July 2024

First Covid lockdowns. Now energy-saving lockdowns. Then climate lockdowns?

weekend/Monday blog

There’s a new report out from the International Energy Agency (IEA) (whoever they are?) recommending that we plebs be encouraged/forced to use less energy.

In the face of the emerging global energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, practical actions by governments and citizens in advanced economies and beyond can achieve significant reductions in oil demand in a matter of months, reducing the risk of a major supply crunch, according to new analysis released by the International Energy Agency today.

These efforts would reduce the price pain being felt by consumers around the world, lessen the economic damage, shrink Russia’s hydrocarbon revenues, and help move oil demand towards a more sustainable pathway.

If fully carried out in advanced economies, the measures recommended by the IEA’s new 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use would lower oil demand by 2.7 million barrels a day within four months – equivalent to the oil demand of all the cars in China. This would significantly reduce potential strains at a time when a large amount of Russian supplies may no longer reach the market and the peak demand season of July and August is approaching. The measures would have an even greater effect if adopted in part or in full in emerging economies as well.

Here are the ten recommended actions:

  1. Reduce speed limits on highways by at least 10 km/h
    Impact*: Saves around 290 kb/d of oil use from cars, and an additional 140 kb/d from trucks
  2. Work from home up to three days a week where possible
    Impact: One day a week saves around 170 kb/d; three days saves around 500 kb/d
  3. Car-free Sundays in cities
    : Every Sunday saves around 380 kb/d; one Sunday a month saves 95 kb/d
  4. Make the use of public transport cheaper and incentivise micromobility, walking and cycling
    Impact: Saves around 330 kb/d
  5. Alternate private car access to roads in large cities
    Impact: Saves around 210 kb/d
  6. Increase car sharing and adopt practices to reduce fuel use
    Impact: Saves around 470 kb/d
  7. Promote efficient driving for freight trucks and delivery of goods
    Impact: Saves around 320 kb/d
  8. Using high-speed and night trains instead of planes where possible
    Impact: Saves around 40 kb/d
  9. Avoid business air travel where alternative options exist
    Impact: Saves around 260 kb/d
  10. Reinforce the adoption of electric and more efficient vehicles
    Impact: Saves around 100 kb/d

At the moment, the IEA claims these actions are necessary temporary measures to deal with the energy supply problems caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But at the end of the report comes the interesting bit:

The IEA report notes that reducing oil use must not remain a temporary measure. Sustained reductions are important not only to improve countries’ energy security but also to tackle climate change and reduce air pollution.

Our rulers have plans for us – making our lives more restricted, more controlled and an awful lot poorer in all aspects.

9 comments to First Covid lockdowns. Now energy-saving lockdowns. Then climate lockdowns?

  • twi5ted

    It is time to bring up the big question to the political elite: “What is it exactly you guys do here?” “How come you are still being paid?” “What kind of moral authority do you bear to ask for “sacrifices on behalf of the Planet”, change our languages to a “non offensive” mode, suppressing freedom of speech, etc…

    Hopefully given the clown world these idiots have created enough people will start to ask these sorts of questions. Why is more centralised control always the answer when it has clearly failed. We need to do the opposite of what the idiots and clowns say. Time for Adam Smith to make a comeback.

  • Stillreading

    I’ve been predicting this for almost two years. The covid lockdown was just a practice run, an experiment enabling governments to confirm just how very easy it is to terrify entire populations into compliance with dictats from the self-styled elites. Initially we chose – for the very best of reasons, to preserve the tens of thousands of lives we genuinely believed to be at risk – to comply, now that passive, unquestioning compliance has for thousands become an habitual way of life. One only has to observe the number of elderly in my seaside town who continue to wear masks even when in the open air and on a recent stay for a few days in London I noticed healthy young people routinely pulling filthy masks from their pockets and hitching them around their faces before stepping on to one of Mayor Khan’s buses. Why aren’t they rebelling? We’ve already lost freedom of speech. Don’t dare express a contentious opinion on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else or you risk receiving an unrequested visit from our great Law Enforcers. Like lemmings off a cliff, we’ve surrendered our personal freedom of speech and action to the assumed superiority of our “leaders” and have only ourselves to blame when further restrictions are imposed on us to carroll us to extermination. As an octogenarian, I’m fairly certain it’s only a matter of time before legislation is passed to effectively get all drivers over about 70 off the roads altogether. In the name of “concessions”they’ll give us bus passes and some sort of cheaper train travel, both modalities limiting us to just a few hours a day, tell us how lucky we are to receive such “benefits” at the taxpayer’s expense, then hope that deprived of the joy of getting out and about to follow our hobbies, visit our families, get away for the occasional weekend break somewhere, we’ll vegetate, fungate and soon die, liberating our homes for the tens of thousands landing in rubber boats at Dover every year.

