Tag: Nord Stream 2

Frank Fannon, who also served as the first assistant secretary of state for energy resources, joined “Plugged In” host and former FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee to explain the opportunities and pitfalls associated with upcoming sanctions on Russian energy, announced Tuesday by the Biden administration.

Fannon dives deeper into the energy industry and the government’s lack of confidence when it comes to domestic production. Using Iran as an example, he argues that only with a slow transition can the U.S. and other allies successfully move away from Russian oil and gas.

Join Jim and Chad as they welcome the halting of certification for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. They also discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to ignore American sanctions and what it means for Ukraine. And American televisions have tuned out the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, handing NBC terrible ratings.

Possibly the Dumbest Thing an American Secretary of State Has Ever Said

 

Some may see Nord Stream 2 as leverage that Russia can use against Europe. In fact, it’s leverage for Europe to use against Russia.”US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. (The Hill)

Right now, Germany is on track to decommission all of its perfectly safe, no-carbon-emission nuclear power plants by the end of the year. That’s why they are helping Russia with Nord Stream. Without Russian gas, Europe will freeze.  “Europe is going to be completely dependent on Russia for energy; this puts Russia right where we want them,” According to the SecState.

Merkel in Tiff with Putin

 

merkel in Putin pocketThe Bundeswehr, the German military, has published findings that one of Putin’s domestic critics, Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Russian government created nerve agent. It seems exotic poisons are a favorite of the old KGB colonel, who is not bothered in the least by the notoriety of repeated discoveries of high profile attacks, even on foreign soil. Then again, poison has long been a Russian security tool. This time, German Chancellor Merkel, who has been in bed with Putin for years, is publicly upset.

Alexie Navalny has been seen as the only serious and viable opponent to Putin’s perpetual rule. The Nation, a publication of the left, explains:

For many years, the anti-corruption crusader has offered the only serious challenge to President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year rule. According to the German government, Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same deadly nerve agent used in the UK against Russian double agent Sergey Skripal in 2018.

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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, America’s Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy, not only because Germany represents the EU’s largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of […]

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