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IEA wants Energy Lockdowns: drive slower, ban cars on Sunday, ride share, and blame Putin

The new (old) recipe for goodliness, and to save Ukraine now, is just like the climate change rules.

Thanks to The Putin Excuse, the IEA suggests we cut oil use, so we need to drive 10km per hour slower, go “car free” on Sundays, catch the bus, work from home, avoid business travel and share our car with strangers.

We’ll start right after you — Dr Fatih Birol — Executive Director of the IEA. We’re keen to hear how the 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Denmark will become a Zoom call instead.  Do send pics of your bus trips and ride-shares!

The IEA have already whipped out a handy Report called A 10 Point Plan to Cut Oil Use also known as, Let Them Eat Cake.

The report goes so far as to suggest that car driving be rationed so only odd or even number plates could drive each day.

As Marc Morano says:Let’s simplify this: The proposed ‘solutions’ to climate change, COVID, and now the Russian war are all exactly the same — hammer the poor and middle class with more restrictions on travel, less freedom, and even more surrendering of power to unelected government regulators. ” — Climate Depot

 

Vladimir Putin and President Xi would be a lot more afraid of The West if we just drilled for more oil and more gas.

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110 comments to IEA wants Energy Lockdowns: drive slower, ban cars on Sunday, ride share, and blame Putin

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    William Astley

    The Hollywood/Wok propaganda is straight from China. Hypocrites and liars push/repeat the propaganda with the objective of making energy expensive and unreliable in our countries while China has super cheap energy and electricity. China has forced/tricked Russia to supply China, oil and gas at a 10% discount to world prices.

    The rich and famous use as much energy as small towns to construct and maintain their yachts, multiple mansions, private planes, private islands, and so on.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRYEcushHjc

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57079327
    Jeff Bezos and the secretive world of super yachts (William: The secret world of the super elites, it is more than $500 million dollar yachts.)

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      PeterS

      You neglect to mention the super rich oligarchies of the Russian and Chinese kind. They too have their equally expensive yachts, planes, and/or properties. There are other examples of modern oligarchies all around the world, including Iran, Saudia Arabia and more. See the pattern? Do I need to spell it out? Key words are money and power, not the power most people associate with governments – they are just puppets.

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      PeterS

      Modern democracies are simply war mongering oligarchies engaging in massive subversion campaigns against the global populace | Video
      I wish we could quit falling for their tricks but the MSM are too good at their job at covering up the truth.

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        max

        Suffrage Debate, N.Y. Constitutional Convention of 1821
        Chancellor James Kent
        The tendency of universal suffrage, is to jeopardize the rights of property, and the principles of liberty. There is a constant tendency in human society, and the history of every age proves it; there is a tendency in the poor to covet and to share the plunder of the rich; in the debtor to relax or avoid the obligation of contracts; in the majority to tyrannize over the minority, and trample down their rights; in the indolent and the profligate, to cast the whole burthens of society upon the industrious and the virtuous; and there is a tendency in ambitious and wicked men, to inflame these combustible materials.
        Thou shalt not covet; thou shalt not steal; are divine injunctions induced by this miserable depravity of our nature.

        The notion that every man that works a day on the road, or serves an idle hour in the militia, is entitled as of right to an equal participation in the whole power of the government, is most unreasonable, and has no foundation in justice.

        the individual who contributes only one cent to the common stock, ought not to have the same power and influence in directing the property concerns of the partnership, as he who contributes his thousands. He will not have the same inducements to care, and diligence, and fidelity. His inducements and his temptation would be to divide the whole capital

        “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”

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      Tarquin+Wombat-Carruthers

      The W**kerati span all genders!

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    b.nice

    Aussies not using the car on Sunday…. how likely is that ! 😉

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      Mark Allinson

      “Aussies not using the car on Sunday…. how likely is that !”

      Aussies locked inside on summer days, forbidden to go to the beach – how likely is that!

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    farmerbraun

    LOL , carless days.
    Here in Godzone , we now have already school -less days
    No shirt .
    Each day , one of the cohorts , say year 7 , does not attend school.

    Because . . . . COVID !!

    Or (even scarier) . . . . Putin !!!

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    Erasmus

    Yes, the will to power is revealed at every turn. The left believe that whatever impositions they make are justified by some amorphous benefit somewhere down the track to the society they are supposed to be shaping. The truth is that it always becomes a divided society with elites getting the benefits and the serfs getting the rough end.

