Monday, February 07, 2022

The EU is sabotaging its economy in the name of unattainable climate targets

By Samuel Furfari, formerly a senior official at the Energy Directorate-General of the European Commission (1982-2018), Professor em. at Université libre de Bruxelles and President of the European Society for Engineers and Industrialists

As Europe is suffering an energy crisis, the European Union continues to boast about its energy strategy, the “European green deal”, which is supposed to point the way to the rest of the world. This is all happening under pressure from countless green NGOs, combined with a lack of critical reflection which is prevalent within EU institutions.

Faced with the COP26 fiasco, the EU failed to notice that the rest of the world is not following it. Now, it continues to stubbornly promote renawble energy even more, even though this EU policy is at the root of Europe’s energy crisis.

Natural gas prices on the spot market have risen fivefold in one year, due to a very strong economic recovery in China which caused an equally strong increase in its energy consumption. Thanks to an abundance of natural gas – the energy source of the future – a single, liquid market now exists between the EU and Asia, while the geographically isolated United States rejoices in the very low price of its shale gas. @Isabel_Schnabel” / Twitter


Greenflation: European Central Bank Official Admits the Obvious

China, which did not put all its eggs in one basket, is coping by importing more coal from Indonesia, by unloading Australian coal that had been blocked for a year in Chinese ports following the sanctions China had imposed on Australia, and by fully exploiting its small coal mines which it was busy closing due to lack of economic profitability.

China prepared for growing demand by constructing nuclear power stations – the electricity source of the future. In short, China is doing the opposite of the EU, because it knows that there can be no growth without abundant and cheap energy, as the founding fathers of the European Community declared in Messina on 2 June 1955.

In Brussels, everyone is silent

A few weeks ago, Christoph Leitl, the president of Eurochambres, the federation of EU chambers of commerce, declared on leaving office that the objectives of the EU’s “Green Deal” are unrealistic. One would wish he would also have had the courage to say this during the time when he was in office.

Because this is precisely the strength, and the weakness, of the European Commission. Everyone is silent, causing the Commission to believe that it is on the right track. That is a big problem, because the current situation is the consequence of EU energy policies that have been subjected to the dictates of climate policy. Just like the emperor who thinks he has new clothes in Andersen’s fable, the European Union is naked in the face of this crisis that it has helped to create.

Pieter Cleppe op Twitter: “Flemish Energy Minister @Zu_Demir: “Let’s not delude people: energy prices are as high because of a deliberate EU policy to drive up the price of CO2 and make our own supplies scarce. #Greenflation, green inflation is not made up. Need to act structurally” ″ / Twitter

In order to deal with the most pressing problems, the European Commission has been quick to blame Russia, even though Gazprom respects the contracts signed in 2005 by Gaz de France, on request of the French President at the time, Jacques Chirac. As he didn’t want to damage good trade relations – the USSR had started selling gas in the 1970s – Russian President Putin pledged Russia would supply as much gas as possible. Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the EU, then commented: “Change the adversary into a partner and things are more easily resolved.”

Indeed, President Obama bears his share of responsibility as well for dragging us into counterproductive sanctions in 2014. His country has all the gas it wants, while the EU needs to primarily rely on its Russian neighbour for its gas supply. As a result, Russia cannot be expected to dance while the European Parliament whistles.


FALLEN ICON by Susan J. Crockford

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Book Review by Kip Hansen

A fantastic read! Take a deep dive into the intrigue and devious deception perpetrated on the world by a detailed list of international operators at the point where international climate change politics, the entertainment industry and over-zealous and unscrupulous advocacy meet to generate money, transfer power and influence international politics.

This book is a forensic investigation into how one sad and tragic act of Nature was intentionally, and with great stealth, twisted into a false narrative to bolster the very questionable claims that there is a climate emergency and wielded in secret to influence the movers and shakers of international policy.

It is also the heart-breaking tale of how a great man, one who has educated and delighted audiences around the world with a long list of award-winning nature documentaries, fell prey to the temptings of a duplicitous money-hungry advocacy organization which drew him into a scheme to hide the truth in order to create a powerful lie. The scheme involved years of secretive planning and included requiring participants to sign non-disclosure agreements to prevent the true story from emerging before the gut-punch video could have its intended shocking effect on the stage of world opinion.

