With some energy sector opinion makers already pronouncing the 'net zero' agenda is already dead as oil and gas supplies from Russia dry up due to NATO / EU sanctions and Moscow's retaliatory export bans which have only been in force a week at the most, governments in the liberal democracies of Europe and North America are already talking about starting up redundant coal and nuclear power stations, the UK, Netherlands and other nations with offshore gas operations in the North Sea are suddenly finding that it may now be economically viable to start pumping again and (whisper it ever so quietly,) coal is coming back into the reckoning as an energy source
War in Ukraine is immediately responsible for sending oil prices rocketing and triggering a rush to find new energy sources (even if these are actually old energy sources that had been cancelled by politically correct thinking and the climate change scare. Tesla
founder Elon Musk, whose business model is built on persuading the world that batteries are the best way to drive everything including aircraft and the power baseload of large cities, has said that the United States
needs to increase oil and gas production. “Extraordinary times demand
extraordinary measures,” Musk tweeted. recently.
Back in 2017, former NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen described Russia’s “sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations—environmental organizations working against shale gas—to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas.”
“I understand how Russian propaganda about climate change successfully suppressed domestic energy production in the United States until now,” political commentator and cartoonist Scott Adams wrote recently. “What I don’t understand is why it is still working. Must be massive corruption or massive cognitive dissonance.”
The answer may lie in the fact that some politicians have staked so much of their political identity on climbing aboard the environmentalist bandwagon and embracing the green agenda without giving a second's consideration to the consequences of abandoning reliable energy sources like coal, oil and nuclear (which is also CO2 free,) that to backtrack now would be to admit that they’ve been fooled by the sensationalist scaremongering whose ideology seems to be more about destroying western democracy than saving the planet as they don't seem to have a problem with China's use of coal for generating energy.
Politicians, even nominally conservative ones have, it seems, have found it easier to preach the moral rectitude of proclaiming their committment to strategies at odds with reality even though it is now more clear than ever that the already unaffordable price, both economically and socially, of pursuing this course grows more destructive every day.
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