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Germany Experiences Coldest Winter in a Decade as Energy Crisis Worsens

Germany Experiences Coldest Winter in a Decade as Energy Crisis Worsens

State-funded DW TV: “As Germany experienced its coldest December in a decade, the government implored residents to exercise restraint on turning up the heat.”

Germany is facing the worst winter in a decade as the energy crisis deepens in the wake of dwindling Russian gas supply, the country’s main energy source for household and industrial consumption.

With Germany freezing ahead of Christmas, the country’s socialist-led government urges citizens to cut back on heating despite record-low temperatures.

“As Germany experienced its coldest December in a decade, the government implored residents to exercise restraint on turning up the heat,” Germany’s state-run Deutsche Welle TV reported Wednesday. “December 2022 could be Germany’s coldest in a decade,” the broadcaster noted.

German government’s call for savings on household heating is in addition to sweeping measures to ration energy supply to cities and municipalities across the nation.

The Deutsche Welle reported:

Snow blanketed most of Germany on Wednesday, from Berlin to the western city of Cologne, and especially in the mountainous southern areas of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

As temperatures dipped to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas, the German weather service (DWD) called on residents to exercise caution, particularly in the icy south. ”

The DWD also warned that infrastructure could be disturbed by the snow and ice, including power cuts and road closures. Train delays were also expected as tracks got snowed under. Trains operating at higher elevations and international trains to Switzerland and France from Baden-Württemberg were particularly affected, according to rail operator Deutsche Bahn.

Public broadcaster ZDF reported that December 2022 could be Germany’s coldest in a decade. After years of mild Decembers, the news came at a poor time as an energy crunch and skyrocketing prices have Germans trying to use as little gas as possible.

Reliant on Russian gas for many purposes in recent years, including heating many homes and businesses, sanctions against following the invasion of Ukraine have hit consumers across the country hard. Though Germany has managed to source gas elsewhere, the situation remained precarious, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said on Wednesday.

The mainstream German newspapers, magazines, and TV channels, who have wholeheartedly embraced the climate change agenda peddled by the country’s political elite, are busy churning out a flurry of articles telling people how to save on heating and electricity this Christmas.

“Light’s Out!” Germany’s leading newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung told its readers. “But is it really that bad?” the paper arrogantly asks.

The state-funded Deutschlandfunk radio broadcaster declared: “Holiday-lights out! So we might overcome of the crisis.” The outlets told their listeners to use eco-friendly “straw stars” instead of lighting up Christmas trees or houses.

The surging energy bills also put Germany’s traditional bakeries out of business ahead of Christmas.

Germany on the Verge of De-Industrialization

The crisis is much deeper than climate globalists want us to believe. The energy crisis poses an existential threat to the industrialized West. German public broadcaster Tagesschau warned that “according to a study, massive surge in gas prices may lead to the de-industrialization of German and Europe.”

No amount of rationing or energy saving might be enough to avert the coming disaster. Bloomberg News cited a recent survey claiming that the German firms were “running out of ways to save” energy. “Large parts of German industry will no longer be able to avoid production cuts if companies need to further reduce natural gas consumption,” the outlet reported.

As ordinary Germans freeze and sit in the dark this Christmas, the climate fanatics are killing two birds with one stone: disrupting Christian festivities (so hated and despised by them), and destroying Europe’s biggest industrial nation.

[Excerpts from German news reports translated by the author]

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Comments

Morning Sunshine | December 15, 2022 at 11:33 am

Chickens, meet roost.

About that global warming these idiots sacrificed their entire energy strategy around…….where is it when you need it?

Well there will be no tanks rolling into Poland… glass half full.

Nothing like freezing your butt off to teach you that man made global warming is a total hoax.

Netherlands has some significant natural gas deposits in certain parts near the North Sea. Those deposits could have been tapped and today be providing NG to Europe. But, ah well, you know, climate change, so the NG is in the ground.

Germany could have restarted at least a couple of its recently shuttered nuclear power generating plants. Those would today be providing a significant amount of electricity to the European power grid. But, ah well, you know, climate change, so the plants remained shuttered.

Europe could be working today on NG pipelines that run from Israel to Egypt to Italy. They’ve been in the works for a while and could have been financed independent of any objection from the U.S. But, ah well, you know, climate change, so the pipelines remain unbuilt.

It’s unfortunate the Europeans have gone in this direction, but now they get to sleep in the bed they made.

