Police officers carry Greta Thunberg out of a group of demonstrators and activists in Erkelenz, western Germany, on 17 January 2023, as demonstrations continue against a coal mine extension in the nearby village of Lützerath. RNZ story

Germany announced that because it decided to cut imports of Russian natural gas, it would have to reopen coal mines in the country: the public has different views to the politicians that they should all freeze ‘for Ukraine’ this winter.

The problem is that while burning natural gas doesn’t cause air pollution, burning coal does — in fact it’s bad. Would not the answer be to resume buying natural gas from Russia? The NATO led sanctions on Russia are hurting the Europeans far more than they are hurting Russia.