An article by Reuters looks at the state of uncertainty that many European countries are now feeling as Russia is being seen increasingly as an unreliable partner, yet they depend on Russia to provide around 30 percent of their natural gas supplies. EU officials have been telling Reuters reporter Barbara Lewis that since Russia-Ukraine tensions have escalated, the political will to cut their dependence of Russia for energy supplies has never been greater, and are looking for ways to become more self-reliant in energy production.
The European Commission has set ambitious goals for renewable energy production — 20 per cent by 2020, and some are calling for even an even higher percentage.
A draft of a statement to be presented at an EU Summit today reads:
“Efforts to reduce Europe’s high gas energy dependency rates should be intensified, especially for the most dependent Member States. Moderating energy demand through enhanced energy efficiency should be the first step which will also contribute to other energy and climate objectives. With a view to the decisions on the new policy framework for energy and climate the European Council calls on the Commission to conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and to present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence.”
I’m sure I’m not the only one here who is thinking that LENR is an energy source that could go a long way in helping nations achieve their goals for energy independence. If good news on the E-Cat report comes out in the near future it might be something that can attract the attention of leaders who currently see themselves in a very unstable situation in terms of energy supplies. Net energy producers like Russia might also see the value in adopting LENR for domestic energy production if they see revenue supplies threatened by a dwindling petroleum orders. Conditions could be ripe for a mass transformation in the energy scene.