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Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas
Reuters ^ | Marcg 26, 2014 1:22pm EDT | ROBIN EMMOTT AND JAN STRUPCZEWSKI

Posted on 03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT by blueplum

(Additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Paul Taylor)

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports.

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During a 65-minute lunch, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso pressed Obama to step up U.S. gas exports, but he responded bluntly in telling the Europeans they needed to take politically difficult steps to develop their own resources.

EU ambassador to Washington Jose Vale de Almeida quoted Obama as telling them: "You cannot just rely on other people's energy, even if it has some costs, some downside," in a clear reference to opposition in parts of the EU on environmental grounds to nuclear power and the extraction of shale gas.

The issue will also be discussed next week at a special meeting of EU and U.S. energy ministers, officials said.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: anwr; brussels2014; canada; crimea; fracking; france; gazprom; germany; hypocrite; keystonexl; moldova; opec; poland; ukraine; unitedkingdom
Zero tells EU to frack Russia away
1 posted on 03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

I am sure the Europeans marveled at obozo’s eloquent intelligence!


2 posted on 03/26/2014 7:41:41 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: blueplum

Build windmills?


3 posted on 03/26/2014 7:41:56 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RightGeek

Yes! GE windmills built in China.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 7:45:18 PM PDT by joelt
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To: blueplum

Sell them some of ours. We benefit and so does Europe. Sell to Ukraine also.

The only loser is Putin.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 7:46:18 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: blueplum

Hey Germany; hows that decision to close all of your nuke plants looking now!
Fools...


6 posted on 03/26/2014 7:47:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: blueplum

Lemme guess. They need more “Venezuela”.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 7:51:42 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RightGeek
Build windmills?

Maybe if they had the technology to use coal.

8 posted on 03/26/2014 7:52:10 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: blueplum

The Germans are abandoning nuclear power and are beginning to realize the huge consequences of that shortsighted decision. Fifteen years after Kyoto and five years after the Copenhagen conference and the huge enthusiastic devotion to solar and wind energy, Europeans have been reminded that they must obey the laws of physics. Green energy simply cannot power a modern industrial society. Today they are more dependent than ever on carbon fuels and Russian carbon fuels to boot. Putin holds the trump card and Obama really cannot and will not help. There will be much whining and pouting but there will be no sanctions.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 7:54:18 PM PDT by allendale
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To: blueplum

Obama and his regulators will continue to do everything they can to block energy production in the U.S. So, if he has his way, how does he think he can help the E.U.?

Does anyone think he or his jackass Secretary of State will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, for instance? Or stop shutting down coal plants? Or block drilling wherever they can?


10 posted on 03/26/2014 7:59:09 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: blueplum

Every time the EU countries build a wind farm or a solar field, right next to it goes a gas-powered turbine. When the weather conditions fail to produce enough power (which is always, pretty much), the gas-powered turbine spins up to handle the excess demand.

You can’t really use coal, oil or nukes for this work because they are suited to come on-line rapidly to handle sudden and unexpected loads. So, as the amount of “green” power goes up, the number of gas turbines also increases. And Putin laughs all the way to the bank.

BTW, have you noticed that most of the observed global warming data comes from Russian weather reporters? A coincidence, I’m sure...


11 posted on 03/26/2014 8:03:23 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: joelt

they already did the windmill thing - and then they sold all that equipment to us. You probably already know this, but for the casual reader, here’s an article from the Telegraph from a few years ago that explains the problem with wind and solar quite well.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9559656/Germanys-wind-power-chaos-should-be-a-warning-to-the-UK.html


12 posted on 03/26/2014 8:05:52 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

Drill baby, drill


13 posted on 03/26/2014 8:06:38 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: blueplum

Why wasn’t he telling them this five years ago?


14 posted on 03/26/2014 8:14:46 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

chuckles - cuing up the SNL “cowbell” skit?


15 posted on 03/26/2014 8:16:06 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

no.no.no.no; Hussein... Your party has been telling American's for decades that we receive no gain from drilling our own oil because it would post no return for "ten years". New refineries? Nope, no good would come for 10 years. New drilling? Nope, nothing would come of it for 10 years. SO, the EU is supposed to NOW work for 10 years while Russia runs rampant? Eat a bag of d*cks.

16 posted on 03/26/2014 8:17:37 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: blueplum

I guess that means he’s changed his mind on the Keystone Pipeline, right?


17 posted on 03/26/2014 8:18:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Approve Keystone XL Now! Drill the ANWR!


18 posted on 03/26/2014 8:22:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: SunkenCiv

No wonder the EU thinks so little of us now. We have these huge resources that bummer denies to all of us. Russia will laugh and laugh.

Bummer is like the little boy in a group of neighborhood baseball players where Putin has the bat, gloves, ball and playing field and bummer has nada

Who is going to be more popular?


19 posted on 03/26/2014 8:35:47 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Don’t hold back now. Tell us how you really feel ;)


20 posted on 03/26/2014 8:38:37 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: blueplum

He still thinks he is president of the world, doesn’t he?


21 posted on 03/26/2014 8:41:58 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: TBP
The only loser is Putin.

There is another loser, ...the Saudi group.

22 posted on 03/26/2014 8:43:46 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Iron Munro

I wonder if he got a hint on this trip, that it might not be so:
http://treeofmamre.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/no-applause-after-obamas-sad-tired-speech-in-the-netherlands-video/


23 posted on 03/26/2014 8:53:15 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum
If I have a clue, I'll tell you. If you have a clue, you tell me.
24 posted on 03/26/2014 9:07:51 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: blueplum

They should drop their cable and cell phone services, turn their thermostats down to 50 and wear sweaters and park their cars and ride bikes like he does.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 12:44:00 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: blueplum

They should put on a sweater. Oh, and make sure their tires are properly inflated.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 8:18:26 AM PDT by MissNomer
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