Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Unreliable Neighbor Sitting on the Gas

So how would you like it if that crazy neighbor with the big shotgun also controlled your power supply? Well, Germany, France and a lot of other European countries are realizing that relying on unreliable Russia for their gas may turn out to be quite a disaster. Putin and company have turned off gas to Ukraine over a price dispute (not to mention sour grapes over the Orange Revolution a year ago) and gas pressure dropped in the pipes of other European countries. Europe will have to think long and hard about their energy policies. And a pipe circumventing Poland and other eastern neighbors may not be the solution, as long as the gas continues to originate in Russia.

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