On energy, Democrats are Putin’s useful idiots

· May 24, 2018  
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The news reports revealing that the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign have Democrats and former President Obama’s “deep state” operatives going to desperate lengths to distract Americans from the truth. Former CIA Director John Brennan urged Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., in a tweet to challenge President Trump, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper defended the FBI on CNN for spying on the Trump campaign.

Hillary Clinton also joined the desperation ranks. During a commencement speech at Yale University, she waved a Russian fur hat on stage, saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” insinuating a Putin role in the election of President Trump.

Stripping away Clinton’s ridiculous claim and the wild lashing out from the “deep state,” the truth remains: Democrats are Russian President Vladimir Putin’s best allies.

The anti-fossil fuel energy policy promoted by Democrats aligns perfectly with Russia’s economic needs. Russia is highly dependent on fossil fuel exports for revenue, and competition from the U.S.’s vast energy natural resources poses a direct threat to Putin.

Restrictions on the development and use of coal, oil, and natural gas resources through heavy-handed federal regulations are the ideal U.S. policy for Putin. Limits on fossil fuel development and regulation were the foundation of Obama’s energy policy, and Clinton did not deviate far from her prior boss’ platform. As with Obama, climate change was the cornerstone of Clinton’s proposed energy policy, and she supported Obama’s war on coal and also sought to replace fossil fuels with so-called “clean energy.”

To the dismay of Democrats and Putin, President Trump wants the U.S to be an energy superpower, and his policies are unleashing our energy natural resources by reducing regulations and opening up areas for development.

When President Trump decided to pull the U.S. out of the United Nations’ Paris climate accord, he was blasted by a choir of left-wing politicians, environmental activists, and the agenda driven liberal media. Notably, Clinton and her husband, as well as Putin, made negative comments about President Trump’s decision.

Hillary called it “an historic mistake,” and former President Bill Clinton added, “Walking away from Paris is a mistake.”

Putin’s criticism was more subtle and disguised as a joke. Putin said he could blame the weather conditions in Moscow “… on American imperialism.” Putting his sarcasm aside, Putin is very serious about using devious methods to restrict development of U.S. energy resources.

In March, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology released a report that detailed the efforts by Russia to negatively impact U.S. fossil fuel development using social media. The committee found, “… Russian agents were exploiting American social media platforms in an effort to disrupt domestic energy markets, suppress research and development of fossil-fuels, and stymie efforts to expand the use of natural gas.”

Climate change, blocking pipeline construction, and stopping development of natural gas through fracking were the top priorities of the social media effort under accounts created by the Internet Research Agency in Russia, the same company special counsel Robert Mueller indicted for interfering with the 2016 presidential election.

Previously, news reports discussed the possibility that environmental activist groups are being funneled Russian funds to promote government adoption of anti-fossil fuel policies.

Clinton and Obama are by far not the only Democrats acting as Putin’s energy useful idiots. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in the state, and his Department of Environmental Conservation has so far blocked the construction of the Constitution Pipeline by denying a water permit to allow the project to move forward. The Constitution Pipeline would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania to upstate New York.

New England is running an extreme anti-fossil fuel energy policy that is starving the region of cheap and reliable energy. During last winter’s cold snap, New England’s inadequate natural gas pipeline infrastructure reached its limit, and the region’s power was supplemented by liquefied natural gas from Russia.

The pro-fossil fuel energy policy advanced by President Trump is being used to challenge Russia. President Trump is confronting Russia’s energy dominance in eastern Europe by exporting liquefied natural gas to Poland and the Baltic states. In addition, the U.S. is actively trying to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany.

When it comes to energy policy, Putin and Democrats are on the same team, but, thankfully, President Trump understands the importance of an America First energy policy.


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Author: Dr. Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.