Dramatic Images of Erupting Sea Emerge from Europe-Russia Nord Stream Pipeline ‘Leaks’

Dramatic Images of Erupting Sea Emerge from Europe-Russia Nord Stream Pipeline ‘Leaks’

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it cannot rule out “sabotage” as the cause of significant damage to the Nord Stream pipeline network that carries gas from Russia to Germany.

The same thought occurred to various European officials as they turned gimlet eyes upon Russia as a potential suspect.

The Nord Stream AG consortium called the multiple leaks in both of its Baltic Sea pipelines “unprecedented” and said on Tuesday it was “not yet possible to estimate the timing of the restoration of the gas transport infrastructure.”

Russia stopped sending gas to Germany in retaliation for sanctions against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the pipelines were still filled with gas. Up to 177 million cubic meters of gas may have already leaked from the breach in Nord Stream 2, with as-yet-unknown environmental impact. 

There is also the risk of an explosion, although environmental analysts said the gas would probably disperse enough in the Baltic waters to make that unlikely. The Danish maritime authority nevertheless issued an advisory that the Nord Stream 2 leak is “dangerous for ship traffic” and advised ships to stay at least five nautical miles away.

“The multiple undersea leaks mean neither pipeline will likely deliver any gas to the EU over the coming winter, irrespective of political developments in the Ukraine war. Depending on the scale of the damage, the leaks could even mean a permanent closure of both lines,” a notice from the Eurasia Group, a risk consulting firm, said on Tuesday.

”Leaks of this size are a severe safety and environmental hazard, especially should Russia not stop pumping gas into the system,” the Eurasia Group noted.

“We are currently in contact with the authorities concerned in order to clarify the situation. We still have no clarity about the causes and the exact facts,” the German government said on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Germany officially declared its suspicion that the damage to Nord Stream was caused by “sabotage.” 

“Today we faced an act of sabotage, we don’t know all the details of what happened, but we see clearly that it’s an act of sabotage, related to the next step of escalation of the situation in Ukraine,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared on Tuesday at the opening ceremony for another pipeline connecting Norway to Poland.

“We are talking about three leaks with some distance between them, and that’s why it is hard to imagine that it is a coincidence,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen observed.

Ukraine called the pipeline breaches a “terrorist attack” perpetrated by Moscow to permanently compromise Europe’s fuel supply, and perhaps to nullify gigantic lawsuits from Russia’s gas customers by creating a legal status of force majeure.

“This is very concerning news. Indeed, we are talking about some damage of an unclear nature to the pipeline in Denmark’s economic zone. This is an issue related to the energy security of the entire continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Royal Danish Defense College researcher Anders Puck Nielsen found the timing of the explosions “conspicuous” given the opening of the rival Poland-Norway pipeline on the same day. Nielsen thought the Nord Stream sabotage might have been “a signal that something could happen to the Norwegian gas.”

“The arrow points in the direction of Russia. No one in the West is interested in having any kind of instability in the energy market,” he noted.

Other theories point to radical environmentalists determined to keep Europe from relying on fossil fuels, or possibly even U.S. President Joe Biden, who blurted in a February interview that his administration would “bring an end” to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invaded Ukraine.

“I promise you, we will be able to do that,” Biden replied when asked by a reporter how he would propose shutting down an undersea pipeline controlled by Germany.

“There are some indications that it is deliberate damage. You have to ask: Who would profit?” an exasperated European security source told Reuters on Tuesday while contemplating the longest list of suspects since Murder on the Orient Express.

Sweden’s state broadcast network SVT on Tuesday cited data from the Swedish National Seismic Network that strongly suggested powerful underwater explosions occurred in the vicinity of the gas leaks on Monday. One of the explosions was large enough to be detected by 30 different Swedish monitoring stations.

“There is no doubt that it was a blast,” said Bjorn Lund, a seismology lecturer with the Swedish National Seismic Network. Lund added that the area was not normally used for naval exercises that might explain the detonations, and said his network has received no information about such exercises taking place on Monday.


