From Estonia to Azerbaijan: American Strategy After Ukraine

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Washington will maintain a balance of power in Central and Eastern Europe by creating an alliance structure.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

I find myself thinking as I try to understand what’s happening in Ukraine and on the larger geopolitical stage that if it wasn’t for fossil fuels, how much of this would matter?


Since parts of Europe are almost solely dependent on Russia for energy and, likewise, Russia is very dependent on energy exports for revenues, what would happen if Europe started a massive build of solar and wind farms instead of fracking or importing fossil fuels from elsewhere? Wouldn’t that weaken Russia and be better for everyone except the Big Money in the fossil fuel industry?


And, couldn’t going green be done faster and maybe even cheaper – certainly it would be cleaner – than more drilling, mining, and refining? Think about it. What would be better, trying to get Turkey to allow Azerbaijan, a fossil-fuel rich country, to build pipelines to Europe, or Europe building wind and solar farms? (Yes, I know you can’t run cars on solar – or can you?)


Why doesn’t Europe just keep going greener and tell Russia – and us and the fossil fuel industry – to put the oil, coal, and natural gas where the sun doesn’t shine?


Green energy is abundant and available to every single country and person on the planet. Ask yourself what’s really best for us and in our long term interests; dirtier and more expensive fossil fuels nations are ready to go to war over, or renewable energy, and doesn’t going green take on of Putin’s strongest trump cards, the issue of energy, off the table and thereby weaken Russia?


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Author: Peaceful Patriot

Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.

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