That man was the highly respected Sir David Attenborough.

The story was “Walruses are jumping off cliffs to their deaths — yes, because of climate change”.

The major knowing and complicit malefactors in this deception: The BBC, Netflix, Silverback Films, and WWF.

FALLEN ICON is not a book for children, it is serious professional investigative journalism, and clearly laid out for readers in a step-by-step narrative. This is not just speculation but an extremely detailed account from start to finish. The book is 166 pages of eye-gripping reporting and includes, for those who wish to dig even deeper, 73 additional pages of references, appendices and citations.

Read it and rejoice in the victory of Truth over Falsehood – and weep for our Fallen Icon.


Climate change SAVED over half a million lives in England and Wales alone

If climate change has saved half a million lives in England and Wales alone in the last two decades, it can be deduced that it must be many millions in temperate countries.

British authorities estimate that over 550,000 fewer people have died than could be expected in the last 20 years due to higher temperatures – in England and Wales alone. Global warming is becoming a blessing in temperate zones.

Anyone who relies on media reports must come to the conclusion that countless people are dying because of climate change. "More and more heat deaths due to the climate crisis in Germany," headlined the "Spiegel." The magazine "Geo" wrote: Without rigid measures to protect the climate, "an additional 83 million people could die by the end of the century." A study involving the University of Bern also made headlines last year, according to which 37 percent of heat-related deaths can be attributed to man-made global warming.

Such reports often only focus on a small section of the effects of global warming. For example, people fail to appreciate that fewer cold-related deaths are to be expected as temperatures rise, or that people are generally very adept at adapting to changing climatic conditions.

The British Office for National Statistics (ONS) has now come to interesting results in a report that was published a few days ago. The ONS analysed how climate-related mortality developed in England and Wales between 2001 and 2020. It recorded all deaths whose cause showed a temperature dependency. In particular, these are respiratory diseases and infections, which become more important in the cold, as well as cardiovascular problems and heart attacks, which become more frequent in the heat (see here).

The ONS notes that the average temperatures during the period studied were higher than they used to be. From 1991 to 2020 it was 0.9 degrees warmer than from 1961 to 1990. From the prevailing temperatures, the office estimated how many deaths were recorded each year due to cold or heat.

Annually 27,755 fewer fatalities

The result: while in 2001 there were still 993 climate-related deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, in 2019 there were only 771. (In 2020 it was slightly more with 830 due to the pandemic). Overall, according to the ONS, 555,103 fewer people died in England and Wales from 2001 to 2020 due to cold or heat. That's an average of 27,755 per year.

The strong decrease in climate-related deaths is also due to better adaptation to temperature extremes and better health care.

What is remarkable is that the increase in warm days during the months of June to September led to a total of 1,643 additional heat-related deaths. However, this number lags behind the decrease in deaths due to fewer cold days by orders of magnitude. This finding also contradicts the assertion that has been made time and again that the number of heat deaths is increasing faster than the number of cold deaths is decreasing.

In short, global warming has saved well over half a million lives. However, the strong decrease in climate-related deaths is not only due to higher temperatures, but also, according to the ONS, to better adaptation to temperature extremes, better health care and "improvements in socio-economic circumstances".

People are getting better and better at protecting themselves

At the same time, the ONS warns that the trend towards fewer climate-related deaths could reverse in the coming decades if the UK is increasingly hit by extreme heat. However, there are several studies that show that even heat-related deaths have tended to decrease in recent years - despite rising temperatures. In concrete terms, people are becoming better and better at protecting themselves from heat waves, for example with insulating construction, planning more green spaces or using air conditioning more often.

If climate change has saved half a million lives in England and Wales alone in the last two decades, it can be deduced that it must be many millions in temperate countries. The effect that cold-related deaths are falling more than heat-related deaths is likely to also play a role in other European countries, in America and in large parts of Asia. Higher crop yields are also expected in these climate zones due to rising temperatures, so overall climate change should prove to be a boon.




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