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Netherlands Energy Minister warns of gas crisis domino effect

Samizdat – June 28, 2022

A gas crisis in any one EU country would provoke a domino effect and quickly spread throughout the bloc, according to Dutch Climate and Energy Minister Rob Jetten.

“It’s good if some member states can fill their gas storages by November 1, but if other countries fail to reach 80% – particularly big countries like Germany – then you have to be aware that this will be a domino effect for the whole of Europe,” Jetten told Politico magazine on Tuesday.

The minister noted that in the event of a cessation of Russian gas supply, the Netherlands “will stand with neighboring countries.”

Meanwhile, Jetten stressed that tapping the Groningen gas field, once one of Europe’s largest fields and the continent’s major source of gas for decades, would be an option of last resort. In 2019, the Dutch government announced that the giant field in the northeastern part of the country would be shuttered by October 2022 to limit seismic risks in the region, with gas only to be extracted thereafter in the event of extreme weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Last week, the nation lifted all restrictions on coal-fired power stations to reduce natural gas consumption, while making an “urgent appeal” to businesses to save as much energy as possible ahead of the winter season. Jetten plans to present a plan this week on building two nuclear power plants in the country.

June 28, 2022 - Posted by | Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity, Nuclear Power

1 Comment »

  1. People in the north of the country had finally succeeded in their struggle for recognition of the damages to their houses in the past years. But there is also something else happening in the Netherlands at this moment.

    The Dutch government wants to reduce nitrogen output by 70% which means that most farmers will have to end their business. Farmers have already been protesting, also in front of the house of minister van der Wal. Yesterday, there were new protests and they also broke through the police corridor around her house. Although the reporting is in Dutch it also includes video footage: https://nos.nl/artikel/2434508-boeren-breken-door-blokkade-bij-huis-minister-politie-protest-verhardt

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | June 29, 2022 | Reply


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