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      Yonason

      “The left believe that whatever impositions they make are justified…” – Erasmus

      And those are the “good” ones among them, the useful ideologues, those who wouldn’t go along if they had a brain or a spine.

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    JayTay

    We can’t have people driving to church on Sundays, obviously.

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    PeterS

    All this self-destruction action by our governments and agencies, hailed by our MSM are just a small part of the plan to bring down Russia and then China so that the West can instigate their own version of a NWO. As has been said many times the left are their useful idiots. So are their so called conservatives, which is why it doesn’t really matter whether the LNP or ALP are in power here, or the Republicans or the Democrats are in power in the US. They all have been “bought”. The sooner people realise that is the current state of play, the closer we might be able to get ourselves out of the hole we let ourselves get into. Otherwise, dream on.

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    Peter Fitzroy

    Currently, fuel prices are achieving exactly the same thing

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      b.nice

      Hurting those that can least afford it…

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      PeterS

      Not really, not yet anyway. Fuel prices are creeping up and most people don’t notice it so far. I still see traffic jams. There will be a point where the price does become too high and people will think twice about using their cars. That might happen sooner than we think.

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        Russ Wood

        Out here in the ‘wilds’ of Western Johannesburg, the closest shop is about 1.5 km away, and the nearest decent supermarket about 3 km. I’m in my 70’s, and we do two shopping days a week, half filling the car boot for each. Buses or public transport? It is to laugh! Our weekly cleaner needs to get TWO minibus taxis to get here from the township she lives in, and even then, there’s a steep uphill climb to get to our complex. And she’s half my age! So, my car is an essential to keep us fed. I hate to think what the effect of fuel costs will be on my already shrinking private pension.

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      farmerbraun

      Coincidence surely?
      Don’t you think?

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    Kalm+Keith

    Leonardo daVinci, the guy in the sinking ship movie, and two other actors are demanding that the “pipeline” not be reinstated.

    Apparently they are trying to Save the Planet, still.

    When will this insanity stop.

    Leaders have now become bleeders, and won’t let up until we are all reduced to trash for recycling.

    Change needed urgently.

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    Yonniestone.

    This goes to show just how out of touch with real life some people are, they fail to understand physics, business, economies, functional technology and sovereign liberties.

    The reason people do the things they bemoan is,

    1- Once vehicles are near the speed limit it takes very little % of HP or torque for the engine to maintain it.
    2- The percentage of jobs able to allow people to work from home is smaller than those that cannot.
    3- Most cities CBD’s are business orientated so banning outside visitors benefits who?
    4- They assume someone just makes a service cheaper without taking from and not everyone has or can use such mobility.
    5- Restricting public movement is a dangerous un-democratic path to go down, will registrations be cheaper too?
    6- Not practical for most people as everyone’s life schedule is different, they have family and others to transport at various times.
    7- Goods and freight logistics are already very efficient or they wouldn’t survive, the increasing costs to run has dictated this.
    8- High speed trains exist where and are beneficial to who?, rural areas might find this difficult.
    9- Directing how all business should function on one rule shows the mindset of someone who has never ran one.
    10- Electric vehicles are not near practical or a match for ICE ones, also recharge them all from where? another inferior energy source from the same ideology.

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      PeterS

      It’s all a ruse to convince people to follow the rabbit down the hole. The only people who will end up affording any vehicle, be it electric or not will be the super rich. They are not even hiding it. It’s explained in the WEF’s manifesto.

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      TdeF

      Your basic point is good. We can replace all energy needs, petrol, electricity, diesel, gas with ideology. Ideology stations in every shopping centre. There is nothing that belief in an all knowing, all wise ideology cannot do. In the US they are about to launch a black woman astronaut for a moon landing using 2,000 tons of fuel. But they could just halt the launch and redesign the rocket to run on ideology. Or electricity.

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        TdeF

        And if ideology is religion, there is the most quoted phrase not found in the bible, “God helps those who help themselves”.
        But God help those caught using free rotted ancient plant matter to make their world a better place.

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      Ronin

      As soon as there is a high speed (> 160Kmh) train servicing my area, I promise I will acquiesce to using it instead of my car, trust me.

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        TdeF

        I would take 150km/hr any day. That’s a lot faster than a car.

