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By Tintin Storm
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As it is known, the economic sanctions of the United States and Europe could not prevent Russia from carrying out its activities in any area, because in 2016 Russia, despite the sanctions, was able to rise to 45th place from the previous 44th due to the state of finances and tax policy and the labor market. Sanctions do not interfere with Russia and today engage in the country's energy sector, which cannot but make its American partners not nervous.

At the end of March 2019, it became known that the administration of US President D. Trump is preparing a series of measures to improve the position of American companies in the competition for the construction of nuclear power plants of the new generation around the world - a struggle in which they themselves are losing today, trying to dissuade foreigners partners from cooperation with Moscow and Beijing, which in turn are direct competitors of the United States. According to experts, these measures will be a response to the growing primacy of Russia and China in this industry and will help prevent their influence in the international arena by strengthening ties with other states in the field of nuclear energy. At the same time, even taking into account the diplomatic weight of the State Department, it will not be easy to get contracts in the field of energy, as the Americans have difficulties even with building reactors at home.

It should be recalled that a few decades ago, the United States was a leader in the export of atomic energy, but today they had to face stiff competition in this industry, including from allies, such as France or South Korea. However, the Trump administration and experts in the field of nuclear nonproliferation are most concerned about the growing dominance in the Beijing and Moscow markets. For example, the Russian company Rosatom, a long-established exporter, supplies reactors for nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe, Bangladesh and Turkey.

The United States, due to the lack of competitiveness of its own energy companies, has long begun to pursue a policy of sanctions pressure on the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. So, in 2018, the government of D. Trump imposed sanctions against Russia and Iran in order to maintain its own oil and gas industry. That is, if Iran blocks the Strait of Hormuz, this will have major consequences for the international oil markets, because about a third of the world’s oil is transported through this strait. The same applies to the sabotage of the gas pipeline project of the Russian energy giant Gazprom, Nord Stream-2, which should provide gas supply to Europe from Russia.

Moreover, in early March 2019, the US Senate submitted a bill on new anti-Russian sanctions with the aim of the collapse of Russian oil production. It was proposed to prohibit any company or individual to finance, provide services and technologies for new oil production or modernization projects already operating in Russia. Furthermore, any energy projects around the world involving Russian state and parastatal companies will fall under the restrictions. However, Russia, in turn, is absolutely not worried about this, and the Russian Gazprom even answered that it will always be competitive compared to the American LNG, and for example, the Nord Stream-2 project is not a new project at all, therefore the Russian the government does not care about the statements of sanctions by the Senate. According to analysts, America is now risking its actions to turn the whole world back to itself and earn instead of partners direct enemies.

According to experts, Russia remains and will remain the largest exporter of oil and gas. For example, according to the forecast of the British BP, in 20 years Russia will meet five percent of the global demand for primary energy resources and produce up to 14% of oil and gas.
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By SSDR
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The United States needs to stop wasting so much shit. They have big houses, drive big ass trucks, and waste A LOT of utilities. The United States also doesn't use enough renewable resources such as solar energy. Many American companies also waste a lot of stuff (which is the main reason why the minimum wage isn't livable anymore). The States' infrastructure is also set up where you have to drive EVERYWHERE. They need to change that because they waste a lot of oil and gasoline.
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By Rancid
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SSDR wrote:The United States needs to stop wasting so much shit. They have big houses, drive big ass trucks, and waste A LOT of utilities. The United States also doesn't use enough renewable resources such as solar energy. Many American companies also waste a lot of stuff (which is the main reason why the minimum wage isn't livable anymore). The States' infrastructure is also set up where you have to drive EVERYWHERE. They need to change that because they waste a lot of oil and gasoline.


This is changing, just slowly. Aside from that, I think driverless car technology is set to create massive energy savings.

