Several critiques of the novel commented on an "obsolete" Cold War mentality. Post-Soviet Russia wouldn't act that way. Right?
Wrong. And, to be honest, those comments continue to rankle.
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And the world's response to Russia taking over Crimea? The occasional soft tsk. From yesterday's Washington Post (with emphasis added):
Obama signed an executive order that freezes U.S. assets and bans U.S. visas for seven Russian government officials, including a deputy prime minister and one of President Vladimir Putin's closest advisers. The sanctions also include the former president of Ukraine and his chief of staff, and two Crimea-based separatist leaders.
It wasn't immediately clear if any of them have U.S. assets or business interests.Meanwhile, for all their talk, EU countries are loath to apply meaningful sanctions because every year they buy ~$160B in gas and oil from Russia.
Now Russia is holding massive military exercises on the eastern border of unoccupied Ukraine.
In short, the scenario in Energized has proven all too realistic. As in: we're in a new Cold War, although the West's leadership doesn't see it or won't admit it. As in: Russia is wielding its petro power as a weapon.
Meanwhile, from President Obama, "Our approach as the United States is not to see these as some Cold War chessboard in which we're in competition with Russia." Really? Wake up and smell the borscht.
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That doesn't mean we're without options today. Amid a fracking boom, we could approve more natural-gas export licenses. We could be acting to wean Europe of its dependency on Russian energy supplies. Why the hell aren't we?
(Obama administration is last man standing on LNG exports.)
Might an expedited migration to electric cars help in such an energy crisis? (Energized also looks at the challenges of switching to a more-electric economy.) Not easily. Not quickly.
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Science fiction isn't about predicting the future ... but sometimes a look-ahead turns out to be eerily, scarily on target.
We can only hope the solar-power-satellite solution in Energized turns out to be on target, too.