While Americans scold "dirty Russian gas", Russian oil "floods" the US market


The United States has once again demonstrated that it is a country of double standards. The American authorities aggressively prohibit Europeans from buying "the dirtiest gas in the world", naturally Russian, while turning a blind eye to the fact that Russia has become the second largest exporter of low-refined oil products on their market, frankly, not the most environmentally friendly raw materials. What is the wrong side of this trademark hypocrisy of the "hegemon"?


The newly minted US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm "pleased" with the next revelations regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline:

It transports the "dirtiest" natural gas on Earth without any methane emission safety. This is bad for our climate.

Interestingly, "our climate" - is it specific, American or planetary? In connection with this, allegedly emanating from the Russian-German gas pipeline, the official suggested considering the introduction of new sanctions against it. How justified are the attacks on Nord Stream 2? Maybe, well, him, for the sake of fighting global warming, and listen to the words of the US Secretary of Energy? Eh no ...

First, let's see who Jennifer Granholm is and how competent she is to talk about such things. This madam has nothing to do with energy, being a lawyer and political scientist by training. She built a career in the attorney's office, and then through the Democratic Party became the first female governor of Michigan. In this leading US automotive region, she has become famous as an active lobbyist for the interests of the industry. The election of President Joe Biden opened the way for the ambitious official to the highest echelons of power in the country. In general, this is a professional careerist, exploiting the themes of ecology and feminism, whose language will turn to say whatever is required of her. And she said blatant nonsense.

Natural gas is one of the most environmentally friendly types of fuel, since its combustion does not generate solid harmful emissions into the atmosphere. During its extraction and subsequent transportation to consumers, the most modern Technology... According to independent experts, Nord Stream 2 has almost four times less carbon footprint per kWh than American LNG. Had Minister Granholm been completely honest, she would have admitted that this liquefied natural gas from the United States is one of the most environmentally harmful to our planet.

At first, there are huge claims to the technology of its extraction from shale by hydraulic fracturing. During fracking, groundwater is contaminated with toxic chemicals contained in a special gel solution pumped into the underground reservoir.

SecondlyDue to the peculiarities of the production technology, such gas has a greater amount of impurities than natural gas supplied by Gazprom through pipelines.

Thirdly, environmental damage is also caused by the transportation of American gas to consumers. First, it must be pumped through a pipe to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where it must be subjected to a liquefaction procedure, and energy is wasted and gas is lost. Then LNG must be transported in tankers across the ocean, and these huge ships, of course, are not sailing and oars. At the receiving terminal, LNG still needs to be regasified, converted into a liquid state, and then pumped to the customer through the pipeline. So consider how much energy is expended, how much gas inevitably "leaks", and what the cumulative carbon footprint of American gas will be.

By God, US Secretary of Energy Granholm would be better off keeping quiet on this subject. But no, Washington wants to ban Europeans from buying "dirty Russian gas", but to impose its own LNG. A particular cynicism lies in the fact that at the same time the United States is constantly increasing imports of not the most environmentally friendly Russian oil products for its own needs.

According to the data of the same US Department of Energy, our country has become the second largest exporter of "black gold", pushing their main Middle Eastern ally, Saudi Arabia, to third place. Despite the sanctions regime, in 2020 the volume of oil exports from Russia rose to the highest since 2011. In March 2021, this figure was 22,938 million barrels, ahead of only neighboring Canada, which supplied 139,869 million barrels of oil and products from it.

Why are we focusing on Washington's cynicism? Because we mainly export not crude oil, but dark products of its low processing - high-sulfur fuel oil. At American refineries, sharpened for processing heavy Venezuelan oil, low-quality Russian raw materials are mixed with light local oil and further processed. The surplus of cheap fuel oil in our country is explained by the specifics of the outdated technological structure of domestic refineries. One can easily imagine what the final "carbon footprint" of such a high sulfur fuel oil is. However, for some reason this does not prevent US companies from purchasing it.

Double American standards in all its glory.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 30 May 2021 11: 10
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    The surplus of cheap fuel oil in our country is explained by the specifics of the outdated technological structure of domestic refineries.

