Europe has reached the moment of truth, and its poorer and weaker citizens are about to pay with their lives this coming winter • These will be the consequences, which could have been avoided, of the anti-energy policies we have adopted in the West
(This is a Google translation of a Hebrew article)
The global energy crisis, which will be felt well in the coming winter, deserves to be called the “unnecessary crisis.” This was Winston Churchill’s definition in response to Roosevelt when asked what name he thought World War II should be called. “The unnecessary war,” Churchill replied, explaining, “there has never been a war so easy to prevent from destroying what was left of the world that survived the previous struggle.”
Gas and energy prices that are rising and breaking records in the world are deepening the crisis that is affecting the entire production and supply chain. This crisis and rising prices of all the components of world trade infrastructure are exactly the “unnecessary crisis” now, after more than a year in which the citizens of the world are affected by the destruction of the corona plague and need cheap and reliable energy.
Western countries were drawn to destructive competition
There are huge gas deposits in Europe, there are huge amounts of gas on which European countries sit but prevent its production, while establishing a legislative and legal BDS regime against the energy companies that provided the “liquid of life” of modern civilization. This move leads to energy hunger, rising prices and having no choice but to surrender to authoritarian regimes, such as the Putin regime in Russia, which is strengthening the suffocation grip on European energy supplies.
If that is not enough, then Western countries have been drawn into destructive competition and are demanding “raise the stakes”. Leaders demand to declare a more ambitious goal of producing renewable and unstable energy. The numbers ranging from 30% to 50% and 100% are thrown at the betting exchange … all of them are unfounded numbers that are irrelevant to reducing the amount of fossil energy production required, since there is currently insufficient (sustainable) storage capacity. According to a report by the Israel Electricity Authority, (2020): “Increasing the renewable energy target does not significantly reduce the conventional power required for the economy. That is, the construction of solar facilities almost does not save the construction of conventional power.” This information is not made public.
The customary solution in France, of reducing emissions by switching to electricity generation using nuclear reactors (about 70% of the electricity generated in France) is also not possible in most Western countries due to bureaucratic disgust that stifled the ability to set up projects at a reasonable time and aggressive public opposition. Who resolutely demand to switch to “renewable” energies without delay.
This energetic accident could have been avoided if we had honest intellectuals and professionals and brave public representatives willing to tell the unpleasant and unpopular truth in the face of the propaganda waves.
Israel has many partners in this deception, starting with the Jerusalem City Building Committee that led to the burial of the energy independence project in producing local oil shale oil in the Judean lowlands (and leading Israel to depend on imported oil) and continuing to hold the highest positions as President Herzog appointed Dov Hanin to Lead the green campaign in front of the Knesset, ministers and government officials.
Politicians who have made their detrimental contribution to misleading the public by unsubstantiated press releases as if we have managed to meet all of Eilat’s energy needs with the help of solar fields, all accompanied by academics and activist public figures cheering for the populist propaganda campaign.
“Progressive” Europe has reached the moment of truth, and its poorer and weaker citizens are about to pay with their lives this coming winter. These will be the consequences, which could have been avoided, of the anti-energy policies we have adopted in the West. The geopolitical implications of this policy will lead to a strengthening of the global influence of the dictatorial actors (Russia and China for example) whose harmful influence is also evident in the strengthening of our enemies.
We in Israel will pay heavy prices in security, cost of living and potential prosperity, and the question that remains is whether we will be able to read the writing on the wall early enough so that we can prevent some of the damage.
The author is a member of the Forum for Environmental Rationality, director of the Ayn Rand Center and one of the founders of the new liberal movement in Israel.