Energy: Europe Agrees on Emergency Gas Cuts; Russia Tightens Supplies

    Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • On Tues., the EU approved a gas-rationing plan to mandatorily reduce consumption by 15%, with some exemptions being approved as European countries' dependence on Russian gas varies across member nations.

    • Meanwhile, US officials reportedly headed to Europe to discuss emergency plans with the US-EU energy task force, including expanding nuclear power production, despite Germany's intention to phase out nuclear power by 2022.


    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Relying on Russian energy supplies was a huge mistake made by European leaders in the past. Now, emergency measures are necessary to mitigate problems as Moscow plans to weaponize Nord Stream 1 to retaliate against the sanctions for its brutal invasion of Ukraine.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    European leaders are acting irrationally after they attempted to damage Russia's energy sector and failed. Despite having created the ongoing energy crisis themselves, these leaders are now blaming Russia while demanding their citizens conserve electricity and water.


    Establishment split

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