel imports from Russia. Her green policies were a primary driver of President Biden lifting the sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Many, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, believe Biden caving to Merkel emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin in his invasion of Ukraine. Food and energy are the underlying causes of most wars, and the current conflict is no exception.
However, the war is causing Germany’s new government to take a hard look at the pro-scarcity green energy policies they have imposed on their population for years. Russia is restricting the flow of natural gas to Europe. Unlike France, which did not kill its nuclear energy capacity, Russia’s restriction hits Germany even harder because President Joe Biden has adopted the same ridiculous NIMBY policies Merkel employed, and the U.S. cannot increase shipments to Germany.
So Germany is firing up coal plants. According to the Wall Street Journal:
Germany will restart coal-fired power plants and offer incentives for companies to curb natural gas consumption, marking a new step in the economic war between Europe and Russia.
Berlin unveiled the measures Sunday after Russia cut gas supplies to Europe last week as it punched back against European sanctions and military support for Ukraine.
The steps, part of a broader strategy initiated after the invasion of Ukraine, aim to reduce gas consumption and divert gas deliveries to storage facilities to ensure that the country has enough reserves to get through the winter.
Meanwhile, it looks like the European Union is trying to kneecap wind, solar, and electric vehicles. According to Rystand Energy:
A potential European Commission (EC) act to classify lithium as a Category 1A reproductive toxin in this year’s fourth quarter could undermine the European Union (EU)’s attempt to create and support a domestic battery materials supply chain. The EU currently relies heavily on imports of lithium to supply its nascent electric vehicle (EV) production sector and the classification may increase its reliance on other regions, at a time when the union is focused on energy security and reducing emissions.
Green energy is based on Lithium batteries, which now reveal to be highly toxic
It seems that Republicans at home are finally figuring out just how dangerous the green energy push is. It is an economic risk as fuel prices drive inflation across the supply chain. It is also a national security risk, making us dependent on regimes that hate us like the Chinese. Eight Republican members of the House, led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), introduced legislation to defund Biden’s climate envoy, the position that John Kerry currently holds.
When he announced the legislation, Roy said, “The Biden administration’s jet-setting climate czar is actively destroying reliable American energy by saddling us with outrageous commitments at hypocritical climate conferences, pressuring banks not to lend to fossil fuel producers, and fighting to end oil and gas production.”
Alternative sources of energy are being reconsidered; they cannot efficiently replace the previous ones
The moves internationally and in Washington, D.C., are occurring as state financial officers object to the environmental, social, and governmental (ESG) reporting requirements for businesses that the Biden administration is attempting to push through the Securities and Exchange Commission. Twenty-three member states signed a letter from the State Financial Officers Foundation asserting that the proposed rule violates the Administrative Procedures Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, and the 1st Amendment.
Shellenberger asserted during his recent run for governor in California that the climate solutions the Democrats and the international Left have offered are anti-human and pro-scarcity. It appears the political right in this country and the European leaders who are facing the severe societal implications of relying on low-density green sources and authoritarian regimes are finally ready to stand up and fight them.
First seen on Technocracy on June 21, 2022
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