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Biden Killed The Israel-Europe EastMed Gas Pipeline, How’s That Looking Now?

Biden Killed The Israel-Europe EastMed Gas Pipeline, How’s That Looking Now?

Why is the U.S. continuing to pursue a policy that strengthens Russia and weakens our allies?

Like life, a presidency is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Joseph Biden intended his presidency to be about tackling the climate crisis – his most urgent priority after containing Covid-19. On his very first day in office, President Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline project, which was to carry millions of gallons of oil from Canada to refineries in the United States. The executive order canceling Keystone also revoked oil and gas development at national wildlife monuments.

A few months later, Biden lifted sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline planned to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, and ultimately approved it. Previous administrations opposed it as increasing German dependence on Russia and letting Russia deprive Ukraine of revenue by circumventing existing gas-transit networks. As of 2020, Russia supplied roughly 65% of Germany’s natural gas imports and 40% of European Union imported gas. Italy, which imports some 90% of its gas, is also heavily dependent on Russia.

Finally, citing environmental concerns, Biden withdrew support for the EastMed Pipeline in January 2022. According to an accord between Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, the underwater pipeline was planned to stretch 1,180 miles across the Mediterranean Sea, connecting Israeli gas to Cyprus and Greece, and on to Italy. It was expected to cost about $7 billion, and would have carried 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year initially, with the possibility of eventually doubling capacity. Biden’s withdrawal killed the project for practical purposes.

In the buildup to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two of Europe’s largest economies – Germany and Italy – worked hard to weaken preemptive sanctions. Germany refused to terminate the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Even after Putin purported to recognize Ukrainian provinces as independent countries, while essentially rejecting Ukraine’s independence, Germany merely halted certifying the pipeline. But, it refused to commit to canceling it altogether. Italy fought to limit threatened sanctions to a few narrow sectors – excluding energy in particular. Even now, with Russian troops all over Ukraine, the E.U. continues to fight stronger sanctions like excluding Russia from the SWIFT banking system.

Add to this Biden’s poor foreign policy judgment. As former defense secretary Robert Gates put it, Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

The upshot is that, despite threats of punishing if not crippling sanctions, the U.S. and its allies have actually done little.

“And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” -Winston Churchill, October 5, 1938

In a world where energy dependence is strategic weakness, Biden’s policies hamper efforts to keep the United States energy independent, and hamper if not hamstring our allies’ efforts to export energy while lessening other allies’ dependence on Russian oil and gas. Biden, Germany, and the European Union in general thought they could will a hydrocarbon-free future into being by legislating it, and sacrificed security and freedom of action in the present to that goal. Putin’s threats were a mere distraction from their high-minded priorities.

Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine wasn’t part of the plan.

Great leaders, like Lincoln, were able to shift gears from their plans to confront real-world crises. They had greatness thrust upon them, and accepted the mantle.

Should President Biden suddenly develop strategic wisdom and the resolve to act on it, he should reverse his reversal on EastMed. Canceling it was a mistake. Building a pipeline to transport natural gas from Israel to Europe would be a win-win for Israel and for our European allies, who need gas from a friendly source now and in the immediate future.

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Like everything he touches…smells like sulfur

I wonder if there could be a Plan B for Ukraine to “fix” both the West and Russia – destroy all the pipelines running into Western Europe?

“”European allies, who need gas from a friendly source now and in the immediate future.””

Problem is, our European “allies” don’t consider Israel a friendly source.

    MattMusson in reply to txvet2. | February 25, 2022 at 8:07 am

    They would rather freeze than burn ‘zionist’ gas.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to MattMusson. | February 25, 2022 at 9:11 am

      Then let them freeze. And while we’re at it let them deal with Russia and the Ukraine situation. They’ve got more to lose at this point than we ever will. We don’t need to get involved in any manner in another war in Europe. That’s the truth.