        After the Victorian governemnt spent hundreds of millions on very fast trains, mainly from Melbourne to Geelong, the scheduled service is now 1 hour 6 minutes for 80km, which is half that speed. And not much different over the last 100 years. And a Melbourne Sydney train trip is around 11 hours for a distance of 961 km so a very unremarkable 90km/hr average.

        People bang on about 350km/hr but that is unbelievably expensive when 150km/hr is achievable, affordable and has been for fifty years. And 1/4 the cost in energy. It’s a nothing speed and the Brits have had it since the war. At that quite modest straight line speed Melbourne to Sydney would be a mere 6.5 hours, inner city to inner city which would be comparable to flying without all the airport transport and waiting and security. And far more relaxing.

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          TdeF

          To prove my point I found this. In 1955 it took under one hour to travel by train to Spencer St station (Southern Cross). In 2017 it takes 70 minutes. So our Very Fast train service is now ten minutes slower than in 1955. At a mere 150km/hr it would be 36 minutes. Plus say a two minute stop say at Werribee and another at Avalon would be 42 minutes. After all the cars are doing 110km/hr.

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            Ronin

            Also , that would have been steam hauled Tdef, disgraceful.

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              TdeF

              We cannot build aircraft in Australia. Or a transistor. Now not even motor cars. But not to be able to lay a railway track? Someone is pulling our legs.

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          b.nice

          “when 150km/hr is achievable”

          Our XPT is based closely on the UK HST, which was regulated to 125mph.

          Our tracks are the problem.

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            Ronin

            Overheating in our climate was another reason for derating the HST to a MST.

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              b.nice

              No, that was the reason for the re-design of the engine system.
              The XTPs are still capable of high speed but are regulated to a maximum of 160kph, and could probably do 200kph if track conditions allowed.
              Other problem in Australia, is wildlife, cows etc.

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            TdeF

            The tracks were replaced. And reduced to one track to save money. For some time the Geelong trip was then 2 hours. At best now it is an hour. It seems no amount of money allows us to build tracks comparable to those in the UK. Really? This is dead flat territory.

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    b.nice

    11.. No more face to face Climate soirees. Massive saving of energy ( and CO2 emissions 😉 )!

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      PeterS

      There will be other soirees. We already have two now; COVID-19 vaccines and Russia, Russia, Russia – ok that makes four.

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      No 7 greater efficiency for freight trucks. So in Oz much larger than needed trucks are randomly driven around half empty without any planning of routes?

      Or are freight trucks already highly efficient because the high costs of driver, truck and fuel mean if they aren’t ‘ they go out of business?

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        Ronin

        I heard of a story of two trucks stranded by floodwaters on the Nullarbor, one truck called the other on his CB and asked casually what the other was carrying, truck A replied , carrots, so am I said truck B, let’s exchange trailers and go home.

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          TdeF

          Why exchange trailers? Just drive to the other destination.

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            Ronin

            Sorry, one was from Perth, heading east, the other was from Adelaide heading west, they were stuck in the middle somewhere, so each could swap trailers and get home sooner.

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              TdeF

              Still, my idea was they were stuck on opposite sides of an impasse, not the same side.

              If they were stuck on the same side of an impasse, they are heading in the same direction.
              If not, and one was stuck, the other one was not stuck.
              However if they were stuck on different sides of an impasse, they could not swap trailers.
              But what they could do is swap delivery addresses and each turn around and deliver.

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    David Maddison

    NOW you know why the Left are at war against energy (except for its use by the Left/Elites, private jet travel will be unaffected).

    – Control the energy supply, control the people. Energy is an input into just about all activities. No need to directly control the food supply, energy is a major input into that so food can be controlled indirectly.

    NOW you know why the Left want a fully digital currency.

    – Your purchases can be controlled. Any attempt to buy gasoline or diesel or if you consume electricity beyond your meagre quota will be met with refusal. (Hence the obsession with rolling out “smart” electricity meters, your electricity can be turned off by remote control).

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      b.nice

      “consume electricity anything beyond your meager quota”

      And who thinks those “quotas” will be evenly distributed. As if. !

      The haves, climate glitterati, bureaucrats etc….. and the bad luck, mate !

