Europe’s Top Leaders

April 2022

“Climate change: what the EU is doing
Council calls for accelerating actions agreed at COP26”

Climate change: what the EU is doing – Consilium

June 2022

“Europe may shift back to coal
Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands have all signalled that coal-fired power plants could help see the continent through a crisis that has sent gas prices surging and added to the challenge facing policymakers battling inflation.”

Europe may shift back to coal as Russia turns down gas flows – Times of India

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11 Responses to Europe’s Top Leaders

  1. AV says:

    Its a clown show but no one is laughing.

    • Michael Peinsipp says:

      I am!!!
      I live in Kentucky in a very rural county. We have 75 acres of woods and use wood to heat. If anything happens – solar flare (CME), society downfall, Civil War 2…We will survive.
      Those in the city’s…well suks to be ya’ll.
      Oh…we have TVA (Coal/natgas) and we pay the second lowest price for electricity in America.
      AND…we are armed to the gills (just like our neighbors) and plant tons of food and raise beef, Rabbits, Chickens, etc.
      OH Bambi is great over an open fire!!!
      Molon Labe
      Supreme Ultra MAGA Man

  2. James Henry says:

    Wait a sec, wait just one second! Thought the transition to electrification, powered by clean, renewable energy, was supposed to be easy, peasy.

    Why do the citizens of Western democracies continue to elect fools?

    • Francis Barnett says:

      “Why do the citizens of Western democracies continue to elect fools?”

      In the context of the European Union, the European Commission is a non-elected institution being the only entity (with some few exceptions) initiating legislation.
      (The source of a tsunami of pointless regulations looking to solve mostly non-existent problems)
      Their members are “appointed” ie they have to sing from the correct song sheet.
      The EU president is also “appointed”
      Ursula von der Leyen is the current figurehead.
      Known also as “Ursula fond of Lying”
      The EU is not in any shape or form a democracy.

    • Michael Peinsipp says:

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

      ‘Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed- in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.

      ‘If we want to know how to get the better of stupidity, we must seek to understand its nature. This much is certain, that it is in essence not an intellectual defect but a human one. There are human beings who are of remarkably agile intellect yet stupid, and others who are intellectually quite dull yet anything but stupid. We discover this to our surprise in particular situations. The impression one gains is not so much that stupidity is a congenital defect, but that, under certain circumstances, people are made stupid or that they allow this to happen to them. We note further that people who have isolated themselves from others or who live in solitude manifest this defect less frequently than individuals or groups of people inclined or condemned to sociability. And so it would seem that stupidity is perhaps less a psychological than a sociological problem. It is a particular form of the impact of historical circumstances on human beings, a psychological concomitant of certain external conditions. Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or of a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. It would even seem that this is virtually a sociological-psychological law. The power of the one needs the stupidity of the other. The process at work here is not that particular human capacities, for instance, the intellect, suddenly atrophy or fail. Instead, it seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence, and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances. The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with a person, but with slogans, catchwords and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.

      ‘Yet at this very point it becomes quite clear that only an act of liberation, not instruction, can overcome stupidity. Here we must come to terms with the fact that in most cases a genuine internal liberation becomes possible only when external liberation has preceded it. Until then we must abandon all attempts to convince the stupid person. This state of affairs explains why in such circumstances our attempts to know what ‘the people’ really think are in vain and why, under these circumstances, this question is so irrelevant for the person who is thinking and acting responsibly. The word of the Bible that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom declares that the internal liberation of human beings to live the responsible life before God is the only genuine way to overcome stupidity.

      ‘But these thoughts about stupidity also offer consolation in that they utterly forbid us to consider the majority of people to be stupid in every circumstance. It really will depend on whether those in power expect more from people’s stupidity than from their inner independence and wisdom.’
      Dietrich Bonhoeffer

      Any questions???

  3. Jessica says:

    The EU is the USSR dressed up in Western garb. The “Commission” is their Central Committee.

  4. Lance says:

    Who was that former US president who told Germany to not depend on Russian O&G? …and they were chuckling and snickering…..

    Meanwhile, up here in Canada, we have pretty socks shutting down or oil and gas

    • Michael Peinsipp says:

      That President was correct as usual and now the Drooler in Chief is shutting down production areas causing major inflammatory pressure upon the Market.

  5. Gamecock says:

    Presuming the coal plants are still around.

    Having been told they weren’t going to burn coal anymore, I should have expected them to lay off their employees, dismantle their plants and sell off the capital equipment and coal piles.

    Maybe cagey coal plant operators knew, “You’ll be back. You can’t live without me.”

    I should also expect the surviving coal plant operators aren’t going to be particularly nice. They are likely to try to make up for years of lost revenue in a few month.

    “K. We’ll make electricity for you. And our rate will be 5X than before.”

    And Europe will pay it.

    After all settles, they’ll attack the coal industry, again. EXCESS PROFITS !!! This time, ALL will close for good. Shifting back to coal is a trick they can only do once, if even then.

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