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How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear
The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY

Posted on 03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities.

Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security.

Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities.

Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security.

The United States is poised to re-establish its position as a major energy producer; its crude production is forecast to lead the world by 2017...

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


TOPICS: Canada; Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; anwr; canada; crimea; cyprus; drillbabydrill; egypt; energy; europeanunion; frackbabyfrack; gcc; greece; iran; iraq; israel; keystonexl; kurdistan; kuwait; natgas; nato; obama; oil; opec; palinwasright; putin; qatar; russia; saudiarabia; syria; ukraine; unitedarabemirates; vladtheimploder

1 posted on 03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Too bad this imposter of a President is doing everything he can to destroy the domestic energy industry.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 4:28:56 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Palin Doctrine coming to light.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 4:29:20 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Not to worry. Obamster will put a stop to this!


4 posted on 03/25/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Jim Robinson

The sleeping giant is the GCC.

If Russia attempts extortion, Syria will return to French protectorate and the pipelines will grow out of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE under the Med to Greece and Europe.

North America has gas but it will not be as cheap as Arab gas


5 posted on 03/25/2014 4:33:22 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert
North America has gas but it will not be as cheap as Arab gas

I've been thinking the same. Russia could undercut us on transportation costs but they can't undercut everyone.
6 posted on 03/25/2014 4:36:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Growl?


7 posted on 03/25/2014 4:38:13 PM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: cripplecreek

But can they undercut us on reliability?


8 posted on 03/25/2014 4:45:16 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Jim Robinson
"...Russia is unlikely to be deterred by Western sanctions, because Crimea and Ukraine are at the heart of Mr. Putin’s foreign policy; they are peripheral in North America, and Europeans are too dependent on Russian oil and gas to mount serious opposition to the Crimean annexation."

There it is.

9 posted on 03/25/2014 4:47:14 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: bert
North America has gas but it will not be as cheap as Arab gas

That is the Syria war in a nutshell. Putin won that one too.

10 posted on 03/25/2014 4:55:18 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Hard to say. Sadly if Russia undercuts us on cost our government will react by subsidizing the cost difference away which will irritate Americans.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 4:58:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I would argue the Arabs are deliberative to an extreme nd have not digested the Obama defection. They have not yet agreed with Turkey on the plan of action.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 5:00:55 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Jim Robinson

Drill, baby, Drill!


13 posted on 03/25/2014 5:02:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Russia needs outside help to try to juice its falling oil production, and with sanctions on it will not get it. Of course, that assumes that Zero, Lurch, and Plugs don’t just hand over the technology to Iran, which will then give it or more likely sell it to Russia.

Israel and Cyprus enter into this equation as well, as does Egypt. All are budding natural gas producers, and the Gulf states (as someone pointed out above) started to take advantage of the natural gas they used to burn off. Shipping LNG isn’t as cheap as piping it, uh, usually.

Not too sure we’ll ever see the Gulf states pay to transfer methane to Europe over an Israel-owned pipeline, but if that were to happen, it would be the beginning of the transformation of the Middle East.


14 posted on 03/25/2014 5:03:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jim Robinson

What idiots we have in the federal government. Energy independence is the greatest strategic asset a country has; just ask Hitler’s ghost. The Nazis spend a great amount of men and treasure trying to secure oil resources and production energy to fuel their war machine and the Allyies spent even more to prevent it.

Obama and Congress, you sirs, are f***king idiots.

Historians will work for decades trying to understand how you were so stupid.


15 posted on 03/25/2014 5:20:10 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: bert

Mexico has a lot of gas. The eagle ford formation in south texas just keeps going south.

The mexicans have changed their laws so as to enable foreign companies to frack their gas and oil.

It will be a couple years before they have volume to export.

they are right now buying a lot of natural gas from the eagle ford and piping it south. they’ll first want to replace that with their own natural gas before sending gas off to export.

that’s four to five years away.

the fracking tech is not so easy to move around between countries. so there won’t be any volume from any countries but the USA via fracking for at least the next 2-3 years.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 5:34:11 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: Jim Robinson

Meanwhile, as obama/soetoro plays tiddly-winks:

The Holy Grail for Moscow is a natural gas supply deal with China that is apparently now close after years of negotiations. If it can be signed when Putin visits China in May, he will be able to hold it up to show that global power has shifted eastwards and he does not need the West.

Putin looks to Asia as West threatens to isolate Russia

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/21/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-insight-idUSBREA2K07S20140321

ONGC, Russia’s Rosneft may join forces on oil flows

http://in.reuters.com/.../russia-rosneft-oil-india...


17 posted on 03/25/2014 5:48:05 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45 (Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Meanwhile, we continue to be totally reliant on the Russians to get our astronauts into space.


18 posted on 03/25/2014 5:52:19 PM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: WMarshal
Historians will work for decades trying to understand how you were so stupid.

Honest historians will.

Remember the victors write the history.

Most of the college historians have been rewriting history over the last 60 years to make the US the bad guy. I would expect that trend to continue barring a change in the national attitude toward university management structure and tenure for college professors.

As far as I can see there is not much movement in either of those areas. I think the Left is winning the war on history.

19 posted on 03/25/2014 6:27:25 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

Conservatives need to figure out how to re-take our universities by getting onto the boards of regents. Those who control the hiring of university presidents also control what professors are hired, who gets tenure and what worldview is propagated out into the culture and lower educational systems. This is one of the methods the “progressives” used to undermine our culture starting 100 years ago. It’s time we did the same thing and reverse the situation.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 7:47:21 PM PDT by boxlunch (Psalm 2)
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To: boxlunch
Probably one of the best places to start, particularly for folks on FR is donations to their Alma-mater.

Let those people that call and write you for donations that you are not pleased with the Liberal policies, social engineering and Left Wing professors that the university is employing.

Tell them that no further donations should be expected until you get assurances from the university president that these things will be changed and that you see what changes are planed in writing under the president’s letter head with his signature.

21 posted on 03/25/2014 11:04:23 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Jim Robinson

And the administration will do everything in their power to stop it.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 5:37:54 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: Jim Robinson
Say what you will about Mitt Romney, but if he were president, his reaction in the energy sector would have made these moves by Putin extremely costly to Russia for generations.

But Obama won, so it's all gravy for the Pooty Poot.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TADSLOS

And it has come sooner than the naysayers told us back then.... “ why bother ? it’s going to take 10 years for that oil to come online “ .....


24 posted on 03/27/2014 9:03:01 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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