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        b.nice

        What I mean is, I’m not worried about quotas, so long as I get the same quota of gas, electricity etc etc, as Al Gore or De Caprio. 😉

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          Yonason

          And you could put a tank to store it on your property, along with a pump – then you wouldn’t have to waste any of it (or the time) driving to a filling station. 😃

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t Australia have some of the worlds largest reserves of uranium?

    Yet judging by the fuss over the uk/us nuclear subs, nuclear power generation is unpopular. Why is that?

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      PeterS

      Dumb, stupid, foolish, collusion, corrupt, insane, etc.; take your pick. Multiple choices are allowed.

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      David Maddison

      Australia has the world’s largest uranium reserves but only 12% of world production and production is #3 in the world but Australia only produces refined ore “yellowcake”. Kazakhstan, Borat’s country, is the world’s largest producer. Not surprisingly Khazaksstan also beats Australia on education achievement but at least Australian kids can tell you the names of all 58 supposed genders the Left claim to exist.

      The production of uranium metal or isotopically separated uranium is too terrifying for the voting public so they let the crudely processed ore go out with little value adding. It could probably be sold for hundreds or thousands of times more if it was properly refined.

      Bizarrely, it is even entrenched in Australian law Federally and at State level that there will be no nuclear power reactors in Australia.

      Strangely, there was little opposition to the nuclear submarines when that announcement was made. On the other hand, the near impossibility of doing large and useful projects in Australia probably means we will not get them for twenty years, if ever. And by that time, it will be too late. We need those subs TODAY.

      The Left control nuclear power station policy in Australia, their policies can be seen here:

      https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/nuclear-power-stations-are-not-appropriate-for-australia-and-probably-never-will-be/

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        Neville

        Correct David and the Climate Council’s head donkey also told us in 2008 that “even the rain that falls will not fill our dams.”
        The bloke is beyond hope and their ABC even allowed this delusional fool to spread his lunacy with his own TV show. Check it out.

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          Yes and that is why the rain is now called a “Flannery”. Sydney’s average annual rainfall (Flannery) is around 850 mm. Since the 1st of January, 2022, to date the Flannery has been just over this figure and we are not even one quarter of the way through the year. Meanwhile, the Desalination Plant at Kurnell is in mothballs and costing millions of dollars a year when not even operational.

          Along with this self induced Energy Crisis, we are currently stuffed. Where is the Saviour of the World when you need him/her?

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            PeterPetrum

            Here in the Blue Mountains my Flannery passed 1000mm since the end of November last week. And it is still raining!

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        b.nice

        We do have a really large amount of really good quality coal, though 🙂

        But they are trying to ban us using that, too. !

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        RickWill

        so they let the crudely processed ore go out with little value adding.

        Australian mines produce 99% U3O8 – pure uranium oxide not ore. It goes out in 200l drums. That is where the risks and margins are. Uranium is currently experiencing strong demand and prices are doing well by historic standards:
        https://markets.businessinsider.com/commodities/uranium-price?op=1
        Currently at USD59/lb compared with historic price around half that or even lower.

        I have not been in a uranium oxide refining plant but it is normal for such operations in other metals to charge a treatment fee that is not sensitive to the product demand. Miners carry the risk and make the cream when demand is high.

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          David Maddison

          The yellowcake is a purified uranium ore, both are still oxides and the refining is still relatively crude. There is a lot more refining that could be done if Australia wasn’t so scared to progress.

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        Hanrahan

        A bankrupt Russia will soon be the world’s biggest uranium supplier as they decommission nuclear warheads to help pay the bills.

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      TdeF

      NIMBY. It dominates the Greens and applies to everything.

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    PeterS

    Can’t blame Putin or even Trump for the coming collapse in the Petrodollar.

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    Neville

    We know these extremists couldn’t care less about the environment or proper data and evidence.
    We know that the S & W idiocy is the most TOXIC, unreliable,dilute type of energy and has to be replaced every 20 years and then the entire mess is buried in landfill.
    And the entire TOXIC disaster has to be repeated over and over again EVERY 20 years.
    We also know that the Earth is GREENING because of the extra plant food ( co2) and crops etc have been increasing because of the use of fossil fuels and much more efficient farming, yet urban living is also increasing all around the world.
    Anyone not understand the REAL world data and evidence?
    Then think about the incredible increase in life expectancy + HEALTH and WEALTH and start to wake up. Why can’t people just invest a few minutes of their time and just look up the DATA for themselves?