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Winter of Discontent: Germany to Implement Energy Rationing Amid Fears of Gas Riots

Winter of Discontent: Germany to Implement Energy Rationing Amid Fears of Gas Riots

As officials in the country express their fears about future gas riots this winter, the German government has announced a host of new energy rationing rules that will come into effect from next Thursday.

In what appears to be the latest attempt to avoid energy shortages this winter, the German government is to implement restrictions limiting the use of energy in the country.

Ministers appear to be hoping that the rationing efforts will help reduce the risk of energy shortages this coming winter, with a number of bigwigs now openly fearful of a future of public unrest and gas riots should people be left unable to adequately heat their homes.

According to a report by Stern, limits on how hot public buildings and offices can be heated to are to come into effect on September 1st, with such buildings now being legally restricted to no more than 19 degrees Celsius (~66 degrees Fahrenheit).

Public buildings will also no longer be allowed to heat their hallways — though some exceptions are to be given for the likes of hospitals — while tap water used for washing hands will also no longer be allowed to be heated using a boiler or instant heating device.

Contract clauses mandating that landlords heat their buildings to a certain level to ensure the wellbeing of their tenants have also been completely suspended for six months, with state bigwigs claiming that this will allow renters who are willing to turn down their thermostats to do so, with little being said about what will happen to those who wish to keep the heating on during the winter.

Meanwhile, public shops are to be forbidden from leaving their doors open; it will become illegal for monuments to be artificially lit; outdoor pools will no longer be allowed to be heated using gas or electricity, and all neon signs must be switched off by 10 p.m.

While these measures limiting energy use are extreme, they are not unprecedented, with the likes of Italy having already implemented similar measures limiting the use of heating and air conditioning.

However, as pointed out by local publication Bild, people in Germany will likely not appreciate the new energy restrictions considering the government is also planning to soon introduce renewed COVID-19 lockdown rules at a time when most other countries have almost completely forgotten about the Wuhan virus.

Public patience for Germany’s current rulers is also likely being tested by the price of gas in the country, with the hydrocarbon having already hit a record price on Thursday despite winter still being some time away.

Despite this, officials still appear to be adamant that the country’s remaining nuclear reactors will be turned off by next January in service of the green agenda, with not even the likes of a Nobel prize-winning economist urging officials to be “pragmatic” and keep the power stations on being enough to get climate alarmist ministers to change their mind on the matter.

To make matters worse, some officials have declared that the new measures forcing private individuals and businesses to cut energy usage are effectively unenforceable, with the general manager of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, reportedly saying that local authorities will not be in a position to check compliance.

“We will not be able to check whether doors are always closed around the clock,” he said, concluding that despite the rules mandating the implementation of the measures, it will ultimately be down to the “common sense” of those ostensibly legally required to clamp down on usage on whether or not they actually do so.

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Global Food Crisis: 50 Per Cent Crop Loss Likely Due to Drought, German Farmers Say

Global Food Crisis: 50 Per Cent Crop Loss Likely Due to Drought, German Farmers Say

Crop losses of up to 50 per cent are now expected in parts of Germany due to drought, farmers in affected regions have claimed.

Up to half of the crops in parts of the German state of Baden-Württemberg are likely to be lost due to drought, farmers in the region have claimed, with problems to do with the prices of fuel, fertiliser, and pesticides connected to the green agenda and war in Ukraine also reportedly causing problems for those in the region.

With the losses expected to materialise in the autumn, the farming chaos may end up being another crisis facing Germany’s floundering political class as fuel shortages combined with a freefalling economy hit a public already suffering from officials’ poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report by Bild, a serious lack of rainfall has led farmers to fear that the likes of maize, sugar beet, potato, and soybean crops could see losses of up to 50 per cent should rain not return soon.

“If there is no heavy rainfall in the near future, we expect considerable harvest losses of up to 50 per cent for almost all crops,” state farmer president Joachim Rukwied is reported as saying on Thursday, emphasising that crops harvested in the autumn were likely to be the worse affected.

