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Germans Attend ‘Blackout Courses’ as Energy Crisis Worsens Ahead of Christmas

Germans Attend ‘Blackout Courses’ as Energy Crisis Worsens Ahead of Christmas

French TV channel EURONEWS: A “growing number of Germans are turning to citizens’ courses to learn how to act if they find themselves plunged into darkness.”

With Russian energy supplies drying out and nation’s gas reserves running low, most Germans seem to have to resigned to their fate, and are looking for ways to cope with the impending blackouts and power shortages ahead of Christmas, news reports suggest.

Many Germans are taking public courses on how to survive a dark and cold winter caused by the foolish climate and energy policies of their elected leaders.  The French TV channel Euronews reported Saturday that “a growing number of Germans are turning to citizens’ courses to learn how to act if they find themselves plunged into darkness.”

The Euronews covered the surging interest in Germany for these “blackout courses”:

[A] growing number of Germans are turning to citizens’ courses to learn how to act if they find themselves plunged into darkness.

“If the electricity goes out then absolutely nothing works any more. And we need to understand what ‘nothing working’ really means,” said Birgitt Eberlin, an instructor at the Workers’ Samaritan Federation (ASB).

Simple tasks – from cooking a meal and keeping hydrated to caring for pets or ringing a neighbour’s doorbell – become major challenges. The German aid and welfare organisation offers free-of-charge courses on the subject on behalf of the BBK government agency for civil protection and disaster assistance.

Eberlin talks her students through the basics – including being prepared with candles, matches and headlamps – at the charity’s premises in southeast Berlin before hitting the lights and conducting part of the lesson by torchlight.

“Three generations ago people knew what being without electricity was like. Today we realise that we can barely function without electricity,” said Albrecht Broemme, a former Berlin fire chief who was brought out of retirement to help build infrastructure for the pandemic then the arrival of Ukrainian refugees.

Germany’s national network agency has warned of possible gas rationing this winter after Russian energy imports to Germany plunged following the invasion of Ukraine.

The German angst over blackouts are well founded. Last week, the head of Germany’s energy regulatory authority, Die Bundesnetzagentur, warned that country’s natural gas reserves were running so low that a “few freezing cold days” was sufficient to empty them.

The availability of cheap Russian supply prompted Germany to convert large parts of its electricity generation and industrial production to natural gas. In the wake of recent Western sanctions on Kremlin, and recent blowing up of Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipelines have almost halted Russian gas supply to Western Europe. Berlin is now paying a huge price for this fatal energy dependence on Russia.

With energy reserves running low, Germany has announced plans to ration energy and electricity across the nation. Berlin has passed an “Energy Saving Decree” ordering German cities to cut on public lighting, heating, as well as warm water for kindergartens and schools.

Not just ordinary households, the German industry and economy too have also taken a big hit. “The German government and leading economists say that Germany is heading toward a recession,” the German state TV channel DW News reported recently. “Inflation, rising energy prices and supply bottlenecks all add up to a perfect storm for the economy — which, according to economists’ theories, goes up and down in waves,” the broadcaster added alarmingly.

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“Sonny. When i was young we walked over to the wall and turned the thermostat up. Reliable nuclear energy took it from there. Ah. We had it made. But we decided to get rid of our very clean and safe nuclear power, that generated huge surpluses every year for solar panels and wind generators ….that are extremely unreliable, do not even work in the winter, are terribly polluting in the manufacture, kill wildlife…..because of the “science”.

Subotai Bahadur | November 13, 2022 at 6:29 pm

Just noting in passing that while the gas lines were apparently sabotaged [with several suspects, and I do not rule out our current regime] that they had been deliberately cut off from the Russian side long before the sabotage. That is how long Germany has been in this bind.

That having been said, it was the government(s) elected by the German people who put them in this situation. Thus, it is appropriate that whatever happens to them happens. One interesting thing is that since our own government crippled our energy industry with a series of executive orders within an hour of inauguration; that we watch what happens in Germany both to see what works, and just as importantly what does not. Because it is going to get cold, dark, and hungry out here too.

