Friday 8 July 2022

Trump Was Right, German Housing Group Begins to Throttle Tenants’ Heating at Night to Save Gas

 Just as former President Trump warned, Germany has placed too much reliance on Russian gas, and now its residents will pay the prices as hundreds of thousands of Germans will be unable to adequately heat their homes this winter.

On Thursday, in response to Gazprom’s supply cutbacks, Germany’s housing and real estate association called for the minimum temperature for homes to be considerably reduced to a maximum of 64 degrees in case there is another drop in Russian gas supplies.

The proposal was backed by Klaus Müller, the president of the Federal Network Agency in charge of the country’s gas supply.

Landlords in Germany had been required to guarantee a minimum temperature of 72 degrees in apartments they rent out during the winter.

Trump warned that Germany would face future issues like this and was mocked for his prediction. But, as usual, he was right!

“Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation. That is why we congratulate European states, such as Poland, for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs,” Trump said. “Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.”

The camera then panned to see the German delegation laughing at his comments. 

Russia is set to temporarily shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for maintenance, but many fear it may not reopen. Officials are worried that the worldwide gas squeeze will only worsen as European nations struggle to fill the gas gap.

Director of energy, climate, and resources at Eurasia Group Henning Gloystein told CNBC that if Russia doesn’t turn the pipeline on “after maintenance because President Putin plays games or wants to hit Europe while it hurts, then the plan to fill up gas storage by the end of summer will probably not work.”

According to CNBC, Germany recently declared that it moved to the second “alert level” of its emergency gas plan, which means the nation is concerned about long-term gas supply shortages.

In June Russia announced it will reduce natural gas flows through a key European pipeline by roughly 40% into Germany. 

Gas prices are so high in Germany today that wood-burning stoves and firewood have become scarce nationwide.

German citizens are loading up on wood to heat their homes next year — just like they did in the Middle Ages.

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