Yes, it is about energy supplies.

20 Mar

I am going to post an article (below) from Glen Ford, whom I greatly admire, which was published at both GlobalResearch and his own website, Black Agenda Report.  First, however, I would like to mention a couple of things.  Did anyone else notice that just as in Greece, Libya, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, the new (acting) head of the Ukraine government, Yatsenyuk, is a banker?  Why is this, do you suppose?

Also see my own article from 2011 for a quick recap of Libya, Italy and Greece, which had bankers installed as the heads of their governments in a rapid cascade:

Obama issued some more new sanctions this morning on several more Russian individuals and a Russian bank.  It is interesting that he can, without Congress, order the seizure of foreigners’ assets and money, but I guess since he could, in theory at least, demand that they be drone-bombed to death; i.e., summarily executed, the seizure of assets is considered rather mild punishment.

As I pointed out in my last post, there have been sudden developments in our “drill, baby, drill” theme park (a.k.a., the United States) in the past week or two.  Obama and Congress refer to turning our country into a dead zone as “all of the above” policy; unfortunately, aside from a few shaggy protesters, most Americans seem oblivious to the country-wide destruction going on right under their noses.  Or they praise it as “gaining energy independence”.  It comes at a cost: toxic waste, loss and/or poisoning of our fresh water supplies, devastation of the land, and utter ruination of the ecosystem.   We seem to have the mistaken notion that this “energy independence” is a wealth creator for the average person living here; a stupendously ignorant misconception, given that we do not have nationalized resources.  (Nationalized?  Like, y’know, socialism?  We don’t want no stinkin’ socialism.)  The energy companies lease land for a few bucks a year on hundred-year leases and they get to keep the profits on anything they pull out from under the ground.  You get to try and live next door to a fracking operation and hope that your water is safe to drink, or eat seafood which is genetically deformed and full of oil and Corexit, or hope that your house isn’t destroyed by sudden earthquakes.  Your children will wonder what the fuck we were thinking as they look out over barren landscapes and oceans bereft of life.  That’s assuming some deep water drilling site or fracking operation doesn’t hit the Big Kahuna and set off an earthquake that entirely changes the shape of the country.  You aren’t going to profit from this exercise.  The oil companies are.  That’s the system we have here.  And, by the way, your tax money is going to pay subsidies to the oil companies so they can have even more money.  And maybe your son or daughter will get to sign up to fight for the glorious cause of stealing another country’s oil (to give to the US oil companies), something we seem to find patriotic and praise-worthy.  It’s all rather baffling.

Glen Ford (bolding mine):

U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Washington’s strategy is to permanently ratchet up tensions to ‘new cold war’ levels to justify sanctions against Russian energy exports.”

The massive – and desperate – American offensive against world order is entering a new phase, as the U.S. prepares to resume its historical status as global energy superpower. The Obama administration’s brazen implantation of a rabidly anti-Russian, fascist-led regime in Ukraine places U.S. proxies astride pipelines that carry much of Siberia’s gas to Europe and beyond. Seventy-six percent of Russia’s natural gas exports are bound for Europe, the bulk of it to Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Russia’s weight in the world is largely derived, not from its economically burdensome nuclear arsenal, but as an energy giant. The U.S.-engineered coup in Kiev sets the stage for a protracted assault on Russia’s energy trade, which accounts for more than half of Moscow’s federal expenditures. Without its huge oil and gas exports, Russia deflates like a leaky dirigible.

Even the Americans were not so stupid as to believe that their neo-Nazi friends in Kiev could somehow pry Russia from its naval base in Crimea. Such was never the plan. Rather, Moscow’s response to the overthrow of Ukraine’s elected government was predictable, as was that of the Russian-speaking Crimean majority. Washington’s strategy is to permanently ratchet up tensions to “new cold war” levels to justify sanctions against Russian energy exports while exploiting America’s own natural gas “surplus” as an enhanced weapon of global hegemony.

“The U.S.-engineered coup in Kiev sets the stage for a protracted assault on Russia’s energy trade.”

Thanks to shale fracking, the United States recently surpassed Russia as the world’s number one exporter of natural gas, and will next year become the top oil producer [14]. As the New York Times [15] reported on March 5, “The administration’s strategy is to move aggressively to deploy the advantages of its new resources to undercut Russian natural gas sales to Ukraine and Europe.” That’s not the half of it. When Moscow stood up to U.S.-backed jihadists in Syria, the Obama administration understood that the U.S.-Russia button could not be “reset” to Washington’s satisfaction under current conditions. An assertive Russia, increasingly coordinated with China, must be taken out of international contention. Washington will move to crush, or at least seriously disrupt, Russia under its “sanctions as war by other means” machine, by targeting its energy exports, while simultaneously boosting the foreign markets for U.S. natural gas.

