Monday, May 30, 2011

Look for unicorn ranch subsidies.

Germany has announced that it will pull all its nuclear powerplants off-line by 2022.
The difficulty is that many of the threatened nuclear power stations are in the south, situated conveniently for the big energy users like the cities of Munich and Stuttgart and manufacturers like Volkswagen.

If these southern nuclear generators are decommissioned, the idea is that wind farms in the north might take up the slack. But that implies new high-voltage cables with very high pylons to match.
Well, that'll certainly keep the next Bavarian tsunami from causing an ecological disaster.

How wind turbines are supposed to supply the grid of a heavily-industrialized country is never fully explained, but it doesn't need to be. Wind power is not based on reason, but faith: These aren't generators, they're prayer wheels for New Age iBuddhists.

If you look at the pictures of the protesters, you'll see the graying, tie-dyed remnants of the KGB-funded Cold War European antiwar movement. In the absence of any more Pershing missile bases, it seems that they'll reflexively chain themselves to the gates of anything that smacks of progress...

28 comments:

leo715 said...

I just had this charming mental image of a protester chaining himself to a trubine blade...

McVee said...

I suspect the absence of clean, cheap energy will prove a greater threat than a Pershing missile base ever was.
Then again, this is Europe... I guess cheap energy is better read as tax subsidies to the free crap army.

Tango Juliet said...

NO NUKES! will be the battle cry here as well.

We are so stupid.

Lanius said...

This anti-progress movement is probably a holdover from nazi times combined with modern self-flagellating western tendencies.

Nazis were blood and soil mystics, the first movement that campaigned against tobbaco and big on public health and enviroment.

IMO, these days, german greens are more scary than their nazi party (NPD)

Tam (remotely) said...

Lanius,

Perhaps, but that the KGB directly financed and influenced the Western European peace movement during the Cold War is an indisputable fact.

Anonymous said...

Judging books by their covers (and their authors' histories), it seemed the Sowell book and other I sent recently would be addressing this issue...that euros will adopt or allow to be adopted for them, any cause that amounts to one apology for existence after another. Yes?

Of course what will actually happen in this case as well as in Japan and elsewhere is that they will all go to the well to replace those lost nukes...the oil well that is, creating even more demand and competition and excuses for price hikes for us to deal with.

Which is why one of the key planks is whatever Zero alternative platform gets built for '12 had better be ANWR as well as a push to ease the path for adding capacity for the glow-in-the-dark industry.

AT

Anonymous said...

WV: Dreadd
It's what's for breakfast anymore.

God help us all if the red zombie hippie complex becomes even more immortal...Undeader?

global village idiot said...

"Well, you know what they say about people from Stuttgart..."

Stuttgart is Germany's answer to Cleveland or Yorkshire. They're merciless with Stuttgarters.

Germany just can't seem to find Aristotle's "Golden Mean," can they? Either they're mad with nationalistic gluttony, or they're apoplectic with self-loathing.

gvi

WV: rebuorni - those Italians not destined to be "Left Behind"

perlhaqr said...

Hey, I love it. The Hun caused more trouble than he was worth last century. Keeping him unindustrialised seems like a good plan to me.

John Stephens said...

"At your feet or at your throat".

Bubblehead Les. said...

Have they launched their 99 Red Balloons yet? Funny thing, though. Every time someone in the U.S says to the VolksRepublik that it's time for the U.S. Military to pull out of Deutschland, because that Cold War thing ended 20+ years ago, the HerrenVolk have a Hissy and beg us not to leave. Guess the only things the Greens don't have a Hatred for is the U.S. Dollar.

Alan J. said...

Hmmmmm, a German Peace movement that was originally funded by the Russians, now crying for 'No Nukes' and happy about all the German nuclear power plants going away in a few years. Another article notes that after this, Germany will have to start importing even more power from neighboring countries.

The Russian Oil and Coal conglomerates will be laughing all the way to the bank - after they get done dancing in the streets. I wonder how you say, "Shortsighted, Naive, Sucker," in German?

Ed Foster said...

