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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 53

Posts Tagged ‘controversy’

How Europe freed itself from relying on Russian gas

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 maggio 2014

UkraineEach time there is a fall-out between Russia and Ukraine, urgent calls are made for the European Union to free itself from Russian gas. The reality is that the EU is in a better state than it has been for two decades, writes energy economist Dr Carole Nakhle in World Review.
‘The EU has diversified its sources of gas considerably since the 1990s’ she says. ‘More than 80 per cent of the growth in imports now comes from countries other than Russia – especially Norway, Algeria, Nigeria and the Middle East. Dependence on Russian gas almost halved in less than two decades, declining from 61 per cent in 1995 to 34 per cent in 2012.’‘The importance of natural gas, however, differs substantially from one country to the other’ says Dr Nakhle. For instance, five of the EU’s 28 members account for 68 per cent of the EU gas demand – the UK (18 per cent), Germany (17 per cent), Italy (16 per cent), France (nine per cent) and the Netherlands (nine per cent). ‘In other European countries, such as Malta and Cyprus, natural gas is absent while in Sweden its share is barely three per cent.’Imports by pipeline are the dominant route; the rest is delivered by LNG, mainly from Qatar, Algeria, Nigeria, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Egypt and Equatorial Guinea.‘Europe has built an extensive network of pipelines connecting it to major gas producers like Algeria, Libya, Norway, Russia and the UK. But the problem with pipelines is that the more countries they cross, the greater the risk of disruption.’Pipeline imports are delivered through three main gas corridors: the Eastern corridor (Russia); Northern corridor (Norway) and Western corridor (North Africa). The EU has been planning for a fourth, Southern corridor, which would bring natural gas from the Caspian region, the Middle East and East Mediterranean basin.‘The Southern gas corridor was described by the European Commission as one of the EU’s highest energy security priorities,’ she says. One additional pipeline has been causing controversy: Russia’s South Stream. It is designed to take Russian gas under the Black Sea – avoiding Ukriane – to the Balkans and on to other European countries. Construction is due to begin in summer 2014.

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Discontent with the pace of change

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 gennaio 2010

From Mitch Stewart Yesterday’s disappointing election results show deep discontent with the pace of change. I know the OFA community and the President share that frustration. We also saw what we knew to be true all along: Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn’t take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way. We could have simply sought to do things that were easy, that wouldn’t stir up controversy. But changes that aren’t controversial rarely solve the problem. Our country continues to face the same fundamental challenges it faced yesterday. Our health care system still needs reform. Wall Street still needs to be held accountable. We still need to create good jobs. And we still need to continue building a clean energy economy. The President isn’t walking away from these challenges. In fact, his determination and resolve are only stronger. We must match that commitment with our own. But it won’t be easy. Real change never is”.

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