The U.S. government tells its people that it spends more on weaponry than the rest of the world’s nations, combined, in order to, among other things, maintain the free flow of energy throughout the planet. But, that didn’t stop Washington from attempting to cripple Venezuela’s [16] oil production in 2003, or from preventing Iran, once the world’s fourth largest exporter, from marketing more than a fraction [17] of her production under the current U.S. sanctions regime. U.S. rulers have never been guardians of free oil flow. Rather, American policy is designed to ensure that U.S.-based corporations and financiers dominate the global energy trade, and that the dollar remains central to energy transactions, regardless of where the oil and gas comes from.

Russia also plays a key role as the energy giant among the BRIC bloc, which is the most likely venue for hatching alternatives to dollar hegemony. Venezuela, which barters oil with some of its Latin American partners and uses the proceeds of its dollar-denominated exports to build structures of resistance to U.S. imperialism, must also be forced back into line, or taken out of the game.

“U.S. rulers have never been guardians of free oil flow.”

Ever since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, U.S. presidents have trumpeted the quest for “energy self-sufficiency” as a national security imperative, requiring subsidies for domestic energy production. Richard Nixon proclaimed: “In the last third of this century, our independence will depend on maintaining and achieving self-sufficiency in energy.” In truth, oil producers enjoyed bounteous subsidies when the U.S. was indisputably the oil production king of the world, from 1925, when U.S. oil fields accounted form more than 70 percent [18] of total global production, to the early 70s. Citizens assumed self-sufficiency meant drilling for domestic development. “Self-sufficiency” – and jobs – is what makes fracking “worth it” in the eyes of many Americans. Now that the aquifers of much of the country have been fouled by shale-frackers intent on cornering gas markets around the globe, the script must be flipped, so that the surplus can be exported. As George Washington University law professor Richard Pierce told Al Jazeera [19], last year, “The US is now 100 percent independent in natural gas and within the next half a dozen years [North America] will be independent in oil. It will become a global supplier, rather than a demander, in a hurry.”

Room must be made for this global supplier in an energy-glutted world. Russia’s gas sales to Europe need to be “undercut,” as the Times puts it. Sanctions can reshape the global markets to the advantage of the new energy superpower – war by other means. Corporate media mask the historical moment with juvenile jibes at Putin, as Washington prepares to subdue the planet with gushing oil and burning water.


5 responses to “Yes, it is about energy supplies.

  1. Titonwan

    March 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Yes indeed, sweat heater er sweet heart 🙂 I’m still attracted to you, by the way.
    I dunno, but I think sometimes I inherited wisdom somehow from listening to you. True, I’m still rough around the edges, but I am doing quite well at a ‘Conservative
    Blog’ (HotAir) at dispelling myths but without insult but pure logic.
    There’s been several times lately where no one would debate or comment after I left a post! I started to call my self another injun name- Ten Count Thread Killer.
    Here’s my latest post that doesn’t get rebuttal on an ‘oil is my father!’ thread at Hot WindBag.

    “Fracking is a stupid idea. When the water tables are permanently disrupted, when the earthquakes happen and when we finally realize what a ‘saw the branch off from the wrong side’ episode in human events this is- we won’t be able to do anything but suffer.
    How supremely ironic and hypocritical of a proponent of such nonsense doesn’t want it in HIS backyard–
    Got it. Ok for me, but not for thee.
    As a First Nation human, I think this is total madness. You reap what you sow when you support Big Oil. Energy and the obscene profits should be ours. If you support this farce, you’re either paid or ignorant of the facts. Not stupid, merely ignorant. Big difference.
    Oh, and don’t worry. This will continue because this has become an oligarchy. The rich rule and commoners will become peasants in short order by grand design. And the big klaxon horns of media will still thunder on how good we have it.
    How many untold millions are spent on scientists working at the NSA or at DARPA that could turn this around with more research in nuclear fusion, battery, solar cell or other things but they concentrate on control of the masses, instead.
    Flame away, I got an hour to kill.

    Nape-wa-ste on March 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM”

    Two more call outs, and no response. You know what, kiddo, I think they might be gettin’ the point. I think I might be changin’ minds. Or at least makin’ them question things. Love, Robin (aka Titonwan)


  2. Titonwan

    March 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    • Teri

      March 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

      I read the original article and the comments you link to, Titonwan. Wow, they really are full of hot air. I especially like the way the author utilizes the completely unfounded, but oft repeated, claim that the Obama administration has created a “high regulatory environment” on the oil industry. What bullshit. Under Obama, the federal regulations have been reduced to practically nil; the EPA is now run by industry insiders, as is his FDA and (on the financial side) the SEC. Congress and the EPA allow the fracking industry to hide the chemicals it uses under the guise of “proprietary information”. Obama has released more federal land and deep-water fields to oil extraction than any president before him. And, by the way, it turns out that the natural gas industry is fracking in deep water, too. I guess that this means they don’t have to worry over the wastewater ponds – they can just dump the shit in the ocean.

