It turns out that you can have battery-powered cars, or you can have renewable energy, but you can't have both.
Aren't the Swiss going to use the extra power generated by rainbows and unicorns?
That is our plan out here in California next summer.
This is clearly a planned crisis. Remember California being Enron-ed? Electrical generation plants were suddenly "taken off-line" forcing the CA grid operators to buy electricity from Arizona, & other states at highly inflated spot prices. Energy bills went through the roof, the manipulators made tons of money & the California consumers paid that high price & were never reimbursed for the overpriced energy. Whenever I see them talking about power plants taken off-line for "maintenance" I get suspicious now. Our CA energy crisis seemed to only be about $$. The European one seems likely to be really deadly. What is the goal here?
Wow, unbelievable the lengths we go to to support corrupt Ukraine. All self inflicted and easily fixable but dumb ignorant politicians prefer to destroy the west.
Besides no way to enforce most of it. Seems desperate times are here if we have to ban the use of bluray players.
Europe slowly working its way to become a second world country, on a positive side might stop the endless invasion, i mean immigration.
The world imagines Germany with an army of clipboard-wielding bureaucrats demanding entry to homes in dawn raids to check fridge temperatures and Amazon fire sticks.
What the world doesn't know is that Germany isn't remotely capable of organising something like that.
But Switzerland is!
We, the French people, do not thank Adolf Macaron for neglecting our nuclear power plants!
We were totally self sufficient in energy but since this psychopath’s aim is to destroy our country here we are, facing restrictions because this asshole is exporting energy that we don’t have to the UK, Germany and God knows where else.
As for the EV owners, put your red noses on and smile!
Reducing the definition on streaming services, banning DVD players, that’ll do it - climate emergency averted... Planet saved... we shall have honey for tea. Barking mad.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Russias invasion of Ukraine is the reality check Europe needed.
"Post-Fukushima German energy policy made no sense from the get go: building renewables with a questionable EROI is one bold step, but in order to back them up, in case the wind doesn’t blow or the Sun doesn’t shine, you need an alternative solution, and natural gas power plants were and are the only available one: so every installed kilowatt of renewable power had to be backed by a kilowatt of natural gas. That’s as prehistoric as carbon can get, it’s some old dinosaur shit you’re pumping into the atmosphere, yet it was lawyered into being grün. It also made Putin increasingly richer and more powerful, the greener Germany got.
But it was fine, for a decade or so, because there was peace and prosperity. Enough wealth was around to waste that this decadent decision did not seem to strangle Germany. It made energy more expensive, the most expensive at times, but that’s the price of adults giving in to the crayon-drawn dreams of children."
With NS2 blown up:
"Even if Putin croaks tomorrow and the Russians, once they’ve put down their weapons, disarmed their nuclear arsenal and signed off on punishing reparations, beg us to give them rotten carrots in exchange for natural gas, der stoff won’t be able to flow like the old times, nein. Old times, for the industrial powerhouse of Europe, are physically kaput."
"While Scholz’s pragmatism seems to rule for now, the Greens, as always, are a bunch of angry children (with arts degrees) who are denied to go wild with their crayons due to the circumstances of our times, but they are ever ready."
Funnily enough, oil and oil products are much easier to ship into Europe, especially to landlocked countries like Switzerland. So an ICE car will run long after the Swiss stopped watching Blu-rays.
Blue ray players and high definition netflix use more electricity? It never occurred to me.
Here in the US, the people that want everyone to drive an electric car are the same people that don’t want new powerlines, pipelines or power plants built. It must be nice living in fantasy land.
"especially when there’s no shortage of prying neighbours eager to snitch." 😂😂😂😂
Good. Freeze to death or revolt.
Something has to give eventually.
I identify as a conspiracy theorist. My pronouns are told/you/so.
Those child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo need to dig faster for cobalt for those EV car batteries.
Karma for the acolytes of an ignorant Scandinavian child.
So.. the Swiss have figured out how to get people voluntarily locked down.
1. Encourage people to buy electric vehicles
2. Refuse to power electric vehicles
3. Voila! Voluntary lockdown without a disease.
Coming soon to a nation near you.
Green energy. Is there anything it can't do?