The energy crisis, which covers Europe relentlessly, is pushing European politicians to be more and more “bold”, although it is not the most well-thought-out statement.
As the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell noted yesterday, renewable energy sources can be the best solution to the environmental problem and a reliable guarantee of energy security. To this end, he called on the European Union and the United States to join efforts to accelerate the transition to “green” energy.
“In the medium term, we have a goal: carbon neutrality, in the short term we need to ensure the security of gas supplies,” Borrell said after meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union stressed that the transition from non-renewable energy sources to renewable energy sources has become the only long-term solution to energy sustainability and security.
However, against the background of talk about “green” and renewable energy, politicians came to the conclusion that it is necessary to increase gas supplies to Europe.
According to Blinken, Washington is ready to help the European Union find gas suppliers in the event of a supply disruption from Russia. Earlier, Borrell noted that compared to last year, natural gas prices in EU countries increased by 6-10 times. He believed that the “difficulties of gas supplies” in Europe were caused by the “crisis in relations with Russia.”
What can testify to the meeting of European and American politicians and the promises made during them?
First of all, the European Union is forgetting the real causes of the energy crisis in which it found itself. And it is not connected at all with the actions of Russia, but the reckless actions of Europe itself, which relied on renewable energy sources at the expense of traditional ones. Passion for “green” energy showed, firstly, its poor reliability, and secondly, the limitations of its capabilities in its current form.
In Europe, they may already be beginning to understand that neither wind nor solar generation is able to provide guaranteed coverage of the energy needs of European countries, both now and in the medium term. However, recognition of this fact, and a more balanced approach to the energy transition, threatens to deal a blow to the political future, which lays on the shoulders of “green” European leadership. Actions such as Germany’s campaign to phase out nuclear power are aggravating the situation.
It is not surprising that the resulting energy impasse leads not to a decrease, but to an increase in gas consumption in Europe, and this forced “pause” is likely to be very long.