      Here, if you can tolerate some more edumacation on the subject (not that you need it, mon amour), or just want a refresher, I’ll provide a few links. On fracking in general, see my own posts:

      And here is a link to an article which explains how industry insiders themselves refute the claims of high yields on the fracking “plays”:

      The Hot Air article quotes from some other articles:

      “…In February 2014, 63% of U.S. tight oil production came from two basins: the Eagle Ford in South Texas (1.21 MMbbl/d, or 36% of total U.S. tight oil production), and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and Montana (0.94 MMbbl/d, or 28% of total U.S. tight oil production)…” and

      “…Neighboring cities Odessa and Midland, Texas, show up as the second and third fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Sara Higgins, the Midland public information officer, has a simple explanation: oil. “They’re coming here to work,” Higgins said. …”

      Gee whiz, sounds pretty righteous. Except for the earthquakes that the people in Texas are complaining about now:

      “The Azle, TX area, located north of Fort Worth, has experienced no fewer than 30 earthquakes since November, and residents say it’s a result of increased fracking activity….”

      and here’s a really good little article on the effects of fracking:

      The Weather Channel commissioned a scientific study regarding the chemicals released into the air near fracking sites; specifically the air near the Eagle Ford site. We hear a lot about the water issues related to fracking, but not so much about the air we breathe. Their findings have now been published. I’ll quote a bit from it, since the author of the Hot Air piece mentions Eagle Ford admiringly as the biggest producer of tight oil plays in the US. This is the cost at which it comes:

      ” […] Chemicals released during oil and gas extraction include hydrogen sulfide, a deadly gas found in abundance in Eagle Ford wells; volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like benzene, a known carcinogen; sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which irritate the lungs; and other harmful substances such as carbon monoxide and carbon disulfide. VOCs also mix with nitrogen oxides emitted from field equipment to create ozone, a major respiratory hazard.

      “Studies show that, depending on the concentration and length of exposure, these chemicals can cause a range of ailments, from minor headaches to neurological damage and cancer.  People in the Eagle Ford face an added layer of risk: hydrogen sulfide, also known as H2S or sour gas, a naturally occurring component of crude oil and natural gas that lurks underground.

      “Like asbestos entombed in a 50-year-old ceiling, H2S usually isn’t a problem if left undisturbed. Once liberated, however, it becomes a formidable threat, capable in even miniscule doses — a few parts per million or less — of aggravating asthma and causing nausea, headaches and eye irritation. It gives off a rotten-egg odor in lower concentrations but at around 100 parts per million the chemical knocks out the sense of smell and begins to act as an asphyxiant. At 1,000 ppm it kills within minutes.

      “Karnes County, in particular, is rich with H2S. According to data that operators have submitted to the Railroad Commission, the county’s Person field has an average concentration of 16,399 ppm — 16 times the lethal dose — with a maximum concentration of 71,550 ppm. The Panna Maria field has an average concentration of 24,408 ppm and a maximum of 39,000 ppm.[…]

      “But there are no clear federal standards to protect people living near drilling sites — including children, the sick and the elderly — who intermittently breathe varying amounts of toxic emissions for years on end.[…]”


      But good luck trying to convince any of the drill-here-now true believers that we are just killing ourselves softly with all this shit. They are willing to die for the cause. Too bad the rest of us have to meet our maker along with them.



  3. Kitt

    April 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Fracking should be one of the easier targets to expose for what it is. Hell, we, in our little 25 minute shadow puppet play, covered a hell of a lot of what you covered about it in this post, Teri. And that’s saying something. The blatant and easily refuted bs about fracking is also probably why Titonwan was pretty successful shutting down the hot-airs. When the facts are displayed on this issue, the lies and the manufactured piles of garbage fall apart or catch fire and burn up rapidly and dramatically.


  4. teri

    April 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

    It shouldn’t even be a close call, Kitt. But never underestimate the ability of humans to deny the obvious. For certain parts of the herd, a few catchphrases suffice as logical rebuttal. In the case of fracking, all they need to hear is one person call it “energy independence” and this is what gets repeated as though it were some divine proclamation, beyond dispute. I swear, you could convince Americans to throw their children into burning pits without much effort.

    Actually, that is kind of what we are doing, come to think of it.




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