Canadian ‘solidarity’ means no LNG for EU
Western energy solidarity is running out of steam. Canada is currently offering a chilling example of how Western “partners” should not treat each other.
Published: February 3, 2023, 7:17 am
When the EU announced its renunciation of Russian gas supplies in response to the war in Ukraine in spring 2022, all European governments praised the switch to liquefied natural gas – also known as LNG gas – as a great (and much more expensive) alternative.
The US and Canada, among others, were touted as suppliers who should step in to make up for the sanctioned Russian gas deliveries.
While the American LNG industry is now benefiting greatly from the loss of Russian competition, Canada is no longer sticking to its earlier aid commitments. The country does not want to build transhipment terminals for shipping LNG gas to Europe – citing concerns about “climate protection”.
In order to ship LNG to Europe, new LNG terminals would have to be built on Canada’s east coast. But the provinces there are opposed to such a project.
Canada’s western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan currently supply the Asian market. From there, gas flows through pipelines to the United States and further to eastern Canada. There are no terminals on the east coast for LNG transport to Europe.
Canadian politicians have now made it absolutely clear that this is to remain the case. In doing so, the country is missing out on a huge opportunity in the midst of the gas crisis, while at the same time letting Europe down.
The behavior of the province of Québec is exemplary. In the summer of 2021, almost eight months before the Ukraine war broke out, the Quebec government decided to reduce its CO2 emissions by using low-carbon energy sources. It therefore refused approval for the $14 billion Energie Saguenay LNG export project. It should have transported natural gas from western Canada to a liquefaction and export terminal in Saguenay, Quebec. This would have required a new 780-kilometer gas pipeline from northern Ontario.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault initially supported the project but later changed his mind. One reason for this was local opposition, including a politically active and vocal group of environmentalists. Even the Ukraine war did not change the situation. What’s more, Québec has now started to ban all oil and gas production. This happened seven weeks after the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
Canada took part in a March 24 meeting with the International Energy Agency last year and made an explicit promise there that it would help Europe to replace Russian supplies of coal, oil and natural gas.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, said Canada has the capacity to increase its oil and gas exports by up to 300 000 barrels per day by 2022 to improve global energy security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Therefore, “Canada is exploring options to replace Russian gas with LNG from Canada, following requests from European countries”.
It turned out to be just empty promises as Canada’s “solidarity” with its European partners is non-existent.
Blackouts in northern Germany
Energy experts have long warned the German government about power outages if they pursue their current political course. Now the long-feared emergency struck, initially “only” in the Harz, highland area in northern Germany. The first major blackout occurred there in the night from Sunday to Monday – the power was off for several hours. The power went out for four hours in Halberstadt and Blankenburg (Saxony-Anhalt). Tens of thousands of households sat in the dark, while hospitals had to switch to emergency power.
The first fluctuations in the power grid were already evident early on Sunday evening. The official reason given was some isolated iced and then torn power lines. From 10 pm the electricity in the Harz district was largely gone. The cell phone network was also down. The fire brigade had to man the equipment sheds in order to set off an alarm by radio in an emergency.
At the same time, the hospital in Halberstadt prepared for emergencies: “Our emergency power generator switched on immediately, and all critical areas could be supplied.” MRI and CT were shut down to save electricity.
At 10:38 pm, the state government in Magdeburg sent an official hazard notification to all cell phones: “Help the elderly, stock up on drinking water, prepare for an evacuation.” Another message followed at 0:27 am: “It is not foreseeable when a reconnection can be expected.”
The fire brigade began to move the first seriously ill people to ensure the continuity of artificial respiration.
The electricity only came back on at 2 am, four hours after the first outage. The danger report was canceled after another hour and a half – but in the morning thousands of households were suddenly without electricity again. The supply was not restored until 12:30 pm.
There was no reason to rejoice however, because on Tuesday the local network operator Avacon felt compelled to announce on its website that further disruptions could not be ruled out.
Big oil are the big winners
US oil producers “have raked in more than $200bn in profits” due to Western sanctions which sent global energy prices soaring.
