Germany has nationalised the gas importer Uniper, to save it from insolvency in the face of the Gazprom gas stoppage. Robert Habeck’s earlier scheme to save Uniper and other importers involved the imposition of a gas surcharge of 2.4 cents per kilowatt hour on all consumers, but
I suppose the real worry is this: a system so incapable of recognising its own self interest as to destroy its own economy and impoverish its own people is also likely to commit itself to a proxy war that risks unleashing a nuclear holocaust that will make the current energy apocalypse look like an underbaked batch of Plätzchen at Sunday afternoon coffee at Oma's house.
So at one point dependent on Russia. Soon dependent on France. Got it.
Nothing is learned.
What really chaps my hide is that they are not being held to blame for this situation and do not have a solution next year either. Energy is how civilization runs. Manufacturing, transport of food all require it. Economy will not grow without energy and the coming chaos will be costly
The collapse of complex systems is well underway.
We have lived in a Golden Age. But the end of that age is nigh. It was easy to ruin our free economy; it will be difficult-to-impossible to rebuild it.
Again, how is the world made more secure by fighting Putin?
It's honestly hard to imagine how the elected leaders of Germany can continue to run on a "no-nukes here, but we hope France will help us with theirs" strategy. Meanwhile, back in Berlin, people are freezing in their homes this winter, with some dying.
Here's a thought: how are people going to pay on public transport, or in the store, if the power is out?
Computers, phones, com systems between bank and store use power.
If only there was some kind of way to carry monetary units on your person when the power was out. Some kind of promissory notes or something, or maybe some kind of token made of metal with an official seal on it.
Guess there's no money in that kind of stuff.
I stand amazed at how much shit Germans can sleep with in their beds. I thought we Americans were the champs.
Don't expected US LNG to come to the rescue:
Sad that all this was predicted long ago:
Back then, optimism about a greater EU seemed like a solution. Today, we wonder how much longer the EU will survive. From Aleklett's blog of 2014,
"There is one nation on Earth, Russia, that will never need to import any form of energy and that, in contrast, will be able to export fossil energy for many years. Today it is difficult to imagine that any other nation might substitute for Russia as a supplier of energy to the EU and Europe. Many years ago at a conference in Poland on Europe’s natural gas security, I expressed the view that Russia should become a member of the EU. That would be the only way for the EU to ensure its energy security in the longer term. Today that possibility seems remote but the idea that the bitter enemies England, France, Italy and Germany would one day be members of a European union for peace was also once far-fetched. My old historical atlas shows that Europe’s eastern border is the Ural Mountains."
I never had any worries about covid but this shit scares the life out of me.
It's almost hilarious this talk ot a return of Russian gas. Do these people have no idea what it is they've done? It would seem Germany lies entirely at the mercy of Russia, a country it has done everything it can to infuriate.
I also find it hilarious the current policy is to ship/pipe that stinking Russian gas to India and China, mark up the price 50%, pretend it's not the same gas then ship it back again and this is from the Green party! The fucking Greens!!
This disastrous incompetence, pious mismanagement and greenery will surely come to be known as The Age of Stupidity.
We in Blighty have just been told by PM Truss that she plans to loosen the immigration rules to increase numbers, even though we are now in danger of unravelling as the dinghy tsunami gathers pace, sectarian rioting is spreading throughout the Midlands and the number of visas issued has climbed steadily despite mendacious claims of 'taking back control'.
Added to this, we are promised more wind turbines on land and more intemperate Russia-Ukraine related sabre rattling.
No one with the stature and integrity to actually tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Perhaps Georgia Meloni's triumph in Italy will prompt some much needed reflection in Bonn, Brussels, Paris and London, but I won't hold my breath.
I guess the "load-shedding" is a translation for the German "Lastabwurf", what energy providers have done already in the last years with companies consuming large amounts of electricity for their production, e.g. aluminium. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that Mrs. Giffey as Prime Minister of the Land of Berlin does not know what she's talking about. Guess she means "brownout" - planned cut off of electricity for a certain time.
However, other countries may be aware of regular power cuts because of their infrastructure, and both the people and the systems are adapted for brownouts. Here in Germany neither people nor systems are constructed in a way to be "power-loss-tolerant". I doubt seriously, that my fellow Germans will easily adapt to the risk being trapped in an elevator, or standing in front of their "smart home" which will refuse to work when they finally managed to come home in a traffic without traffic lights.
" ... no plans from the government, beyond doubtful price-tinkering, regulatory schemes and targeted financial assistance." When you've screwed yourself out of options, with nobody else to blame but yourself, your only remaining course of action is to bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye.
Germany has been turned into an open air insane asylum led by the most incompetent, degenerate, and criminally corrupt inmates. Of course, these clowns don’t get to decide anything because they’re remote controlled by Davos, Brussels, Washington. So why would we look to them for solutions? Their job is to sink the ship, not rescue it. The Corona plandemic was the opening salvo and now the listing wreck will be sent into the depths using artificial energy outages, food shortages and starvation, coupled with ongoing mass migration, and civil unrest.
That’s the plan and it works flawlessly so far. Once most western economies have gone the way of the Titanic – only without lights on during the sinking – our overlords will offer to “save” (i.e. totally enslave) the survivors with CBDC + UBI, provided they’re fully quaccinated and willing to keep getting boosters until SADS comes calling.
We are living through absolutely mad times. There appear to be no adults or sane people in charge of anything anywhere. It's scary how close to the edge everything is - you think you live in a placid, rational world where living standards are at levels your grandparents could never of dreamt of and then you realise you've been so comfortable you let the idiots take over without noticing. Scary.