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Putin Threatens To “Freeze” Europe By Cutting Off Energy Supply

Putin Threatens To “Freeze” Europe By Cutting Off Energy Supply

UK’s Daily Telegraph: “Russia’s president warned that Europeans would face a bleak winter if the Kremlin stopped deliveries to the Continent.”

President Vladimir Putin has warned that Europe “will keep freezing” if the European Union goes ahead with the proposed price limit on Russian energy.

“Those who are trying to impose something on us are in no position today to dictate their will,” Putin said, taunting the European leaders on Thursday. “They should come to their senses.”

The Russian leader’s chilling warning came after the EU announced Wednesday that it was planning to put a cap on the price of Russian gas. The cost of electricity and heating has skyrocketed across Europe as Russia cuts gas and oil supplies to the continent.

Confident in Russian stranglehold on the European energy market, Putin joked that he could make Europe freeze this winter if they decided to lower his revenue.

Referring to a Russian fairy tale in which the wily fox lets the villainous wolf’s tail freeze, he added: “We would only have one thing left to do: as in the famous Russian fairy tale, we would sentence the wolf’s tail to be frozen.”

The London-based Daily Telegraph reported the Russian leader’s threats:

Vladimir Putin has threatened to “freeze” Europe with a total shutdown of energy supplies if Brussels presses ahead with a price cap on Russian gas.

In a fiery speech delivered in Vladivostok, Russia’s president warned that Europeans would face a bleak winter if the Kremlin stopped deliveries to the Continent.

Speaking at an economic conference, he said: “We will not supply anything at all if it is contrary to our interests.

“No gas, no oil, no coal, no fuel oil, nothing.”

The European Commission is to ask countries to approve a broad cap on the price of Russian gas alongside mandatory cuts in electricity use, and a tax on oil and gas companies.

The price of electricity and heating is at an all-time high in Europe as Russia slashes gas and oil supply amid rising household and industrial demand ahead of the winter.

As European cities witness mass demonstrations against rising energy prices, the EU and European governments are looking for ways to lower electricity and heating costs.

To make things worse, Russia permanently shut down Nord Stream 1, the leading natural gas pipeline to Europe, demanding the lifting of sanctions imposed in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. “Russia switches off Europe’s main gas pipeline until sanctions are lifted,” the UK’s Financial Times reported Tuesday.

The dwindling Russian energy supply has sent already high prices spiraling even higher. As the BBC noted ahead of the Nord Stream 1 shutdown, “European gas prices are now about 10 times higher than their average level over the past decade.”

The European leaders have reacted to this by threatening to put a cap on Russian gas revenue. “The European Union proposed a price cap on Russian gas on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin threatened to cut off all energy supplies if it took such a step, raising the risk of rationing in some of the world’s richest countries this winter,” Reuters reported.

PEGIDA-Style Movement Brewing in Germany?

Germany is witnessing the rise of a new anti-establishment movement in the eastern part of the country.

On Monday, thousands gathered in the eastern German city of Leipzig to protest against the surging living cost and fuel prices. “Thousand of right- and left-wing demonstrators protested in inner city Leipzig against energy and social policies in the federal government,” the German weekly Der Focus reported.

The mainstream media fears that the protests in the eastern part of Germany, basting of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, could become a weekly feature, giving birth to a new populist movement.

In the 1980s, the weekly “Monday Marches” triggered mass unrest, which led to the fall of the Communist regime in East Germany. PEGIDA, the populist German movement against mass migration, also arose from these weekly marches in early 2014.

“Protesters from Germany’s left and the right have called for regular Monday protests against the rising cost of living. These evoke the peaceful revolution in East Germany but also of recent anti-immigrant rallies,” the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle complained Monday.

Popular unrests are brewing across Europe. On Saturday, an estimated 70,000 demonstrators held an anti-government and anti-EU protest in Prague, the Czech capital. The organizers, comprised of left- and right-wing groups, called it the “Czech Republic First” demonstration, a reference to President Donald Trump’s “America First” slogan.

