December 8, 2022

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Metal Producers Group Warns EU Leaders “Worsening Energy Crisis” Is “Existential Threat To Our Future” : by Tyler Durden

Metal Producers Group Warns EU Leaders “Worsening Energy Crisis” Is “Existential Threat To Our Future”

“We call on European and national leaders to look at all available options for safeguarding our companies and their future.”

That is the desperate plea from 40 CEOs representing Europe’s largest non-ferrous metals producers, who are urging emergency EU action to prevent permanent deindustrialisation from spiralling electricity and gas prices.

In March – as energy prices began their exponential rise after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine exposed Europe’s self-defeating ‘green’ energy policy –  the European Federation of Energy Traders, a trade body that counts BP, Shell and commodity traders Vitol and the margin-call stricken Trafigura as members, said the industry needed “time-limited emergency liquidity support to ensure that wholesale gas and power markets continued to function”.

According to the letter, the EFET wants state entities such as the European Investment Bank or central banks, such as the European Central Bank or the Bank of England, to provide support through lenders, to soften the impact of margin calls.

This last weekend we wrote that Switzerland and Finland had joined Germany, Sweden and Austria in bailing out their energy providers.

And while Germany still pretends it can somehow avoid a devastating crisis this winter besides bailing out Uniper, one of the country’s biggest utilities (after all, admission would make Trump’s 2018 warning accurate and prescient, and everyone knows that according to Western intellectual snobs Trump can’t possibly ever be correct), other European nations and industries are succumbing to what Zoltan Poszar dubbed a “supply-chain Minsky moment.”

Ahead of Friday’s emergency summit, Eurometaux – European Association of Metals – wrote to all of EU’s leaders to raise the alarm about Europe’s worsening energy crisis and its existential threat to our future.

“We are deeply concerned that the winter ahead could deliver a decisive blow to many of our operations, and we call on EU and Member State leaders to take emergency action to preserve their strategic electricity-intensive industries and prevent permanent job losses.”

Critically they warn that “50% of the EU’s aluminium and zinc capacity has already been forced offline due to the power crisis.”

The group is careful to ‘bend the knee’ to Europe’s insatiable need to virtue-signal “green”:

“We actively support your drive to improve Europe’s strategic autonomy for its energy transition, and we want to make the long-term investments needed into advancing and expanding our operations ready for 2050. “

But the 40 CEOs make it clear that that path leads to catastrophe:

“But all metals production needs affordable and available electricity and gas, whether aluminium and zinc today or lithium and cobalt tomorrow. We are deeply concerned that Europe faces a critical situation for the foreseeable future, with a perfect storm of sky-high electricity prices, no energy market liquidity due to insecure gas supplies, a continued nuclear and coal-phase out, and the remaining power sources being insufficient to cover market needs. “

They conclude by warning that “the long-term investment climate for all EU strategic metals operations and projects risks being decimated,” and – of course – called on EU leaders to bail out their industry, saying that the crisis requires a complete package of solutions, and no option should be left off the table in this unprecedented situation.

Read the full letter below:

Tyler Durden
Thu, 09/08/2022 – 04:15

​ Metal Producers Group Warns EU Leaders “Worsening Energy Crisis” Is “Existential Threat To Our Future”

“We call on European and national leaders to look at all available options for safeguarding our companies and their future.”

That is the desperate plea from 40 CEOs representing Europe’s largest non-ferrous metals producers, who are urging emergency EU action to prevent permanent deindustrialisation from spiralling electricity and gas prices.

In March – as energy prices began their exponential rise after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine exposed Europe’s self-defeating ‘green’ energy policy –  the European Federation of Energy Traders, a trade body that counts BP, Shell and commodity traders Vitol and the margin-call stricken Trafigura as members, said the industry needed “time-limited emergency liquidity support to ensure that wholesale gas and power markets continued to function”.

According to the letter, the EFET wants state entities such as the European Investment Bank or central banks, such as the European Central Bank or the Bank of England, to provide support through lenders, to soften the impact of margin calls.

This last weekend we wrote that Switzerland and Finland had joined Germany, Sweden and Austria in bailing out their energy providers.

And while Germany still pretends it can somehow avoid a devastating crisis this winter besides bailing out Uniper, one of the country’s biggest utilities (after all, admission would make Trump’s 2018 warning accurate and prescient, and everyone knows that according to Western intellectual snobs Trump can’t possibly ever be correct), other European nations and industries are succumbing to what Zoltan Poszar dubbed a “supply-chain Minsky moment.”

Ahead of Friday’s emergency summit, Eurometaux – European Association of Metals – wrote to all of EU’s leaders to raise the alarm about Europe’s worsening energy crisis and its existential threat to our future.

“We are deeply concerned that the winter ahead could deliver a decisive blow to many of our operations, and we call on EU and Member State leaders to take emergency action to preserve their strategic electricity-intensive industries and prevent permanent job losses.”

Critically they warn that “50% of the EU’s aluminium and zinc capacity has already been forced offline due to the power crisis.”

The group is careful to ‘bend the knee’ to Europe’s insatiable need to virtue-signal “green”:

“We actively support your drive to improve Europe’s strategic autonomy for its energy transition, and we want to make the long-term investments needed into advancing and expanding our operations ready for 2050. ”

But the 40 CEOs make it clear that that path leads to catastrophe:

“But all metals production needs affordable and available electricity and gas, whether aluminium and zinc today or lithium and cobalt tomorrow. We are deeply concerned that Europe faces a critical situation for the foreseeable future, with a perfect storm of sky-high electricity prices, no energy market liquidity due to insecure gas supplies, a continued nuclear and coal-phase out, and the remaining power sources being insufficient to cover market needs. ”

They conclude by warning that “the long-term investment climate for all EU strategic metals operations and projects risks being decimated,” and – of course – called on EU leaders to bail out their industry, saying that the crisis requires a complete package of solutions, and no option should be left off the table in this unprecedented situation.

Read the full letter below:

Tyler Durden
Thu, 09/08/2022 – 04:15 

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