To make matters worse, livestock farmers in the region are also now struggling, with many being forced to give animals feed meant to be kept for the winter as the amount of edible grass on the ground quite literally has dried up.

Fodder that might otherwise be imported from Russia or Ukraine is proving hard to come by as a result of the former’s invasion the latter and the West’s resulting sanctions war with Moscow.

For farmers in Baden-Württemberg, this year’s drought is just the latest of many crises that have disrupted their businesses, with the international trade chaos caused in part by the Ukraine war seeing the cost of essential fertilisers soar across Europe.

Sourcing alternatives outside of Russia has proven difficult in part thanks to the EU’s green agenda, with plants producing the modern nitrogen fertilisers requiring natural gas as an essential component.

The European Union — having been obsessed with expanding the capacity of so-called green energy over fossil fuels — is now struggling to source this gas for the purpose of heating the homes of the general public, let alone for the production of fertilisers, leaving many farmers in the lurch.

While the use of less efficient alternatives such as manure is now being considered by many across the EU, for farmers in Germany the crisis may ultimately be the least of their problems as they head into what looks like will be a cold winter of gas shortages, during which many may be unable to afford to heat their homes.

Authorities in the country are starting to panic about the possibility of such supply problems, with some government bigwigs now saying that the country will likely see gas riots as a furious public loses patience over the political class’ chronic mismanagement of the EU powerhouse’s affairs.

“[A]fter the pandemic and the world events of the last few months, we are dealing with a highly emotional, aggressive, pessimistic mood among the population, whose trust in the state, its institutions and political actors is at least in some parts afflicted with massive doubts,” President of the Thuringian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Stephen Kramer, said last week.

The official — who is tasked with helping to maintain the integrity of the modern democratic German state — went on to say that unrest in the coming months may make the anti-lockdown demos frequently seen over the past number of months look like a “children’s birthday party” by comparison.

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Global Recession Spreads, European Factory Activity Contracts in July, Japanese Factory Activity Also Drops

Global Recession Spreads, European Factory Activity Contracts in July, Japanese Factory Activity Also Drops

In addition to the contraction in South Korean manufacturing announced last night, European manufacturing and factory activity is also contracting with less output, higher buildup of inventory and fewer orders for finished goods.  The global recession is being measured fast and furious.

Every economic outcome is connected to a purposeful decision by the leaders of western industrialized nations to follow the Build Back Better climate change agenda.  Higher energy costs, an outcome of the collective policy to stop new production of coal, oil and gas, which has transferred into higher food prices, farm prices, gasoline prices, heating and cooling prices as well as electricity rates, is forcing consumers to stop purchasing non-essential products.

The sale of durable goods collapsed in the first half of this year; however, no policymakers or bankers wanted to admit it and they kept saying there was an excess of demand.  Now, with fewer customers for durable goods in the market, global manufacturing and factory outputs are dropping fast.  Eventually the central planners are going to have to admit their pretended demand does not exist.

While there is a natural lag in the activity, the rate of factory contraction will be proportionate to rate of the drop in demand.  Meaning we have only just begun to see the manufacturing decline that lags a few months behind consumer activity.

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Manufacturing activity across the euro zone contracted last month with factories forced to stockpile unsold goods due to weak demand, a survey showed on Monday, adding to concerns the bloc could fall into a recession.

S&P Global’s final manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 in July from June’s 52.1, just ahead of a preliminary reading of 49.6 but its first time below the 50 mark separating growth from contraction since June 2020.

An index measuring output, which feeds into a composite PMI due on Wednesday and seen as a good gauge of economic health, sank to a more than two-year low of 46.3. In June it was 49.3.

“Euro zone manufacturing is sinking into an increasingly steep downturn, adding to the region’s recession risks. New orders are already falling at a pace which, excluding pandemic lockdown months, is the sharpest since the debt crisis in 2012, with worse likely to come,” said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at S&P Global. (read more)

The WEF directed politicians are trying to bring energy demand down to match the energy shortage they have created. The various western government leaders, Biden included, want/need a recession to drop energy demand. The central banks and federal reserve are supporting the policymakers by driving up interest rates into the recession.

