February 24, 2022

COMPLETELY, OBVIOUSLY TRUE:

Because fuel exports are the basis of the Russian economy, Putin’s war-making capability depends critically on energy prices being high, as they are now. The most effective step countries like the U.S. can take in response does not require sanctions, let alone military action. It’s simply to remove artificial constraints on energy production, especially on relatively clean natural gas. That means removing roadblocks to fracking, pipelines and LNG export facilities that could supply Europe.

It also means reversing our decades-long suppression of nuclear power.

So why aren’t we doing it? Let’s just say there’s more reason to think that environmentalists and other energy-deniers are on the Russian payroll than there ever was for Trump.

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