Subotai Bahadur

    healthguyfsu in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | November 13, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    At least, we have the benefit of turning our natural resource harvesting back on. Germany does not have that option.

      MattMusson in reply to healthguyfsu. | November 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      So, the Germans are ramping up coal production.

      Ironclaw in reply to healthguyfsu. | November 13, 2022 at 8:13 pm

      Not as long as the pedophile in the white house has any say in it.

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to healthguyfsu. | November 13, 2022 at 8:57 pm

      Actually, turning things back on is not as easy as you would think. First, parts of the work being done on pipeline systems, processing plants, etc. was dismantled. Gotta rebuild that. And given supply chain problems, that takes far longer and costs a lot more than before. There is also the problem of making turning things on legal. When they were turned off, it voided all their permits, permissions, etc. Gotta start the regulatory process all over again. And give all the Greens who want to stop you at all costs free shots.

      Then finally there is the problem of what is referred to in international business as “regime risk”. Before an hour or so after inauguration, it could be believed that if the government wanted to shut down energy production, they themselves would have to go through all of the processes which could be appealed. Instead, they pulled the shut downs out of a certain someone’s anal orifice, and that was that as soon as Biden signed the papers.

      If you were CEO of an energy company . . . and you have already lost and are still losing hundreds of millions of dollars . . . and it would literally cost billions of dollars to try to re-start things, and even more if it is done at a panic rush . . . knowing that it can all be shut down again at the whim of those in power, once again with no appeal . . .; how eager would you be to just turn things on again dealing with the risks of this particular regime?

      Subotai Bahadur

        Not very, but the voters asked for more Bidenomics in the recent election.

        I think they will get it good and hard.

        healthguyfsu in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | November 14, 2022 at 1:38 am

        In my brevity, I did not mean to indicate that it would be painless. I just meant that its beneficial to have the option. Of course, that only exists while we have a sovereign nation capable of its own defense.

        BASF is an excellent example…. a tightly coordinated monster production facility that is either fully operational with natural gas or off line forever. I understand that they are shifting operation to China and kissing the German facility goodbye.

        henrybowman in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | November 14, 2022 at 6:27 pm

        “Actually, turning things back on is not as easy as you would think.”
        Still, probably Sunday pudding compared to replacing three whacking great voids in the pipes (and a UXB on the fourth).

    MattMusson in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | November 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    The EU’S worst nightmare is that Putin is peace with Ukraine and still doesn’t send Gas to Germany.

    The Brits will regret blowing the pipeline (in conjunction with the Biden Administration).

      Dimsdale in reply to MattMusson. | November 13, 2022 at 10:37 pm

      Didn’t they also trash the Israel-Turkey pipeline, with Biden’s help?

      GravityOpera in reply to MattMusson. | November 14, 2022 at 1:20 am

      There are still people that believe that anybody but the Russians destroyed three of the four pipes?

        iconotastic in reply to GravityOpera. | November 14, 2022 at 3:09 pm

        I am still struggling to understand why sabotaging the best mechanism for forcing Germany (and other EU countries) into ending sanctions was in Putin’s best interest. After the first few hundred Germans froze to death I could easily imagine Russia’s diplomats whispering into German ears “it all could be back to normal if you just stopped supporting Ukraine”.

    jhkrischel in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | November 13, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    So long as germany moves to mail-in voting, the people in power will never have to worry about being held to account by the plebes.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | November 13, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I have solar electric, a big enough array to get by in winter, and I have an abundance of oak for winter, I think I might play around with wood gasification this winter, I have an abundance of food.