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in the end you get what you voted for. majority of people in EU voted for all this.
I was in germany from 2-1987 to 7-1989 the green movement was solidifying at a very rapid rate.
any vehicle damage done during stuff like Reforgers included payments to land owners for present damage AND loss off seedlings of the presently damaged items.basically paying for offspring that would never be born. course germany was huge advocate of abortion on demand at that time. I know the irony escaped them.
this was people 50 and younger. they hated us.but they took our money. for the most part people (at that time) 60 and older liked us and….if your MP vehicle got stuck doing some cow tipping…they would hook a tractor (sigh…in 2 cases….a bull or ox) to you and never say anything to anyone.
don’t ask me how I know.

    dmacleo in reply to dmacleo. | September 8, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    ok gotta tell story here and it is NOT pertinent to topic.
    so one night…cow tipping done…my volswagen MP vehicle stuck.
    well shit.
    farmer comes out.
    he smiles say you tip cows.
    all I could do was own up to it. my junior partner freaking out thinking hes gonna go too jail.
    yup we did.
    he said ok I grab bull pull you out. he looks around for bull.
    I say was bull in this field?
    he says yup.
    again my head hangs in shame.
    he laughs says…oh you tip him?
    yup.
    he says no problem he good natured I wake him and pull you.
    which he did.
    at end I tried to pay him.
    would not take any money.
    instead he looks at me…smiles… says..I get bored sometimes. you know what I do when bored?
    I say no I don’t.
    he says I walk outside and tip this bull over. its fun.

      dmacleo in reply to dmacleo. | September 8, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      I did learn that bull (cannot remember names) loved carrots. bet I fed that bull 200$ of carrots in 1988. oh yeah…farmer said he liked to tip his neighbors cows when bored. so I fed them carrots too.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | September 8, 2022 at 1:51 pm

This was a foreseeable outcome. But no doubt we’ll get the usual “Shocked, shocked!” routine from the politicians and the press.

    henrybowman in reply to Fat_Freddys_Cat. | September 8, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Absolutely no one saw this coming.
    It’s yuge, simply yuge.

      Now for our next trick, watch Europe’s forests start getting chopped down in the dead of night for firewood.

      Nice own-goal greenies.

        Arminius in reply to Gosport. | September 9, 2022 at 1:52 am

        We have no room to gloat. Beijing Joe Biden is in the processing of killing the American energy sector and outsourcing it to Communist China.

        The lying traitor is telling us we’re going to be “energy independent” and “stronger than ever.” How? Even if a wind and solar electrical grid could work (hint: it can’t; ask Germany) we’re not going to build it. Biden is not only shutting down drilling but mining as well. Whatever else it is, wind and solar requires mining as it heavily metals/minerals intensive. Copper, in particular, is a bottleneck.

        In all of human history from 4000 BC to date “roughly 700 million metric tons of copper have been produced around the world.” As of now “[o]f the identified copper that has yet to be taken out of the ground, about 65% is found in just five countries on Earth — Chile, Australia, Peru, Mexico, and the United States.”

        https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-much-copper-has-been-found-world

        Yet wherever it’s found in the U.S. Beijing Joe does his best to keep it in the ground.

        https://www.mining-technology.com/analysis/pebble-mine-alaska/#:~:text=The%20Pebble%20deposit%20in%20the%20US%20state%20of,the%20world%E2%80%99s%20largest%20undeveloped%20copper%20and%20gold%20resource%E2%80%9D.

        “The end of the road for Alaska’s Pebble Mine project

        South-western Alaska’s Pebble deposit holds world-class resources of copper, gold, silver, rhenium and more, but the project to develop it has been mired in controversy in years, with many issues building to a head in 2020. What are the key points of contention in the Pebble Mine debate?