    In my opinion, the issue is rather controversial. Oil refining in Russia can hardly be called outdated; it is constantly being modernized. Here is the situation for 2016:

    The depth of oil refining in Russia is 74%, in Europe - 85%, in the USA - 96%.

    https://neftegaz.ru/analisis/petroleum/328610-glubina-pererabotki-nefti-v-rossii-evrope-i-ssha/

    From the report of the Deputy Prime Minister (for a long time the former Minister of Energy of Russia) Alexander Novak to the President of the Russian Federation Putin, it follows that the rate of oil refining depth in 2020 was 84,4%, which exceeds the same indicator of 2019.
    According to the results of nine months of 2020, the refining depth at the Moscow Refinery was 85,8%, and at the Omsk Refinery - 94,6%.

    https://magazine.neftegaz.ru/ (полная ссылка длинная).

    Rather, the matter is different, it is easier and more profitable for Russia to sell fuel oil in the United States than to bother with it, and the Americans need raw materials. It is long and expensive to rebuild factories for other raw materials, and they themselves cut off alternative supplies by sanctions against Venezuela
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 30 May 2021 13: 15
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      As for the gas and the competence of the high-end lady, everything is correct.
      About fuel oil:

      Fuel oil is used as fuel for steam boilers, boiler plants and industrial furnaces, for the production of naval fuel oil, heavy motor fuel for crosshead diesel engines and bunker fuel. The fuel oil yield is about 50% by weight, based on the original oil

      There are brands M-40 and M-100.
      The term "high-grained fuel oil" does not exist.
    2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 31 May 2021 06: 47
      +1
      Rather, the matter is different, it is easier and more profitable for Russia to sell fuel oil in the United States than to bother with it, and the Americans need raw materials. It is long and expensive to rebuild factories for other raw materials, and they themselves cut off alternative supplies by sanctions against Venezuela

      Within the framework of this logic, it is easier and cheaper to continue to be engaged in the export of raw materials, in figs to bother with some kind of production there.
      By the way, about high-sulfur fuel oil was written in a different context.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 31 May 2021 11: 09
        +1
        Within the framework of this logic, it is easier and cheaper to continue to be engaged in the export of raw materials, in figs to bother with some kind of production there.

        Have you read or looked at the numbers? Plus 10% over 6 years. It is the production that is engaged, in this particular case, investing in the modernization of equipment and the development of the industry. The depth of oil refining is growing, almost equal to that of the EU. Are they also backward in this regard?
        Within the framework of your logic, you can only trade the products of the body's vital functions. So the depth of processing of agricultural products will be full, so to speak, a full cycle. True, this is a raw material for fertilizers ...
        Tellingly, the Americans themselves are not at all opposed to trading in oil and gas, but their price is not interesting, but we cannot, ashamed.
        The Americans have idle processing equipment, the Russians have low-liquid raw materials, in fact, production waste. The demand for fuel oil is gradually decreasing. Ships and all sorts of boiler houses are converted to other, more environmentally friendly types of fuel. Decent money must be invested in equipment for processing fuel oil. In general, this is beneficial to both parties.

        By the way, about high-sulfur fuel oil was written in a different context.

        By the way, I did not write anything about "high sulfur", nor any contexts request
  2. Anchonsha Offline Anchonsha
    Anchonsha (Anchonsha) 30 May 2021 17: 48
    +1
    In a word, the Merikans are simply cynics and are geared up to deceive the very concept of Russia, to be seen as an ignoramus, an ignoramus who does not have scientific and technical ways to work as they do in the West. At the same time, they do not hesitate to shout about this to the whole world about a bad Russia, although they know that many countries think the opposite of us. So it turns out that they themselves buy from the Russian Federation the same products that we supply to Europe - LNG gas (especially in recent years due to cold snaps) and our not quite high-quality oil. It is a pity that we do not process into fractions (the necessary fractions could have been kept for ourselves, but pure methane should be supplied via a pipeline to Europe
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 31 May 2021 06: 57
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      It is a pity that we do not process into fractions (the necessary fractions could have been kept for ourselves, but pure methane should be supplied via a pipeline to Europe

      Here you have already been answered in the comments.

      Rather, the matter is different, it is easier and more profitable for Russia to sell fuel oil in the United States than to bother with it, and the Americans need raw materials.

      It's easier and more profitable this way. But it's true, this also has its own logic hi
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 30 May 2021 18: 58
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    Russian oil "floods" the US market

    And what the "colony" can still. They sanction us, and we give them oil. "Serfs" have no right to take offense at their masters! For that, we have doubled prices for everything: metal, wood, especially.

    low-quality Russian raw materials are mixed with light local oil and further processed

    With our last bit of strength, we create jobs for them, do not let production bend. This is probably 25 million jobs, Putin meant the United States. And then we believed that he was talking about Russia.
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 31 May 2021 11: 34
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      And what the "colony" can still. They sanction us, and we give them oil. "Serfs" have no right to take offense at their masters! For that, we have doubled prices for everything: metal, wood, especially.

