Putin’s War Offers The World The Chance To Refocus On Alternative Energy Sources! And A Negotiated Settlement Of The War

By Donald A. Collins | 11 March 2022
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Greta Thunberg voiced a powerful warning backed by expert scientific proof and some of us at least (except Trump?) are aware of vast planetary climate changes now well begun.

This horrendous Ukrainian war has captured and dominated our news media and obscured focus on the urgent need to find alternative ways to serve our growing population’s electricity needs.

The March 10th Wall Street Journal supplement lists some of these efforts.

Read about those fascinating and feasible ideas here.

Overcoming the likely commercial pressure to NOT lessen fossil fuel pollution should become increasingly popular as pump prices soar and electric powered vehicles proliferate.

The sanctions on Putin are not going to stop his assault on Ukraine until he has a plausible (for him) off ramp, so he can limp home with a story of success which most of his citizens will buy into.

That means a deal if it is to be struck must be engineered by a party perceived by both sides as relatively non-partisan.

Is that Turkey?

Biden and our NATO allies need to (clandestinely as they are likely doing already?) push for a deal with Putin, as outrageously politicized by the right-wing GOP as that will be.

Cutting fossil fuel dependence has ominous economic consequences for Russia. The entire free world should immediately initiate even more widespread media stories like the WSJ supplement cited above about our cutting the timetable for more urgent ways for the world to use less fossil fuel.

This might prove to be some small warning incentive to encourage Putin to cut a deal.

Okay, a wild theory perhaps, but an endless guerrilla war destroying Ukraine and making a weakened Russia even a more dangerous nuclear power seems stupid choices.

My suggestions for the basis of a deal in my last two Op Ed’s (here and here) are just that, ideas which our experts can improve on.

But my main idea is identifying and motivating a non-partisan arbitrator to continue the meetings like the one in Turkey this past Thursday. This will be central to initiating the process.

Hope it can start soon! But clearly that prospect is dim right now but worth pursuing as the frustration of Putin grows.

Russia and China are putting out outrageous lies as reported in the 3/11/22 NY Times article, which begins as follows:

One of Russia’s most incendiary disinformation campaigns ramped up days ago, when its defense and foreign ministries issued statements falsely claiming that the Pentagon was financing biological weapons labs in Ukraine.

Then Chinese diplomats and state media organizations repeated the conspiracy theory at news conferences in Beijing, in articles and on official social media accounts.

Now, the Biden White House has taken the extraordinary step of calling out both countries on their coordinated propaganda campaign and saying they might be providing cover for a potential biological or chemical weapons attack on Ukrainians by the Russian military.

And the exit of US and other business is spooking Russian citizens, but again sanctions aren’t working. Read here.

Desperation breeds more violence which will continue in Ukraine, as the implications of these escalations get even more scary for the whole world.

Reason needs to prevail.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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