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Germany's Russian gas crisis sparks coal rush

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Posted By: DVC, 9/4/2022 12:34:50 PM

BERLIN: "A rush like this in the summertime, it's unheard of -- everybody wants coal," says Frithjof Engelke, a supplier of the briquettes which have become a hot commodity in the German capital. A looming shortage of Russian gas in the wake of the Ukraine war has reignited enthusiasm for this method of heating private homes despite its sooty residue and heavy carbon footprint. Engelke, 46, head of the century-old Berlin business Hans Engelke Energie, says it's brought a bonanza for his family business: "My holidays will have to wait." He and his team are frenziedly taking orders, organising deliveries by truck -- now booked out until October


This was published about a week before Putin closed down the Nordstream pipeline entirely, probably permanently. The one coal mine is working three shifts, seven days a week and not keeping up with demand for coal in 25 kg bags for home heating.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: udanja99 9/4/2022 12:39:22 PM (No. 1268318)
And all of those German leaders laughed at President Trump when he warned them about Putin. Talk about karma!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: jalo1951 9/4/2022 1:23:44 PM (No. 1268358)
As long as the sun shines and the wind blows we're good, right? wink wink s/o so many idiots so little energy
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DW626 9/4/2022 3:05:12 PM (No. 1268446)
Germany gets cold in the winter. Like #1 says, they all laughed at President Trump when he warned what would happen So in a way I can’t say that I blame them for using coal to keep themselves warm. Of course it flies in the face of their “logic”.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Maggie2u 9/4/2022 7:08:15 PM (No. 1268602)
Posters #1 and 3 are right. I just saw a video last week of when President Trump was speaking, I believe it was at the U.N a few years ago, and the German officials there were rolling their eyes and laughing at him when he warned them about depending on Russian oil.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 9/4/2022 7:48:14 PM (No. 1268634)
We will be hearing this story OVER AND OVER as the dopey politicos of various countries and states set up impossible (and unnecessary) energy related goals for the sake of "climate" and they collapse in their stupidity or because they depend on unfriendly states like Russia or China to provide energy or technology. The news will report things in a limited way but the question will be how many people will suffer or die due to their short sightedness and stupidity? We should have learned this lesson having gone through dependence on the turbulent Middle East for oil. Energy independence though internal mechanism and resources is best, especially for the US. Building dependance on battery powered vehicles that require rare earths that the US DOES NOT HAVE is insane. Further, it is unlikely that even the world markets can supply enough batteries to supply a completely electric car nation. We might as well cast our lot expecting to power cars by using methane from unicorns.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: mifla 9/5/2022 5:50:34 AM (No. 1268833)
And the German Greenies will demand that no coal be used, even if the population freezes to death. The planet must be saved!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: red1066 9/5/2022 9:37:01 AM (No. 1268917)
I remember back in the mid-fifties when I was about five our entire family and my cousin's families all went to my uncle house during a winter storm that knocked out power. My uncle used coal to heat his house, and I can still see the pile of coal in the basement and the fire in the furnace. Boy was it warm in that house and not just because there were twenty people in the home.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NamVet70 9/5/2022 9:37:24 AM (No. 1268918)
Survival is much more important to most people than compliance with the global warming hoax. Perhaps someone will put some effort into developing more efficient coal burning home heating solutions.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog 9/5/2022 10:19:38 AM (No. 1268954)
FTA:Currently, people are relatively relaxed when they learn that they will have to wait at least two months before getting deliveries, he says. Things will be radically different when it starts to get cold outside. Two months puts them into November. Even if its not terribly cold the amount of sunshine is greatly diminished and it's downright chilly. So much for solar panels!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: franq 9/5/2022 4:25:26 PM (No. 1269247)
Well Frau Merkel issued the diktat to phase out nuclear power. Electricity and other energy looks to be in short supply now for the volk.
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