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Samizdata quote of the day

“The developed world’s response to the global energy crisis has put its hypocritical attitude toward fossil fuels on display. Wealthy countries admonish developing ones to use renewable energy. Last month the Group of Seven went so far as to announce they would no longer fund fossil-fuel development abroad. Meanwhile, Europe and the U.S. are begging Arab nations to expand oil production. Germany is reopening coal power plants, and Spain and Italy are spending big on African gas production. So many European countries have asked Botswana to mine more coal that the nation will more than double its exports.”

Bjorn Lomborg

9 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    Quite. Regarding the moves by rich-world governments to dismantle fossil fuel infrastructure while simultaneously begging oil-producing countries to sell us more of the stuff, readers might be amused to see (and if you are quick, comment upon) an article on a similar theme that has recently appeared on the Guardian‘s US edition: “Cities are banning new gas stations. More should join them”. The author, Nathan Taft, says,

    People are tired of being forced to pay obscene amounts of money for fuel every time there’s an international incident.

    I really don’t think that advocating the closure of petrol stations across the US in order to stop people having to pay “obscene amounts of money for fuel” is going to go down well.

  • Rudolph Hucker

    Meanwhile …

    The Netherlands said Monday it will lift all restrictions on coal-fired power stations to counter a drop in gas supplies from Russia, a day after neighbouring Germany took a similar step.

    Austria returns to coal era in hedge against Russian power play

    Poles told to gather firewood amid soaring energy prices

    Poland wants to subsidise coal to prevent price speculation

    Germany to fire up coal plants as Russia turns down the gas

  • Paul Marks

    It is not just Germany that is closing nuclear power stations – California is doing so.

    Not that California will have oil and coal powered stations – no the plan is to import electricity from hundreds of miles away (in other States), much of this energy will be lost down the power lines meaning that MORE C02 will be produced than if California produced the hydrocarbon power locally – but they do not really care about C02.

    They do not care about wildlife either – their wind turbines kill vast numbers of birds.

  • TomJ

    I remain hopeful that Allam cycle plants will live up to their promise; not only do they neatly solve the tricky part of CCS, the capture of the CO2, but they don’t produce oxides of nitrogen which are a dashed site nastier than poor old maligned CO2. Without actual emissions, the regressives will have to find another reason to fight against burning natural gas…

  • Stonyground

    Reality doesn’t go away if you pretend it doesn’t exist, who knew?

  • I really don’t think that advocating the closure of petrol stations across the US in order to stop people having to pay “obscene amounts of money for fuel” is going to go down well. (Natalie Solent (Essex), June 21, 2022 at 12:18 pm)

    IIRC, Stalin used a similar approach to stop Ukrainians having to pay obscene amounts of money for food in the early 30s – but in those days the Manchester Guardian (as it then was called) did not praise him for it, though the western woke of their day did.

    I am glad Botswana will be making more money from renewed western willingness to buy its coal. I wonder what other benefits might flow to poor African countries from western dewokification. Could we, for example, find some task we could pay Rwandans to do for us?

  • Paul Marks

    You are mistaken Niall – the Manchester Guardian, like the New York Times, covered up the murder of millions by Stalin – indeed Malcolm Muggeridge was sacked for trying to expose the truth.

    As for Agenda 2030 and all the rest of it – yes they do not want all the people who now have petrol cars to be going about in electric cars. The idea is for most people to not have long range cars.

    The batteries for all those electric cars would be an environmental disaster, and the power grid could not power tens of millions of electric cars – especially with traditional power stations (coal, gas and so on) being eliminated.

  • Paul, I take your point but see some difference between the March 1933 New York Times (eagerly printing and affirming Walter Duranty’s murder-loving lies) and the Manchester Guardian of the same date (toning down Malcolm Muggerage’s forthright articles and only printing a few of them). Readers got some of what Muggerage wrote.

    For the record, IIUC the Guardian published only three articles (out of more that he wrote) and the paper edited (to tone down) those three. I am assuming they were not edited so much as to contradict my claim the Manchester Guardian did not praise him [Stalin] for it [the famine, and specifically the steps he took to ensure Ukrainians could not buy food from less-famished areas of the USSR]. Anyone who has actually read any of the articles please feel free to comment.

    In any case, thanks for your comment. It (and hopefully my reply also) does give readers a fuller picture of the situation.

  • Paul Marks

    Niall I accept your correction – and I thank you for correcting me.