John Stevens, I think that bit of Churchillian dogma was addressed toward the Russians, but I see your logic. Both Russia and Germany, most of Europe really, functions from anti-American penis envy (Freud HAD to be a German speaker).

The sad thing is that, once you get outside the bigger cities, most Euros are about the same as Americans of the same income and education. Our big cities are filled with assholes, their big cities are filled with assholes, but they are stuck with bigger urban populations, therefore more drones.

The Father-In-Law of a relative is one of the richest men in France, and, in private, sounds like a 1950's Republican.

Bottom line, Europe will fold within a decade, probably sooner. We'll have a nasty crash here too, but we will have a lot further to fall, with a lot more natural resources and food to burn (if we cut exports).

The U.S. farmer supplies, in whole or major part, one third of the world's tables. Arab oil exports will be dropping dramatically in the next decade, and we're still sitting on a century and a half of the black gold.

Counting manufacturing, services, and agriculture, we are the world's largest exporter. A cut in exports will hurt us dearly, with far more jobs lost than saved, and the jobs saved disproportionally poor paying scut work that deserves to be shipped to China or Honduras.

But we'll survive better than most Euros. I truely expect war, starvation, and misery from Paris to Kiev, probably accompanied by the expulsion of most Moslems as a scape-goat. And I don't think the U.S. will be doing much this time, other than watch the Euros commit social suicide.

I doubt we'll be able to afford much more than providing a buffer for the Brits out of instinctive reflex. At least they're on an island.

As for the urban Euro, forgive the crudity, but fuck them. Sociopathic parasites who will be getting what they deserve from their first taste of reality.

I will have a chuckle when they throw up their barricades, make their speeches, and threaten to shut down the cities. The civilized people will simply shut off the electricity and water, walk away, and let them have the slums they infest.

DirtCrashr said...

99-red balloons was a ploy to get laid and a rip off of the original French sentimental kid-flick. German socialist never invented anything worthwhile besides pick-up lines at disco.
Germany is a recent fiction, finally hammered together by Bismark and his no-nonsense Prussian kraut-junkers - cabbage princes with wealth from pickled cabbages and sugar beets forced what was a bunch of erstwhile malcontents Fifes, some Rheinlander hippies, and the dull as dishwater Baltic Platts (Gunter Grass and his fishes, anyone?).
But they got mashed-up together with the southern Texas Bavarians coming in late. They had their own country first, too.
North to South they hardly even had a common language, in places not even as close as the British and Americans -- who could at least understand each other. Ever try speaking "German" with an old Plattedeutscher? "Hoch Deutsch" had to be invented first, for the disparate parts of the country to begin to even get the monolithic "Big" picture.
Algore Schickelgruber rode hard on the idyllic 19th Century fantasy of romanticism and forgotten togetherness. Goethe and Schiller were the origional Emo kidz: who can forget "Young Werther" who shoots himself in his yellow vest, Hugo Wolf knee-deep in the morning dew, "Gott, was hab ich denn getan, Daß ich ohne Lenzgespan,
Ohne einen süßen Kuß, Ungeliebet sterben muß?
. Sheesh, it just drips mascara.
But Schickelgruber used a potent mix of anti-semetism as cement among serial tribal backstabbers and wanderers who could wander no more. The tribes who beat Agustus went back to beating on each other as soon as the dust and blood cleared - unless there was a common enemy to unite them. He found one.
See how fast they bifurcated when the Soviets rolled in? Besides the non-aggression pact, it wasn't just T-34's and steel-boots that broke a country famous for its own hobnail footwear into two pieces but competing Tribal ideologies and identities. Tito had it worse but not by much.
These southern cities of which they speak, the ones supposedly set to shut-down the equipment of life, might embrace the return-to-nature aspects of healing herbs and old witches, or reject them - they are ripe for their own taste of Europia and maybe even freedom (cue 19th Century Romantic music) - but as far as I care, may the whole damn edifice fall apart once again.
Would the norther wind-farms send the zip-zaps south? Or would then just send them into the industrial inferno of the Rhurgebiet again...?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there's a Harry Dexter White behind this 21st-century self-imposed Morgenthau Plan.