While under rational “adults in the room” circumstances (aka Trump) it’s correct to offer solution scenarios and wisdom. However, Mush For Brains’ handlers have absolutely no plan to “do the right thing”…they WANT the war, they want high fuel prices, they want anarchy and discord to cripple America. They all projected the war weeks ago, and the MSM is now operating as Pro Sports color commentators starting from “now”, conveniently forgetting their prior false hyperventinlating and are now shilling for their guy who is allowing war if not out right promoting it.

Those in charge don’t give a rats rear end to fix anything…they caused it because it’s their plan. Trying to offer solution is a joke, they’re not listening.

Strap in, it’s going to get really bad…and anyone who believes the war-mongers won’t send our troops to help out is forgetting history, especially the recent Afghan debacle that would have had all the leadership hanging from the public gallows in our Founders era.

    They DO have a plan: it’s for destruction of our country and the rise of the fascist nations like China, Iran, Russia and the like.

    Don’t forget who has been bribing and then extorting every single democrat, democrat president and high ranking Republican!

    Marjorie Taylor Greene: McConnell and wife are ‘bought and paid for by China’
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/marjorie-taylor-greene-mcconnell-and-wife-are-bought-and-paid-for-by-china

      Exactly. Which is why I find it almost funny (not in a good way) when pundits say “The _Resident should do this….or why isn’t he doing XYZ?”

      Because he/them have no intentions of stopping anything until America is in ashes.

      Brandon, despite his tough talk yesterday, failed to act on the most effective threats that would have hit Russia hard. One, he didn’t order Russia banished from the SWIFT banking facility. Two, he didn’t follow through on the threat to seize banking assets of key Russians (the world could have done the same thing to our own captive, corrupt politicians including the Brandon family). And three, he didn’t impose crippling sanctions on Russian gas and oil imports to the US (we are now dependent on Russia for 10% of our domestic energy).

      In just one year, Brandon, aided and abetted by the corrupt Uniparty, has neutered the US and sent us on our way to becoming a 3rd world economy. No need to despair, when we flip the Uniparty in November from Team Brandon to Team McConnell, that will save us from Trump so we no longer have any hope at all.

        CommoChief in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 25, 2022 at 10:09 am

        To be fair Biden doesn’t control SWIFT so it’s !ore accurate to say the US, UK, Poland, CZ among others failed to convince GER, FR, Belgium among others to do so.

        However, the US is still purchasing Russian oil, about 100,000 barrels per day, while arguing in CT that their violation of APA re use of BS climate arguments to effectively stop oil/gas leases. This on the same day he tells us he will ‘do everything possible to minimize pain at the pump’.

          The US is THE BIGGEST PLAYER in the global economy. If we demand Russia be excluded from SWIFT, it will be done. BoJo is calling for it and I am sure most other countries (except Germany) will be more than happy to go along.

          It’s like I’ve saying since long before Trump, we hold ALL of the important cards in this poker game. We just refuse to play our hand… until Trump appeared and started playing to win. The global power game is a bare-knuckle business. Trump is a bare-knuckle player. That is why he wins.

          CommoChief in reply to CommoChief. | February 25, 2022 at 1:05 pm

          SWIFT is a Belgian based financial clearance function. The US can’t just direct other Nations to do our bidding. This sort of outdated cold war thinking is what led us to this pass. The world is vastly different than 30 years ago and so is the actual power and prestige of the US. The days of USA; World Police and guarantor of Western CIV are over.

          Germany is the largest economy in Europe they rely upon Nat gas from Russia as do many other European nations such as Belgium which houses SWIFT. It’s a tough pill to swallow but the US is no longer in position to dictate terms. The globalist have successfully neutered any meaningful Western response to Russia by creating a Europe dependent upon Russian energy. The Europeans are in bed financially and economically with Russia, Iran and China. That’s why meaningful sanctions are nearly impossible to get approved.

          We are still purchasing Russian energy ourselves. Until we stop we have no moral high ground to ask the Germans, Belgians, French or other European nations to do the same.

