Europe’s dogged adherence to the green agenda of the Great Reset has wound up coming back to bite the continent. After shutting down most of its coal and a good portion of its nuclear power capacity and coming to rely heavily on Russian natural gas, Europe now finds itself in an unstable power supply situation. Jenny Strasburg reports for The Wall Street Journal:
Europe’s energy-squeezed winter has sent power operators and businesses into high alert for blackout risks, heightened by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
In a control room in Glasgow, dozens of engineers and supervisors for months have been executing a series of “desktop rehearsals,” in which they game out the many various ways a blackout could unfold.
Winter is always dicey in Northern Europe, said Guy Jefferson, operations chief for ScottishPower’s SP Energy Networks in Scotland, North Wales and England, but this year’s preparations go beyond bracing for the season’s severe storms. They are developing plans not only for uncontrolled blackouts, but also the increased risk of scheduled disconnections, or brownouts, which could be ordered by the U.K.’s National Grid to balance supply and prevent more-chaotic outages.
“Prepare for the worst, hope for the best,” Mr. Jefferson said.
Already this winter, a wicked cold snap has frozen stretches of the U.K., while France has endured nuclear-power shortfalls, putting tens of millions of people in danger of losing power. Europe’s heavy reliance on natural gas to generate electricity has left it more vulnerable this year after Russia choked off gas supplies to the continent as part of its war in Ukraine.
So far, grids have mostly held up. Power-conservation efforts are getting a boost from high natural-gas and electricity prices, which analysts say have spurred households and companies to curtail their energy consumption, in some cases well beyond official targets. Coal is also helping fill gaps.
Action Line: The world has enough coal to power all of Europe without making a dent in it, but the continent’s leaders have chosen to risk their constituents’ lives by playing at saving the world from climate change instead of securing reliable energy supplies. American voters need to recognize that the current occupant of the White House and his administration are attempting to do the same thing here. If you want to survive the next power outage with plenty of food, click here to download my free special report FOOD SHORTAGE: Crazed Hoarding Is not Preparing. And make sure you have plenty of clean drinking water by downloading my free special report Emergency Water Storage: How Much, Containers, Purification & More.
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