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UK Fires-Up Coal Power Plant as European Gas Shortage Worsens, + Intense Polar Cold Headed for New Zealand

UK Fires-Up Coal Power Plants as European Gas Shortages Worsen

“Englands green and pleasant Land” has been disturbed by the firing-up of a dirty old coal power plant this week, as failing renewables, poor planning, and drastically reduced gas supplies are crippling the nation’s electricity needs.

As the BBC puts it: “still autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas.” And as a result, and denting the government’s commitment to completely phase out coal power by 2024, the UK’s National Grid asked EDF to fire-up the West Burton A power plant to cope with demand.

But what demand…? We’re in early September…? The weather is fine, and temperatures are comfortable — the implications for the upcoming winter, which is predicted to be brutal by the way (more on that below), appear dire.

The BBC lists this article under “climate change”, but the reasons they site for the gas shortages contradict this: “Across Europe, shortages and increased demand from Asia have seen the cost of gas increase to the highest level on record … A cold start to the year meant countries across the continent dipped into their gas reserves.”

Europe and Asia’s record cold winter AND spring (SW England was suffering sub-freezing lows in May for crying out loud) is behind the recent shortages, and even the BBC in their roundabout, warm-mongering way have admitted as much.

Europe as a whole is in the same boat — the gas supply crunch is now impacting homes and businesses across the continent, with failing renewables boosting the use of fossil fuel-fired generation here, too. This in turn has driven the price of coal up more than 70% this year, and has also sent the cost of polluting in Europe to the highest-ever levels, according to

Rising gas prices are also fueling inflation and are threatening to stall economic recoveries as energy-intensive industries from fertilizer to steel may need to curb output. This is a serious concern for the health of the global economy, and it could-well prove the catalyst for the “mother of all crashes” that Michael Burry (of “Big Short” fame) sees coming.

Higher energy prices will start feeding into bills
Natural gas in Europe costs the equivalent of more than $100/barrel

“The problem hasn’t even started yet,” said Julien Hoarau, the head of EnergyScan, the analytics unit of French utility Engie SA.

“Europe will face a very tight winter.”

Russia isn’t exactly helping the situation, limiting flows at a time when Asia (namely China) is scooping up cargoes of liquefied natural gas that would otherwise be headed to Europe. Oh, and speaking of our Communist Party pals: China released COVID. China paid for Biden. China banned the blockchain miners. China is buying up the world’s grain, and now gas. China is owning the politically-correct West, yet our “leaders” are more concerned with pop-topics like vaccine passports, wind farms, and transgenderism than addressing the increasing volume of power flowing to the east (Russia’s gas flowing to China is a good analogy). Depressingly, the West is led by ideologically hamstrung dolts, devoid of backbones — and it will be our downfall…

A Word on Nuclear

The Nuclear Industry Association said the decision to fire up another coal power plant highlighted the urgent need to invest in new nuclear plants. This, I believe to be true. If ‘increasing CO2 emissions = global warming’ is indeed your theory, then why is nuclear being pushed to the sidelines? It’s because nuclear threatens to “fix” the non-problem — i.e., wide-scale nuclear adoption would decrease global CO2 emissions, yet, as we saw during the lockdowns, this would result in zero impact on atmospheric CO2 levels, it would correlate poorly with global temperatures, and, therefore, expose the AGW fraud for what it is: just another control method.

Intense Polar Cold Headed for New Zealand

Diving into the southern hemisphere, this week is set to deliver two powerful Antarctic fronts to New Zealand, with strong winds, heavy rain and substantial snowfall set to accompany bone-chillingly low temperatures.

A temperature map produced by WeatherWatch shows temperatures will nosedive to levels some 4C and 8C colder than normal on Wednesday for the majority of the South Island as well as a large portion of the central North Island, too:

“The main cold front moves over New Zealand bringing rain (beginning Tuesday), then more surges of wet weather move in over the days ahead,” said WeatherWatch earlier this morning.

Gale-force winds and substantial snowfall are also on the cards, reports

“Heavy West Coast rain will turn to heavy snow in the mountains, with over one metre (3.3+ft) likely to accumulate on the summits,” continued WeatherWatch:

Rare low-level snow is expected in areas like Southland and Otago on Wednesday.

