Richard Heinberg On The Implications of Russian Sanctions

Here's a link to a great short post from Richard Heinberg from the
Post-Carbon Institute – shedding a little common sense into the 
sound and fury against the evil Putin. Ha!

New Russia Sanctions: Washington, Delusional About US Energy Capacity, Lashes Out
by Richard Heinberg for the Post Carbon Institute (Posted Jul 30, 2014)

From the article:

The New York Times reports that “The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources.” The new sanctions would deny Russia access to western technology needed to access polar oil and deepwater oil, as well as tight oil produced by hydrofracturing and horizontal drilling.

It’s good to know that a lot of Russian oil is likely to stay in the ground rather than being burned in Russian, Chinese, and European car and truck engines, adding to global climate change. But that’s not really the intent of the sanctions; evidently the purpose is merely to punish Vladimir Putin for resisting Western attempts to surround his nation with NATO bases and missiles. For some reason intelligible only to neoconservatives, nuclear-armed Washington seems intent on provoking a major confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia. As justification, we Americans are told in no uncertain terms that Russia was behind the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17—despite a remarkable lack of actual evidence to that effect (as veteran journalist Robert Parry points out here).