On January 1, 2007, Russia decided to raise the price of the natural gas that they sell to their neighbor, Belarus. To counter it, Belarus has taxed Russia for using pipelines in Belarus to send gas to Europe. Russia has been raising the price of gas for some countries right before winter for the last few years. When countries try to resist, Russia cuts off natural gas from them and people start to freeze in the cold winter months.
Our critical question is should countries that depend on other countries for energy be worried? Are you in a "bad spot" when you have to count on someone else for fossil fuels like natural gas or oil? Or do countries that are "energy dependent" have nothing to worry about?
Here’s what we think:
So what do you think?
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Melvin the Chicken Hunter and Warlord
(Image retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6221835.stm on January 9, 2007)