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    Joao Martins

    Quoting Marc Morano, “Let’s simplify this:” let’s extinguish IEA.

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    another ian

    “Planning To Use Oil Crisis, the Global Climate Change Agenda Is Triggered – Biden Declaring Climate Emergency, IEA Proposing Global Economic Changes, AOC and Bernie Sanders Join Drumbeat
    March 18, 2022 | Sundance | 57 Comments
    We could all see this coming. The Ukraine-Russia conflict creates the opportunity for the Build Back Better initiatives to get triggered. None of this is happening organically. All of this is opportunism based on a series of dominos purposefully triggered. Three government solutions to rising oil prices surface simultaneously in an effort to exploit the crisis they created.”

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/18/planning-to-use-oil-crisis-the-global-climate-change-agenda-is-triggered-biden-declaring-climate-emergency-iea-proposing-global-economic-changes-aoc-and-bernie-sanders-join-drumbeat/

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    Mal

    Here we go, animal farm meets 1984.
    Globalist elite telling everyone else what to do whilst having their snouts in the trough.
    Nothing these wankers have predicted has ever come true.
    We all need to take a lesson from Ukraine resisting the might of a tyrannical megalomaniac to the death if nescessary
    It’s time to stand up and pushback.by whatever means available.

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    David Maddison

    I looked at the website of the 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency but could not find any reference to private jet parking like they have at other climate conferences. So many private jets are used at these conferences, parking them is always a problem. I guess the parking arrangements are hidden away in the non-public “member” section.

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      Ronin

      With the Glasgow W*nkfest, I’m sure I saw that they spread them out over 5 or 6 different airports, didn’t know they had so many up that way.

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        PeterPetrum

        They don’t. Some of them were in the North of England. Probably had a nice EV limo to drive them the 350k from Manchester to Glasgow – oh, wait a minute!

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    Lawrie

    These IEA fools must think we are all stupid. Everyone I know makes conscious decisions every day to conserve energy, not to save the planet (who really cares), but to save their wallet. The major problem with un-elected bureaucrats is that they have few life experiences and live in a hive of like minded hive dwellers. The other problem is that there are far too many hives and all are clamouring for attention. On the plus side most people ignore them for the idiots they are. After all they got us into this mess and are very unlikely to get us out of it. Once again the MSM is showing its ignorance and failure to read the room. I was somewhat surprised to read via WUWT that a Sydney Morning Herald writer has called out the utter stupidity that is the Snowy #2 white elephant or should that be Green elephant. Maybe some realism is creeping in ever so slowly.

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      Ronin

      ” A Sydney Morning Herald writer has called out the utter stupidity that is the Snowy #2 white elephant.”

      That’s great that someone in print has called out the stupidity of our ruling class.

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      John Hultquist

      ” white elephant or should that be Green elephant ”

      The concept of a gift of a “white” elephant is an old idea.
      You should look this up.

      Snowy #2 seems to be more of an “own goal” — there may be different
      phrase in OZ.

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    David Maddison

    The IEA is very pleased with Australia’s sycophantic energy policies.

    https://www.iea.org/news/iea-commends-australias-commitment-to-affordable-secure-and-clean-energy

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    Saighdear

    Uhuh, straight away ” go “car free” on Sundays” – ie change your religion. Final.

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    Neville

    A very good article from Daniel Wild of the Aussie IPA and Scomo should join Bojo and quickly adjust to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Stuff their Net Zero idiocy, we need to ensure we have reliable BASE-LOAD energy FOREVER. And if a “climate change pass” is good enough for the Bojo donkey it should be good for Aussies as well. Here’s a quote from Wild’s article and the link.

    “But now our key allies and partners are rapidly changing their tune.

    Arguably, no one pushed Australia harder to adopt net zero than UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Yet this week, Mr Johnson asked for a “climate change pass” so he can ­secure the United Kingdom’s ­energy supply after relying on Russia for too long.

    Prior to the United Nations’ net zero kumbaya drum-circle fest in Glasgow last year, Germany’s ambassador to Australia, Thomas Fitschen, said he wanted Australia to set more ambitious climate targets.