Anyway, the US government has subsided eh oil and gas industry like hell over the last 100 years. I wonder how fast we could get there if they did the same for other forms of energy.
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By SSDR
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@Rancid, Well yeah, the closer you get to today, the more cars are owned. There were like twice as many cars in the States in the 1950's than there were in the 1930's. Many American households had more than one car by the 1970's, and since the 1990's, more and more Americans personally own more than one car. To some American houses, even working class houses, there's always like two or three cars parked there. Populations also increase, thus needing more cars. And newer communities are farther apart, thus increasing commute times. That is the main reason why the U.S. government is increasing gasoline emission regulations.

More Americans nowadays own pick up trucks and SUV's. Prior to the 1980's, they were very rare.

But it's not just the car obsessed part of the States that's draining natural resources. That's not even the main problem. The main problem is UTILITIES. Americans waste so much utilities that if every person in the world used as much utilities as the average Yank, the world would cease to exist unless if renewable energy resources such as solar or wind energy were used. Americans love to leave the lights on at night. They love to leave the lights on in buildings that are not occupied.
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By Rancid
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SSDR wrote:@Rancid, Well yeah, the closer you get to today, the more cars are owned. There were like twice as many cars in the States in the 1950's than there were in the 1930's. Many American households had more than one car by the 1970's, and since the 1990's, more and more Americans personally own more than one car. To some American houses, even working class houses, there's always like two or three cars parked there. Populations also increase, thus needing more cars. And newer communities are farther apart, thus increasing commute times. That is the main reason why the U.S. government is increasing gasoline emission regulations.

More Americans nowadays own pick up trucks and SUV's. Prior to the 1980's, they were very rare.

But it's not just the car obsessed part of the States that's draining natural resources. That's not even the main problem. The main problem is UTILITIES. Americans waste so much utilities that if every person in the world used as much utilities as the average Yank, the world would cease to exist unless if renewable energy resources such as solar or wind energy were used. Americans love to leave the lights on at night. They love to leave the lights on in buildings that are not occupied.


You're not listening. It's changing. The trend currently is to move in a direction that is actually more energy efficient.

- Younger generations in America own less cars than the older generation.
- Younger generations do not hold driver's licenses like older generations do.
- Younger generations prefer to live in a dense city with good public transportation.
- Younger generations prefer smaller houses.
- Younger generations do not find driving enjoyable like older generations do.
- Driverless cars will massively decrease fuel consumption as well as make public transport even more viable.
- More cities are zoning for Density. Example, right here in Austin they are starting to get rid of single family zoning. In my very neighborhood, single family homes are getting torn down so that multi-family housing can be built. This is happening in many cities.
- More cities are investing in public transport. Right here in Austin, we have a light rail system, which is crazy for a city of its size.

The above is totally documented. YOu can search this up yourself.

As for utilities, that's a difficult one. That said, renewables are getting adopted more and more in the US. Not Less. I invite you to live in the US South East or South West without air conditioning. You're fucking crazy.

Anyway, your biases are too strong so you can't really have a real conversation on this.

Sidenote:
Europeans are starting to buy bigger cars now, by the way. ;)
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By SSDR
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@Rancid, I disagree with you. I have talked to older Americans before, such as World War Two veterans, etc. and they told me that the more recent generations own MORE. There are TWICE as many cars in the States in 1990 than there were in 1970. And the same trend for the 1930's compared to the 1950's.

More teenagers in the States drive now then they did 50 or 60 years ago. Back then, most people didn't start driving until they were 18 years of age. Now, it's more like 16 years of age. U.S. populations were more urbanized up until after the Second World War. Suburban expansions first started in the 1920's, strongly increased again in the 1950's, and again in the 1980's and 1990's with Reaganism and "McMansions."

Newer houses in the USA are bigger than older houses on average.

Public transportation was pretty common back then in the States. Public rams, subway systems, trains, buses, and taxis were common place.

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Sidenote Response: Because it's so Americanized now. People are bigger, more athletic, and are so much into social media and partying. These are all symbols of Americana.

Before Americanization (Berlin 1910):

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After Americanization (Berlin 2010's):

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Look at how fat so many people are nowadays. Growth hormones added to foods, people eating more nowadays, and more meat consumption now all contribute to this.
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