## Tuesday, January 24, 2006

### Freezing Europe

Over the weekend, 100 people have frozen in Europe. Most of them were homeless, and 90 percent of the homeless were drunk. That includes two people in Prague; in Northern Bohemia, the temperature dropped to -30.3 Celsius degrees. Bavaria was better, with temperatures up to -33.8 Celsius degrees. See news.google.com.

Of course, these European casualties are negligible compared to the typical casualties in Asia. In February 2005, about 1000 kids died of cold in Afghanistan. The scientific explanation of the freezing people is based on global warming. The universal international solution to the climate problems is called the Kyoto protocol that has already cooled down the whole planet by more than 1 millidegree. All progressive scientists in the world - except for those who have already frozen - agree that it is a very good idea.

Let me emphasize that this news about the frozen people is sad news but without seeing the details, I am not crying despite being a very sensitive person. Such things were taking place in this world for billions of years. Our society today would be undoubtedly able to save the lives of all these homeless people for a fraction of the money that are wasted in various programs including the anti-carbon-dioxide protocols. Why are we wasting money for wrong things? It is because of ideology. If we really wanted to help the world, there would be so many methods that are so incredibly more efficient, more focused, and less ideological.

Last month we described the coldest December.

1. One has to keep in mind that the only thing differrentiate the Afghanistans and the Europeans is that there is more abundant and more affordable natural gas supply in Europe to help people keep warm. But that supply is depleting and we see the Russians have to cut gas supply to Western Europe so as to satisfy its own domestic need first. And certain Ukraine also takes a bigger cut before sending the gas further westward to Slovakia and Czech. The country at the end of gas pipe, like Italy, will be the most impacted. The only exception seems to be Czech, who sold out it's domestic gas pipelines to the German so the German has the total control and will make sure German is supplied adequately, before leaving anything to the Czechs to consume.

Mean while, we Americans have to be Very Thankful that we are extremely lucky to have an unusually WARM winter. We experience only a bit of chill in early December, at which point the natural gas whole sale price went to $17 per thousand cubic feet. It's been exceptionally warm ever since and some area is even HOT. Has the New England be as cold as Russia, the picture would be extremely groomy since we simply do not have enough natural gas or heating oil to keep people warm. The situation could only get worse, much worse, since our natural gas supply is depleting at rapid rate. Just three years ago the gas was sold at about$2.

2. And the situation in the Republic of Georgia is absolutely miserable:
More than 4 million people in Georgia were without heat for a third straight day, while the country is experiencing the coldest temperature in more than 2 decades!

How many out of these 4 million people would die from the cold who could have otherwise survived if there is adequate supply of gas? Let's put the percentage at just 2%. That would be 80, 000 people killed. A small atomic bomb would have killed less people. All it takes to kill 80,000 people, is less than 500 grams of conventional dynamite to blow up the un-guarded gas pipe at one remote location and at one unfortunate moment. That's terrorrism! 9/11 is nothing in comparison!

We are hopelessly depending our very survival on fossil fuels, which is depleting rapidly. The future is groomy.

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3. I have some land with a great deal of natural gas and high sulfur coal. The problem has always been no pipeline in the area. The better coal we had made the local railroad lots of money, but us not so much. Large areas in the US exist under monopoly control of energy transport with resulting low return to energy holders. Hell will freeze before we give our gas away. I've been thinking about on site electric power generation and selling to the electric utility as a way to avoid exploitation. We can wait it out. Perhaps the grandchildren will profit.

4. I have some land with a great deal of natural gas and high sulfur coal. The problem has always been no pipeline in the area. The better coal we had made the local railroad lots of money, but us not so much. Large areas in the US exist under monopoly control of energy transport with resulting low return to energy holders. Hell will freeze before we give our gas away. I've been thinking about on site electric power generation and selling to the electric utility as a way to avoid exploitation. We can wait it out. Perhaps the grandchildren will profit.

5. More cold misery in Europe. It's so cold that even a nuclear power plant in Czech had to be shut down.