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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

The issue used to be popular in '70s. Not only there had been an artificial oil scarcity caused by OPEC cartel but also there had been a famous book The Limits to Growth that were based on best ...
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What does Texas gain from keeping its electrical grid independent?

Citing Economist.com coverage The state’s deregulated power market is also fiercely competitive. ERCOT oversees the grid, while power generators produce electricity for the wholesale market. Some 300 ...
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Why did Germany hurry to phase out nuclear energy usage increasing the risk of fossil power use and Russian gas dependency?

The original decision to phase out nuclear power generation was made as part of the coalition agreement between SPD and the Green party in 1998. The reason that this was agreed upon is rooted in the ...
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If grid parity has already been reached, why is it so expensive to switch to renewable energy?

You need to consider short term intermittency (the wind not always blowing and the sun being down 50% of the time). That needs to be covered by some form of short term storage, most of which are ...
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What does Texas gain from keeping its electrical grid independent?

As a general rule, regulation transfers costs from consumers to producers, while deregulation transfers costs from producers to consumers. In this specific case, that works out like so: With ...
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Why does the EU restrict the maximum power drawn by various consumer electronics instead of taxing them higher?

Because the EU's intention is that TVs actually consume less energy, not that people simply pay more for waste, or that states collect more taxes. If the rich can afford to pay more, it can easily be ...
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Why is Germany still opposed to nuclear power despite the energy crisis?

Because the majority of the electorate is opposed to nuclear power. In particular, Green and Social Democrat voters are against it. Thus, the current coalition (of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberal ...
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What is the rationale of banning proof-of-work instead of highly taxing it?

Taxation is already complicated enough, and complicated legal codes create unintentional consequences and loopholes. "Have a very high tax for energy consumption above a certain threshold except ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

Because nobody would pay any attention. There are huge amounts of coal left – the World Coal Association says that currently proven reserves amount to 150 years' worth at current levels of ...
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Why is Germany still opposed to nuclear power despite the energy crisis?

That would be the 4th u-turn in German nuclear energy policy. The other 3 were. 2000, when the SPD/Greens coalition government under Gerhard Schröder decided the "Atomausstieg". To phase ...
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What is the rationale of banning proof-of-work instead of highly taxing it?

It's fundamentally a different message: "This is an economic activity that is unacceptable" vs "This is an economic activity that we want a larger cut from".
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Why does the EU restrict the maximum power drawn by various consumer electronics instead of taxing them higher?

Tax is a matter for national governments not for the European Union. There are some attempts at harmonisation of fiscal policy across the Eurozone, but details of tax, such as a sin tax on big TVs, is ...
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Why does India import power from neighbouring countries like Bhutan & Nepal when the Indian government has declared India as a power surplus nation?

Not all ways to generate electricity are equal. Some kinds of power are very dependent on time and weather (solar, wind and, surprisingly, nuclear power plants which sometimes need to throttle down ...
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Why is Germany subsidizing the cost of electricity for everyone rather than only the poorest households?

If you subsided based on income or other factors that means you need additional overhead in order to determine who is eligible. In addition it does not prevent people who don't need the assistance ...
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Why don't countries welcome high energy prices to fight climate change?

On the long run, maybe. But not on the short run. If gasoline prices are higher for a long time, people buy smaller and more efficient cars. Something like that could be seen if one compares the ...
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If grid parity has already been reached, why is it so expensive to switch to renewable energy?

tldr: future expenditure to provide clean energy to the world, is very much in line with current expenditure to provide mostly dirty energy to the world. The reason the switch isn't happening fast ...
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Why don't countries welcome high energy prices to fight climate change?

Countries don't want to stop climate change, because their electorates are over-leveraged. You say: the electorate support curbing emissions as long as someone else is paying for it. but even this ...
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Why does the EU restrict the maximum power drawn by various consumer electronics instead of taxing them higher?

Because limits are the only 99% certain way to actually cause manufacturers to innovate and use more energy efficient technology. Consider for example what has happened with vacuum cleaners. I have a ...
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Why does Germany seem to not favor EU energy independence (from Russia)?

It's probably because the "not favouring EU energy independence from Russia" is totally made up. Look at the first quoted material: It clearly states that Germany threatens to retaliate if Trump ...
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Russian gas delivery stop — difference between Poland/Bulgaria and other EU customers?

Bulgaria is a good target for a political pressure right now. (Disclaimer: I am Bulgarian citizen and resident) The current Bulgarian government is elected by an unstable, complex and heterogeneous ...
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What does Texas gain from keeping its electrical grid independent?

I'll point out here that the cheaper-than-average electricity prices that TX sees (according to the answer based on the Economist) is actually somewhat of a recent thing. Despite TX avoiding "the ...
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Why did EU fail to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas?

There have been attempts. For example, consider the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, constructed from 2016 and completed in 2020 to transport natural gas from Azerbaijani fields into Europe without touching ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

This would be too weak an argument. According to climate science (e.g. this paper from 2015 in Nature, endorced by UNFCCC), to preserve a 50% chance to keep global warming under 2°C compare to pre-...
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What is the rationale of banning proof-of-work instead of highly taxing it?

Enforcement It's much simpler to determine whether a mining activity is occurring at all or that certain equipment exists (and can be seized) than to measure its quantity in a way that's hard to cheat....
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Russian gas delivery stop — difference between Poland/Bulgaria and other EU customers?

German Minister of economics Robert Habeck today elaborated in a press conference that Germany accepted the two-accounts approach (payments by the customers in Euro/Dollar to one account at ...
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Why don't countries welcome high energy prices to fight climate change?

Existing answers are very good, but a couple of further thoughts: On the political side: Climate change kills. But for now, it largely kills people in the developing world, whose grieving relatives ...
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Why does the U.S. oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?

This article suggests multiple reasons behind US opposition of Nord Stream 2 project: Europe's energy independence Ukraine loss as less gas would transit it monitoring technology that could also be ...
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Why did EU fail to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas?

One of the major gas producer in Europe was the Netherlands, but their Gas fields are depleted and production is dwindling. The same is happening for Gas production in Scotland, but you'll have to ...
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How does Germany plan to implement transfer to 100% renewable sources?

Here is their official statement, which puts emphasis on solar and wind. So how to store that? Green hydrogen generated by renewables, here. Pumped hydroelectricity generated by renewables, here. ...
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Russian gas delivery stop — difference between Poland/Bulgaria and other EU customers?

Bloomberg wrote today about four customers that have paid in rubles for gas and ten companies that have opened accounts in Gazprombank This may explain the difference, but we will need to wait to find ...
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