MetService has warned of snow down to 200m (650ft) in the far south, with road snowfall warnings currently in force for many alpine passes and a watch in place for patches of heavy snow:

Nearby Australia has also been copping a brutal start to spring.

Below were the forecast temperature anomalies for Sunday, September 5:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Sept 5 [].

And eyeing ahead, a polar chill looks set to return at the start of next week:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Sept 13 [].

Stay tuned for updates…

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).

Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.

Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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10 Thoughts to “UK Fires-Up Coal Power Plant as European Gas Shortage Worsens, + Intense Polar Cold Headed for New Zealand”

  1. Alpine Observer

    “Russia isn’t exactly helping the situation, limiting flows at a time when Asia (namely China) is scooping up cargoes of liquefied natural gas that would otherwise be headed to Europe.”

    Can you blame the Russians for this debacle? Perhaps some people need reminding of history, a few key points:

    – Since at least a decade Ukraine has increasingly failed to pay for the gas it contracted to buy from Russian. This is well documented in the business press as well as legal documentation.

    – Ukraine then bled gas away for its own use which was being transited through its country from Russia to the EU.

    – The EU played on Ukraine’s side and took extra gas, then fed it back to Ukraine, against all contractual agreements. The US fully supported the EU in doing this.

    – Eventually Russia had enough of the contractual non-conformance and illegal (against WTO trade rules) political sanctions against it, and they agreed with Germany to build a second direct gas pipeline to Germany, through the Baltic Sea, totally avoiding Ukraine and any other countries. It’s called Nordstream 2.

    – The US and Ukraine and EU (except Germany) have tried to kill off the NS2 project. But it’s now almost completed.

    – The US and EU did actually kill off the South Stream project which was meant to feed Russian gas to Bulgaria then across the EU. Instead, Russia redirected it to Turkey who are happy customers.

    – This fall onwards, Germany will receive extra volumes of gas directly from Russia and more will then be available to the rest of the EU via existing pipelines.

    – All these political actions against Russia caused Russia to look eastwards for new business. They’ve found it in China who have vast energy requirements. Japan and Korea want gas too. India in the south also wants Russian gas and oil.

    – This has caused gas traditionally destined to travel westwards to the EU and UK to be sent eastwards to customers who are less fickle and want Russia as a long term reliable partner.

    We may disagree with Russian and Chinese politics, but the US, UK and EU have shot themselves in the foot over the past decade as they’ve deliberately sabre rattled against Russia and China. As the old saying goes: what goes around eventually comes around.

    While the rest of the world uses more gas an oil, the demented politicians of the West play with windmills. Idiots.

    1. Marly

      Add to that the US sanctioning Russia into oblivion, with NS2 hit as well. But now NS2 is done and those benefiting from it in Europe, are going to thank their lucky stars with the winter upon them … I agree with you — what goes round, comes around — you dig a hole for another and you end up falling in it yourself. I think too, smaller nations, forever under the heel of Big Brother, were aware of this reality for yonks — far sooner than average city dwelling Americans, who are now left to chew the cud … Hope Texas and Florida stay the course of resistance.

  2. Johna

    With the increasing public realisation of the scientific and observed verification that CO2 does not drive Earths climate and in order to meet the demands commerce and industry places on world wide trade and livelihoods. The pragmatic thing to do is revert to what we used to have, i.e. a sustainable energy mix. This will necessitate a levelling off of wind and solar and bring back coal to have an installed capacity of 60% fuelled with a 70% availability of UK coal with scope to increase this to 100%. Open GT Natural Gas use must stop and GTST CHP must be substantially reduced in order to keep our own NS gas reserves for home heating and cooking. Nuclear is hard to justify on its deplorable front end, running and tail-end costs and safety. Renewables could only be increased by keeping this energy mix a level playing field based on a reliability and cost v 24/7/365/25y availability and design factor. Coal fuelled power electricity and waste heat recovery will have a very high efficiency with low NOx and negligible particulates. Additional scope also exists for deriving CH4 and H2 from coal (as clean fuels for hybrid IC/E engine vehicles) as well as a multitude of chemicals currently cracked from oil. R&D of all forms of energy and means to exploit these for coherent future commercial and social use must form a strategic part of this policy.

