Ukraine: The Guardian seizes another chance to press for less fossil fuels

Posted: February 24, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, net zero, Politics
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Germany’s main gas supplier: Russia

Headline: ‘Is Putin’s Ukraine invasion about fossil fuels?’ asks The Guardian. Then says ‘no’, but raises its usual climate alarm topic anyway.
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The continent has grown over-reliant on Russian gas – but Putin knows he is vulnerable to Europe cleaning up its energy sector.
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Is this really another war over fossil fuels?

No. Energy resources are not the focus of this threatened conflict.

Vladimir Putin has a long history of territorial ambitions in former Soviet nations, which he made explicit this week, and of attempts to exert political control over Ukraine.

Putin is said by supporters to be concerned over the possibility of Nato expansion, although many analysts say this is a pretext.

So the Ukraine crisis is not a war over resources, but it has many implications for resource use. Russia is effectively weaponising its dominance over European gas supply for political ends.

Reducing reliance on Russian gas is an urgent necessity for the EU to reach net zero emissions, and would also diminish Putin’s political leverage over the EU.

It is also worth noting that in the longer term, as Europe weans itself off gas and pursues net zero emissions, the value of this political weapon will wane rapidly.

Russia’s industries have never recovered from the fall of communism, and its economy is now based overwhelmingly on the export of fossil fuels, with much of the rest made up of energy-dependent mineral resources, such as iron, steel, aluminium and other metals, and some agriculture.

Four in 10 roubles accruing to Russia’s federal budget pre-pandemic came from oil and gas, which made up 60% of Russian exports in 2019.

Kremlin strategists are therefore keenly aware that in the longer term the global move to net zero threatens the whole basis of Russia’s economy and global influence.

Full article here.

  1. […] Ukraine: The Guardian seizes another chance to press for less fossil fuels […]

  2. oldbrew says:

    Climate paranoia as media focus changes…

    Climate Fears on Back Burner as Fuel Costs Soar and Russia Crisis Deepens

    The renewed emphasis on energy independence and national security may encourage policymakers to backslide on efforts to decrease the use of fossil fuels that pump deadly greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    ‘Deadly’ 🤣
    These clueless reporters have obviously never heard of photosynthesis, the carbon cycle and suchlike basics of nature.

  3. Phil Salmon says:

    Perhaps today is a good time for the Guardian to ask Putin what Russia’s target date is for net zero?

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Strange people these Russians, they don’t want nuclear missiles on their borders pointed at them.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    what the heck happened to the news industry?? If they were doing their jobs this whole Church of the Satanic Gases would never have gotten off the ground.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    Graeme No.3. Then why are they invading a country that borders NATO countries? Why are they moving their border and their armed forces closer to NATO missiles?

  7. ivan says:

    Graeme No.3: It might also have something to do with the US bio weapon labs run by the US military as well, especially if they are running Fauci’s ‘gain of function’ research on several virus strains.

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    Phoenix 44:
    I was referring to the USA reaction when the Russians installed missiles into Cuba. The Americans didn’t like it one bit, and took drastic action.
    As for invading a country that borders on NATO countries, their first objective is to keep the missiles a bit further away. They were assured (even pre-Putin) that NATO would not expand eastwards, but all assurances were broken as NATO (and the EU) took advantage of Russian weakness. Now the Americans look weak, most european countries are hesitant (due to their need for gas) and the UN is (as always) completely useless. You cannot blame the eastern european countries for joining NATO as a bulwark against Russia with the added bride of EU subsidies, but I doubt that they want to be the meat in the sandwich. And since when was Georgia part of Europe?
    The hesitancy by the EU countries (Germany in particular) is due to their decision to shut down their coal-fired and nuclear power station and rely on wind and solar with gas when these didn’t deliver.

    Yes, I’ve seen a comment that bio weapons labs were hit very soon, but I don’t know if there were any in The Ukraine. It wouldn’t surprise me as stories about the level of corruption are numerous, and it would let the USA set up without any scrutiny.

    I feel sorry for the ordinary Ukrainians but as the old african phrase puts it “When the elephants dance, the chickens have to be alert”.

  9. Johna says:

    Confucius was right – two wongs don’t make wite. Thing is Russia was a good ally against the Axis and the US almost went ballistic with Cuba and the UK/US did commit political regime change in Iraq and many other countries to get their oil and gas. NATO is us i.e. UK and US to keep the peace – so stop pushing. But if the new old Red line is crossed we will have to be ready to push back. My only concern is we have no means to push as all our fairy cake spiv know FA politicians have outsourced our armaments to China, our north sea O&G is almost on red, our navy uses rubber dinghies to take on warships, we’ve a few preserved spitfires, our coal mines are gone and all working and middle class people who would do the pushing wont be pushing as they also resent being pushed – and you’ve a similar situation. We know JB’s are crazy but God forbid if they blow the bugle as the satellites will be TO, coms will go, smart missiles/armaments will miss and nukes will be used on civilians. That’s when a new Axis will be known and when it will be settled by – who’s ground army?

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