The combined effort leads to a shrinking of the global economy.

By lowering the economic activity and forcing their western nations into a joint collaborative and intentional recession, the central planners hope to offset the inflation they created by blocking coal, oil and gas production. By intentionally collapsing demand, the prices of excess non-essential goods will drop; however, there will be no one to purchase those goods at any price because global employment in a global recession is tenuous at best. This is the spiral they are trying to manage.

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s manufacturing activity expanded at the weakest rate in 10 months in July, as pressure from rising prices and supply disruptions hurt output and new orders, suggesting a solid post-pandemic economic recovery is still some way off.

The final au Jibun Bank Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped to a seasonally adjusted 52.1 in July from the previous month’s 52.7 final.

That marked the slowest pace of growth since September last year, and was slightly lower than a 52.2 flash reading.

[…] Manufacturing activity suffered from contractions in output and overall new orders as well as a slower expansion in the backlog of work, the PMI survey showed.

[…] But a government official also warned downside risks for output remained as parts supply delays lingered. That is one of many reasons why the Bank of Japan remains resolutely committed to its ultra-low policies despite a global trend of rising interest rates to fight rampant inflation. (more)

It’s incredible how they various western leaders and bankers can still say there is too much demand, when every single economic indicator clearly shows that all consumer purchasing of non-essential goods and services has stopped.

We are seriously looking at a future employment scenario that might be as bad as it was during the economic lockdowns in the pandemic.  This time all of the unemployment will have been created by intentional climate change policy.

These ideologues are seriously disconnected from the pain they are inflicting.


Fact Check: Ohio’s Tim Ryan Voted To Allow Emergency Reserve Oil To Be Sent To Beijing

Fact Check: Ohio’s Tim Ryan Voted To Allow Emergency Reserve Oil To Be Sent To Beijing

The campaign manager for Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan’s Senate bid denied the congressman voted on legislation barring oil from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserves be shipped to China. Ryan, however, voted with 218 of his Democrat colleagues to veto such a motion brought forward by California Republican Congressman David Valadao on Wednesday.

On Twitter, Rep. Ryan’s campaign chief, Dave Chase, responded to a post from rival GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance’s press account which called out Ryan for the vote. Chase called the attack an example of Vance “being a fraud and running a terrible race.”

“The amendment below has never had a floor vote and the vote they’re pointing to was an effort to kill apropos funding that has nothing to do with the [Strategic Petroleum Reserve],” Chase wrote. “Just a straight up lie.”

While Valadao’s one-page motion was indeed filed on an appropriations bill, the proposal explicitly targeted the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The motion reads, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to draw down and sell petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to any entity that does not certify to the Secretary of Energy that … such petroleum products will not be exported to the People’s Republic of China.”

The full chamber vote Wednesday was recorded by the House Clerk here, showing Ryan voted “nay” on the proposal. Valadao’s amendment was proposed as a motion to recommit H.R. 8294, a motion which “is a common procedural maneuver that allows the House minority party to amend a bill before a final vote for passage.”

Michele Perez Exner, a spokeswoman for House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pushed back against Chase’s false claims on Twitter.

“Yesterday House GOP tried to put forward an amendment that would have blocked the Biden admin from selling oil kept in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China,” Exner wrote. “It was blocked by 219 Democrats, including your boss. Looks like you’re the one lying.”

Valadao put forward the motion after Reuters revealed earlier this month that barrels of American emergency reserve oil kept for sudden supply disruptions such as hurricanes were sent to China. According to the Energy Department, 950,000 barrels were purchased by Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation owned entirely by the Chinese government. The company is also known as “Sinopec,” in which the president’s son Hunter Biden invested $1.7 billion through the private equity firm BHR Partners.

Hunter Biden’s attorney told The New York Times last fall that he “no longer holds any interest, directly or indirectly,” in the private equity firm. The Washington Examiner reported, however, that Hunter Biden remained listed as a part-owner of the firm as late as March.

