The down side to environmentalism

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And what is that?  Why, the environment of course.  Try to get rid of baseline reliable power generation and move to unreliable "natural" sources and every so often, Mother Nature sends a wake-up call.  Germany this time:

Winter Storm Threatens Germany’s Power…Freezing Hell Threatens If Already Rickety Grid Collapses!
A winter blizzard is set to strike Central Europe, bringing with it the potential to wreak power outage havoc. Temperatures will plummet to as low as -15°C accompanied by bone-chilling high winds. Closed shops due to COVID-19 are leaving citizens unprepared. A protracted power outage would be devastating.

In the coming hours, a high pressure system situated over Scandinavia and storm Tristan to the south will collide over central Europe and develop into dangerous weather conditions over one of Europe’s most populated regions, North Rhine Westphalia Germany.

There are some major problems with this storm that will test the German power grid stability and even possibly the citizens’ ability to fend for themselves.

Power grid at risk: hours of freezing rain
First will be the band of freezing rain that is forecast across the Ruhr region of North Rhine Westphalia. According to Kachelmannwetter.de, the freezing rain period could last hours and thus lead to heavy weight loads on power transmission structures as ice builds up. Lines could collapse.

High winds – even heavier loads
To make matters worse, high winds will further exacerbate the loads on the already ice-coated power transmission infrastructure – thus increasing the probability of power line structural failure and an ensuing power blackout, which in turn could cascade and threaten the European power grid.

Winter blackout not unprecedented
Such a blackout would not be unprecedented. In 2006, a major European blackout was caused by a disconnection of a powerline crossing in northwest Germany. The power outage quickly cascaded across Europe, extending from Poland in the north-east, to the Benelux countries and France in the west, through to Portugal, Spain and Morocco in the south-west, and across to Greece and the Balkans in the south-east.

More at the site - like the author said, these things have happened before but that was back when we had a lot more fossil fuel and nuclear power plants in operation and the dependence on non-baseload generating capacity was not as dire.

The basic truth is that more people die from cold than die from heat.  This will be a horrible event but it will (hopefully) serve as a wake-up call.  The environmentalists will never go away - there is always a subset of the population with mental illness and a willingness to believe doom and gloom stories. Thomas Malthus initially wrote his bullshit back in 1798 and we still have faithful little Malthusians regurgitating his dreck today.

At least this will serve as a wake-up call to the rest of us.  There are activists out there for every fringe belief system out there.  Where are the activists for the rest of us.  Us normals.  Where are OUR activists?

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