Germany is suffering a critical natural gas shortage and Russia is over there just setting fire to $10 million worth of the stuff every day
· · Aug 27, 2022 ·

If you live in Germany and you're scrambling to pile up enough firewood to ensure you don't freeze dein hintern off this winter, this is probably not helping improve your mood:

As Europe's energy costs skyrocket, Russia is burning off large amounts of natural gas, according to analysis shared with BBC News.

They say the plant, near the border with Finland, is burning an estimated $10m (£8.4m) worth of gas every day.

Experts say the gas would previously have been exported to Germany.

Germany's ambassador to the UK told BBC News that Russia was burning the gas because "they couldn't sell it elsewhere".

I suppose I'm not an expert about any of this, but can't they know...bottle the stuff up and sock it away until they can sell it?

I think the answer is that they're just, you know, mocking us:

While burning off gas is common at processing plants - normally done for technical or safety reasons - the scale of this burn has confounded experts.

"I've never seen an LNG plant flare so much," said Dr Jessica McCarty, an expert on satellite data from Miami University in Ohio.

"Starting around June, we saw this huge peak, and it just didn't go away. It's stayed very anomalously high."

Yeah when they're burning that much it's not hard to figure out.

However this whole conflict resolves, there's no doubt about it: War sucks.


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