Russia addicted to gas, Germany forced to burn coal for energy
Weather-mad Germany is now forced to burn more coal for power after Russia slashed the country’s gas supply.
Despite the country’s obsession with crazy climate policy decisions, Germany has announced that it will be forced to rely more on coal for its electricity supply after Russia cut the amount of gas it will supply to the country.
This has left the central European state in a very precarious situation with regard to energy security, a situation that former US President Donald Trump predicted in 2018 due to the country being too reliant on energy exports provided through Moscow.
While Trump was laughed at for his warning at the time, it appears the former US head of state has been vindicated, with a Article published by Deutsche Welle on Sunday reporting that the seismic reduction in the amount of gas supplied by Russia has left Germany facing a possible energy crisis
As a result, Germany will now be forced to ration gas while increasing its dependence on coal: the nightmare for environmentalists: in order to generate electricity.
“To reduce gas consumption, less gas must be used to generate electricity. Instead, more coal-fired power plants will have to be used,” German Green Party minister Robert Habeck said in announcing the new measures.
“That’s bitter, but it’s just necessary in this situation to reduce gas use,” he continued, referring to the fact that his nation had aimed to lead the coal phase-out to better achieve its climate goals.
However, one form of power generation that the minister did not mention was nuclear, despite the fact that Germany will completely phase out the relatively low-carbon method of power generation by the end of the year.
The country’s environmentally obsessed government had begun the phase-out earlier this year, and while it was initially thought that at least some of the decommissioned plants could be brought back online to combat energy insecurity caused by broken power lines, relations between Russia and the West, such a move was previously rejected by Habeck himself.
“We have re-examined very carefully whether a longer operation of the nuclear power plants would help us in this foreign policy situation,” the minister said. previously reclaimed. “The answer is negative, it would not help us.”
Meanwhile, one of the German Greens’ coalition partners, the Freie Demokratische Partei, has He suggested The country is reexamining its ban on fracking, apparently hoping the technology can remedy the current situation.
“As scientific studies show, fracking does not cause any relevant environmental damage by modern safety standards,” a party official said. “Therefore, it needs to be seriously examined whether further shale gas production in Germany is feasible from an economic and technical point of view.”
However, the Greens have largely rejected this call, saying there is not enough gas to access through the technology in Germany, and setting up such a fracking project would take too long.