Europeans getting pretty upset about their “necessarily skyrocketing” electricity prices

posted at 2:41 pm on October 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Of course, the direct “necessarily skyrocketing” quote comes from our own farsighted president back when he was still just a candidate, but I feel that it applies quite aptly to the pickle in which Europeans are currently finding themselves; after all, the road down which they are now so laboriously traveling is uncomfortably similar to the path that the Obama administration is actively pushing the United States to take.

We’ve been covering several European countries’ slow but sure retrenchment from their years and years of heavy subsidization of so-called green energies and lofty quota goals, and rest assured that that reality check has been continuing unabated in the face of excessive electricity costs and stubbornly massive debt and deficit problems. In Germany, emphasis mine:

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) said on Friday a new government must move quickly to rein in rising energy costs in order to safeguard the competitiveness of German industry.

Speaking a day after the SPD leadership agreed to enter formal coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, Gabriel called Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG) an impediment to a successful exit from nuclear power.

“The EEG was a wonderful law when we wanted to support new technologies to make them competitive. Today, in its current form, it is the biggest obstacle for the energy shift,” Gabriel said in a speech at a union event in Hanover.

“We need to ensure that renewable energy is affordable. And we need to put an end to the idea that we can pull out of nuclear and coal simultaneously. This won’t work.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her governing conservative party already moved to set caps on taxpayer subsidies for renewable energies last week to cushion the upcoming shock of a big price surge on people’s power bills, and the fact that this is coming from the country’s liberal party is quite the testament to how deeply unpopular and costly all of the formerly unquestionable green mandates have become.

And just across the Atlantic, Brits are about to feel the heat (er, the cold?) from the combined consequences of rising natural gas prices as well as the choice not to frack their own resources, via the Guardian:

British Gas has turned a consumer and political backlash over a 10% increase in energy bills into a public relations disaster after trying to head off criticism of the price hike by using social media.

Nearly 16,000 Twitter comments – most of them vitriolic – rained down on Britain’s biggest power provider in a few hours after it invited questions from customers. One online expert described the company’s attempt to ease public anger over the new tariffs as one of the biggest PR own goals he had ever seen. …

“My Nan’s just been on the phone (no twitter) Should she burn the garden table or the chairs first to keep warm?” wrote one Twitter user. “Have you started an affiliate scheme with a funeral directors?” said another with reference to the number of elderly people who die in cold winters.

The hashtag “AskBG” was the top trend on UK Twitter within an hour of British Gas launching its chat; scores of tweets contained the words “greed” and “death”.

Welcome to the future.


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Choosing not to frack themselves. Clever.

oldroy on October 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

But…. but….. we MUST go (gan)Green! Think of the puppies! Won’t you shiver in the dark for the puppies?

Vanceone on October 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

1. Pass a law
2. ??????
3. Utopia!

How did that not work?

mankai on October 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Now we know who’s REALLY pushing granny over the cliff…

…they just freeze her to death first.

Turtle317 on October 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Hard to figure out how this will be blamed on Ted Cruz and the “tea baggers.” But it will.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The hashtag “AskBG” was the top trend on UK Twitter within an hour of British Gas launching its chat; scores of tweets contained the words “greed” and “death”.

Note however that the complainers have not figured out it’s government over-regulation making their prices go up, they’re just blaming “greedy companies.”

Doomberg on October 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

YAY!

vityas on October 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM

“Gunther….this socialism stuff is expensive”

“yah…..but the healthcare is almost free”

BobMbx on October 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Yeah. Good thing we didn’t elect Romney, or he would have given us the same. GOP might stop Obama from doing it for partisan reasons, but they would have done it for Romney for (misguided) partisan reasons. A clue to all of the statist Republicans telling us that we need complete control of the government before we can roll government back: I DON’T BELIEVE YOU! Once you get control, you’ll do what you did 2001-2006, namely start growing government and hope the voters give you credit for all of the government goodies.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Idiots

djl130 on October 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

How much do candles cost?

portlandon on October 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM

We all know this one:

Never Interfere With an Enemy While He’s in the Process of Destroying Himself

What if he is taking us with him? This is why they could successfully launch an all out take over of the culture, but we can’t. We were attempting to hold everything together while they were changing it. We don’t have that luxury. They have no intention or ability to hold it together while attempt to pull off a similar feat.

DFCtomm on October 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

It’s such a shame that Konrad Adenauer used up all of Germany’s coal in creating the economic miracle that was post-war Germany.
Now, they have to power those generating stations with Unicorn farts.

