Germany’s second most important source of energy is natural gas. We produce almost none of it ourselves, and yet it is crucial for electricity generation, for our industry, and to heat our homes. Prior to the Ukraine war, we got about half of our natural gas from Russia. Since the imposition of sanctions, the Russian regime has retaliated by reducing supply drastically; right now, the crucial Nord Stream 1 pipeline is operating at 20% capacity. At first Gazprom pleaded (disingenuously) that the reduced flow was down to routine maintenance. Germany responded by asking Canada to violate their own sanctions and return to Germany a Nord Stream 1 turbine that had been sent there for repairs. The Canadians agreed, and that turbine is now
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