On Wednesday this week Germany's tottering coalition government approved putting coal power plants back online until the end of March 2024 to ensure energy security for its citizens and businesses when natural gas supplies cannot meet the demand for electricity this winter, Reuters reports.
Though Germany has for at least a decade vied with Britain to claim leadership of Europe's ill - advised push for net zero, the Berlin government has been forced into this move because The Green Party contingent in the governing coalition forced through the colsure of Germany's last three nuclear power stations in April this year.
It is ironic that after years of screeching about the evils of Carbon Dioxide, it should be The Greens that forced this return the the fuel that generates most Carbon Dioxide on the government, by allowing their misconceived hatred of CO2 free nuclear generating plant to override their critical thinking ability. Like all extremists, the self righteousness of Germany's Greens renders them immune to irony and so they just did not see the idiocy of their position when threatening to bring down the government and plunge Germany into political chaos (again) unless their demands were met.
Germany was more dependent on Russia for gas than the UK and they are paying for that lunacy now, but they already had the highest electricity prices in the world. Yet there are about 40,000 turbines in Germany.
Similarly The UK has a total installed capacity of 28 Gw from wind turbines, and as a rough average, demand of 38 Gw peak demand on business days. Yet on windless days all these turbines can be generating less than 10% of demand. And if a windless day also happens to in winter when daylight time is short and also a day with heavy cloud cover there will not be much coming from solar panels either (see screengrab from www.gridwatch.uk below. So how would we hear our homes, cook a meal or even make a hot drink on such days?
In the graph, for a day during the June heatwave of 2023, the grey like represent nuclear output and the orange is gas. Blue is wind and Yellow solar. The pink line towards the boittom of the graph and others below it all refer to electricity imported from abroad (mostly France and The Netherlands.)
If ever there was a failed experiment then this was it.
Of course most sane Germans will consider themselves lucky to have coal fired power plants that have not been already decommissioned. Should we experience a hard winter in Britain, we’ll all be wearing thermals and putting on extra layers through the dark days. Despite recent, and probably cosmetic moves to roll back some of the more impossible moves to achieve 'net zero' our government still appears to be hellbent on alienating voters by following policies that guarantee unaffordable electricity. While politicians self - indulgently talk of saving the planet little thought is being given to the old people who, being worried about not being able to afford their electricity bills, may make themselves ill or even die of hypothermia as a result.
While the great and good and the virtue signalling, unwashed crusties of Exstinktion Rebellion and Just Stop Oil demand we all give up our prosperous lifestyles, nobody considers how many the pubs, cafés, restaurants, independent shops and other small businesses will close early or not open at all and thus go bust as a result.
Imagine schools and hospitals where the heat has been turned down because there just isn’t enough power in the grid. These are of course extreme imaginings but let’s be honest: we were not all that far from such disasters last winter, yet our government and the main opposition party are so obsessed with reducing our CO2 emissions, (while those of China, India, Nigeria, Indonesia and the USA continue to grow exponentially are acting against the people through their lies about climate change.
The UK's total Carbon Dioxide emissions amount to less than 1% of the global total, even if we were to achieve net zero by the target date it would not make any differnce whatsoever, even if we assume 'The Science' is correct and CO2 emissions are the sole driver of climate change , ( it isn't and 'The Science' is nothing more solid that output from some dodgy mathematical models programmed by incompetent amateurs.)
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a drop in Russian gas imports to Germany and the rest of Europe due to economic sanctions and later the destruction of the Nordstream pipeline, Berlin reactivated coal-fired power plants and extended their lifespans, with a total output of 1.9 terawatt hours generated last winter.
The Government said it will make proposals by next summer on how to ‘offset’ the increased carbon dioxide emissions the plants will generate this winter.
I wonder when they’ll twig they still need fossil fuels every winter, not just this year.
Unfortunately the Ukraine situation successfully camouflaged the absurdity of green energy non solutions to non problems. People seem to forget that the western world has pushed up it’s own energy prices because of the ridiculous drive to renewables which are expensive and unreliable, needing 100% subsidy and 100% backup from energy sources which can reliably generate steady and controllable levels of output 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, like nuclear, coal and gas.
The invasion of Ukraine has given climate activists another string to their bow, having tolerated Saudi Arabia and many other usavoury regimes for decades thay now say we must abandoning oil and gas because it makes us dependent on nasty, human rights abusing tyrants like Putin.
Overlooking the fact that a certain Mr. Zelensky, is president of a nation with a tyrannical, human rights abusing regime, we should remind the Green blob they already wanted rid of gas before there was even a hint of an invasion of Ukraine.
Anywhere we look around the world, countries with the most 'sustainable' energy sources are the ones with the highest energy prices and that would true whether Ukraine was invaded or not. So much for free electricity from wind and sunshine.