Monday, December 8, 2014

Russia is financing anti-fracking environmentalists?

Says Romania:
Pointing to a mysteriously well-financed and well-organized campaign of protest, Romanian officials including the prime minister say that the struggle over fracking in Europe does feature a Goliath, but it is the Russian company Gazprom, not the American Chevron.

Gazprom, a state-controlled energy giant, has a clear interest in preventing countries dependent on Russian natural gas from developing their own alternative supplies of energy, they say, preserving a lucrative market for itself — and a potent foreign policy tool for the Kremlin.
“Everything that has gone wrong is from Gazprom,” Mr. Mircia said.
This belief that Russia is fueling the protests, shared by officials in Lithuania, where Chevron also ran into a wave of unusually fervent protests and then decided to pull out, has not yet been backed up by any clear proof. And Gazprom has denied accusations that it has bankrolled anti-fracking protests. But circumstantial evidence, plus large dollops of Cold War-style suspicion, have added to mounting alarm over covert Russian meddling to block threats to its energy stranglehold on Europe.
Motive and opportunity, as they say.  And a history of using "social justice" organizations in the West.


Old NFO said...

We've been down this road... It was called the cold war...

NotClauswitz said...

This needs to go viral.

Ken said...

The Shale Justice stuff I've seen round these parts has a familiar ring, yes it does.

ザイツェヴ said...

The law says: "Every time the headline ends with a question mark, the question may be answered with NO."