        The Pebble deposit in the US state of Alaska was originally discovered in 1988 by Cominco Alaska, and has been described by its current developer Northern Dynasty Minerals (through its wholly owned subsidiary the Pebble Limited Partnership, PLP) as “one of the greatest stores of mineral wealth ever discovered, and the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold resource”.

        The most recent resource estimate at the deposit includes 57 billion lbs of copper, 71 million oz of gold, 3.4 billion lbs of molybdenum and 345 million oz of silver in the measured and indicated categories, while inferred resources include an additional 25 billion lbs of copper, 36 million oz of gold, 2.2 billion lbs of molybdenum and 170 million ounces of silver.”

        Of course, the usual suspects fought the mine for years over bogus environmental objections. They’re not environmentalists. They just hate people.

        “2016: the Trump card
        But with the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, after running a strongly pro-extractive campaign that made extravagant promises to put US miners “back to work”, the project’s fortunes looked set for a reversal. Under Trump, the EPA and Northern Dynasty settled the legal challenge over Bristol Bay’s additional protections in 2017, paving the way for the Northern Dynasty/PLP to proceed with the Pebble permitting process, much of which has come to a dramatic head in 2020.

        “If it hadn’t been for the election of Trump, I firmly believe this project would have been dead in 2017,” Natural Resources Defense Council western director and senior attorney Joel Reynolds told OutsideOnline in October. “But Trump breathed new life into it.”

        …Controversy and confusion in 2020
        In summer 2020, USACE published its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the new Pebble mining proposal, which broadly confirmed the corps’ conclusions from a draft of the document leaked earlier in the year. The FEIS concluded that “impacts to Bristol Bay salmon are not expected to be measurable” as a result of the project’s development and ongoing operations, and “there would be no effects on any community groundwater or surface water supplies from the changes in groundwater flows at the mine site”, while highlighting some of the socio-economic benefits of the project for the surrounding region, including reduced transport and heating costs and the creation of 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

        There were some continuing controversies, but they were all solvable under Trump. But then something else happened in 2020 didn’t it?

        “Biden election win: closing the book on the Pebble Mine

        …While President Trump took a relatively neutral line on the project, promising in a tweet that there would be “no politics” involved in the Pebble mine review process, the victory of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the presidential election on 3 November left the project on the brink of cancellation.

        Biden has been emphatic in his position on the mine, writing in an August statement: “[Bristol Bay] is no place for a mine. The Obama-Biden Administration reached that conclusion when we ran a rigorous, science-based process in 2014, and it is still true today. The only reason we are still debating whether Pebble Mine should move forward is because hours after former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with a mining executive behind closed doors, the Trump Administration reversed our thoughtful decision. Now, Alaskan culture, traditions, and jobs are on the line. As President, I will do what President Trump has failed to do: listen to the scientists and experts to protect Bristol Bay — and all it offers to Alaska, our country, and the world.””

        Yes. How unthinkable. Allowing copper mining where the copper is.

        Later in Biden’s first year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) officially denied the Pebble Mine a permit to operate.

        “Climate Catastrophe” is a fraud to make you give up your rights and freedoms. That’s exactly what Biden did during the pandemic. When anybody objected to his dictatorial demands he laughed and called such people who stood up for their rights “unpatriotic.” The patriotic thing, he said, was to do what you’re told. These leftist said we could “return to normal” and “get our freedoms back” if we obeyed and got our covid jabs. If we didn’t, they would deny us medical care altogether. We couldn’t travel. Never forget the hatred the left displayed for the unvaxxed (I’d add more links for those with short memories but I’ve already reached the link limit).

        You’re not getting an EV when you are forced to give up your ICE-powered vehicle. Not even a crappy one like a Nissan Leaf. And I do mean forced; it’ll be taxed out of existence at the pump and when you have to register it. Castro didn’t even do this in Cuba, but the left will do it here. All to save a planet that doesn’t need saving.

