A Pipeline for Vladimir, Pipe Dreams for Joe

Illustration with underwater pipe and the inscription Nord Stream 2 on it

By Larry Bell. Friday, 28 May 2021

President Biden and his handlers certainly have a very strange strategy to protect us against the world’s greatest existential threat.

I’m referring, of course, to climate change – certainly not to Democrat apathy regarding Marxism, China, or even Russia now that Trump is out of power to “collude” with.

Joe launched his party’s battle campaign against planet-ravaging American petroleum use and export on his very first day in office by capping off the Keystone XL pipeline at the Canadian border along with about 11,000 U.S. jobs and 830,000 barrels of oil per day it would have delivered. That same day, he placed moratoriums on oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters.

Isn’t it remarkably paradoxical then, to wonder why the very same administration would now decide to lift Trump’s sanctions on the corporate entity and its CEO who are overseeing the construction of Russia’s Arctic Gazprom Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea into Germany which will bypass and isolate the fledgling democracy of Ukraine from Western Europe?

After all, didn’t Biden promise to draw a contrast between himself and Trump by vowing there would be no more “rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions”?

The White House is now setting up an empty rhetoric of U.S. objection to Nord Stream 2 completion in which the Biden administration will continue to sanction ships involved in finishing the project while refusing to sanction the company and its chairman (Putin crony and former East German intelligence officer Matthias Warnig) who are in charge and accountable.

This move seems bizarrely out of touch with U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken’s confirmation hearing statement, “I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion” of Nord Stream 2.

Michael McCaul, the top-ranking House Republican on foreign affairs, characterized Nord Stream 2 as “a Russian malign influence project that threatens to deepen Europe’s energy dependence on Moscow, render Ukraine more vulnerable to Russian aggression and provide billions of dollars to Putin’s coffers.”

Even a member of the president’s own party, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Menendez said in a statement: “I urge the administration to rip off the Band-Aid, lift these waivers and move forward with the congressionally mandated sanctions.”

Pipeline completion, which may occur this summer without intervention, will give Putin enormous leverage in Europe. Russia has a long record of withholding critical supplies to neighbors during disputes, including cutting off gas to Ukraine.

Timing for lifting the sanctions is particularly ironic, occurring just weeks following a Russian-origin May ransomware cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline which left thousands of petrol stations across the US south-east with fuel shortages.

Although U.S. officials have stated that they don’t believe the Russian government was directly responsible, in Russia, China and elsewhere, the line between criminal hacking groups and state-backed cyber operations is often murky.

As discussed in my book, Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure, and Our Future, governments often recruit hackers and services from deniably independent groups to carry out their own objectives.

Russia, one of the world’s three largest oil producers and second biggest natural gas exporter, will also be a big winner in the Biden administration’s reversal of Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate accord.

With an economy smaller than Italy’s, oil and gas provides 40%-50% of the government’s operating budget, 55%-60% of export earnings, and an estimated 30% of Russia’s GDP.

Accordingly, those oil and gas revenues are key to financing Russia’s global military power and projecting Moscow’s presence as an important supply source to China and other import-dependent nations.

Meanwhile, Nord Stream 2 natural gas supplies will be a big boon to another big Paris party, the EU, as well … most particularly to its big Economic powerhouse Germany.

In attempting to meet its carbon emission reduction commitments, Germany installed more wind capacity than any other EU nation and ranked as third largest by 2018.

Between 1999 and 2013, Germany also installed more solar capacity than any other nation, much of it imported from China. Of the two, solar was 40% less efficient than wind.

As a result, 40 million German households witnessed the total amount they paid for electricity increase an estimated 50% in nine years between 2006 and 2015.

Over eight years up to 2014, large business and industrial users wound up paying about one-quarter more for electricity than the EU average.

Along with spiraling costs, adding intermittent wind and solar electricity also challenged power reliability.

Up until 2008, Germany’s grid had never been interrupted. In 2012 there were 1,000 brownouts, followed by more than 2,500 in 2013.

Sometimes wind or solar generate more power than the grid can safely handle or that its consumers can use. This has necessitated Germany having to pay Switzerland and the Netherlands to take “garbage power” off their grid.

In short, the Biden energy agenda will benefit Russia, cut off oil and gas independence and exports, and terminate an American energy resource advantage that has stimulated over $200 billion of investment in new factories, generated millions of jobs, produced vital federal and state revenues, and reduced the U.S. trade deficit by several hundred billion dollars.

And after all, wasn’t the original idea behind the far-left Democrat war against fossil fuels supposed to be about finally protecting the planet from the menace of billions of years of climate change?

How does a plan that does nothing to reduce carbon emissions – only relocates them – hope to save Bambi and drowning polar bears?