President Biden tapped the nation’s emergency oil reserves as an attempt to bring down record gas prices without encouraging American energy production. In March, Biden ordered 1 million barrels released for 180 days to coincide with the fall midterms. The “unprecedented” release followed another 30 million tapped at the beginning of March, and a 50-million-barrel discharge in November. By December, the White House will have depleted 260 million barrels from the reserves with an authorized capacity of 714 million. The Department of Energy has announced plans to replenish only 60 million barrels, leaving the stockpile at its lowest level since 1985.

The Chinese, in contrast, have equally sized reserves, but have only tapped 7.4 million barrels of their own stockpile while U.S. supplies are shipped to Beijing.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.


Watchdog Sues Energy Department To Learn If Biden’s Oil Releases Are Politically Motivated

Watchdog Sues Energy Department To Learn If Biden’s Oil Releases Are Politically Motivated

A government watchdog filed a lawsuit last week over the Department of Energy’s refusal to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to the administration’s use of the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR).

The Functional Government Initiative (FGI), a nonprofit transparency group based in Washington D.C., filed the suit after the department stonewalled demands to release documents under the federal transparency law offering insight into official deliberations on tapping the emergency reserves for political purposes.

“With each release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, we weaken our ability to respond to a legitimate supply crisis,” FGI spokesman Peter McGinnis said in a press release Thursday. “The SPR was created to respond to real emergencies, a category that does not include falling poll numbers caused by a failed energy policy. Americans deserve to know if political motives are behind moves that put their security at risk.”

The FGI launched its investigation in January two months after President Biden tapped the nation’s oil reserves ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The White House put 50 million barrels on the market to quell rising gas prices only for pressure at the pump to reach new heights weeks later as a consequence of the Biden-engineered scarcity.

President Biden has again tapped the emergency reserves twice since November, announcing both on the first and final days of March the release of 30 million and 180 million barrels respectively. The latter release is being drawn out over six months and is slated to end in October to coincide with the fall midterm season.

By November, Biden will have drawn down the 260 million barrels from the nation’s emergency reserves within two years of inauguration, leaving the stockpile at its lowest level since 1986. On Tuesday, Reuters revealed 5 million went overseas to countries such as India, the Netherlands, and China.

This spring, the Department of Energy announced plans to replenish only 60 million barrels of what’s been released despite an authorized storage capacity of 714 million barrels. According to the Energy Information Administration, just more than 492,000 barrels remained in storage on July 1 exactly one month into the six-month hurricane season. Atlantic superstorms hampering Gulf Coast production have historically provoked presidential releases from the emergency reserves as opposed to their contemporary service as desperate levers for political capital.

The SPR was established by Congress in the aftermath of the 1970s energy crises when Arab countries implemented an oil embargo to the United States. The reserves are intended to maintain a reliable stockpile in the event of a major disruption in supply such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After the cyclone knocked out 95 percent of the region’s crude output and 88 percent of its natural gas production, President George W. Bush released 30 million barrels of oil onto the market.

The only sudden supply disruption to hit the United States under the Biden administration, however, came from the Colonial Pipeline hack when the company operating the East Coast’s largest pipeline were hit with a ransomware attack. Biden didn’t order his first release from the petroleum reserves, however, until his administration’s anti-fossil fuel agenda spiked gas prices headed into the November holiday.

Last month, the nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline eclipsed $5 for the first time, despite the president’s efforts to artificially suppress rising prices with the emergency reserves. On Thursday, prices remained high at $4.75 per gallon, according to AAA travel agency, while Americans cope with accelerating inflation. The high prices are a reflection of self-inflicted scarcities in supply after months of animosity toward the industry from the Biden administration, which is telling Americans to simply buy expensive electric cars.

Last week, the animosity continued with federal officials preparing to cancel oil and gas projects in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Biden’s director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, said the administration’s commitment to usher in the “liberal world order” was more important than American access to affordable gas.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.



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