          Arminius in reply to Arminius. | September 9, 2022 at 2:10 am

          Forgot to add: the roughly 700 million ton figure is significant because that’s the amount of copper that has been mined over the past 6,000 years. Dating back to approximately 4,000 B.C. when traces of copper mining has first been detected. If the powers that be were serious about building our sacred “green, clean, renewable, sustainable” (it’s none of those) to phase out fossil fuels in 20 or 30 years we would have to mine the exact same amount.

          And that would only be for the first generation of machines and equipment. When that wears out we’d have to do it all over again. Can I get a shout out for “sustainable”!

          alaskabob in reply to Arminius. | September 10, 2022 at 12:55 pm

          Pebble is located by Bristol Bay which has major fishing. The main Alaskan pushback comes from Bristol Bay Native Corporation. The main issue is the potential for pollution of the Bay if there is a major incident from the mines. The Native point is that they want the Bay area to remain a pristine area because of aboriginal rights. With the Native Claims Settlement Act, 12 regions (plus a 13th outside) were created to compensate the native peoples for all they gave up. This included land and money. Amazing how all of a sudden native lands of aboriginal standing were found in mineral rich areas of the state far away from where most natives lived… but I digress. The Native Corps are now powerful enough to become a major political power…. in part to assure Federal monies keep flowing. Think New Mexico of the North. So Bristol Bay is supposed to remain Native controlled. I wonder if that would be the case if Federal and Environmental money dried up? Hard to go back to true subsistence living…but then… with Biden… that may be our lot also.

The Gentle Grizzly | September 8, 2022 at 2:03 pm

Getting ready to spill more blood and treasure for the Europeans, folks.

    I doubt it. Germany will take a knee.

    No way! Europeans say they will band together and form a Union. It will solve all their problems.

      henrybowman in reply to MrPeabody. | September 8, 2022 at 5:28 pm

      Parochial stupidity can’t hold a candle to collective stupidity.

      Ironclaw in reply to MrPeabody. | September 8, 2022 at 11:53 pm

      So the maples formed a union
      And demanded equal rights
      “The oaks are just too greedy
      We will make them give us light”
      Now there’s no more oak oppression
      For they passed a noble law
      And the trees are all kept equal
      By hatchet, axe, and saw

      Arminius in reply to MrPeabody. | September 9, 2022 at 1:59 am

      Yes. I believe the made-for-TV movie series is already in the works. It’ll be called “Band of Non-Birthing People Who Have Developed a Close, Family-Type Relationship (who hope by calling themselves that they give no offense to birthing people and the gender non-conforming).”

      It’s a rousing yet inclusive title. I bet Putin and the Red Army are quaking in their boots.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | September 8, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    We saved Europe 3 times last century [WW-I, WW-II, and the Cold War]. That is enough. Plus, our own regime has reduced our capabilities to help even ourselves. They are stuck with reality now.

    Subotai Bahadur

Russia is still selling plenty of oil and gas – to China, India, Iran, and (IIRC) Turkey and some is being routed to those European countries who have been cut off through “regular” channels. They can endure the “embargo” forever.

Bad editing. The Russians can endure the embargo forever. Europe, not so much.

Just dumb. If price caps were introduced in the U, you all would be screaming. In fact in the past when it was suggested people did go crazy.

If Europe doesn’t want to pay the price Russia wants, they have other places to sell it.

Just dumb. If price caps were introduced in the U, you all would be screaming. In fact in the past when it was suggested people did go crazy.

If Europe doesn’t want to pay the price Russia wants, they have other places to sell it.

    thad_the_man in reply to thad_the_man. | September 8, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Sorry. Don’t know what happened.

      henrybowman in reply to thad_the_man. | September 10, 2022 at 11:45 am

      I’ve had one instance in which when I clicked on a Reply button, the form came up pre-filled with the text of the most recent comment I posted… a laudable feature for when you get blown off a page for some reason before you successfully post a comment, but entirely counterproductive if you’ve already successfully posted it. It sounds like something like this may be happening to other people and causing this double-posting.