Seems to me that terminating our own fossil-fueled pipeline to energy independence from hostile adversaries while de facto condoning another that reduces our markets and makes our leveraged allies reliant on Russian supplies isn’t a winning green new deal for America.

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture and the graduate space architecture program. His latest of 10 books, “What Makes Humans Truly Exceptional,” (2021) is available on Amazon along with all others. Read Larry Bell’s Reports — More Here.

6 comments

  • onlyfactsplease

    The old fart Biden is an all too well-known example of the type of leftist fantasizer who daydreams about things that he is not competent enough to make decisions about and then does more damage with his blundered actions than if he had left things as they were. Opening our borders to all parasites was his first misaction. The damages he caused will have to be handled by the taxpayer for years to come. His action with NSII is another and the Lord knows what other idiocies this fool will do in the three and a half years left of his harmful term.
    Merkel is the same type of idiot. She has stumbled into an area that she has no inkling about – governing a nation – and has caused so much damage to Germany over the years that it will take ten years to rectify …. if … IF the country should ever get a competent enough leadership that can handle the heap of shards she will leave behind. Certainly, her energy strategy was one of her biggest misjudgments ever. She, as a supposed physicist (I doubt this), should have known better than to shut down nuclear power plants with no concept, no plan and no idea where the missing electrical power should come from. Now, Germanystan buys expensive French power – nuclear power, by the way – and dirty Polish power – from coal-powered stations – when demand is high. Hence, Nord Stream II, which is more important to her than all the lives lost in Ukraine, killed by her business partner in the Kremlin, let alone Ukraine’s economy. A high school student would have been more competent in this regard than Merkel.
    Both morons are just what the Pew-tin doctor ordered. Nothing helps such a dick-tator more than to have such bumbling fools leading the most important nations in the West. What more can he hope for? What baffles me is the naivety of both peoples to vote for such concentrated idiocy as is found in Biden and Merkel.

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    • I believe Merkel, who comes from a Stasi family, has always been a Russian asset and will be replaced by another. Unless the Greens are able to break the cycle. All German Chancellors have shilled for Russia for decades.
      Biden spat in Ukraine’s face with NS2. It must have been a massive shock to the Ukr govt, especially in light of the promised ‘unwavering support’. It was an amazing act of treachery.
      Biden, aided and abetted by the Marxist-Leninist wing of his party, is prioritizing a hard left agenda: climate bullshit, support for Iranian and Pali terror, appeasement with the Chicoms and putinazis, cozying up with the frogs and krauts and perhaps the biggest priority to them : the completion of the demographic project started by Ted Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which made it much more difficult for immigrants from the traditional seed countries and much easier for third worlders hostile to US values.
      Biden is sending out search parties for more people; illiterate even in their own language, who want to bring their own inferior culture without any attempt at assimilation. These are rapid breeders, lifetime clients of the socialist welfare state and guaranteed Dem voters.

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      • The whole charade is infuriating. He’s all for “Climate Change”, green energy, but then closes American production and waives sanctions to open Putin’s production. What we are seeing is a reversal of Trump policies and the world is paying a price. Yet many people did n’t see this while Trump was president and got blinded by TDS. I said it many times that Trump’s energy policy hurt Putin worse than any of the sanctions.

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        • Biden’s promise of a tougher approach to putlerstan has turned out to be a massive lie. Trump’s final sneer at Ukraine was to pardon vile putinoid vermin Flynn, Stone and Manafort. The latter two being equally responsible with putler for the death and misery inflicted upon Ukraine. Biden has simply carried on where Trump left off. The treachery is incredible. At least Trump, despite his vomit-inducing groveling to putler, would not have allowed NS2 to go ahead; albeit for reasons of protecting US business interests rather than altruism towards Ukraine.
          Only Marco Rubio will stop this nonsense, but can Ukraine wait that long and can anyone stop the new Marxist-flavored Dems, who make even the Clintons and Obama look moderate?

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          • onlyfactsplease

            Indeed, if the American people get to feel the genuine pain that leftism/Marxism inevitably brings with it, this could destroy Democratic victories in any future elections. If they allow themselves to be continuously blinded by leftist lies and deception and hence this trash party gains more power, then we all are lost. By this, I mean the free world as we know it.

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        • onlyfactsplease

          By not stopping NSII, the old asswipe has made it possible for mafia land to produce and export more gas and this will inevitably cause more methane to be released into the atmosphere (any fool knows how primitive the Ruskie gas production/pipeline/storage system is with countless leaks). This is disastrously counterproductive to preventing climate change. Neither the dry dog shit nor the fat Muslima can figure this out or they simply don’t give a rat’s ass.

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