Secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that he believes Russia is working with environmental groups to oppose fracking developments in Europe, so that countries stay hooked on Russia’s gas supply.
The former Danish prime minister said it was his personal opinion that the Russian government was secretly working with green organisations to paint the process of extracting shale gas in a bad light.
He said they were doing so in order to affect Europe’s energy security and keep countries dependent on gas from Russia – which he stressed as his own interpretation.
Rasmussen said, “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.”
Shale gas has been increasingly considered across Europe as a transition fuel to a low-carbon economy and energy security, especially in the UK, which is said to have huge reserves. However, the extraction process, known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, is highly controversial, and has been linked with groundwater pollution, methane leaks and earthquakes.
The claim sparked ironic comments from green groups, with Greenpeace wondering “what they’re smoking over at Nato HQ”.
Friends of the Earth’s head of campaigns, Andrew Pendleton commented, “We’ve consistently urged the government to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels from abroad by developing Britain’s homegrown renewable energy.
“Perhaps the Russians are worried about our huge wind and solar potential, and have infiltrated the UK government.”
Russia, which recently signed a multibillion gas deal with China, is going through a delicate period over its relationships with western countries because of the political situation in Ukraine. This has led to many EU nations worrying and reshaping energy policies, as they largely depend on Russian gas.
Photo: Robin Webster
Like our Facebook Page
Strange Ways the Sporting World Impacts the Environment
The Future of Cryptocurrency is Eco-Friendlier than the Present
Why Bill Gates Is Wrong on the Climate Impact of Bitcoin
Everything You Need to Know to Create an Eco-Friendly Nursery
4 Environmental Benefits of Using A Buckwheat Pillow
Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of The Office Furniture!
7 Huge Advantages of Using Solar Power at Home
5 Important Changes to Become An Eco-Friendly Nicotine User
4 Great Ways to be a Committed Eco-Tourist While Flying
7 Basic Types of Forex Charts Ethical Investors Must Understand
How to Make Your Ecommerce Business More Eco-Friendly?
How Can Social Media Help In Promoting Sustainable Lifestyle?
Luxury Development for The Ultra-Rich Causing Climate Change Conundrum in Barbuda
How Does Bitcoin Mining Work and is it Eco-Friendly?
Is Gen Z Ahead of Millennials in Terms of Eco-Investing?
Four Reasons Why Buying Used Cars Is the Way to Go Green
There is no Planet B: The Growing Importance of ESG
Wonderful Environmental Monitoring Tips to Keep Indoor Air Clean
The Tremendous Benefits of Investing in Energy-Efficient Windows
4 Morning Productivity Tips for Green Entrepreneurs that Are Night Owls
- Features10 months ago
Eco-Friendly Interior Design Is Easier Than You Might Think
- Features7 months ago
Eco-Friendly Hacks To Create A Durable Shop For Your Home
- Features8 months ago
5 Simple Ways To Create A Greener And Healthier Home
- Environment11 months ago
The Benefits Of Sustainable Agriculture For Farmers