Energy Companies in France Urge Public to Cut Energy Consumption

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    As a result of a sanctions war between Europe and Russia, the French public is now required to “immediately” cut back on the quantity of energy they consume, the chiefs of three major energy companies across France have stated.

    The demand follows Moscow drastically cutting down the amount of gas it offers to certain European countries, and the supply of other countries is cut off completely as a retaliation to sanctions imposed against Russia by Western powerhouses.

    According to a declaration by three energy ministers, published in Le Journal De Dimanche, the precarious state of energy is causing the French population should “immediately” cut back on their consumption of energy or be in a precarious scenario.

    Particularly, Engie Managing Director Catherine MacGregor, EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy, and TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne outlined rising prices in the wake of the financial crisis as a threat to the “social and political cohesion” of France.

    “Acting this summer will allow us to be better prepared to tackle next winter and in particular to preserve our gas reserves,” the statement written by the three people reads.

    “We therefore call for awareness and collective and individual action so that each of us – each consumer, each company – changes their behavior and immediately limits their consumption of energy, electricity, gas, and petroleum products,” they added.

    “The effort must be immediate, collective, and massive,” they added. “Every gesture counts.”

    The announcement by the trio of French energy chiefs comes as neighboring Germany is getting closer to economic collapse due to its dependence on Russian energy exports, which are now nearly gone.

    In part, due to the nation's climate-defying agenda and the addiction of the state to Russian gas, particularly in the last few years, this has left officials across the country trying to determine what they can do to maintain power throughout the cold winter months.

    After having already urged people to conserve energy, Germany's economic and climate minister, Robert Habeck, is currently stating that he could be forced to close industries to ensure that the German grid is in operation.

    “Companies would have to stop production, lay off their workers, supply chains would collapse, people would go into debt to pay their heating bills, and people would become poorer,” the Green official of the Green party stated in relation to the plan.

    However, Italy has already begun restricting the heating and air conditioning in the public sector. It has also imposed a rule that requires public schools and offices to not set their thermostats below 25 degrees Celsius (77degF) in summer, and above 19°C (66degF) during winter.

    “Do we want to have peace [in Ukraine] or do we want to have the air conditioning on?” the country's eurospheric Premier Mario Draghi previously asked the people, despite the fact that he has not been ready to accept “no” for an answer.

    But, regardless of whether he listens the Italians or not, it is apparent that Italians especially might be turning against their state's support of the Ukraine conflict, as the populist left-wing 5 Star Movement — an organization currently in the government falling into a rift over the issue to the point where it is now threatening the future of the 5 Star Movement.

    The result is a departure from the party, which appears to be led by the current Foreign Affairs minister Luigi Di Maio, who was critical of his former party as having become “immature” over its failure to show proper support to his government's commitment to Ukraine.

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