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The launch of the US Cold War against China is fading after news of the type mentioned above, about an agreement between the two mega-states that was certainly not reached without permission (long before and at the urging) of their state and political leadership. At the same time, it is not at all difficult to imagine how much condemnation Washington would face if a similar signing of long-term energy or economic agreements between the EU and China, or between e.g. Germany or France and China
As we know, the UN Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow is underway, which seeks to find universal solutions in the fight against global warming, as part of which the imperative is placed on the transition from fossil to renewable energy sources.
The work of the conference, especially in the first two days when many world leaders took turns on the podium (now they will be replaced by scientists and experts in the field) – especially those who most loudly advocate the fight like US President Joe Biden or the host of the conference, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – was followed by sharp protests by eco-activists who warned that the biggest proponents of the fight against climate change are saying one thing and doing another, thus giving new subsidies to oil and gas producers.
One of the most high-profile events of the first two days of the climate conference was certainly the sharp accusations of US leader Joe Biden against China and Russia – whose leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin did not come to Glasgow and which was a clear signal to Biden that they did not want to participate. to that great struggle of humanity for its future. Of course, this is not the case, but it has become an excellent opportunity for Biden to show the world that Russia and China are “irresponsible countries” and to ask loudly rhetorically how China wants to be a global leader (of course, Biden sees only himself in that place USA). However, Biden, in spite of everything, is not overly convincing, or, to put it another way, the eco-activists protesting in Glasgow and London are quite right when they openly accuse world powers of hypocrisy.
This is probably best evidenced by today’s news.
Namely, the Chinese state petrochemical corporation Sinopec signed a 20-year contract with the American company Venture Global LNG on Thursday, November 4, for the delivery of 4 million tons of liquefied gas (obtained from shale!) Annually (info: Xinhua agency). It is the largest long-term agreement between China and the United States for the supply of liquefied natural gas in general.
According to Sinopec President Ma Yongsheng, quoted by the agency, the agreement marks a consensus between the two companies to promote a “global energy shift” and is an important step for China in achieving its carbon reduction target. It is also reported that Unipec, which is a subsidiary of Sinopec, will separately purchase a total of 3.8 million tonnes of LNG from the Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal project, owned by Venture Global LNG.
It’s hard to stay indifferent after this or pretend to be deaf and blind. Namely, the production of liquefied gas from shale is the most environmentally harmful production of any energy source in general, even in relation to so much hated coal. The damage caused by its production, which is done by a special fracking technology of injecting special chemicals and water into the depths of the earth, is enormous for both the underground and the atmosphere, and everyone knows this very well, including Joe Biden. It is not without reason that during the election campaign, contrary to Trump’s efforts, he announced a complete departure from shale gas production for environmental reasons, and at the beginning of his term even banned certain new oil pipeline construction projects, including between Canada and the United States.
All that changed very quickly when Biden and his team became aware of the depth of the danger of “green” misconceptions and the global energy crisis, which hit the EU hardest, drowning in suicidal “vegetables”, wondering how American liquefied gas, instead of to it – sails to such a hated China.
And that, of course, is not all! According to German energy experts published last year, American liquefied shale gas is 3-4 times dirtier in terms of CO2 emissions than natural gas coming to the EU through Russian gas pipelines, primarily those through Nord Stream 1 and 2 built with modern technologies. .
So, it is not a problem to conclude the following:
first, climate change, which objectively exists and about which no one disputes anymore, is one thing, and the methods of combating it are quite another. These methods, as it now comes to the fore, are nothing but a set of hypocrisy and interests, that is. blurring the eyes of the public behind which stands naked and unscrupulous business and a desire to master the natural resources of others. (More on that in our recent major analysis);
and second, the U.S. political and media cold war against China fades after news of the type mentioned above, about an agreement between the two mega-states that was certainly not reached without permission (long before and at the urging) of their state and political leadership. At the same time, it is not at all difficult to imagine how much condemnation Washington would face if a similar signing of long-term energy or economic agreements between the EU and China, or between e.g. Germany or France and China.
Brussels simply found itself in the position of a complete geopolitical loser due to the comfort and lack of necessary state courage of its political elites, incapable of capturing and pursuing the true interests of its member states and their citizens (they will all soon pay high prices) – and was condemned to be on the leash of Washington for a long time, as long as it takes. And he will need it until he is finally convinced that the EU will no longer be a global economic (or, in the long run, political) competitor to the United States, for which it has enough capacity.
Exactly what the previous US President Donald Trump wanted, but he did it with the method of “elephant in a glass room” and drew universal anger. The good, democratic and pro-allied Joe Biden is now actively working on this, in his own way, pleasing to the ears of stupid European elites. The end result will, of course, be the same.