Net Zero produced the most dramatic fall in European energy since the late Middle Ages

If we measure the vibrancy of an economy by its energy use, the EU peaked in 2006 and is down 10%. The UK, alas has fallen even further and faster and is down 30%.

John Constable at the GWPF has produced a damning report on Europe’s Green Experiment and remarked that there hasn’t been a fall in energy this large “since the end of the late middle ages”.

Effectively, the EU paid €770 billion to export it’s carbon emissions and jobs to China and import nearly everything else.

  • The study shows that up until 2005 the EU’s energy consumption was on a rising trend, but it has now fallen by over 10% on the 2006 peak, and is now back at levels last seen in the 1990s. The UK is even more severely affected, with consumption falling by about 30% on its peak in the early 2000s and is now at levels last seen in the 1950s.
  • Further analysis reveals that electricity generation productivity has collapsed, with system load factor falling from an adequate 56% in 1990 to a worryingly inefficient and expensive 37% in 2020.

A trillion dollars in subsidies to renewables — mostly paid by the EU

It takes a lot of money to destroy a good industrial base, and the EU had the cash:

Subsidies to Renewables in the EU
The EU’s commitment of subsidies to the renewable energy sector is nearly 70% of the total across major economies, as can be seen in Figure 9, which compares annual subsidies (including tax expenditures) in the EU27, Japan, the UK, the US, and China. Over the period covered in this figure, total subsidies to renewables, including tax expenditures, amounted to €893 billion, of which the EU was responsible for €612 billion.

Like the fall of Rome

As the cost of energy went up, the people of the EU started to buy things from places which could make them cheaper:

The EU’s own data shows that energy prices have been consistently above the non-EU G20 average, with household electricity prices for example being 80% higher and industrial electricity prices being 30% higher, a difference that is largely due to policy. Similar effects are found in relation to both natural gas and transport fuel prices.

Was this “peak EU”?
EU Trade balance

EU and American Solar Panel Production never recovered from the GFC

Just look at the exodus. All those subsidized jobs in solar panel production headed for China in 2009. Wow. Just wow.
Solar Panel Production, Country. Graph. EU, China.

European subsidies created lots of green jobs (in China)

And this is just employment in the renewables sector. It’s not showing all the jobs destroyed in the EU making hairdryers, cars, fridges, and everything else… Employment in renewables, Germany, China, EU.

This is what Europe got for a trillion dollars

Europeans paid all that money but got less energy and made these dramatic changes to their energy sources (not).

The increase in actual power from wind and solar and biomass is marked with arrows.EU Total primary energy 1990-2019

China could afford to make solar panels because it wasn’t building them with solar power

Hapless consumers in the EU paid for expensive electrons to make them feel good, while they paid people in China to build the exact same things but with more coal than they would have if they had made them themselves.

China's Energy Fuel Mix

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Part 3

GWPF:   Europe’s Green Experiment: A costly failure in unilateral climate policy,  [PDF]

 

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