Americans want support for law enforcement and expanded domestic oil and gas production, focus on infrastructure and support for Ukraine, and Republicans are well-positioned to make those arguments. But Donald Trump isn't.
How much of the often violent activism against things like oil development and oil pipelines is an organic part of American politics, and how much of it was the result of Russian manipulations and inducements?
Despite the impression you may get from the politicians and the pundits, we're not only still using oil, gas, and coal, we're using more of it than ever. The only thing that has changed, thanks to the aforementioned activism, is who is producing it.
The war in Ukraine has precipitated some review of Russia-exposed investments, but to use that as the only impetus for reviewing our investments suggests that we only care about the brutality of regimes like Putin's when it crosses international boundaries and we can't ignore it anymore.
It's fashionable to be cynical about politics. To believe that one candidate isn't all that different from another. That attitude is a luxury afforded to us by decades of relative peace and prosperity. It really does matter who leads us, and at present, we are not well-led.
A senior Biden administration official said the pair had a direct conversation touching on all the issues the United States has raised in public. The official said it remains unclear whether Putin is willing to pursue a diplomatic path.
February 12, 2022 02:12 PM
By Trevor Hunnicutt and Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters