Green Energy Is Causing Power Shortages In Europe During An Awful Winter

Over-reliance on green energy and freezing winter weather triggered serious power shortages across Europe.

European Union nations, including Greece and Hungary, hoarded power due to the cold winter weather. That hoarding triggered shortages that cut off electricity to tens of thousands of homes and sent power prices soaring to record levels.

Temperatures across southern Europe are expected to drop below freezing again next week. The continent has been unable to meet electricity demand, as green energy tends to go offline in the cold. Solar power, for example, tends to produce less energy in the winter because the days are shorter.

“What I see in the Balkans is clear evidence that everybody first secures its own consumption and only then, if they’re in a position to do so, they’ll help the others,” Andras Totth, the deputy CEO of the Hungarian utility MVM, told Bloomberg.

Europe has increasingly invested in green energy in recent years, which has created big problems preventing blackouts during the winter.

The average European spent 26.9 cents per kilowatt-hour on electricity during the last full year of data, while the average American only spent 10.4 cents, according to an analysis of government data previously published by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Even EU nations where power is relatively cheap pay a lot more for power than any U.S. state. Great Britain, for example, pays an average of 54 percent more for electricity than Americans paid last year. Much of the expense comes from subsidies for green energy, which account for roughly 7 percent of British energy bills, according to government study released last July.

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    Amber

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    Germany used to be so smart . What is the cost of 10,000 fuel poverty deaths in Europe ?
    By Green accounting we know that is a positive . You know weed out the poor , elderly
    and those who might be a burden on the health care system .
    Wait until a 3 week stretch of really bad weather hits and they lose grids . Politicians have lied to the public about global warming to fulfill globalization goals and to tap a new tax vein . A class action law suit is long long overdue .

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    David Lewis

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    One thing I noticed about the article is that the average EU resident is paying 2.58 times as much for electricity the average US resident. I’m sure there are other factors but I’m just as sure that using renewable energy is the main reason for the cost being so much more. This is at their current rate of 15% renewable energy. There goal for 2030 is at least 27%. If they haven’t recognized anthropological climate change is a fraud by then, the cost of power in Europe will have been driven up to much higher rates.

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    Amber

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    Haven’t we reached that scary point where kids aren’t supposed to know what snow is according to some scientific giants and global warming promoters .
    Guess the 400 inches of snow at Jackson Hole this winter is an optical illusion .
    Kind of like the ice free Arctic .
    What is this years body count from fuel poverty death going to be 15,000 ?
    Three or Four times the number of deaths in 9/11 per year and no one says a word …… cause we are” saving the planet” . And besides there are just too many people any way … right ? Yet the thing that will finally stop the largest fraud in history will be as the cash dries up in the overblown hyperventilation global warming industry . NOAA temperature fudge makers and the EPA green shirts will just have to whip up a new big scary .

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      JayPeeGibberish

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      An ice free Arctic is considered to be 10%, or less, of the 1981 to 2010 average EXTENT. In the summer months, we are currently down 40% over that average and 75% down in TOTAL ice (mass). And this ASTOUNDING event has transpired in less than 4 decades (1978 when decent satellite imagery came online). And considering that the Arctic is now (2017) tracking lower than it has ever been (global sea ice as well), we are going to see more sun radiation entering the ocean this summer which, in turn, will warm the waters which will mean less ice can form which will meani more solar absorption, etc, etc and so on.

      In case you didn’t know, snow is often a measure of WARMING. The coldest places on earth, such as Antarctica, are technically deserts because cold air holds less moisture thus less snow.

      Not sure where you get your figures from in regards to energy poverty, but according to WHO, coal pollution accounts for 3.3 MILLION premature deaths annually and according to the American Lung Association, that number is 200,000 for Americans alone.

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        GESchroeder

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        Do a google search of “Alarmist heat as poor die of cold” You will find a news article saying each winter over 10,000 people die in their homes in the UK alone because they cannot afford heat. The actual number for reported coal deaths is 13,000 not 200,000 as you exaggerate it to be.

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          JayPeeGibberish

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          April 20, 2016) – WASHINGTON, D.C.
          The American Lung Association’s 2016 “State of the Air” report found continued improvement in air quality, but more than half (52.1%) of the people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution. The annual, national air quality “report card” found that 166 million Americans live with unhealthful levels of air pollution, putting them at risk for premature death and other serious health effects like lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive harm.
          http://www.lung.org/about-us/media/press-releases/2016-state-of-the-air.html?referrer=https://www.google.com.au/

          25 MARCH 2014 | GENEVA РIn new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died Рone in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/

          13 February 2016
          Science & Environment
          More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, according to new research.
          http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35568249

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            JayPeeGibberish

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            And then there is also this:
            “Out of all industrial sources, these [coal] plants are also the biggest emitter of airborne mercury, which can become part of the human food chain through fish and wildlife — high mercury levels are linked to brain damage, birth defects, and damage to the nervous system. Overall, air pollutants from coal plants can cause hearth attacks, strokes, lung cancer, birth defects, and premature death.
            The American Lung Association isn‚Äôt the only group to connect coal plants with death and illness. A recent study released in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that, due in large part to health problems, coal costs the U.S. $500 billion per year. Specifically, the study found that the health costs of cancer, lung disease, and respiratory illnesses connected to pollutant emissions totaled over $185 billion per year.”

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            JayPeeGibberish

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            One last point about the benefits (sic) of coal:
            Mercury: Coal plants are responsible for more than half of the U.S. human-caused emissions of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that causes brain damage and heart problems. Just 1/70th of a teaspoon of mercury deposited on a 25-acre lake can make the fish unsafe to eat.

            HOLY MOLY — 1/70th of a teaspoon!!

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    JayPee

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    The cowardly lying drewski visits again.
    Hiding behind a new ID.
    Spewing his idiotic rubbish.
    I leave it to everyone their own conclusions.
    I leave it to the administrator the matter of disposal.

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    JayPeeGibberish

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    Correction: “idiotic rubbish” based on actual evidence with citations as opposed to your “completely idiotic rubbish” without ANY evidence or citations (for 5 years now).

    And we already know what kind of rubbish this administrator favors.

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