    Yet in the face of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Germany’s economic Minister, a Greens Party MP, has floated keeping their nuclear and coal-fired power stations open for far longer than originally proposed under the country’s environment policies, to stave off their looming energy security crisis caused by outsourcing their energy supply to Russia”.

    https://ipa.org.au/ipa-today/scomo-should-follow-bojo-on-net-zero-pause

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      Ronin

      Australia produces so little CO2 that if we shut up shop and went back to rubbing two sticks together like our nonreflective cousins used to, no one would even notice.
      Our politicians should STFU and get their flabby arses OFF the world stage and perhaps we won’t get singled out so much.

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        PeterPetrum

        Australia, due to our low emissions and high adsorption (absorption) from grasslands and forest is a net carbon sink. Why do we not promote that. Not that it makes any difference to the climate of course.

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    David Maddison

    Apart from all the other oil and gas exploration bans in Australia plus fracking bans, NSW has also banned offshore oil and gas exploration.

    https://www.appea.com.au/all_news/media-release-nsw-governments-offshore-petroleum-exploration-ban-will-hurt-investment/

    Australia is so self-destructive!

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      Philip

      My goodness that is astonishingly poor thinking. Very depressing because of its direct implications.

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    Philip

    “Putin and Xi would be more afraid if we just drilled for more oil and gas”. Haha, very good and so true.

    I actually thought about car pooling to work, but thought it too high a covid risk, so I’ll just pay the increase in fuel.

    My central programming must need a bit of tweaking as both of their policies in operation are clashing. Ah yes, I know what it is, my AI is telling me I am supposed to take the government released drug so it is safe to car pool. I must report this error to the Central Scrutinizer at once.

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    Harves

    Here’s an idea. How about the government mandate that any person with a net worth of say >$20 million be net zero by 2030. And purchasing BS carbon credits not allowed. These people can most afford to purchase all the expensive cars, batteries, and products made without fossil fuels, and probably don’t have to drive trucks to earn a living.
    Once these people have shown us plebs how it can be done, we can all follow suit.

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    Ronin

    I think, on the strength of that, I will go fill my car with fuel and go for a Sunday drive on Saturday.

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      Dave in the States

      Yes Sir. We should all do that. And I always remember to turn on every possible light I can when they do that silly turn out your lights for an hour thing every year.

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        Ronin

        Yes Sir. We should all do that. And I always remember to turn on every possible light I can when they do that silly turn out your lights for an hour thing every year.

        Yes Dave, I turn on every light that can be seen from outside on that stupid ‘ earth hour’.

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    Lee

    Yeah, right.
    Try telling young people in particular that they must isolate at home at someone else’s whim, cut off from physical contact with friends and society.
    That’ll convince them!

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    Dave in the States

    Truckers should go on a general strike demanding that such policies be reversed.

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    ozfred

    Retirement offers some interesting choices. Highway speed limit is 110km/hour. Distance into town is about 40km. Driving at 100 kph rather than 110 kph saves about 10% in fuel costs.
    For a cost of about 2 minutes in the trip….
    On other topics pre-built houses assembled on site seem to be the “thing now”. How about power plants the same way….
    And a $100million prize for the first 10MW thorium based power plant?

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      Ronin

      90 kmh will deliver even more savings, as long as you don’t hold up traffic.

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        Hanrahan

        90 kmh will deliver even more savings, as long as you don’t hold up traffic.

        A busy highway can handle fewer vehicles at the slower speeds, so yes congestion would lead to increased fuel consumption.

        Besides, modern vehicles would not lose much efficiency at the full speed, what with six speed electronic gearboxes and better aerodynamics.

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      Yonniestone.

      My Holden VE SS ute 6.0L engine gets 8.7 L/100kms on the highway regardless of the speed, my 1999 Harley 88ci (1450cc) gets 5.3L/100kms combined using a Mikuni 45 carburetor, I guess some of the older technology worked eh?

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        Yes, these things are a bit more complicated than a simple less speed = less fuel consumed. My old Ford Mustang (with a carburetor) gets its best fuel economy at about 80 MPH. If I slow down to 65 it goes from 25 mpg down to 21 mpg. If I exceed 80 it also drops down to about 20 mpg. There are a couple of possible reason for this. One is how it is cammed, putting it’s most power produced for the least fuel burned into a certain RPM range. Also how it is geared, with 0.63 overdrive gear, so it operates within that more efficient range at those cruising speeds.

        Often with ICE engines they consume so much fuel per hour with a certain output/rpm range, so the more miles one can put behind them within that hour the more efficient.

