Remember the German diplomats who openly laughed at Donald Trump when he warned Germany not to become too dependent on Russian energy?
An Energy Embarrassment
Germany just announced that two of the nuclear reactors it intended to shut down would remain open to help forestall its worsening energy crisis. (Russia announced on Tuesday that it was shutting down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe indefinitely, and one of the largest German gas importers
Uniper (the energy company based in Dusseldorf, Germany) did not rule out energy rationing.
Mandatory Energy Saving Measures
According to Francis Menton, the German source Deutsche Welle (German Wave) reports on September 3 that the government has enacted its first series of mandatory energy saving measures.
Mr. Menton, the Manhattan Contrarian, lists a few examples from The Energy Saving Ordinance:
- Retail stores may no longer keep their doors open throughout the day to reduce electricity consumption for air conditioning when it is hot outside — and for heating on cold winter days.
- In public buildings, halls and corridors will generally no longer be heated, and the temperature in offices will be limited to a maximum of 19 degrees. In places where heavy physical work is performed, temperatures will be even lower in the future. However, the restrictions do not apply to social facilities such as hospitals, daycare centers, and schools, where higher air temperatures are essential for the “health of the people who spend time there,” according to the Economy Ministry.
- Cutting back on warm water. Likewise, in public buildings, instantaneous water heaters or hot water tanks should be switched off if they are mainly used for washing hands. Exceptions are made for medical facilities, schools, and daycare centers. Some cities go even further. There, the showers in swimming pools and sports halls will remain unheated.
- Private pools may no longer be heated with gas and electricity, except for rehab centers, recreational facilities, and hotels. The new regulations will initially apply until the end of February.
Only the Beginning
Mr. Menton predicts that it will go on from there:
And of course, if they continue on the Net Zero path, this is only the beginning. It will only get worse and worse as time goes on.
They have no clue as to how to make a mostly wind/solar energy system work to deliver power 24/365 for a modern economy.
This is what the Biden Administration has in mind if they aren’t shortly stopped by a new Congress or a new President.
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