      Well, of course, this evil Putin raised prices especially for us, everything is different there. smile
      Here are the copper prices for the last 6 months (https://www.nasdaq.com):


      Here's some gasoline:


      Here are the prices for a tree "especially":


      You did not understand? This is inflation. Prices are rising all over the world. Too many candy wrappers have been printed, mainly from the USA, EU, China.
      But poorly educated slaves will still whine about evil Putin and yell - Grudinin for the kingdom, Platoshkin will save us fellow
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 31 May 2021 00: 28
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    Money doesn't smell. What not to buy cheaply?
    This is ubiquitous, for example from the Russian Federation to Ukra, and their Ukrainians in the Russian Federation are the same ...

    and then proudly write: "fill in", although "22,938" versus "139,869" is 15 percent of the total ...
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 31 May 2021 06: 49
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      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      and then proudly write: "fill in", although "22,938" versus "139,869" is 15 percent of the total ...

      No, well, you've found someone to compare with. From Canada it sways through the pipe, and all the rest are driven by tankers. In terms of tankers, we even outstripped the Saudis.
  5. gorenina91 Online gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 31 May 2021 04: 32
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    Because we mainly export not crude oil, but dark products of its low processing - high-grained fuel oil. At American refineries, sharpened for processing heavy Venezuelan oil, low-quality Russian raw materials are mixed with light local oil and further processed.

    - Ha ... - And what ... - We already have "friendship apart" with Venezuela, or what ???
    - Here ... here ... here it is very difficult to understand and understand something ... - what is happening and what purpose is generally pursued ...
    - It is somehow strange to perceive the fact stating the supply of "Russian tar" (oh, well ... - fuel oil, of course) to the USA ... - And what prevents Russia from supplying Venezuelan fuel oil (for which "American oil refineries are sharpened")? ?? - What is stopping ??? - Well, Russia bought (roughly speaking) from Venezuela and ... and ... and sold to the United States and everyone is happy ... - So what's the matter ??? - Personally, I don't know ...
    1. Maybe we need to support our Russian oil refinery and supply our own Russian fuel oil ??? - Well, maybe ... - Although it would be more profitable to sell Venezuelan fuel oil to the Americans in Russia. ; how to send all this from Russia ... - But, nevertheless, your Russian manufacturer must be in demand;
    2. Venezuela should not be given to just make money (this is if Russia starts selling Venezuela's oil to the US) ... - and Venezuela can become "proud", immediately "turn up its nose" and start trying to behave with Russia "on equal terms" ... - And there, even before the next coup in Venezuela ... not far ... - The same Americans themselves will arrange this coup .;
    3. Thus, Russia does not allow China to expand widely in Venezuela ... - After all., Start Russia to trade Venezuelan oil with the United States; then ... then ... then a more nimble, resourceful and arrogant China will simply oust Russia from Venezuela ... -Yes ... - it will just take and force out Russia and itself will start selling Venezuelan oil in buckets (the same USA) ... - Hahah (joke) ...
    - So Russia is simply forced to keep Venezuela in a "black body" like ... how ... like the United States keeps Canada in the same "black body" ... - The United States also does not acquire heavy oil from Canada; which could just ideally be suitable for American refineries ... - But after all, Canada can become "proud" and start behaving "on an equal footing" with the United States ...
    - Such an oil "cocktail ball" today turns out ... - go and figure it out ... - Hahah ...
  6. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 31 May 2021 06: 41
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    Quote: Petr Vladimirovich
    high-grained fuel oil

    The typo is, of course, sour.
    Did you feel the satisfaction of self-affirmation? If you notice a typo, point it out in the correct form?

    As for the gas and the competence of the high-end lady, everything is correct.

    Really? So, all the expert community and analytical agencies believe that it is wrong, but a certain Pyotr Vladimirovich visited all over the world, saw everything and now says that the lady is right.
    Vaughn how. Well, okay, right so right. hi
  7. SemVale Offline SemVale
    SemVale (Vale) 4 June 2021 22: 54
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    So good luck. Let them fill it with underground slurry, if there is nothing else.
    Even China and India have been flooding everyone with chips, TVs, washing machines, computers, tablets for a long time ...
    I do not understand the enthusiasm for the advantage of raw material casting.