Putin knows how to topple wealthy elitist socialists. He’s seen it happen first hand.

Capitalists would be throwing the corrupt Zelensky and his corrupt regime under the bus and making deals with Putin.

Wealthy elitist socialist Europeans are too self-righteous to do that. So they, or rather their peasant class, will pay the price. And in the end European aristocratic socialist elites will, when the peasant mob shows up on their doorsteps, do what the capitalists would have done to begin with. European aristocrats of all stripes know what happens when the peasants rise up and rebel against their betters.

On the other hand, in Uniparty ruled socialist America Brandon and his elitist socialist regime will continue to oppress the American peasant class to wage a proxy war on Putin, wrecking the economy in the process, until they are voted out. Assuming that can still happen in today’s radical leftwing fascist America.

If only someone had seen this coming n called it out; even allowed alternatives to develop. If only some long-term ally of Western Europe had surplus energy supplies, even the comparatively green natural gas they’re set up to distribute and use.

Oh, right. I forgot. Orange Man Bad.

Putin said, “We won’t supply gas, oil, coal.”

I thought that was what Biden told our country on his first day in office, “Shut down the pipe line, close up the wells, shut down the mines. We’re going all electric.”

“The Russian leader’s chilling warning …”

“In a fiery speech delivered in Vladivostok …”

At least it was “mostly peaceful.”

Gosh what a shock. The idiots in the EU don’t comprehend that their economy needs Russia a hell of a lot more than Russia needs them, and were stupid enough to posture with their idiotic ‘sanctions’ (that don’t actually do anything), and support a declared enemy of Russia with a stated intent to make them lose.

What a shock that Putin is squeezing them.

The idiot liberal morons simply don’t comprehend that other countries aren’t going to put up with their virtue signalling bullshit.

And Russia won’t be cutting off the flow of gas to China or that orange glow in the east will be Vladivostok disappearing beneath a Chinese mushroom cloud…..

Vlad knows he can bully the Euro-pansies. The Chinese: not so much.

    Barry in reply to WISteve. | September 9, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    The russians outnumber the chines in nukes by almost 20 to 1. They will not be tangling with the russians in a nuclear war.

EU pulls into Putin’s Only Game in Town Gas Station:
EU- we don’t like the way you treat your neighbor!
Putin – so are you guys here to boycott?
EU – nah, we’re just gonna buy less and then talk smack.
Putin – get out, no gas for you!

Oversimplified? A little bit but that’s basically what happened. The EU leadership class has decided that the economic well-being of their citizens should be sacrificed on the altar of Ukraine. The US is eagerly helping for several reasons one of which is our corporate elites will be positioned to gain market share as the manufacturing base of the EU is idled due to lack of reliable energy.

Too bad that someone didn’t warn the Germans at least, that they were putting all of their fragile eggs into Putin’s basket. Perhaps someone knowledgeable such as an American President who made his own country energy-independent. The greenie Germans might have laughed at him.

Oh, wait …

Who’s laughing now? Not the Europeans who could be paying 10x what their energy supplies cost last winter. Not the greenies who are chopping down their ancient forests for firewood. Not the citizens who will be freezing to death in record numbers come December and January. Not the government oligarchs who refuse to delay shutting down their reliable nuclear plants.

Of course it isn’t polite to get a hearty chuckle out of what they did to themselves. But I’m not polite.

Just think, if not for a corrupt voting system and the few morons that actually did vote for that rectal prolapse in the White House, most, if not none, of this would be going on today.

The turbine parts needed to bring Nordsteam 1 back on line come from Canada, as reported, and Canada would not sell to Russia and the turbine is now in Europe and sitting there as the EU has shut down the line by doing this. Also, check out how Zelensky shut gas pipeline from Russia through Ukraine going to Europe. The shutdown is more willful from the EU so.. Russia just made the decision to play the game.