Russia has been blamed for one thing after another in the political arena for years. More often than not the blame turns out to be a smokescreen of some sort. However, according to a recent report from the Gatestone Institute, it turns out that money from Russia is being used to fund the environmental campaigns that are inspiring governments in the developed world to abandon petroleum and nuclear power plants in favor of expensive wind and solar forms of energy.
Russia, it turns out, has reportedly been promoting, often through “dark money” via Bermuda – which does not require donor countries to be named — “green” campaigns against nuclear power to ensure dependence by the West on imports of Russia’s fossil fuels. According to an article in The Hill:
“In 2014 – the same year Russia annexed Crimea – then-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that Russia was covertly working to undermine European and U.S. fossil fuel production…”
According to The Guardian, Rasmussen… claimed in a presentation to a think tank in London, “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – environmental organizations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”
This has been known in political circles for years.
But a NATO official did tell The Guardian, “Russia has been using a mix of hard and soft power in its attempt to recreate a sphere of influence, including through a campaign of disinformation on many issues, including energy.”
While environmental NGOs denounced Rasmussen’s claims, money can be laundered through various organizations in such a way that the final recipient (e.g., a non-profit environmental activist group) has no idea of the funding’s real origins.
And that’s where the Smith-Weber letter comes in.
The letter notes that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained in a speech to a private audience in 2016, “We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians …”
So, as it turns out, Russia really is behind the big push for energy dependence on them.
Follow the money every time.