Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson on Monday evening emphasized the energy problem experienced by Europe heading to the wintertime.
Power prices in many industrialized countries — particularly countries in western Europe primarily dependent upon renewables — have risen drastically amid the Russian incursion of (Redacted), with costs for natural gas in France and Germany jumping to an order of magnitude greater than ordinary levels. According to Carlson, as a result of the price hikes, Europeans have gone “back to the dark ages” in their search for fuel to keep warm this winter.
Carlson added that firewood consumption in Germany has surged so fast that there is none left to purchase. It’s impossible to get it. Germans are so cold that many have resorted to cutting their own wood, searching the woods for fire just like their forefathers did centuries ago. The Polish public has been waiting in line for coal for days… Cars waited in line outside of mines searching for fuel.
Various European governments have begun adopting quotas to conserve power ahead of the wintertime. Spain’s legislature has decreed that public cooling system can be regulated no lower than 27 degrees Celsius — 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit — while retailers and public buildings must turn off their bulbs by 10:00 pm.
Carlson also noted a warning erstwhile President Donald Trump issued to German ambassadors about their energy policy at the United Nations four years ago. German leaders laughed after Trump warned that their country would become energy independent of Russia unless drastic action was taken quickly.
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When Trump warned in his UN speech that Germany 🇩🇪 is too dependent on Russian gas, this is how the German delegation reacted 👇
As they are facing a catastrophic energy crisis, I don’t think they are laughing anymore… pic.twitter.com/VCfRW8PoaH
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) August 22, 2022
Carlson claims they no longer find humor in the situation. As the Europeans have just learned, the actual threat to human civilization has never been, and never was, global warming. The main threat to humankind is global cooling — better known as winter.
Carlson added that when Europeans struggle to pay their energy costs, consumer spending may drop significantly, which might have repercussions for the global economy. Italy, the U.k., France, and Germany are among the ten most significant economies in the world.
“When the cost of keeping your apartment warm jumps by hundreds of percent in a single year, you become a completely different person,” he said. “You change your behavior severely. You’re no longer tempted to buy a new $1,400 iPhone or shop at Whole Foods, or even pick up an extra cappuccino — the entire consumer economy grinds to a halt because there’s no discretionary income.”
The European Union has established the official objective of “a climate-neutral society” by 2050 in conformity with the European Green Plan and the Paris Accord. Just this week, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned that the world economy places itself at risk by seeking a hurried shift to renewable electricity.
“Realistically, I think we need to use oil and gas in the medium run because else civilization will crumble,” Musk informed reporters at an energy forum in Norway. “One of the largest problems the world has ever faced is the transition to sustainable energy and to a sustainable economy. That will take some decades to complete.”
Even though it could hurt Tesla, Musk issued a similar warning to the US earlier this year. Tesla is in the business of making electric cars.
“Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures,” he said on social media, recognizing that renewable energies “simply cannot react instantaneously” to compensate for lower energy supplies.