Energy Poverty is Here

Something rather momentous is happening…

Driving to work, I have to pass through woods that were planted on the hill over centuries by the Schwarzenberg family that used the castle I work in as a residence and later as a hunting lodge. I saw and elderly, rather uncouth gentleman collecting tree branches. Energy poverty has arrived to my country.

At another instance, a friend of my sitting in a clandestine pub of ours (pubs were regulated out of existence here), said he finds it difficult to pay for the variety of fuels available in shops. My friend lives in a 16th century house, which does not have the insulation of modern homes. Heating homes with gas or electricity is a luxury for many in this country (the Czech Republic).

The EU seems to have reached the fruits of its labour. For years, I have heard about divesting from Russian energy, about making life hell for Gazprom. I have seen sanctions against the Russian energy sector. I have read claims that the countries of Europe will build a renewable infrastructure that will leave Gazprom in the cold. But the situation today is that prices of gas are through the roof. There is a deficit. Prices of electricity are also high and there isn’t any renewable energy infrastructure to make it cheaper.

Heck, there haven’t been any nuclear reactors installed in the Czech lands since the 1980s. Today the EU wants us to phase out coal, which is 20% of our energy output. But what do you think the people responsible for energy in the Czech Republic are suggesting? More renewable. More solar and more wind. However, there have been government subsidies for solar for years, and this scheme was absolutely corrupt. What makes anyone believe this time will be different?

The solution is to let the Russians deliver and distribute gas but our pride will not allow this to happen. Know this, the Western governments would rather have their people freeze in winter than make honest deals with the Russians…

Ukraine Stops Buying Electricity From Belarus and Russia

Ukraine stopped buying electricity from Belarus and Russia… until 1 October…

I personally think Russia and Belarus should stop all energy imports into Ukraine. Electricity powers anti-Russian propaganda, and oil products fuel the Ukrainian war machine in the Donbas. Sternenko agrees with me.

Meanwhile though, the state oil company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR agrees to resell Rosneft products to Ukraine and the electricity deliveries will be resumed come the first colds.

When will it finally dawn on the Russian and Belarussian leadership that the Ukrainian regime is a hostile entity?

Poland Promises to Become Independent of Russian Gas by 2022

Piotr Naimski, who is the person made responsible by the Polish government for energy security says that thanks to the Baltic Pipe, which is currently being built, and the LNG terminal at Świnoujście, most of Polish gas will come from the opposite direction, and not from Russia…

From Polskie Radio (in Polish)

This Piotr Naimski also said that Poland wants 6 nuclear reactors by 2040…

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