Zelensky Wants NATO to Nuke Russia
Zelensky Urges USA To Nuke Russia
Kremlin Spokesman: World Should Take Note of Zelensky’s Call for Preventive Nuclear Strike on Russia
“These are the countries [the US and the UK] that de facto direct [Kiev], manage [its] activities and talk about [their] intentions to defend [Ukraine] to the bitter end. Therefore, they are responsible and should be held accountable for this person’s actions and statements and this regime,” Peskov said.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, for her part, has warned that the West is fomenting a nuclear war, while an “unstable” Zelensky has turned into a “monster.”
“Every single person on this planet should realise that Zelensky, a puppet and an unstable character who has been pumped with weapons, has turned into a monster, who could be used to destroy the planet,” Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.
“Zelensky announced the need for preventive nuclear strikes on Russia. Psychiatrists should perform a preemptive craniotomy on this idiot before he causes more trouble for his people and everyone else,” he wrote on Telegram.
Nuclear weapons in modern arsenals and their catastrophic effects
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Chemical giant BASF is under threat after Russians turn off the gas
Germany once relied on Russia for around half of its natural gas. But since the Kremlin began choking off supplies, the Germans have turned to other gas producers, built up their reserves and sharply reduced their use of this fuel. Confidence has been growing that Europe’s industrial powerhouse may get through the winter relatively unscathed by the loss of Russian energy.
But everything depends on the severity of the winter. There remains a lot at stake since the country’s all-important manufacturing industry would bear the brunt of any shortages, which are still a possibility.
“If this will be a really cold winter, we will have a substantial problem. Then there will not be enough natural gas,” said Ole Hvalbye, an energy analyst with the SEB bank in Oslo, Norway. “A really cold winter will be really difficult to deal with — no doubt about it.”
It would be really difficult for German manufacturers and especially for one company: The chemical giant BASF needs a continuous supply of vast quantities of natural gas, both as a source of energy and as a raw material.
Its main plant at Ludwigshafen, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, uses as much gas as the whole of Switzerland. But under German law, if the country has to ration its reserves, homes and hospitals will get priority.
“The government would have to shut down the supply to big industrial consumers, and definitely BASF will be one of those,” said professor Stefan Lechtenboehmer of the Wuppertal Institute. “If the shutdown was only a few days, it wouldn’t matter too much, but if they shut down for a month or even more, then they would really be in trouble.”
German gas regulator: slash gas use or risk winter crisis
BERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – German households and small businesses last week used nearly 10% more gas than the four year average for that week, Germany’s network regulator said on Thursday, warning Germany risked a winter crisis unless significant cuts were made.
Usage was at 618 gigawatt hours per day (GWh/day) compared with the average for the same week over the years 2018 through 2021 of 564 GWh/day.
The head of Germany’s Federal Network Agency, which would be in charge of gas rationing in the event of a supply emergency, repeated his warning a week ago that consumption was too high.
“We will struggle to avoid a gas emergency this winter without at least 20% savings in private households, businesses and industry,” Klaus Mueller of the Bundesnetzagentur told Reuters.
“The situation may become very serious if we do not significantly reduce our gas consumption,” he added.
Germany is at phase two of a three-stage emergency plan in the wake of lower gas flows from Russia, the main gas supplier for Europe’s biggest economy.
Households and small businesses account for 40% of consumption while big manufacturing industries require 60% of the country’s gas.
In contrast to households, big industry made slight savings last week, consuming 1,370 GWh/day, versus a 1,402 GWh/day average over the past four years, the agency said.
Germany is at risk of going from an industrial country to an “industrial museum” due to the federal government’s energy policy, warned the president of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Markus Steilemann. According to him, Germany is at risk of frequent power shortages because renewable energy is insufficient to meet the country’s energy needs.
Pointing to wind power, he said that Germany would need to build 10 wind turbines daily to implement the energy transition.
“One of them needs 4,000 tons of steel. That is half an Eiffel Tower. That means five Eiffel Towers every day. And that for the next eight years,” Steilemann said.
Steilemann questioned this effort by saying, “I’d like to see how we can get that going.”
To underline the problem, Germany’s steel industry is already under severe threat, with plants shutting down across the country due to soaring energy costs. The question then becomes whether Germany can even secure enough affordable steel to build the necessary number of wind power turbines. Even if Germany could manage over the next eight years, it does not solve the energy crisis the country is confronting both now and over the coming years.
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Automakers Are Struggling To Secure Steel Supply
The MetalMiner Automotive MMI dropped substantially in October, dipping by 9.08%. Manufacturing limitations due to energy shortages and smelter shutdowns remain the ongoing trend in car manufacturing. However, consumer demand for cars, especially in the US, still holds firm. This leaves many in the automotive industry trying to find a balance between available supplies and consumer demand.
Car Manufacturing Fighting the Odds
Smelter shutdowns in China and Europe are impacting the production of the steel used to fashion cars. However, the demand to purchase vehicles remains strong. To satisfy this, sufficient steel supply must begin circulating globally before more vehicle manufacturing can occur.
Steel isn’t the only car material currently struggling. The automotive industry is plagued by the lack of parts and pieces for vehicle microchips. Fortunately, some microchips are starting to make a comeback. Still, chip production is a slow process, as the tiny devices contain many complex components.They also require numerous materials like tin, silicon, etc. Acquiring these different metals in the proper forms and grades could become challenging in potentially-recessionary conditions, especially when supply is already tight.