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PostMore on Pipelines and Wildlife (Robert Gibbs, USA, 06/14/14 11:23 am)
In response to Eugenio Battaglia, Tor Guimaraes, and Randy Black, with regrets for the delay in sending this:
1. For Eugenio, I am not a supporter of the EU and ever since a very long and tedious explanation by the Wilson Government at a lecture at All Souls (Oxford) on the advantages of EEC, I have remained positively indifferent. Yet I do not see Eugenio's point, if South Stream is just a stalking horse pipe dream (excuse the phrase). But the real boon for Italy is the construction of the Azerbaijani Trans-Anatolian pipeline and its TNAP Adriatic/Greece pipeline into Italy (with an identified gas reserves). This coupled with the North African and LNG supplies will leave Italy awash in natural gas, probably more than it can currently address (lack of storage facilities). So Italy did not really lose out on South Stream.
2. I regret that I could not respond to Tor's comments on my recent posting on Ukraine, as he deserves an answer. I am not sure that armed gunmen around a polling booth will constitute a fair, free and formal election. Nor does passing out Russian passports. Does this mean that Tor wants a succession plebiscite in Chechnya, Tarterstan, etc.?
Also, just to be clear, there are no ABMs in Eastern Europe. Remember the "reset." Nor are there any US bases in Eastern Europe. The only base I am aware of is a rather small temporary logistics base in Hungary for operations in the former Yugoslavia.
3 For Randy and Eugenio regarding the thinning of and or killing of wildlife in the US, Randy is quite correct in his observation, as is Bert Westbrook. I live in a very pastoral part of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, and aside from the usual wild animals including mountain goats, elk, otters, beavers, etc., the town has adopted a herd of elk which we have to "thin" periodically least they overgraze private land and thus cost the county and state money for reimbursement. (With no predators and no hunting of the town's elk, the heard doubles in size every two years.) The real problem here is with the reintroduction of wolves to Washington. This costs the state for reimbursing ranchers for the loss of their prized cattle and sheep (wolves seem to prefer prize animals). This is a major problem, causing no small conflict between those who see wolves as nature's pets and working farms and ranches.
By way of conclusion, I shall only point out that just yesterday the deer ate Rose's flowers. God help them--they are on their own. Also last year my daughter's dog was attacked by a pack of coyotes and she lives in downtown Los Angeles.
JE comments: Lots to chew on here, but for now I'll just say "howdy" to Bob Gibbs. Hope all is well, Bob: I'll give you a call soon.