Back to the Dark Ages?

A puny guy applies for a job as a lumberjack. “Sorry, says the huge head-lumberjack, eyeing the man up and down, “You’re just too small.”  “Give me a chance to show you what I can do,” the little guy pleads. “You won’t regret it.”  “Okay,” says the boss. “See that giant oak over there?  Let’s see if you can chop it down.” Fifteen minutes later, the mighty oak is felled, amazing the boss. “Where’d you learn to cut trees like that?” he asks.  “The Sahara Forest.”  “You mean the Sahara Desert ?”  And the puny, little fella says, “Sure, that’s what they call it now!”

Electrical power in Europe used to be affordable and available for all.  However, all this has changed since climate hysteria and the green movement took over about 25 years ago.  Today, Europe is the world leader in renewable energy, but also among the most expensive when it comes to energy costs.  And what has been the result of all of this?  For people who can’t afford it, a return to the Dark Ages.   Hydro power to their homes is being cut off and families are turning to wood for heating/cooking and candles for light.

For example, take Germany. Today, over one million dwellings in that land are completely off the power grid – not by choice, but by necessity.  And seven million German households are suffering fuel poverty – forced to choose between eating or heating.  Until recently,  cooking a meal and warming a home were matters which most Germans just took for granted.

But thanks to the insane cost of their government’s energy renewable policy, for a growing number of German households, these basics are now beyond reach.  So power-starved Germans have grabbed their axes and headed to the woods, all in an effort to obtain that which current climate policy denies them, energy for their families.  However, they are taking without paying and that has German foresters up in arms.  So the foresters themselves have taken steps to stop the thievery.  One, they keep cut wood deep in the forest, far away from roadways.  Two, they keep the logs too large to fit into cars.  Three, they keep the wood out in the open to dry for only one month (instead of the normal six) and then move it to a secure place.  Four, they put GPS (global positioning system) chips in the logs to track down stolen lots. And five, they’ve installed video cameras on roadsides where bags of wood are for sale on the honour pay system (to get the license plate numbers of those who break the eighth commandment).  But loggers confess they are fighting a losing battle as people will do whatever they have to do to survive.  And it’s not just the Germans.  The Greeks, desperate to find fuel to stay warm (because they, too, can’t afford the high cost of renewable energy) have also been taking to the woods and are even cutting down trees in city parks – including someone who, according to authorities, has felled the olive tree under which Plato himself once sat.

The bottom line?  In the summer I did a series in the adult class on renewable energy entitled, Is God Green? with the biblical answer being no – that fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) are not the problem, but the solution, and a wonderful gift from God.  (If you want the scientific facts, see the internet site, I Love Fossil Fuels.)  In the meantime, let Germany be a lesson to all of us here in Canada – it’s not easy being green.