NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made a startling statement in the summer of 2014: “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations—environmental organizations working against shale gas—to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”
Of course, Russia’s efforts to undermine natural gas production are not limited to Europe. In December 2019, Fiona Hill testified during the ridiculous Trump impeachment hearings that Russin President Vladimir Putin “saw American fracking as a great threat to Russian interests” and that a U.S. fracking ban would “play into strengthening Putin’s hands.” As Forbes contributor Dan Eberhart noted at the time, “That’s because natural gas supplies are central to European economic markets. Not only do more abundant gas supplies make the U.S. stronger, but they make us more capable of supplanting Russia as a key supplier of European gas.”
Fast forward to 2022.
Many EU countries are fully committed to adopting renewable energies. Germany will decommission its last nuclear power plant by the end of the year. And Germany, France, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Bulgaria have effectively banned fracking, even though Europe has more recoverable shale gas than even the United States.
But despite a nearly $600 billion investment in renewable energy, Germany finds itself importing most of its energy needs, in the form of natural gas and oil, from Russia. Germany has been punched in the face by reality: renewables will never meet the energy needs of a large country. In fact, not even close. After years of anti-fracking environmental activism in Europe, EU nations pay Russia over $1 billion per day for energy. Many European countries, and even the United States, are being completely manipulated and played on the energy front.
All of this should lead people to ask a legitimate question, based on the proof already available: How many of the environmental and renewable energy organizations have received, and are perhaps still receiving, funding from Russia? How many of the leftist environmental groups beating the drums for the fairy-dust dreams of solar and wind energy to “save the planet” are, in fact, Putin’s useful idiots? Are leftist environmental groups, knowingly or unknowingly, colluding with Russia in an effort to prevent the United States and Europe from regaining energy independence?