Leaving one third of citizens unable to “supply themselves.”
If temperatures fall below zero for any length of time then Europe faces blackouts. That is the stark reality facing millions of people this winter, and few, if any are prepared for it according to Austria's Defence Minister.
Klaudia Tanner has warned that Europeans could face blackouts that go on for days, leaving one–third of citizens unable to “supply themselves.” the Defence Minister made the comments during an interview with German news outlet Die Welt.
“The question is not whether it (the blackout) will come, but when it will come,” said Tanner, blaming the war in Ukraine. “For Putin, hacking attacks on Western power supplies are a tool of hybrid warfare. We must not pretend that this is just a theory. We must be prepared for blackouts in Austria and Europe,” she added.
Tanner spoke to how unprepared Europeans were for crippling elongated blackouts by warning, “one-third of citizens would not be able to supply themselves on the fourth day of a blackout at the latest.”
Vladimir Putin remains the convenient scapegoat. Critics of Klaudia Tanner have pointed to the fact that she is using the Ukraine conflict to mask the real reason that many face life-threatening blackouts: the Net Zero agenda. A suicidal policy of many western governments, including her own, to shut down all gas and coal-fired power stations, the only things providing cheap and reliable power at scale, is the real reason power will be rationed this winter.
Austrian armed forces are set to establish 100 self-sufficient barracks that are capable of sustaining themselves for a minimum of two weeks if energy supplies are seriously disrupted. According to officials, the armed forces must remain "fully operational" during the coming months.
Before winter began, cities across Germany announced they were planning to use sports arenas and exhibition halls as ‘warm up spaces’ to help freezing citizens who are unable to afford skyrocketing energy costs.
Top Green Party official Winfried Kretschmann caused controversy earlier this year by suggesting Germans use washcloths instead of taking showers, as well as buying expensive eco-heating systems that are unaffordable for the average person.
The Blackouts, originally suggest to only be 2-3 hours at a time, are more likely to last for days or even weeks, with some estimates suggesting they could kill up to 150,000 people across Europe in a matter of days.