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house Bill H.R. 1616

Should the U.S. Invest in Natural Gas & Energy Infrastructure in Central & Eastern Europe to Counter Russian Influence?

Argument in favor

Europe’s dependence on Russian energy makes it susceptible to Russian manipulation and coercion. Helping our European allies diversify their energy sources will help them become less beholden to Russia, benefiting both regional and global security.

Daniel's Opinion
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03/26/2019
Reading reasons against posted by others, most say we should be investing in renewable energy. Is there a reason we can’t do both?
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Mark's Opinion
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03/24/2019
The more influence we lose the weaker we become
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James's Opinion
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03/24/2019
That’s. Wise idea as most European countries get their natural gas from Russia! Russia used it as both a bargaining tool and a threat to cut off! We have an endless supply of natural gas and it can be liquified and transported by ship to Europe!
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Investing in new energy infrastructure and projects in Europe likely won’t break Russia’s current dominance in the market, because Russian exports are cheap and readily available.

DavisTrev's Opinion
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03/24/2019
We should not fight Russia on their terms. Instead we should invest heavily and rapidly in renewables, which is the energy sector of the future. Renewables will soon dominate the energy sector and America could be a top manufacturer, making us indispensable to world energy markets. This would certainly be of interest to our economic prosperity as well as national interests. Advancing fossil fuel free technology would undermine our geopolitical rival, Russia, since they rely heavily on oil prices, which would collapse under market pressures. It would also decrease the worlds hyper focus on the Middle East, which is being torn apart by various powers vying for control of the oil. Saving the planet for my grandchildren would be the icing on the cake.
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Bhuvanesh's Opinion
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03/24/2019
No, the US should invest only in renewables regardless of other foreign policy goals.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/24/2019
We should be investing in renewable energy infrastructure, not fossil fuels.
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    Reading reasons against posted by others, most say we should be investing in renewable energy. Is there a reason we can’t do both?
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    We should not fight Russia on their terms. Instead we should invest heavily and rapidly in renewables, which is the energy sector of the future. Renewables will soon dominate the energy sector and America could be a top manufacturer, making us indispensable to world energy markets. This would certainly be of interest to our economic prosperity as well as national interests. Advancing fossil fuel free technology would undermine our geopolitical rival, Russia, since they rely heavily on oil prices, which would collapse under market pressures. It would also decrease the worlds hyper focus on the Middle East, which is being torn apart by various powers vying for control of the oil. Saving the planet for my grandchildren would be the icing on the cake.
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    No, the US should invest only in renewables regardless of other foreign policy goals.
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    We should be investing in renewable energy infrastructure, not fossil fuels.
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    The more influence we lose the weaker we become
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    The U.S. needs to invest in our own infrastructure!!! Roads Bridges Water delivery systems all over the country. And while they’re at they should go on and finish helping Puerto Ricos recovery from the Hurricanes!!! And I thought we were the top exporters of both.. Trey Hollingsworth, could you give a reason why you voted yes on this???
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    The USA should invest only in renewable energy projects in the future to not only be a leader in this area but to encourage others to move in this direction in order to obtain Climate Change goals from the treaty we foolishly dropped out of faster and more completely. This will drive our economy, bring meaningful employment, improve health and environment and help save the planet in the future. Why invest in a dying industry? Plus that will really screw with Russia!
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    That’s. Wise idea as most European countries get their natural gas from Russia! Russia used it as both a bargaining tool and a threat to cut off! We have an endless supply of natural gas and it can be liquified and transported by ship to Europe!
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    Absolutely not. This is just Big Polluters trying to game the system. Invest in solar and wind and other sustainable energy!
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    Why don’t we try investing in something that is good for everyone, like clean new energy. Creates thousands of jobs. Helps keep our planet clean. Nothing good comes from a few getting richer and richer off the backs of the poor. I don’t trust that anything this administration does will be the right and ethical choice for our country or for countries abroad.
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    How about we invest in renewable energy instead of fossil fuels? Instead of trying to play a game of geopolitical chess with Russia, maybe we should try to invest in renewable energy across the world in order to mitigate catastrophic climate change?
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    We need a green new deal.
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    A lot of the problems in the Middle East are directly related to an oil pipeline that would go from the Middle East to Europe. Whoever controls the pipeline the Russians or US will have the money to fund the bigger Military and be the biggest Superpower. However if we just gave renewable energy to Europe, we would nullify the need for the pipeline and meddling with the Middle East putting in people who are friendly to US but many times not to their own people. Also big oil has influenced foreign policy to war because this land has already been divided up and given to these oil companies. They want control of that oil and money asap no matter the cost because no matter the cost they will make so much money they are blind to all other costs including human lives.
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    The partnership and significant competition created in doing so, will certainly create the necessary leverage for the United States and it's allies. Any decision against doing so is short sighted and lacks the long term vision. Don't let China jump in before we do!
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    How about we start investing in Solar and wind farms around the US to replace coal and hydro? We could also help countries build wind and solar systems so they can get off fossil fuels also.
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    The US should be releasing the technology to end dependence on fossil fuels, like automotive engines operating on hydrogen and utilizing WATER as fuel with water vapor the sole emission. THIS TECHNOLOGY EXISTS AND SHOULD BE PUT INTO PRODUCTION, CORPORATE INTERESTS IN OIL NOTWITHSTANDING.
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    Renewable energy ONLY.
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    Nay to HR 1616! Stand for renewables! Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Let’s promote energy that combats extreme climate changes and scientific facts! Do not except bribes from fossil fuel lobbyists! Choose life over greed!
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    We need to Go Green. For our health and environment.
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    No, cuz Russia is wasting its time and money on an old hat energy resource. The future is clean energy, and that’s where money should be invested.
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