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Spain Bans Air Conditioning Dropping Below 27°C

And above 19°C during the winter.

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Responding to Europe’s energy crisis, Spain has controversially banned air conditioning from dropping below 27°C (80.6°F) in the summer.

The new government decree, which applies to a whole host of public buildings as well as shops, hotels and other venues, will also stop heating from being raised above 19°C during the winter.

“The rules will be mandatory in all public and commercial buildings, including bars, cinemas, theatres, airports and train stations,” reports EuroNews.

Ominously, the report also notes that the action is “extended as a recommendation to Spanish households,” meaning it could one day become mandatory similar to hosepipe bans and be enforced by fines.

The government passed the bill to meet a demand by the European Union to “limit dependency on Russian gas.”

The new measures will be enforced by onerous fines that could run to a maximum of €600,000 for “serious violations.”

Spaniards responded by complaining that working indoors in 27°C would be too hot.

“Right now, perhaps suggested by the heat wave we are experiencing, I would say that with 27 degrees we will be very hot,” said Andrea Castillo, a worker at Castellón university. “Perhaps we could work at 25 degrees, but not at 27.”

Aside from the energy crisis, expect to see a push for such measures to be made permanent in the name of pursuing disastrous ‘net zero’ policies to fight climate change.

As we previously highlighted, Germany’s largest residential landlord which owns around 490,000 properties is set to impose energy rationing that will cut heating to tenants at night.

Hamburg’s environment minister also warned Germans that hot water could be rationed and limits on maximum room temperatures introduced as a result of the energy crisis.

Earlier this year, Italy also announced it would start rationing energy to ‘support Ukraine’, with public buildings banned from running air conditioning at lower than 25 degrees or heating higher than 19 degrees.

Meanwhile, in the UK, a majority of Brits think the cost of living crisis will lead to people freezing to death and riots on the streets.

Still, at least everyone got to feel good about themselves for a few weeks by waving Ukrainian flags!

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Electric Vehicles Just Went UP In Price

Makes Democrats’ $7500 tax credit for EV buyers even more pointless

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Electric car manufacturers have hiked their prices pretty much across the board, effectively completely cancelling out government tax credit incentives signed into law by Democrats this week.

Under the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’, which economic experts say will not reduce inflation, anyone buying a new EV with a battery that was built in North America is eligible for a $7500 credit.

That already discounts most EVs.

Less than a third are eligible

As for the rest, well they’ve gone up in price by thousands of dollars.

General Motors has hiked the cost of an electric Hummer by $6,250 and Ford has “updated” the cost of its EVs by $6,000 to $8,500.

So much for the green transition.

As we have repeatedly highlighted, EVs cost on average $67 thousand dollars and are already completely unaffordable to most Americans.

That hasn’t stopped Biden energy minions touting them as a solution to high gas prices:

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    Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act “Secretly” Brought To You By Bill Gates

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    The Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act” – which according to the Congressional Budget Office will raise taxes on the middle class to the tune of $20 billion – not to mention unleash an army of IRS agents on working class Americans over the next decade, was made possible by Bill Gates and (in smaller part) Larry Summers, who have been known to hang out together.

    The bill, of course, was signed yesterday.

    In a Tuesday Bloomberg article that reads more like a newsletter for the Gates fan club, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder recalls how earlier this year, as moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema continued to block the tax-and-spend legislation over concerns that it would raise taxes on the middle class (it will), Gates says he tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d been cultivating since at least 2019.

    Gates was banking on more than just his trademark optimism about addressing climate change and other seemingly intractable problems that have been his focus since stepping down as Microsoft’s chief executive two decades ago. As he revealed to Bloomberg Green, he has quietly lobbied Manchin and other senators, starting before President Joe Biden had won the White House, in anticipation of a rare moment in which heavy federal spending might be secured for the clean-energy transition.

    Those discussions gave him reason to believe the senator from West Virginia would come through for the climate — and he was willing to continue pressing the case himself until the very end. “The last month people felt like, OK, we tried, we’re done, it failed,” Gates said. “I believed it was a unique opportunity.” So he tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d cultivated for at least three years. “We were able to talk even at a time when he felt people weren’t listening.” -Bloomberg

    We know, gag us with a spoon.

    Apparently Gates and Manchin’s bromance began when the billionaire wooed the West Virgina Senator at a 2019 meal in Seattle, in an effort to garner support for clean-energy policy. Manchin at the time was the senior-most Democrat on the energy committee.

    My dialogue with Joe has been going on for quite a while,” said Gates.

    After Manchin walked (again) on the bill last December over concerns that it would exacerbate the national debt, inflation, the pandemic, and amid geopolitical uncertainty with Russia, Gates jumped into action. A few weeks later, he met with Manchin and his wife, Gayle Conelly Manchin, at a DC restaurant, where they talked about what West Virginia needed. Manchin understandably wanted to preserve jobs at the center of the US coal industry, while Gates suggested that coal plant workers could simply swap over to nuclear plants – such as those from Gates’ TerraPower.

    Manchin apparently wasn’t convinced, announcing on Feb. 1 that “Build Back Better” (the Inflation Reduction Act’s previous iteration) was “dead.”

    In an effort to convince him otherwise, Democrats pulled together a cadre of economists and other Manchin influencers – including former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, who convinced Manchin that the bill wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class, or add to the deficit.

    Collin O’Mara, chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, recruited economists to assuage Manchin’s concerns — including representatives from the University of Chicago and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware brought in a heavyweight: former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, who has spent decades advising Democrats. 

    The economists were able to “send this signal that [the bill’s] going to help with the deficit,” O’Mara said. “It’s going to be slightly deflationary and it’s going to spur growth and investment in all these areas.” Through this subtle alchemy, clean-energy investments could be reframed for Manchin as a hedge against future spikes in oil and gas prices and a way to potentially export more energy to Europe. -Bloomberg

    Gates also sprang into action again on July 7, when Manchin was spotted at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho – which Gates also attended.

    “We had a talk about what was missing, what needed to be done,” Gates said. “And then after that it was a lot of phone calls.”

    Gates looks back at the new law with satisfaction. He achieved what he set out to do. “I will say that it’s one of the happier moments of my climate work,” Gates said. “I have two things that excite me about climate work. One is when policy gets done well, and this is by far the biggest moment like that.” His other pleasure comes from interviewing people at climate and clean-tech startups: “I hear about this amazing new way to make steel, cement and chemicals.” -Bloomberg

    I don’t want to take credit for what went on,” says Gates – in the article about how he gets credit for what went on.

    This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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    Video: Americans Are Fleeing To MEXICO To Avoid Biden’s Titanic Economy

    Average rent prices are up 25% from March 2020

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    Joe Biden’s economy is sinking so fast that over five million Americans have gone to Mexico, according to a report.

    It’s a CNN report, but it doesn’t seem to be completely fake news this time, as it cites State Department figures.

    A million more Americans flew to Mexico in the first five months of this year than they did at that point during 2019 (pre-pandemic).

    “A refuge for migrants,” the ridiculous CNN voice over states, adding “perhaps not the border crossing you expected.”

    Nevertheless, it’s an interesting watch:

    CNN also noted this week that average rent prices are “up 25% from March 2020”.

    A majority of 62 percent of renters are worried about being able to pay:

    Food prices are up 13.1%, and 48% of Americans according to a YouGov poll say inflation is “eroding their livelihoods”:

    Don’t worry though, because Biden signed the ‘inflation reduction act‘ this week.

    And remember, the U.S. definitely isn’t in a recession because that has been redefined.

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