    1. ddwieland

      That’s an excellent summary of the issues and alternatives, Johna.

    2. Matt Dalby

      Your wrong about nuclear, it’s incredibly safe, Fukishima hardly released any radiation it was only fear that led to mass evacuations. It was an industrial accident not a major disaster and could obviously never happen geologically stable Europe. Chernobyl involved dodgy safety experiments on a type of reactor that would never have been allowed in the West, and Three Mile Island was a none event that led to zero radiation being released. Apart from this nuclear has an excellent safety record. The cost needn’t be that high, France invested massively in nuclear in the 1970’s and has some of the cheapest electricity in Europe. One of the major costs is servicing the debt required to build the plants, therefore if the government borrowed the money to get them built this cost would be minimised as they can borrow at rates a fraction of those that the private sector face.
      The other option is to start fracking for natural gas, as it’s almost certain there’s more recoverable gas in onshore shale deposits than under the North Sea. The technology exists, is tried and tested in the U.S. and could probably start delivering significant output in a few years if all the ridiculous regulations were scrapped.
      Since most of our coal fired power stations have been demolished I’m not convinced it would be a cheap option to start building new ones especially as there might not be huge amounts of cheaply mineable coal left in the U.K.

      1. hyden

        There is also Fusion on its way. well thats what they say.

        1. Adrian Johnson

          They’ve been saying that “since Hector was a pup.”
          Don’t hold your breath.

  3. Alpine Observer

    As a Geology student in Britain in the early 1980s I vividly remember learning that we had more than 300 years of coal reserves under our feet.

    It’s shocking that the Elites decided to take this away from us, to impoverish us, with the Global Warming Hoax.

    At the end of the day the Elites want to keep the 99% under their thumbs, not prospering too much, not questioning them, not being equivalent to them.

    We rose after WW2 and asserted ourselves, and we threatened their superiority. So finally they have devised ways to keep us in a box.

  4. JD

    As I gaze into the future, I see the peasants marching towards the mansions of the elites. The elites who are dooming us to a time of deprivation and mass death caused by idiotic energy policies.

    Seriously, when large numbers of people start dying from starvation and hypothermia, it is going to get very messy. The real culprits will probably escape punishment, but their puppet politicians?

    Disclaimer: This is not a call to violence. It is a prediction from a prognosticator who has been occasionally right.

  5. Johna

    And that’s the real rub as the lives of the mansion owners won’t be destroyed or watered down by a failed Brexit where most manufactures (mostly Tory affiliated) complain that high electricity and gas prices and exorbitant green taxes for dealing with pollution etc are making manufacture in the UK far too expensive to be able to compete in Wold trade. Therefore Eaton et al will still carry on and it will be jam and scones for tea as usual for the few and privileged. On the back of the scientific and technical expertise in laying bare the argument that CO2 does not cause AGW, sorting out our wayward inept and totally useless Political system is therefore of paramount importance if we are to get fusion power and a coherent economic energy policy to kick start our economy and get the UK back into top gear – and that’s a long long shift from being stuck in reverse btw? As far as fissile power is concerned the markets already demolished this and only seen a limited market if the front and tail end cost and all the safety aspects were state subsidised – something all successive World governments have done since day one. Even if the fissile power subsidy could be ditched it would still need to be factored in to the strategic mix on the same basis as coal and renewables. New coal would in any case be all CHP and IGCC. CHP would feed into localised District Heating. Therefore, no cooling towers heating the atmosphere (this is direct heat injection) and no massive land occupancy. UK coal reserves are vast when the south North Sea is considered (we used to work these 30 foot thick seams from the east coast mines btw) and many countries have reserves that will last hundreds of years more given an approximate 170% increase in thermal efficiency if integral transportation using electricity and derived CH4 and H2 gasses for transport are also factored in. To my reckoning (as a no axe to grind power industry R&D engineer) these technical matters are the least of our problems. The main issue is we are stuck in massive rut with our current know nothing have a big mouths and do as they please politicians who do play games to keep them in a cushy job.

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