Marc Morano weighs in on EastMed Pipeline, European dependence on Russian energy – Broadcast Live – Feb. 27, 2022 – ClimateDepot.com publisher Marc Morano discusses the EastMed Pipeline and the consequences of dependence on Russian energy.
Morano: “Israel was going to supply 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually through Greece and then to the rest of Europe in order to counter Russia’s energy dominance of natural gas to Europe. And this was actually supported by the Trump administration. Israel was all in. Greece was all in, and then the Biden administration comes in in pursuit of their net-zero emission policies and the Biden State Department actually said, this does not fit with our ‘going green’ on climate and they literally pulled support of this last month without even informing the two main promoters of this, Israel and Greece. And this pipeline has now been suspended. Now keep in mind, Biden had reversed Trump’s earlier decision on the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Trump had put sanctions on the pipeline. Biden said, No, we’ll let those sanctions go. These are problems because all it’s done is canceling this EastMed pipeline from Israel to Europe has just made Vladimir Putin’s Russia much, much stronger.”
“This was going be a 1200 mile pipeline into Europe to give countries another source of energy besides Russia. So this is about ideology. It’s about the green agenda is about the Green New Deal. And it’s about the real consequences of these policies, because now instead of getting energy from stable democracies, like Israel, we’re more reliant on Russia.”
Biden Administration Kills Israel-to-Europe Gas Pipeline to support ‘going green’: The 6-billion-euro ($6.8 billion) project envisages the construction of a 1,900-kilometer (1,180-mile) undersea pipeline that would carry up to 20 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Israeli and Cypriot waters to Crete and then on to the Greek mainland. From there, the gas would be transported to Italy and other countries in southeastern Europe. The demise of the EastMed pipeline project appears to be — in large measure — the handiwork of Amos Hochstein, a political operator in the American Democratic Party and an acolyte of Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and former U.S. President Barack Obama. Hochstein, a confidant of U.S. President Joe Biden, currently serves as Senior Advisor for Energy Security at the U.S. Department of State.
In January 2022, Turkish state television channel TRT aired a documentary — “The Pipe Dream” (Part 1 and Part 2) — in which Hochstein repeatedly criticized the EastMed pipeline because it excludes Turkey. He also decried the Trump administration’s support of the project:
“I don’t see the need for the United States to come in and support this project. This is a project that probably should not happen because it’s too complicated, too expensive, and too late in the arc of history. “Today in the Biden administration I would be extremely uncomfortable with the United States supporting this project. Why would we build a fossil fuel pipeline between the East Med and Europe at a time when our entire policy is to support new technology, new developments, and new investments in going green and going cleaner?