Biden’s Sec Of State Declares Nord Stream’s Pipeline Sabotage Is “Tremendous Opportunity”

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/04/2023

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters on Friday that the United States saw the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines as a “tremendous opportunity” to wean the continent off of Russian energy. As winter approaches, Blinken stated that the United States desires Europe to reduce its fuel use.

Blinken bragged to reporters in Washington that the United States is now “Europe’s biggest provider of liquefied natural gas.” Blinken stated that in addition to exporting its own gasoline to Europe, the United States is working with European leaders to “reduce demand” and “accelerate the transition to renewables.”

Blinken proclaimed, “It is a fantastic chance to eliminate our dependency on Russian energy once and for all, so denying Vladimir Putin the ability to weaponize energy to advance his imperial ambitions.”

The United States stands to benefit the most from the loss of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which were damaged earlier this week by a series of explosions off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark.

Washington has spent years attempting to persuade European leaders to switch from Russian gas to U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). Due to the severity of the damage to the underwater conduits, Europe is now “indefinitely deprived” of Russian gas via this route, according to Gazprom.

In a Friday speech, President Vladimir Putin attributed the blasts to “the Anglo-Saxons,” a slang term for the transatlantic partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom.  Putin remarked, “It is evident to everyone who profits from it.” “Those who benefit are those who performed the action.”

While it is now possible for the United States to export its more expensive LNG to Europe, the deficit cannot be filled immediately. Throughout the summer, US exporters warned that they would not be able to send enough gas to Europe to fulfill demand, and many of the continent’s import terminals are either under construction or in the planning stages.

In the meantime, energy costs are soaring throughout Europe. Just days before the explosions, demonstrators in Germany, which confronts the threat of fast “deindustrialization,” flocked to the streets to urge the reopening of Nord Stream 2.

Germany has been projected to have food shortages, and firewood is in high demand throughout the continent as inhabitants struggle to heat their homes.  “There is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that nations and partners survive the winter,” Blinken said, recommending, as have EU leaders, that Europe strive to “lower demand” for gas.

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