Sec. of State Blinken: Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipelines Presents a 'Tremendous Opportunity'

Chris Menahan
Oct. 03, 2022

Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines as "a tremendous opportunity" in a press conference on Friday.

Transcript via the State Department:
SECRETARY BLINKEN: I think first it's important to make clear that these pipelines – that is, Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 – were not pumping gas into Europe at this time. Nord Stream 2 never became operational, as is well known. Nord Stream 1 has been shut down for weeks because of Russia's weaponization of energy.

What we've been doing – and we've also been working on this together for many, many weeks as we saw the Russian aggression in Ukraine and as we saw the ongoing weaponization of energy by Russia – is to work very closely with European partners as well as countries around the world to make sure that there is enough energy on world markets. And so we've significantly increased our production as well as making available to Europe liquefied natural gas. And we're now the leading supplier of LNG to Europe to help compensate for any gas or oil that it's losing as a result of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

We've worked to release oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to make sure as well that there is oil on the markets and to help keep prices down. We've engaged with the European Union and established months ago a task force to work directly with Europe on ways to decrease demand to help get through the winter, as well as to pursue additional supply and to find ways to speed up the transition to renewables even as we're getting through this challenging period. So all of that work is ongoing.

My own sense – and I mentioned this the other day – is, look, there's a lot of hard work to do to make sure that countries and partners get through the winter. Europe itself has taken very significant steps to both decrease demand but also look at ways to pursue the transition to renewables at the same time. And ultimately this is also a tremendous opportunity. It's a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs. That's very significant and that offers tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come, but meanwhile, we're determined to do everything we possibly can to make sure that the consequences of all of this are not borne by citizens in our countries or, for that matter, around the world. [Emphasis added]
Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm echoed Blinken's comments and hailed the pipelines destruction for helping accelerate "the EU's push to become energy independent through clean energy."

As Tucker Carlson noted last week, if the US bombed these pipelines it amounts to an historic act of "environmental terrorism."

"The people lecturing you about your SUV may have blown up a natural gas pipeline and created one of the great catastrophes of our time in its effect on the environment," Carlson said. "If they did this, this will be one of the craziest, most destructive things any American administration has ever done."

Joe Biden made a "promise" in February that if Russia invades Ukraine "then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2."

"We will bring an end to it... I promise you, we will be able to do that," Biden said.

Polish MEP Radoslaw Sikorski retweeted Biden's "promise" last week and openly "thanked" the US for the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines in a Twitter post he has since deleted.

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