Another Drew on October 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Hard to figure out how this will be blamed on Ted Cruz and the “tea baggers.” But it will.
Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Well, they did have to keep the lights on during his 21 hour and 19 minute speech.

Herb on October 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

You can ride that green energy bandwagon all you want… but when it’s cold and dark, people will BURN STUFF for heat and light. It can be tires and sofa cushions in 55 gal drums, or it can be coal/oil/natural gas in furnaces and electricity production. We all know which alternative is cleaner.

Marcola on October 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

You can ride that green energy bandwagon all you want… but when it’s cold and dark, people will BURN STUFF for heat and light. It can be tires and sofa cushions in 55 gal drums, or it can be coal/oil/natural gas in furnaces and electricity production. We all know which alternative is cleaner.

Marcola on October 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

If it comes to that, I think our immigration problem will be solved, and Central America will develop one.

Its always warm in Cancun.

BobMbx on October 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Use facts.

Truth is life.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Lies kill.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Erika, I think you might mean just across the North Sea… or the English Channel, depending on the route you take.

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on October 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I’m more productive when it’s warm.Gardens and farming do better when it is warm.Body fat reduces when it’s warm.Everything does better when it’s warm.Cold causes bundling up and sleepiness.The only thing good with cold is deer hunting,snow skiing, and hot chocolate.So let’s do what is hip and stop warmth.

docflash on October 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Putin should help the Europeans achieve their green energy goals.

Close the valve on the pipelines running west.

BobMbx on October 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

The same morons who believed in obammycare also believed in green energy. Hindsight? How about using our brains to begin with?

Blake on October 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Dumbest thing Merkel has done to Germany and will be one of the negative things she is remembered for.

albill on October 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Even when reality smacks the socialists upside the head, they REFUSE to face facts. Instead they turn to oft demonized boogieman- big business so they can continue to feel good about themselves.
Too stupid to live.

We are seeing the same here in the U.S with the obamacare lovers. My Koslim brother thinks obamacare will be great. He is about to find out “how great” it is. The company he works for just told them to go enroll in the exchange. When warned about the possible high price he told us we didn’t know what we were talking about because we watch Fox news.
BTW, he reads Chomsky, Franken, Zinn, and loves Matthews, Maddow, and Schultz.

Hard Right on October 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Keep voting socialist reprobates!

Murphy9 on October 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

And just across the Atlantic, Brits are about to feel the heat (er, the cold?) from the combined consequences of rising natural gas prices as well as the choice not to frack their own resources, via the Guardian:

Ya know, we Yankees who have been fracking the Marcellus shale could sell you 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas for less than the price of a pint of Guinness Stout or fish ‘n’ chips at the corner pub. Ya wanna make a deal, my good chap?

Steve Z on October 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM

You can ride that green energy bandwagon all you want… but when it’s cold and dark, people will BURN STUFF for heat and light. It can be tires and sofa cushions in 55 gal drums, or it can be coal/oil/natural gas in furnaces and electricity production. We all know which alternative is cleaner.

Marcola on October 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

About three years ago, a freak storm dumped a foot of snow on New England in October, and the weight of snow on trees with green leaves caused many branches to snap and land on power lines.

During the power failure, many people’s oil-burning furnaces wouldn’t light, so people were burning the fallen branches in their fireplaces for heat. Guess what: a gallon of heating oil puts out less CO2 for the same amount of heat than burning wood.
So let’s save the forests and burn oil for heat!

Steve Z on October 18, 2013 at 5:51 PM

I’m an expat in Germany. The energy costs here are unbelievable… one friend spent about $6000 last winter on heating. And the old houses here don’t help. Most locals just barely heat their homes and few have air conditioning. We have about 8 different bins for our mandatory recycling! And they tax the hell out of you for everything else… diesel cars, tv’s in your home, pets, 19% VAT, church membership, etc. Every week we get a notice in the mail about some random tax we have to pay. And most people here believe in this green energy crap. I had a lady pound on my hood because I didn’t turn off my motor while waiting for my husband at an ATM. I enjoy living here and the people really are lovely, but it’s very expensive (especially with the terrible exchange rate!).

ktrich on October 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Green religion is grinding up hard against economic and physical reality.

This stuff will still matter when the shutdown theater is a trivia quiz item.

David Blue on October 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Substitute “Democrat Party” for British Gas and you can have some fun with the tweets in question.

MTF on October 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM