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A Valuable Lesson Liberal Elites Could Learn from Nikita Khrushchev on “Green Energy” Push

AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

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Nikita Khrushchev, Former Premier of the Soviet Union, with Ingvar Granström.

Early last week, a wave of power outages hit the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, including homes in the high-end neighborhoods of the Northern Beaches. Multimillion-dollar houses, including those owned by world elites like Hollywood actor Russel Crowe, two former Australian Prime Ministers, casino magnate James Packer, and even current State Premier Dominic Perrottet were suddenly plunged into darkness, a once-unthinkable scene that is becoming increasingly common in “advanced” democratic countries around the world.

While it is clear by now that these blackouts are the result of ill-advised policies inspired by left-wing alarmism over climate change, many government leaders throughout the West still refuse to admit the shortcomings of so-called “green energy,” and the continued importance of more traditional sources of energy like coal and natural gas. Their willful blindness to this reality is a tragedy often seen in socialist regimes throughout history, a fact that has inflicted tremendous pain and destruction on whole populations.

Today’s liberal thinking is in many ways a throwback to the 20th century “command and control” economies and “state planning” of Communist governments around the world. One of the most dramatic cases of how badly it can go comes from the height of the Cold War and the Soviet cult of top-down planning – namely Nikita Khrushchev’s doomed scheme to forcibly convert the Soviet Union from an agricultural power dominated by grain production to one dominated by corn production. “There will be no communism if our country has as much metal and cement as you like but meat and grain are in short supply,” he remarked in early 1954.

Eager to compete with the United States, Khrushchev began importing corn seed as a feeder crop, convinced that the USSR would soon become the leading farming and ranching power in the world. Soviet farmers were ordered to immediately convert the vast majority of state-run wheat farms into corn farms – always under the watchful eye of the Soviet secret police. Though many agricultural experts predicted that the plan would fail, as the soil and climate in Eastern Europe were not conducive to corn production, they dared not cross Khrushchev.

Initially, the plan seemed to work. Corn production soared, and Khrushchev earned the nickname of “Mr. Corn” (“Kukuroozhneek”). The state-owned media outlets proclaimed that he had precipitated an “agricultural miracle,” and Khrushchev quickly doubled down, ordering that corn production be expanded even further.

With messianic confidence, Khrushchev proclaimed corn would be the solution to all Soviet economic ills. But, he added, sacrifices might be needed. “We are in a corn race with imperialism that we must win no matter the cost,” Khrushchev announced, adding that the Soviet Union would soon plant corn on the Moon.

By the early 1960s, however, it appeared that the celebrations may have been premature, and the experts’ predictions were correct. After a few unusually warm years in the latter half of the 1950s, the weather turned cold and rainy again, leading to the devastation of the corn crop in 1962. Even Kremlin sources from the time admitted that seventy to eighty percent of the corn crop had been ruined, leading to widespread food shortages and the beginning of Khrushchev’s downfall.

Today, liberal elites around the world are engaged in a similar delusion. The modern political left seems to not have learned any of the lessons of the last century about state planning and are locked into the mindset that more government intervention can solve every “problem” facing a country. But now, their fantasies are no longer about corn and foodstuffs, but something even more vital – energy.

Christopher Bowen, the new Minister for Climate Change and energy in Australia, proclaimed earlier this week that the country is “10 years late” in the race to renewable energy, echoing Khrushchev’s fervor for forcibly transitioning the USSR from wheat to corn. Undoubtedly Bowen views the recent blackouts as a “sacrifice” that Australians must make in order to save the world from certain destruction.

At the same time, just as the corn fiasco in the USSR destroyed the Soviet economy, rising energy costs are driving up the cost of living and wreaking havoc on the overall economy in Australia and throughout the West. An increase in coal and gas supplies could cut the price of energy, but Australia’s Energy Minister perceives it as a deviation from his clean energy plans. Even though the country is now facing an exceptionally cold winter (seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere) that has increased energy demand, consequently driving prices even higher, Bowen refuses to back down from his climate extremism.

Moreover, two days after four Australian states narrowly avoided another wave of blackouts, the Labor government doubled their target for emission cuts by 2030. The new goal “sets Australia up for a prosperous future, a future powered by cleaner, cheaper energy,” Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated.

The very next day, Australians from four states once again received warnings of electricity supply shortages. Nervous ministers advised Australians to switch off unnecessary lights, disconnect computers, turn off the second fridge and sit in one room without heating.

But when a journalist suggested that coal could at least temporarily alleviate difficulties for Australians, Bowen angrily denied that prolonging coal-fired power is the solution to the energy crisis. “The problem is there is not enough investment in renewable energy,” he insisted, chillingly echoing Khrushchev’s arrogance when he faced destruction of corn in the cold weather.

Amid the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, countries throughout Europe are also quickly learning that renewables are far from capable of meeting their current energy needs. In the United States, residents in Texas saw first-hand in February of last year how devastating and even deadly an over-reliance on renewables can be.

From the outside, it objectively appears as if liberal policies are literally thrusting society back into the dark ages. With their almost religious zeal for radical climate policies precluding any possibility of moderation, it will be up to voters to stop them.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian and researcher. 


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Charles
1 month ago

It is stupid to abandon , coal , oil , gas & other energy because of something that you can’t measure. The earth has been here going through changes for thousands of years . slowly move toward the energy you want & retain the basic use of the energy we have used for years.

Margaret
1 month ago

If you study historical geology you would know the weather has never remained stable. It is always changing significantly through the eons. And why is the polar cap melting on Mars? We are not making more CO2. In July and August of 1960 in the Selma California in the Sanquan Vally the temperature soared to 118 degrees with 45% humidity. The temp in Bakerfield, CA was 124 degrees. The people took their beds out on the lawns. This was before many people had Air Conditioning. Our usual temps were from 112 to 115 degrees. People cut down on food. We lost 20 to 30 pounds in summers. Ate a lot of salads and cantelop, watermelon, etc. We were used to the heat in the Summers. No one was very fat. Swam a lot. Lots of irrigation ditch(wears?), rivers, lakes. Everyone had fun!. That was only 60 years ago. The planet has not heated up that much more in 60 years. It’s PROPAGANDA. How else can China sell all the Green ‘equipment’ which is NOT producing enough energy in Austrailia or Europe. Or USA. Biden has to pay back those billions somehow

Casey C Matt
1 month ago

Don’t forget the biggest mistake Kruschev made. Following a friendly drunken encounter with a friend and supporter, Mr. Kruschev literally gave Ukraine to the other gentleman as a gift of friendship……..thus the Ukraine we know today was established. Ironically once again the country is being run by an addict, perhaps not involving alcohol but from ALL reports most certainly involving cocaine. This sot has banned opposition political parties in Ukraine and shuttered all but nationalized newspapers in what remains under Elensky rule.
Strange how everything operates in a circle. Soon most of Ukraine will again be part of Russia and strangely it appears the citizens there are welcoming the prospect.
NO LONGER can we believe what our government nor our news outlets tell us. Do your own research, that is when you aren’t busy working to try to pay for the incredible energy costs supporting this drug addled idiots country has given us.

James P.
1 month ago

Stupid, smart people.

MariaRose
1 month ago

I for one want to go forward and not step backward, no matter how illusionary the idea is presented of the “good old days”. People need to stop listening to the Kool-aid dribble.

edward
1 month ago

“But, he added, sacrifices might be needed.” 
Said sacrifices are NEVER born by the elites!
It has been rather obvious that the “green energy” lie is being used to enrich and further the power that totalitarian/marxist elites already have.
Note: the wealthy “investors” in green energy are not working toward reducing the cost of said green energy. They are in control of governments and forcing them to abandon oil and coal based energy in order to drive that cost up. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY DONT WANT TO WAIT FOR “GREEN TECHNOLOGY” TO BECOME COMPETITIVE WITH PETROLEUM AND COAL BASED ENERGY! THEY WANT THEIR WEALTH AND POWER AND THEY WANT IT NOW! TO HELL WITH THE PEOPLE!!!!! This is not capitalism folks, it is totalitarianism. Rest assured, they will not suffer when the power grids fail due to their policies any more than little kim(the 1st) of north korea was starving because he was only able to get one small bowl of rice a day to eat; EVEN THOUGH THIS IS WHAT HE TOLD HIS PEOPLE!
WAKE UP USEFUL(ACTUALLY USELESS) IDIOTS!!!!!

Adonis
1 month ago

This,while climate change prophet Obama is installing liquid propane tanks on his ocean front estate in Martha’s Vineyard totaling 2,500 gallons of capacity. Two 1,000 gal. tanks, and 500 gal. for the third. So much for his carbon foot print and rising oceans levels.

gayle becker
1 month ago

History usually repeats itself and for those smart enough to pay attention, they alleviate catastrophe. Sadly, some so called leaders are not smart, so we find ourselves in this fix today.

Nick Murphy
1 month ago

They have been beating this drum for about 45 years. And you know it is bogus if anyone that doesn’t agree with them is silenced. It is the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the people of the world

tika
1 month ago

elite low IQs.