    Dimsdale in reply to Camperfixer. | February 25, 2022 at 9:02 am

    So the Biden regime sucker punched Europe (and the U.S.), then kicked them in the kidneys when they were down. And Europe says, “please, sir, may I have another.”

    Is there anything this “presidency” hasn’t done to support and empower Putin? How much did Dementia Joe and his spawn get paid?

The Politico article cited here actually provides some of the nuances of the issue. The East Med pipeline is technically demanding and politically problematic. The Turks aren’t our friends (or Europe’s friend) but they have the ability to gum up the works, and did so.

It might be easier to do one of the alternatives proposed in the Politico article: Israeli gas piped to Egypt, and from there a pipeline to Italy or Greece.

Subotai Bahadur | February 24, 2022 at 9:10 pm

It is in Biden’s and the Democrats’ financial and ideological interests to destroy western civilization. They are doing what they want and are being paid to do.

Subotai Bahadur

    Yep. The last thing the globalist want is a strong independent Western Europe/US/ AUS/JAP/NZ/India. They want an interdependent world where individual Nations or groups of Nations are incapable of going their own way and opting out their globalist agenda.

We always wondered “what went through the minds of the German people when they elected Hitler”?

Most of us here knew what was on their minds, but it’s just about imp0ssible for people with their heads up their asses to understand it when it happens to THEM. The election of Bill Clinton (to term #2) after his being exposed for all he was and wasn’t (thanks, Hollywood, for the cover-up), started the nation’s slide downhill. Bush’s rino-ness greased the skids for Obama/Soros, which Trump spent 4 years trying to recover from. Merely 13 months of Biden (Obama/Soros, actually), and the world is headed for an apocolpyse.

It’s HAPPENING, folks: we’re living through history, and it’s not the kind of history you want to live through.

We’re not dead yet: throw out EVERY GOP bum overstaying their welcome, and every single demcrat you are able to vote against. We MUST get the morons, lunatics and criminals out of publ.ic office and FAST.

That maggot Obama is urging us good Americans to “get behind” Obama/Soros III – er – Biden – and take the pain:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/02/24/barack-obama-urges-americans-to-unite-behind-joe-biden-and-embrace-economic-pain-for-ukraine/

Our oil supply is also screwed because Biden killed the Keystone Pipeline.

He said it would be far safer to bring our oil from across the ocean in gigantic super tankers than risk a leaky pipe.

His ultimate goal is to destroy the US. And he’s doing a remarkably good job of it.
Will Americans vote out enough dem reps and senators to have a veto proof congress?
Probably not until we open and staff the old mental hospitals for the liberals to be able to gather and fight amongst themselves.

The radical environmentalists hate economic growth and the idea of being energy independent because they are green on the outside and red on the inside

Biden is on the payroll through his crack head son. I can’t go on pretending everything is all the same. It’s not. They are showing off now. Our crack head kids are our bag men, b*****es, suck it. The time to wonder what to do about it is long past.

This isn’t a cheap dig This goes to the heart.

https://nypost.com/2021/12/01/bidens-stocking-display-excludes-hunters-daughter-born-out-of-wedlock/

What kind of man is Hunter Biden? No kind of man at all. Excuse my french. He’s his father’s son.

I can see myself becoming responsible for a child. I can see myself having to own up to it. I can see myself acknowledging my child. I can see myself having a father who would kick my a&& silly if if I didn’t; On his death bed. With an Easter smile on his face.

Because that’s what a man does.

Actually the latter part I can’t see because my father raised a better man.

I’m really annoyed at this reversal of roles Norms restore! Restored!!!!

Somehow Trump screwed the pooch, Everything was horrible. Now Hunter is back sucking China’s toes and it’s all cool.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13019627/alleged-hunter-biden-sex-tapes-china-steve-bannon/

Alleged. Yeah, right

Keep your guns people!

Biden needs to clear out the obamites from State and energy.

This is Obummer jerking POS Biden and the Kenyan hates Israel.

Biden does everything that Russia and China want. I bet those countries know why.