Lanius said...


Perhaps, but that the KGB directly financed and influenced the Western European peace movement during the Cold War is an indisputable fact.

They're still funding 'peace' movements. When the latest in US tech boondoggles.. the vaunted anti missile radar was supposed to be built around here, they paid useful idiots so they could demonstrate more.

@Ed

Europe, fold?

You are deluded. If you run the numbers, EU is
a) a bigger market than the US
b) probably has less consumer debt
c) has no runaway MIC
d) is about four times as efficient at GDP per energy unit consumed
e) is 'friends' with Russia which means fuel. At least Germany is, and they count a lot in EU
f) could likely achieve self sufficiency in natural gas via modern gas extraction techniques

Germany is a sad case, but countries such as France or Czech Republic are planning to expand nuclear energy. And once the rolling blackouts start, Germans will see sense and vote the greentards out.


As for the urban Euro, forgive the crudity, but fuck them. Sociopathic parasites who will be getting what they deserve from their first taste of reality.

Well fuck you buddy.

I don't know where you got the fucking idea that everyone I know is a sociopathic parasite who deserves a dose of reality. I have no idea what all the M.D.'s in my family (no mercs, being a doctor is less paid then being a taxi driver) did to piss you off.


But we'll survive better than most Euros. I truely expect war, starvation, and misery from Paris to Kiev, probably accompanied by the expulsion of most Moslems as a scape-goat. And I don't think the U.S. will be doing much this time, other than watch the Euros commit social suicide.



Wanna put money where your mouth is? Maybe some cities like Paris or Berlin will burn a little, but most EU cities are fairly sane, clean and pleasant places to live.

Heath J said...

Tam's comment section, the only blog posts that spawn more little wars than an Arfcom post. (albeit, with about a 40% higher IQ margin)

James said...

But Tam! What about the millions and billions of people that were killed as a result of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island? Surely these one-off accidents from however many aeons ago are still relevant in a world where our safety procedures actually work?

Ted said...

Europe is failing. It's demographics. Europe is below the replacement rate for births if you take the unassimilated immigrants out of the mix. The wealthy europeans will flee, and take their assets with them.

The cathedral at Notre Dame will fall in our lifetimes. Bulldozed by idiots who don't even know how to build bulldozers.

Brad K. said...

I predict that Germany will stop shutting down reactors when they find out the cost of keeping a reactor shut down is about the same as operating the thing.

That, and wind power doesn't capture energy from the wind; electricity is generated by burning government subsidies. Once that bites them on the butt -- and oil and natural gas prices continue rising in spurts -- they may choose to live with the nukes, or maybe do what needs to be done everywhere, and live using less energy.

Cybrludite said...

Somewhere in Hell, Henry Morgenthau Jr. is smiling.

Bram said...

I like how they picked a date far enough in the future to just forget about the whole thing and let somebody else deal with it.

Oasis of the Toucans said...

I had a vision of the entire northern hemisphere becoming un-inhabitable.
I moved south. Fight off those greenie weenies and then enjoy your demise.

Tam (remotely) said...

"I had a vision of the entire northern hemisphere becoming un-inhabitable."

Peyote'll do that to you.

It'll also make you forget that Costa Rica is in the Northern Hemisphere.

Anonymous said...

Being a Buddhist, a slight correction is needed. We mostly operate in the realm of experience, not faith.
Loved the imagery though magery though.

Kristopher said...

Anonymous 12:54 :

She was referring to iBuddhists, not Buddhists.

These people are too full of themselves to handle Buddhism.

theirritablearchitect said...

...the idea is that wind farms in the north might take up the slack. But that implies new high-voltage cables with very high pylons to match."

Shaking my head in disgust.

The staggering ineptitude of those who think this way is overwhelming. Someone has obviously flunked out of high physics at least once.

Steve Skubinna said...

architect, if they were any good at physics they wouldn't have gotten into public policy in the first place.