The Europeans themselves are to blame for the energy crisis in the EU countries. This was stated by former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Thursday, October 28.
“I have already written about it. It’s not the Russians and it’s not the Arabs who are to blame. This is an internal crisis. There are many factors involved. There is an overly ambitious plan to switch to a new type of energy, the European Green Deal, but you can’t give up something without replacing it with something. So this is a crisis created by our own hands,” she said.
Kneissl stressed that on the one hand there is public pressure, on the other – the Commission, for which this course is a priority, and in between – the whole industry, which “does not know how to respond to all this.
On October 26, Mario Mehren, head of Germany’s Wintershall Dea, said that a harsh winter in Europe could lead to further increases in gas prices. He also said that the launch of the Nord Stream 2 (NSP2) pipeline would increase gas supplies to Europe and stabilize the situation on the market.
The day before, Amos Hoekstein, Senior Advisor on Energy Security at the U.S. Department of State, said that Russia is the only natural gas supplier in the world today that can help Europe overcome the energy crisis.