    Not sure I have enough ammo 🙂

I hear that crone Merkel — once laughably celebrated by American Dumb-o-crats and European Leftists as the west’s “true” leader, in contrast to President Trump — is now teaching a web video course on candle-making and oil lamp lighting in the home, thus providing a service that is more useful to Germany and Europe at-large than anything that this miserable crone accomplished during her disgraceful sixteen year tenure of indefensible and foolish Putin-enabling/appeasement.

    puhiawa in reply to guyjones. | November 13, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Need paraffin to make candles. One of distillates of oil. Unless you raise bees. Of course you can gather ole candle stubs together and warm them over a wood fire and make one last batch before the light go out like Americans did in the Depression. As for kerosene….Russia supplied most of the West’s kerosene needs, even in America. Because it was the cheapest producer.

    Dathurtz in reply to guyjones. | November 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Making candles out of animal fat is hard, horrible, and a little dangerous.

      puhiawa in reply to Dathurtz. | November 13, 2022 at 9:27 pm

      Tallow makes for a poor and unhealthy light. However vegetable oil has been used for thousands of years by such diverse civilizations as the Middle East, Asia, the Polynesians and Europeans. And in fact oils can be used again in pressure lanterns like Coleman’s, with apertures adapted , and ignited with alcohol. Very similar to the kerosene lamps still used in the South Seas.

      guyjones in reply to Dathurtz. | November 14, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Beeswax is a great candle material, though. It burns cleanly, burns longer than paraffin-based candles and actually purifies the air.

Go green, then Green, then Blue, then blue. Obama/Biden’s World War Spring series only serves to exacerbate the solution with “benefits” and forward-looking collateral damage.

    Dimsdale in reply to n.n. | November 13, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Green energy, cold, blue fingers and toes, and finally brown, because they are turning the world into a feces show.

Follow the money, follow the money.

Btw: has the GOP’s failure of a Chairwoman Rona Romney McDaniels been fired yet?

    Unfortunately not, nor have McConnell and McCarthy been driven from the temple. This despite a large portion, probably a majority of the base calling for it.

    Instead of aiming our fire where it is well and truly deserved we’re all distracted by a significant figure in our party attacking other very successful figures who were a bit more successful more recently than he. Now lines are being drawn and near vendettas being declared amongst ourselves.

    Unless we remember that only the establishment benefits from this internal division and stop beating the drums for an internal conflict they will escape judgement. The acknowledged leader of the party, though out of office has the power and the time to pull all of back from the brink of division.

    The question is will this man muster the courage, resolve and discipline to do so and demonstrate true leadership in this moment? He definitely has the power and influence to unite us against the establishment, just as in 2016, if he chooses to do so. Will he choose unity or will he choose division and discord that ultimately benefits no one but the establishment?

What did Germans use for lighting their homes before candles? Electricity.

How do you say “frostbite” auf Deutsch?

“The German angst over blackouts are [sic] well founded.”
Well, at least they have the infrastructure for it.
First thing they need to do is to oil all those old WWII air-raid sirens.
Woops, I forgot!
Well, maybe there’s a way to “solar” them.

I’ll believe that the Germans believe that they have an energy crisis when they stop playing night soccer games in stadiums that require gigawatts of electricity.

might be a good time to be a plumber/construction/disaster recovery in Germany now

Fat_Freddys_Cat | November 14, 2022 at 8:05 am

The Left’s nostalgia for the 19th century surpasses understanding. Candles…choo-choo trains…Marxism…

Another click bait headline.

Germans must be heartbroken that they have so few Jews left to burn to produce energy.

Disinformation and wrongthink.

What are you doing, thinking you can, or should take care of yourself, citizen? That you can do better than BigSister? That your interests might not be what they say?

If the Stasi is out of practice, they can get some tips an protocols for tracking internal dissidents from the US Internal Secret Police — they’re more current.

The German government just allowed the 2. Nuclear power plants to operate until April.
My guess is that authorization will be further extended through next winter as well.
I am amazed they are not building the natural gas pipeline to Israel and planning new nuclear power plants.
Could the greens really block nuclear power when the lights go out?

Four years ago the Germans were laughing at Trump.
I’ll bet they’re not laughing now.