        It’s is not the same with all engines, however. I notice with pickup trucks equipped with a certain 6 cylinder turbo diesel that slowing down 10 mph makes a improvement in fuel efficiency. However, in another brand of pickup trucks with a certain V8 turbo diesel slowing down 10 mph makes no difference at all.

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          Yonniestone.

          Look at the exhaust system also as this plays a very important part of how the engine exhaust noise and pressure pulses scavenges the cylinders through the exhaust ports, altering or removing this timing will drastically alter performance and fuel economy.

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    b.nice

    CO2 increases crop yields.! Well yes, we knew that 🙂

    https://notrickszone.com/2022/03/18/co2-a-blessing-just-1-ppm-increase-means-up-to-0-8-greater-crop-yields-new-study-shows/

    Going to need all the aCO2 we can get. Ukraine crops on hold, Brazil crops may be getting frozen out again.

    More atmospheric CO2 desperately needed. !

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    David Maddison

    Fatih Birol seems to have a relatively clean background compared to other people involved in world-influencing organisations of this type.

    E.g. he does not seem especially wealthy or have unexplained wealth and no obvious scandals and doesn’t seem to own a private jet.

    Apart from promoting a world-destroying anti-energy ideology (except for the Elites) and being Chairman of the World Economic Forum (Davos) Energy Advisory Board he seems fairly clean.

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    FrankH

    Let me get this straight. If I can afford to run two cars I can drive every day. Sounds good to me, poor people shouldn’t be driving anyway. 😉

    And how arrogant is it to suppose that transport companies need to be advised to use their vehicles efficiently?

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    OldOzzie

    How the Other side thinks

    We Have the Technology To Rapidly Ditch Fossil Fuels

    Bill McKibben, New Yorker

    In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things

    The truth is new and counterintuitive: we have the technology necessary to rapidly ditch fossil fuels.

    On the last day of February, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its most dire report yet. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, had, he said, “seen many scientific reports in my time, but nothing like this.” Setting aside diplomatic language, he described the document as “an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership,” and added that “the world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson of our only home.” Then, just a few hours later, at the opening of a rare emergency special session of the U.N. General Assembly, he catalogued the horrors of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and declared, “Enough is enough.” Citing Putin’s declaration of a nuclear alert, the war could, Guterres said, turn into an atomic conflict, “with potentially disastrous implications for us all.”

    What unites these two crises is combustion. Burning fossil fuel has driven the temperature of the planet ever higher, melting most of the sea ice in the summer Arctic, bending the jet stream, and slowing the Gulf Stream. And selling fossil fuel has given Putin both the money to equip an army (oil and gas account for sixty per cent of Russia’s export earnings) and the power to intimidate Europe by threatening to turn off its supply. Fossil fuel has been the dominant factor on the planet for centuries, and so far nothing has been able to profoundly alter that. After Putin invaded, the American Petroleum Institute insisted that our best way out of the predicament was to pump more oil. The climate talks in Glasgow last fall, which John Kerry, the U.S. envoy, had called the “last best hope” for the Earth, provided mostly vague promises about going “net-zero by 2050”; it was a festival of obscurantism, euphemism, and greenwashing, which the young climate activist Greta Thunberg summed up as “blah, blah, blah.” Even people trying to pay attention can’t really keep track of what should be the most compelling battle in human history.

    No wonder Darwin wrote that fire was “the greatest discovery ever made by man, excepting language.”

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      OldOzzie

      With immediately underneath on realclearpolitics.com

      Biden Brings U.S. Energy Independence to a Screeching Halt

      Tammy Bruce, AMAC

      For the past year, we have watched the Biden administration preside over the destruction of our energy sector, the collapse of our supply chain, and a return of soul-crushing inflation. They have responded with smug grins and patronizing suggestions that buying an electric car will solve our problems.

      On that first day when Joe Biden was inaugurated, he signed a series of executive orders reversing virtually every important policy of President Trump. Within a week, Mr. Biden had reversed the policies that made America energy independent and a net exporter of crude and petroleum products.

      All of that was deliberately shredded by a man, and the party was embarrassed that Mr. Trump was able to accomplish what the establishment had, and would not. The destruction of American energy production was a fit of pique from an incompetent and malevolent political party determined to punish Americans for daring to support Mr. Trump. Their destruction was wrapped up as faux concern for the climate, an ironic pretext for setting the nation on fire.

