By all appearances, Vladimir Putin looks to be enjoying himself as nations around the world shun oil from Russia.
Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine has many calling for boycotts of all Russian products, but now some are learning Putin has a hold on more than they thought.
And Russia’s ties to radical environmental groups run deep and that could spell disaster for the U.S.
Russia has been accused of funding environmental groups in Europe for years.
According to sources, Russia’s angle was always to steer nations away from energy independence and strengthen Russia’s hold.
Now, leaders in the U.S. are starting to question just how deep Russia’s ties in the environmental community go.
“The Russians actually fund some of the most rabid environmental groups in Europe because they sic them on the energy projects that aren’t Russian,” James Carafano, Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation stated.
After Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, leaders in Europe warned that Russia was steering countries away from fracking in favor of Russian oil.
How was Russia doing this?
By leveraging environmental groups and using disinformation operations.
“I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Prime Minister of Denmark stated in an interview with The Guardian.
Of course, environmental groups continue to vehemently deny any links to Russia.
Greenpeace, in fact, told The Guardian in 2014 that the idea was “preposterous.”
By 2022, Russia’s power over European energy had grown immensely, especially after Germany, France, the Netherlands, Scotland and Bulgaria all banned fracking.
“You’re not really an independent nation if you depend on foreign countries so heavily for your energy supplies,” Michael Shellenberger, the best-selling author of “Apocalypse Never,” told Fox News.
“Europe decided not to frack in large part in response to climate activists,” Shellenberger told Fox News. “We now think there is strong evidence suggesting [the climate activists] were supported directly through financing from Russia.”
In 2017, Republican Representatives Lamar Smith and Randy Weber sent a letter to the then-Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin stating that Russia’s goal was to suppress the adoption of fracking in Europe and the U.S. by “funding such environmental groups.”
Once again, these so-called “environmental activists” have sold out and now they’re being found out.
It really should come as a surprise to no one that Vladimir Putin would do something so deceptive.
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