by Jerome a Paris
Tue Nov 14th, 2006 at 06:07:09 AM EST
Nato fears Russian plans for ‘gas Opec’
Nato advisers have warned the military alliance that it needs to guard against any attempt by Russia to set up an “Opec for gas” that would strengthen Moscow’s leverage over Europe.
A confidential study by Nato economics experts, sent to the ambassadors of its 26 member states last week, warned that Russia may be seeking to build a gas cartel including Algeria, Qatar, Libya, the countries of Central Asia and perhaps Iran.
Last week, the International Energy Agency warned of “the possibility of major gas-exporting countries co-ordinating their investment and production plans in order to avoid surplus capacity and to keep gas prices up.”
I understand the IEA worrying about this - that's explicitly its job, and such an alliance could indeed have some consequences on energy prices and supply patterns of its member countries.
But NATO? A military organisation? How can it get involved in that topic? Surgical strikes against the Gazprom headquarters? All out war? Invasion of Algeria?
And the ever-depressing side note: if it is so fucking important not to depend on Russian gas, why don't we make the SLIGHTEST FUCKING EFFORT to use less gas? You know, by pushing energy savings. Or by pushing power companies to use other generation modes (wind, nuclear, etc...).
Nah. Let's go to war. It's smarter.