Morbious
1 month ago

Great piece. All of the deniers who have claimed since the fifties that ‘it cant happen here’ are being proven wrong. Totalitarian minded leaders see themselves as above history. They believe they can rule from olympus and that the serfs dont deserve a say. We see this in the biden obama clinton kerry axis. If they succeed in stealing the next election every able bodied conservative should take to the streets in peaceful silent protest . They can and did arrest 800, but they cant arrest 8 million.

Margaret
1 month ago
Reply to  Morbious

The conservatives did that on Jan.6th. NO Write to your congressmen and VOTE!

Jeb
1 month ago

If leftists elitists progressives would stop burning the history books and start reading them they could save themselves lots of problems…but, what do I know?

MariaRose
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeb

Do you actually expect them to read?

Jeb
1 month ago
Reply to  MariaRose

Not really. Just trying…

mike
1 month ago

Cause and effect strikes once again.

Steve Harmon
1 month ago

Get ready for this here. “Nervous ministers advised Australians to switch off unnecessary lights, disconnect computers, turn off the second fridge and sit in one room without heating.”. Turn OFF computers? Yup, that way you cannot organize. A BLIND public is a docile public. Easier to control! VOTE!!!!!

Richard Chez
1 month ago

Oh man, the power went out for a bit for people using green energy? That’s it! Time to pack it in for clean energy. We all know that’s NEVER happened burning those fossil fuels.

Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Chez

You really missed the point, by a country mile

Barb
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Chez

Yes, Richard, it has happened with those fossil fuels. I hope it continues to happen to you and only you, maybe then you will understand what the article is about. I love to see the windmills I call “windtricity”, I’m happy for all those people who are putting solar panels on their roofs but don’t complain when those nail/screw holes start leaking and the roof has to be replaced, and I’m happy for the person who gets a new electric car but just wait till they have to pay for that battery out of their own pocket when the initial one conks out in addition to the high price they’ve paid for it and/or the payments they are making for the car AND electricity to get the damn thing to run. Get your horse and buggy ready.

Morbious
1 month ago
Reply to  Barb

Barb, you bring up an excellent point. Solar arrays last about twenty yrs. Modern roofs 25-35. It makes very little sense to invest in solar unless you replace your roof at the same time. Every time you fasten something onto roofing shingles there is risk of leakage. This can be mitigated at substantial cost by using special underlay called icegard on the entire section to be later used for solar. In an ordinary roof job the icegard is only used along the perimeter. The more you look into it the more it becomes the province of dilitantes who wish to signal their pc along with the tesla in the driveway.

Mike J
1 month ago

Does anyone else see the irony. We can not produce enough electricity right now. Going green will produce far less energy and then they think we should all drive cars that charge with electricity. To make things even worse we now have millions of illegals living in the USA they to require yet more electricity. This is so obviously a scheme for control of millions of surfs. I wish a slow death to the evil minions!

Steve Harmon
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike J

VOTE!!!!!

Douglas Creighton
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike J

Millions of “surfs”? Being Australia, that spelling is actually the cleverest description. Intended or not. Fortunately for Australians, winter temperatures average between 37F – 51F. Their folly whilst uncomfortable is not likely to be deadly.

Hal
1 month ago

Political and Social “liberals’ don’t learn anything useful. All they learn is how to intensify their liberal positions and opinions … legal, illegal, sane or insane, honest or dishonest, accurate or inaccurate …. Nothing matters to liberals except they want their views and opinion accepted as “gospel.”

Deb
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Exactly. The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…hmmm sounds familiar.

edward
1 month ago
Reply to  Deb

Dont forget, “this time is different” because the latest crop of totalitarians is smarter than any before them.

Douglas Creighton
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

In fact, Progressive has become a synonym for Mental Illness and the word liar!

Pete
1 month ago

The wealthy all have ICE back-up power plants on their property no big woop for them

David Millikan
1 month ago

Very recently 365 MILLION Chinese citizen’s ABANDONED the COMMUNIST CHINESE PARTY because they said that
COMMUNISM DOES NOT WORK.
Million’s more Chinese are following.
THE BEGINNING Of THE COLLAPSE Of COMMUNISM In China HAS BEGUN.
365 MILLION Chinese people is more than the LEGAL Citizen’s of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
They GAINED FREEDOM and WILL PROSPER FROM IT.
That should send a STRONG Message to the AMERICAN people about the COMMUNISM that is Happening TODAY in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

Elizabeth
1 month ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Where did you get that info? The CCP is still in charge.

Jammie D
1 month ago

Liberals brain dead and hopping to bite the preverbal dust. It must be hell to be locked up in the head of a liberal never to realize reality ever.

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