      With inflation and gas prices, Americans are being reminded what the Carter years were like. We’re getting that disgusting smell of a government tiptoeing through the tulips as we still face empty shelves at the store, and those products they do carry, that we don’t want, are triple the usual price. We’re choosing lesser proteins for the family meal and rationing exactly how much of that protein we can afford to use. It’s now a choice between what food we can feed our children and how much gas we’ll have in the tank for a week.

      Responding to the lackadaisical attitude by the White House about inflation and gas prices, GOP Communications Director Nathan Brand tweeted, “The pain at the pump is intentional. Democrats do not care that Americans are paying more for Joe Biden’s gas hike because it’s ultimately in line with their agenda.” We know they never want a good crisis to go to waste!

      This explains why the Democrats keep telling you to buy an electric car. These grifters completely miss the point that if you can’t afford $5 a gallon gasoline, you can’t afford a $50,000 electric car.

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      How Dem officials, the media and Big Tech worked in concert to bury the Hunter Biden story

      Everlasting, undying, soul-rending shame be upon you, Facebook and Twitter and Politico and all the others who covered up, denied and suppressed this newspaper’s true and accurate reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020. You should be hurling yourselves at the feet of the American people, begging forgiveness. You should be renting billboards saying, “WE LIED.”

      But most importantly, you should be hauled before Congress to answer humiliating questions.

      These and other information purveyors owe us — not just this paper, but this country — restitution for what now looks like the most egregious and willful fake-news scam of our time. This paper’s scoops on Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020 were labeled “Russian misinformation” (Politico), a “hoax” (Steven Brill of “fact-check” site NewsGuard), discredited by “many, many red flags” (NPR) and a “hack and leak” operation that had to be throttled (Facebook’s Mark

      Twitter didn’t bar the New York Times’s stories about Donald Trump’s tax returns, which could have come from hacked materials for all we know, and almost certainly were the product of a criminal act (leaking tax returns is against the law), but the Times never even told us how it got the returns, so we don’t know.

      The Post acted with transparency in explaining to readers how it got the Laptop from Hell. Moreover, nobody on Team Biden denied The Post’s report, because they knew or suspected it was true. Every news outlet in the country should have fronted the story at that point: “Biden team refuses to deny Hunter Biden laptop story.” A few months later, Hunter himself said the laptop “certainly” could be his, and the media shrugged instead of apologizing.

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    max

    Similar article on ZeroHedge:

    Elites Suggest Price Controls, Dystopian Travel Restrictions To ‘Manage’ Soaring Energy Costs

    Mark Twain once wrote, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Baby boomers who remember the mid-1970s and the pain a commodity shock caused most likely understand today’s turmoil is far from over.

    What is lurking dead ahead is stagflation; what may be lurking beyond that is far, far worse.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/elites-suggest-price-controls-dystopian-travel-restrictions-manage-soaring-energy-costs

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    Kevin kilty

    That IEA poster is a bit of satire, eh? Looks like flames erupting from the electric vehicles and the public bus is a pit for money. Excellent PR.

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    Kim

    And did the IEA write this report in their office or at home?

    If you look at a major city such as London, look at the M25 ring road and the feed in motorways you will see a lot of traffic with people who could work from home. Government office workers for a prime example. There are a huge number of jobs that could be worked from home only that employers don’t want to do that.

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    Peter

    The IEA’s plan says that if it is fully carried out, it will save a whopping 2.7 million barrels of oil per day. That sounds like a lot. Until you compare it to the daily consumption.
    According to this site (https://www.worldometers.info/oil/), the daily worldwide oil consumption is 97 mln barrels per day. So by implementing the plan, we ‘save’ just 2.6%.

    Whether you implement the plan to ‘save the planet’ or to scare Russia, no one will really notice the effect, but us common people will feel the pain.

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    Yonason

    Just like Jimmy Carter. Drive 55 to save gas. Well, this isn’t the 1970’s, and optimum auto milage has changed. I’ve checked multiple times on long trips, and my Hyundai Sonata runs measurably most efficiently at from 70-75 mph. And i doubt that other auto engine makers haven’t improved their products to at least the same degree.

    It’s all about controlling us. Our well-being is the least of their concerns.

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