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Kyiv Independent | Germany paid for Russian gas with its "security and independence", 28 Aug
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told the German newspaper Bild that Germany had to "put an end to the self-deception that we ever received cheap gas from Russia." "Ukrainians paid for it thousands of times with their lives," she said. Baerbock also called gas pipelines "weapons in a hybrid war," accusing Russian dictator Vladimir Putin of stopping the gas flow and being responsible for Russia's war.
(Encore performance? Or troll call? RIA Novosti reprised this remark, purportedly heard today at a German Foreign Ministry event which I could not verify)

eadaily | "You must burn everything but tires!" -- Kaczynski addressed the freezing Poles, 6 Sep

At a meeting with voters in the city of Nowy Targe, the politician said that "everything except tires or similar harmful things" should be burned.
"Nowadays, you have to burn everything, except for tires and things like that, of course. Because Poland just needs to be warmed up. There is a certain tradition of burning here, by the way, in many places there is still such a tradition of burning wood, so it is safe to burn in this way,"  said Jarosław Kaczynski.
Polish political scientist Mateusz Piskorski , commenting on the politician's words, gives a historical parallel...
archived It's time to learn lessons
by Cat on Wed Sep 7th, 2022 at 02:36:50 AM EST
Baerbock: Keine neuen Abhängigkeiten von Autokratien bei Energie

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned against becoming dependent on autocratic systems when looking for energy suppliers for Germany. Reliable partners will be needed in the future, said the Greens politician on Tuesday at the Federal Foreign Office at the business day of the heads of German missions abroad under the motto "Business for climate protection and sustainability". "The principle of hope, things won't get that bad with these autocratic governments, we can't afford that a second time," she added. The minister did not say which countries Baerbock meant.

Qatar did not make a good offer for liquid gas, Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) said last week. Now the FDP is asking Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take action himself.

"This principle of hope - it will work out somehow - we paid dearly for that. We're paying dearly for that now. And other people are paying for it with their lives," said Baerbock, referring to Germany's dependence on Russian gas. "In reality, we never got cheap gas from Russia. The price may have been cheap at certain moments. But what led to a cheap price was just blind dependencies or swapping of infrastructure, which was actually a security risk." Russian gas was "paid for twice or three times with our national security".

Baerbock said that if Germany now enters into energy partnerships in the liquid gas sector, it is clear: "It will be switched to climate-neutral gas in the future. To green hydrogen. That is the only way we can go with our new energy partnerships."

With a view to the economy's dependency on raw materials from China, Baerbock appealed to company representatives not to turn a blind eye to what was happening in the country. That applies to the planned China strategy of the federal government. "And I hope that also applies to your other economic activities," she demanded. Even the economy cannot afford to act according to the "business first credo" again, "without taking into account the long-term risks and dependencies".


What a f*cking dreamer ... wrecking people's lives ... the surge in energy price is not sustainable ... setting her goal of 2030 or 2035 is outright an attack on Germany. Europe has been divided by cultures and there is and will be no cohesion. The European project has come to an end with a Big Bang. The planet is dying and we have an arrogant minister of foreign affairs sitting on the coattails of Joe and Jens. Ukraine is destroyed and what did anyone gain?

A major shift of global wealth to authoritarian states Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Russia and to an unstable United States delivering dirty LNG from fracking.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 7th, 2022 at 11:26:44 AM EST
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"We lose money on every sale but make up for it in volume."
by Cat on Wed Sep 7th, 2022 at 01:23:21 PM EST
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trip to woodshed facility
This pine is so sappy!
by Cat on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 06:26:41 PM EST
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Reminds me of good old times in the States shortly after arrival in 1957 ... is a 3 room bungalow shed all we had was a kitchen stove burning wood.

Today family members in both Normandy and in The Netherlands have stocked wood for their multi-fuel burner. In new Europe style - #solidarity #poverty #ourfreedom #Ukraine 🇺🇦

Energy Poverty in Central & Eastern Europe

Stated in the European Pillar of Social Rights --to affordable energy as an essential service-- new report released by the Right to Energy (R2E) Coalition

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 09:17:04 PM EST
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