This is the same thing that happens to editors in scientific journals when they publish anti-AGW articles.Professor Sacked Over Opinion Article Against Possible Ukraine Invasion
One thing I'd do to reduce Russian influence is to allow export of LNG to Europe, and of course, Ukraine in particular. At the moment, Germany gets 57% of its gas from Russia, and as Russia has cut off gas to Georgia in the past, they are not a business partner one can rely on. Ronald Reagan warned Europe 30 years ago not to be dependent on what was then the Soviet Union, and Russia proving no different. Is there something the US can do? Economic war, export gas. This would wean Europe(and Ukraine and Georgia) off of Russian gas, and kill Russia's export earnings. They survive on fossil fuels. Putin need to be punished, and this would gain him many enemies back at home. Oligarchs don't like their income slashed. The problem with this approach is that Obama would have to stand up to the environazis, which he's shown no ability or inclination to do. The green lobby, rent seekers as they are, would rather Russian domination than increased US fossil fuel production, under the guise of a warming and fierce storm world. In fact, their solution will be to ramp up solar and wind(combined less than 1% of US energy usage) to reduce Russia's influence. While I'm a fan of solar and wind(but particularly solar) as a long term solution, until they are competitive, they are not the solution to current or near future global energy needs. Even ExxonMobil believes hybrids will be about half of US cars in 2040, but that's a long way off vs today's needs. Next year, Ford is moving their F150, the biggest selling vehicle in the US for 32 years, to an aluminum body-in-white, which will reduce the overall vehicle by 700 lbs, increasing estimated mpg from 23 to 30, and now GM is following along. Developments like this will continue to reduce auto fuel requirements per vehicle, at least in the US. Export gas. Bury Russia. Why is it that Obama threatens and punishes the US' friends, Mubarak, Israel, etc., and plays nice with enemies, like Iran, Russia, Syria? China has supported Russia in the Crimea takeover. What will Obama do if the Chinese militarily step up their claims for the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands? Allies increasingly find the US as an unreliable partner when it comes to most things, but especially security. I mean, climate change as the world's greatest threat? Think the Ukrainians, Georgians, the former Eastern bloc or Japan, Korea and Taiwan feel like that? How about the Israelis, Saudis, Iraqis? The elites, like at Apple state that if you don't believe in climate change, don't buy their stock. Q for CEO Cook: why did you open your data center in NC where electricity for that plant, which uses as much as a small town, is 100% generated by coal? If Apple believes in climate change, why use coal? Doesn't that make them part of the problem?
Obama is going to turn out to be the US President under whose term nuclear proliferation accelerated rapidly. The Saudis and other Sunni Mideast countries will not tolerate Shiite Iran with weapons without their own, and it's unlikely Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan will either with the threats coming from Beijing, esp in light of the US flaccid response in the Ukraine matter. The WH responses in this Ukraine matter are critical to US allies. If during these times, if Obama televises his basketball bracket choices once again, he'll once again prove how unserious and unfit he is as Commander in Chief.