    The Norway to Denmark to Poland gas line is finally open after years of bureaucratic delay (russian bribes?). Denmark and Poland have contracts for 80% of the capacity. I imagine the other 20% will go for a high price. As for the Israel/Egypt/Cyprus line to Greece that Biden killed for no logical reason whatsoever other than to appease Russia and Turkey (and his hatred of Israel), Chevron, a major player in the project, said it is still viable. Meanwhile, Israel has no LGN facilities to ship gas to Germany, which has huge receiving ports. However Egypt does have LGN capacity and it is likely if everyone agrees that Israel could pipe gas to Egypt and Egypt transport to Germany. Egypt and Israel have long exchanged energy needs, so this is not a stretch. Needless to say, no one is consulting with Biden on these projects. They realize the administration is in the hands of a demented man being controlled by buffoons, malice, anti-Zionists , and cretins. Not that Germany has shown its own leadership to be any better.

      Durak Kazyol in reply to puhiawa. | December 16, 2022 at 11:31 am

      Brandon admin killed the Mediterranean pipeline to appease Iran as well. Don’t forget Iran; the Democrats’ love of the Iranian regime is a real tell.

    Don’t forget Biden spiked a natural gas pipeline from Israel into Europe as well.

    alaskabob in reply to stevewhitemd. | December 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    The sacrifice of the population is needed to save the blessed dirt ball called “earth”. Their religion requires it.. but just not the elite. There is only one way… their way.

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | December 15, 2022 at 11:59 am

They mocked Donald Trump’s warning, said he was fearmongering. Hahahahahahaha! Sucks to be them.

Well well well, now the salmons have come home to roost.

Gooder and harder…

Germany can’t be an industrial powerhouse that is totally dependent on gas from Russia. Shutting down nuclear plants. What were they thinking?

“As ordinary Germans freeze and sit in the dark this Christmas, the climate fanatics are killing two birds with one stone: disrupting Christian festivities and destroying Europe’s biggest industrial nation.”

Germans freeze and sit in the dark because they no longer know how to make candles or cut wood. People in outer Mongolia aren’t freezing. But then they don’t belong to the EU.

Maybe this is what it will take for the citizens to become surly and take it out on their hapless governing class. Cold people don’t make good citizens.

I have a past exchange student who is home in Germany for Christmas , she said she is freezing

She is now an American citizen

I told her when she was going through the process to just walk across the bridge in El Paso, long time ago..

Intermittent/unreliable/renewable energy. Think green, go Green, then blue is a progressive condition.

    henrybowman in reply to n.n. | December 15, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Assuming you’re talking lips and not politics, that was clever.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to n.n. | December 17, 2022 at 12:02 am

    There is nothing wrong with intermittent energy sources as long as they are engineered with enough storage capacity. The problem is poor design. Also, in the north winter solar power collection is half of summer.

      A further problem is a lack of decent battery design and a lack of land to emplace not only the huge needs of windmills and solar panel farms, but the batteries to store sufficient power to get through the night and cloudy/windless days.

      Makes nice efficient and small (in comparison) nuclear, natgas and even clean coal generation highly desirable. But no, the tree hugging Watermelons won’t stand for it and our politicians have no cojones to tell them where to go (and what to do when they get there). If our “leaders” (particularly now) thought they could get away with it (without actual insurrection), they would have us in exactly the same situation as Germany is today, only without the Russian Natgas.

Will the government advise them to burn the dead for fuel next?

Come on guys, crank up the solar panels!

Darn too bad someone couldn’t ship them natural gas or at least Israel could have sent it to them through that cancelled pipeline that would have gone ashore in Greece. Thanks Brandon for sacrificing your allies on the alter of the Global Warming Cultists

Enjoy your Erderwärmung, meinherren.

In a just world, the Germans would render crone Merkel down to fat, for a few hours of lamplight.

This Putin-seduced, Putin-enabling fool and “green” energy dupe’s miserable, sixteen-year tenure has had grievous consequences for Germany and Europe’s energy and military security.

Turned into candles, Merkel would serve German and Europe far more effectively than she ever did, as Chancellor.

Don’t step in the Global Warming.

* GRIN *

The BASF industrial site will cascade down to zero. The whole system is so tightly coordinated that once the availability of natural gas/energy drops below threshold.. there is no turning back and it’s gone. But the Earth will be saved!

They could concentrate their population into small camps and sleep in very close proximity to stay warm. They may still have some camps from their prior cult of evil sitting empty that have ovens to keep them warm. They might have to change the signage a little to say “work will set you warm”

Meanwhile, Oxfordshire is imposing climate lockdowns to combat global warming.