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A study put out Feb. 7 by “energy think-tank Ember” (green advocates) using IEA data, showed that total electricity use across Europe fell by 3.4% from 2022 to 2023, a large fall in the use of power. The per capita drop would be 3.6%; but the Ember study reported, happily, that most of the reduction came from cuts in power usage by industries. The Ember report otherwise exults that wind and solar generated 27% of electricity in the EU in 2023, and that the drop was entirely in coal and gas-powered generation.

The “take-away” from this, apparently, is: “Wind and solar—ideal power sources for recession and deindustrialization.”