Editorial – This uncertain winter that upsets our bearings
In a half-word, the French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne recognized it: if the unfavorable hypotheses accumulate, there will be rationing this winter, a risk which concerns both gas and electricity. The first affected would be businesses, but experts believe that this could also, in turn, concern private users.
Truth be told, no one knows. It depends on Vladimir Putin’s decisions on the gas deliveries he still makes. It also depends on the number of nuclear reactors that EDF will be able to restart before winter – a fact that the operator himself does not know to date. It depends finally, and not to a lesser extent, on the severity of the winter…
If these factors evolve favourably, everything will not go too badly and we can say that the devil has been painted on the wall. If, on the contrary, they accumulate, the winter could be made of rationing.
In France, a small music settles which allots the responsibility of this crisis to Germany and its choice to give up the nuclear power. As if his gas addiction explained everything. This is to ignore the mistakes of French nuclear power, which, for thirty years, between abandoned breeder reactors and delayed EPRs, offers the face of a sector with an uncertain future. Both countries are struggling and it is difficult to find in the crisis enough to justify the choices of one against those of the other.
Last week, President Macron spoke of “a great upheaval” that marks our era: the “end of abundance” and “recklessness”. Curious remarks in the mouth of the one who mocked the Amish of ecology not long ago, and which shows how much, in the face of the crisis and climate change, our bearings are shaken.
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– This uncertain winter that upsets our bearings
Faced with the energy crisis and climate change, our certainties are shaken. The French Executive is preparing the country for difficult times.