Putin Saves Europe. Declared A Hero

Sometimes A County’s Gotta Do What A Country’s Gotta Do

I’ve changed my opinion. For all the times I’ve called Soviet Russian Premier Vladimir Putin an evil dictator, a dangerous demagogue intent on expanding the Russian Empire and a vicious murderer, I must now admit that he’s about to be the saviour of Europe.

Just when it seemed the Russia-Ukraine natural-gas dispute was solved, tempers flared again Wednesday. Europe is still the big loser, as Russian gas still isn’t flowing across Ukraine and to the West. The big winner? Nuclear power.

Huh? Would the EU allow that?

Both [Slovakia and Bulgaria] have restarted Soviet-era nuclear reactors they mothballed as a condition to join the European economic bloc. Slovakia’s president openly said that, faced with a “cold and dark” winter or a wrist slap from Brussels, he’s prepared to power up the nuclear reactors and deal with the consequences later. Poland, which isn’t in the EU, just said that nuclear power will be a cornerstone of its new energy policy.

Even Western European countries long leery of nuclear power are rethinking it. Italy’s large gas reserves kept it insulated from the latest crisis, but it still sparked government officials into a call for more nuclear power to boost Italy’s energy security.

Ah! So they’ve got a reason to ignore the EU (as if they needed another one).

Even Western European countries long leery of nuclear power are rethinking it. Italy’s large gas reserves kept it insulated from the latest crisis, but it still sparked government officials into a call for more nuclear power to boost Italy’s energy security.

Even in Germany, where Green Party politicians hold a nuclear moratorium sacred, the debate is getting fresh legs. Power sector executives said today they are pretty confident that the double whammy of climate change and the need for more energy security will force Germany to reconsider its current nuclear policy.

Imagine that. Dissension in Europe over energy policy, and countries actually shaking off their masters in Brussels.

We have Vladimir Putin to thank for it.  In my wildest imagination, I would love him to continue to be the biggest tool of history, ever, like that.

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