Saturday, January 07, 2006

How Not To Convert Gas To Power

Here's an interesting article from the International Herald Tribune, regarding Vladimir Putin's use of gas supplies as a tool of intimidation with neighboring countries (hat tip: RCP). I like their definition of energy security:
"Energy security" is cited by many but defined by few: if it has any real meaning for the United States and Europe, it means diversification in the sources and types of energy so that suppliers cannot force political acquiescence on dependent customers. Russia has a potential role to play in reducing energy insecurity for the United States and Europe by diversifying energy supply sources. But the dispute with Ukraine has illustrated the danger that Russia's emergence as a global energy power may itself create new vulnerabilities through dependence on a country willing to use its energy power for political coercion.


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