UN official: Ukraine war will be good for the climate

UN official: Ukraine war will be good for the climate


The Davos crowd are a menace to humanity.

(Hmm, that reminds me, I have to write a post on the World Economic Forum as a VIP column! So subscribe!)

This episode in James Bond-villainy is brought to you by Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO is the UN weather agency, for people like me who didn’t know that until right now.

GENEVA — The head of the U.N. weather agency says the war in Ukraine “may be seen as a blessing” from a climate perspective because it is accelerating the development of and investment in green energies over the longer term — even though fossil fuels are being used at a time of high demand now.

The comments from Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, came as the world is facing a shortfall in energy needs — prompted in part by economic sanctions against key oil and natural gas producer Russia — and prices for fossil fuels have risen.

That has led some countries to turn quickly to alternatives like coal. But rising prices for carbon-spewing fuels like oil, gas and coal have also made higher-priced renewable energies like solar, wind and hydrothermal more competitive in the energy marketplace.

For God’s sake, Germans are on their way to deforesting their country to heat their homes again, as if we were back in the Middle Ages! But this is good for the environment in the long run, we are assured. Because people freezing in the dark is a feature, not a bug (or even Cricket) in the WEF’s Brave New World.

The energy crunch has also led many big consuming countries in Europe and beyond to initiate conservation measures, and talk of rationing has emerged in some places.

Taalas acknowledged that the war in Ukraine has been a “shock for the European energy sector,” and has prompted an upturn in the use of fossil energies.

“From the five- to 10-year timescale, it’s clear that this war in Ukraine will speed up our consumption of fossil energy, and it’s speeding up this green transition,” Taalas said.

“So we are going to invest much more in renewable energy, energy-saving solutions,” and some small-scale nuclear reactors are likely to come online by 2030 as “part of the solution,” he said.

“So from climate perspective, the war in Ukraine may be seen as a blessing,” Taalas added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other leaders in the U.N. system have repeatedly made the point “that as well as the tragic human impacts, the conflict underscores the rising costs of the world’s fossil fuel addiction, and the urgent need to accelerate the shift to renewables, to protect people and planet,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Never let a crisis go to waste. And nothing focuses the mind like a major energy power that is also a nuclear superpower blasting the hell out of a neighboring country. Go Putin!

Taalas was speaking as WMO issued a new report that said the supply of electricity from cleaner sources of energy needs to double within the next eight years to curb an increase in global temperatures.

The latest “State of Climate Services” annual report — based on contributions from 26 different organizations — focuses this year on energy.

The powers-that-be are absolutely obsessed with pouring untold amounts of money into “renewable” fuels, whether they will serve well or not. Now I have no problem in principle with the idea of cleaner sources of energy, and one day I want to drive the Western US in an RV with a massive solar array and an ungodly amount of battery storage to power my electric lifestyle. Off the grid, but with all the amenities.

But come on, man, as the president would say.

Renewable sources of energy have proven to be unreliable so far, and the cleanest source of energy is nuclear, which the greens have been undermining for half a century. They aren’t interested in ensuring clean reliable energy; they just want to pour money into an industry that is bolstered by outrageous subsidies because it benefits their friends. Solyndra, anyone?

Only a Davos worshipping UN official, or a teenager with delusions of sainthood could possibly believe that energy scarcity is a good thing. Yet there you go–these are people with the economic, political, and cultural power.

While you and I are forced to pay through the nose to avoid freezing in the dark.


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