  • Loppoman

    After experiences relating to covid, I suspect the masses will not be open to acceptance of more restrictions relating to climate/oil. Let’s hope so, anyway.

  • Bad Brian

    Fortunatley I live in Scrot Land where we have bigger fish to fry ( or Mars bars) where we are busy pardoning witches convicted five hundred years ago 9 presumably for witchcraft)..

  • A Thorpe

    There is one thing missing from history and that is us, because we have never mattered. The only time we pop up is if there is rioting, or as numbers being killed in wars. The history of the human race is one of control and enslavement of the masses by the powerful elites. They lost control after WWII and now they want it back. In the days of absolute rulers it was obvious who was in control, but it is not obvious today.

    We have allowed ourselves to be deceived by democracy and universal suffrage. The politicians are not working for us, that is certain. The Brexit referendum demonstrated that very few have any respect for democracy, and this applies to politicians and voters. We are not going to change anything through the ballot box.

    If the actions above are implemented then the easy life we know in the west will come to an end and all the signs are that it will happen. Climate alarmism is not based on science or empirical evidence and we have seen how the masses can be brainwashed into believing nonsense. Then came the pandemic which proved how easy it is to control the behaviour of the masses. If it had not been for the media I would not have known there was any dangerous pathogen about. The people I know who claimed to have had it cannot say what their symptoms are but a test told them that they have it. The majority are ready and willing to accept what is coming.

  • Stillreading

    I see that my fingers typed “carroll” in error for “corall” in my earlier response. A Freudian error? Maybe my unconscious was recalling P D James marvellous futuristic novel “The Children of Men”, in which the old and infirm are launched to their “quietus” in boats which will subsequently sink, to the accompaniment of appropriate music. Life is destined to become ever less agreeable to any too poor, too old, too ill, too disabled, too downright uninformed, to fight back. Yet my experience with grandchildren is that very few of the young, those who are currently enjoying more liberated lifestyles in every way (covid restrictions aside) than did theirm predecessors, cannot see the blazing red light on the road ahead. Blissful ignorance, fed to them in great gollops initially by Al Gore, then by Saint Greta!

  • Stillreading

    I meant of course that very few of the young CAN see through all the woke, climate change, LGBT etc.etc. nonsense they are being force fed by the UK’s education system. I had a conversation with a 9 year old granddaughter during the week and learned that she is being taught that there are many more sexes than merely masculine and feminine. I am, frankly, appalled that such nonsense is being perpetrated to highly receptive primary school children who have been raised by their parents to respect their teachers and believe what they are told. This girl fortunately has an older brother and sister and is well aware of the physical differences between the two sexes. I explained that irrespective of whatever gender people may choose to adopt, and that there are some people who are not happy with the gender to which they were born, NO ONE can alter their chromosomes. If you are born male, your chromosomes remain those of a male, if you’re born female, your chromosomes remain those of a female. Being a bright lass, she understood, but how DARE schools perpetrate this unscientific nonsense to the nation’s children! Vive J K Rowling! A heroine in my eyes! I am coming to the conclusion that the West as we oldies have known it since the end of WW2 does not deserve to survive.

  • Marc Ager

    All that the voters have to do to reverse this depressive nihilistic reverse culture on its way out is to have a good look at the information on their MPs that is available online.

    If they are globalist liberals who have a voting record of supporting the decline of our institutions and values, vote them out of office by voting for the candidate instead of the party apparatchiks.

    But most people are too unintelligent and/or uneducated to do that much.

    Look at the Labour front bench – mostly women drawn from all-female short lists. There are now more female Labour MPs than males. Even Starmer is a crypto woman, in my opinion. Mirroring the BBC. Laura Kuenssberg has left the BBC and there is an all-female short list for her replacement. Almost all of the top UK ambassadors are now females.

    Look at the government’s front bench. It looks like it is drawn from the United Nations when this country is still 85% white in spite of the politicians efforts to make it as demographically as diverse as possible.

    The political engineering could not be more obvious but the herd-animal voters are incapable of taking the relatively easy way to put that right in order to become fittingly represented and get the freaks off our backs..

  • Elena

    Off topic for the post.
    Take a look at this UN chart. And draw your own conclusions…

    Maybe they shouldn’t have had dozens of kids?

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