China has meanwhile positioned itself in the Ukraine conflict with unusual clarity. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning on Monday openly named the United States as the culprit in the war in Ukraine: “The United States are the ones who triggered the Ukraine crisis.” The United States was also “the biggest factor fueling the crisis”.
And another reproach leveled at Washington was that by supplying Ukraine with heavy and offensive weapons, the US was prolonging and intensifying the conflict.
Mao Ning made the allegations in response to a question about American allegations that Chinese companies might be supporting the Russian side. The spokeswoman spoke of “unfounded suspicions” and “baseless blackmail”.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
EUROPEAN ELECTIONSOn Saturday, August 26, representatives of six European nationalist parties gathered in Budapest. The meeting was initiated by the Hungarian party Mi Hazánk and took place in the national parliament. Representatives of the parties signed a joint declaration that not only reaffirms the parties' friendship but also their unity on a range of complex political issues. A surprisingly clear and radical manifesto was established. The hope is that this cooperation will lead to success in the EU elections and eventually result in the formation of a group in the European Parliament. For Swedish nationalism, this meeting marks a success as Sweden, for the first time, has a party represented in a leading nationalist cooperation in Europe. Free West Media was present at this historic event.
Sweden will have to wait a bit longer for NATO membership, according to Turkey's Justice Minister Jilmaz Tunc. First, Sweden must extradite the "terrorists" Turkey wants and stop the desecration of the Quran.
The Russian attack helicopter Ka-52 is considered one of the world's best and has struck fear in Ukraine, where it has hunted down tanks and other armored vehicles, often beyond the range of many light anti-aircraft systems. However, it has met its match in the Swedish air defense missile system RBS 70, which has quickly led to significant losses for the Russian helicopter forces.
Top Researchers Push Back Against Climate Lies."The correlation is as clear as day," explained the Israeli astrophysicist Nir Shaviv, who was hailed by the establishment, before his interview with Forbes was hastily deleted. What he says contradicts the climate narrative, which points to humans as responsible for Earth's climate. Shaviv firmly asserts that it is the sun that controls the climate, something that can be scientifically proven in many ways. Contrary to the popular belief, the sun's influence on Earth has, in recent years, caused unusually cold and rainy weather, a trend that solar researchers warn will worsen significantly in the coming decades. The sun has exhibited an unusually low activity since 2016, during Solar Cycle 24, which was the weakest in a century.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) held a party conference on July 29-30 to select candidates for the upcoming EU election next year. EU Parliament member Maximilian Krah, belonging to the party's more radical, ethnonationalist faction, was appointed as the top candidate. The party's two spokespersons delivered powerful speeches criticizing the EU's failed migration policy and trade sanctions that isolate Europe and Germany from the rest of the world. They argued that it's time for the EU to return a significant portion of its power to national parliaments. However, they have dropped the demand for Germany to exit the EU.
The rising popularity of AfD has raised strong concerns within the establishment. Despite lies and demonization in the media and isolation from the overall political establishment, the party continues to grow. Certain representatives of the party are accused of becoming increasingly "extreme," and in an unusual move, the influential weekly newspaper Der Spiegel demanded that AfD be "banned."
What is happening in the Netherlands? It is often difficult to follow events in other countries, especially when distorted by system media. We give Forum for Democracy (FvD) the opportunity to speak out on the political situation in the Netherlands and the staunch resistance they face in trying to save the country.
After a criminal complaint in Belgium against the President of the European Commission, the so-called SMS-case, now takes a new turn. The judge responsible for the investigation will likely gain access to the secret messages exchanged between Ursula von der Leyen and Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, at least if they haven't been deleted.
Arktos has distinguished itself by publishing groundbreaking philosophers and social critics. Now, the publisher's international distributor has abruptly terminated the cooperation, and more than 400 already printed titles cannot reach their audience. There is strong evidence that the distributor has been under pressure, something that has also happened in Sweden. We have spoken with Arktos founder Daniel Friberg about the ongoing struggle for freedom of speech in a shrinking cultural corridor.
The Catholic bishops of the Scandinavian countries presented an open five-page letter criticizing transgender ideology on March 21, just before Easter. The document primarily expresses care and advice and was read aloud in Catholic churches in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, is one of the signatories of the document.