A recent video published by the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation features experts warning that Europe’s current path to a renewable energy powered society is hurting the poor and that green energy proponents are suffering from delusion.
President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, a career bureaucrat has committed to making Europe “the world’s first climate-neutral continent”.
Delusion in Brussels
However, the lofty plans, supported by most of Europe’s ruling parties, show unmistakable signs of reality-detachment as worker unrest, discontent and tensions spread across France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Yet, rather than taking all the strife seriously, Brussels prefers to deny it and blindly charge ahead with its virtuous green energy obsessions.
The GWPF video wonders if the experiment and unrealistic ideas about renewable energies will end up being “unsustainable policymaking”.
Experts warn that the odds that it will are high, but the pompous eurocrats are too obstinate to acknowledge it.
Expanding energy poverty
Already energy poverty has grown to potentially explosive social dimensions, warns Dr. Mikko Paunio of Finland. In some places heat has become so expensive that people are cutting trees down to keep warm.
Energy expert Professor Fritz Vahrenholt warns how Germany is “nearing the poverty front in a social and economic disaster”.
Brussels convinced green means prosperity
But Europe remains in denial, insisting that green energies are the economic solution for Europe’s future, and refuses to admit that the high energy costs are severely burdening the economy. “Europe is showing the way towards a safe and prosperous low carbon future for our planet and economy,” a green energy propaganda video insists.
Citizens rejecting, protesting
But reality tells a different story. Many countries in Europe aren’t going to meet their 2020 targets, and green parties in a number of countries have slipped as citizens have begun standing up to the hardships brought on by carbon reductions. There’s growing rejection of green policies especially among the poor. But Europe refuses to believe it, and pledges to keep pressing ahead, even as protests on the streets intensify.
Doomed to crash
What is it going to take before Europe’s leaders leave lala-land and get back to reality? What wake-up call is it going to take to get the slef deluded eurocrats to see the economic hardship and energy insecurity their policies are inflicting?
Prof. Vahrenholt fears it’ll take a real shock: “I’m quite sure this will change. First we will see the negative consequences of the Energiewende [German transition to green energies]. Let there be one day or two days of blackout, and they will see what they have done.” He adds that deindustrialization also will not work: “It’s a matter of two or three years when this will crash.”