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ClimatePol, War 

Everyone talks about "Germany", "natural gas" and war, but the way I put it together differently puts me at odds with a lot of other people. The natural gas problem isn't about heating -- this was a pre-existing problem

The problem was deeply embedding natural gas power generation into the EU grid's stability. That came about due to Germany's aggressive and rapid push for renewables: the duck-curve requires *dispatchable* power

IMHO this is a geopolitical war of "going green"

ClimatePol, War 

I am *for* going green and I am *for* renewables.

But a fair criticism is that the *new* dependence of dispatchable natural gas power on the EU grid means that cutting off natural gas means: instead of having "guaranteed" electricity for old fashioned heating remedies like hot bottles, you now have the prospect of EU rolling blackouts / brownouts on top of no heat. Very dangerous for vulnerable people. Also, "but the economy" for the EU wealthy.

Hence, outcomes like "no SWIFT".

ClimatePol, War 

@cj

yes, I've been thinking of that, and of the sharp divergence between Germany's path in this regard and France's.

@cj @deejoe France is also on a wrong path of denuclearization energy-wise, it just hasn't been as aggressive as Germany.

ClimatePol, War 

@cj I was baffled when despite the prospect of this conflict with Russia, Germany went through with decommissioning the last nuclear powerplants. There's a huge anti-nuclear sentiment, but I'm still surprised at how willing to shoot themselves in the foot they've been.

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