Shazaam. What a fracking surprise. Thousands of men, women and children killed, bombs dropped, beheadings on YouTube, millions displaced – over some competing natural gas pipeline routes. The Shia Gas Line vs the Sunni Gas Line – to Europe. Who the frack would have ever fracking guessed that ?
Two years after energy analysts were writing about this – the popular press has figured out what the Syrian Gas Pipeline War is about . . . gas pipelines – including lines that would go through Turkey. Imagine that.
The Syrian war often seems like a big confusing mess but one factor that is not often mentioned could be the key to unlocking the conflict.
Some experts have pointed out that many of the key players have one thing in common: competing multi billion dollar gas pipelines routes.
This exclusive is published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowd-funded investigative journalism project. by Nafeez Ahmed
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Well, that’s screwing your children and grandchildren. Because if you do that, then there’s no way to avoid the consequences [of] multi-metre sea-level rise. But we can’t do that. And that’s what the science says crystal clear. And yet politicians pretend not to hear it, or not to understand it.
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