Top economist sparked controversy after claiming Biden administration destroyed Nordstream pipeline


Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs suggested the United States may be responsible for destroying part of the Nord Stream pipeline last week, prompting a Bloomberg TV host to intervene.

Sachs floated the idea that Russian natural gas lines were attacked not by Russia, but by the United States or its allies. He said the U.S. would benefit from destroying the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines as Europe would be forced back into Russia’s use of natural gas amid the ongoing Ukraine war. claimed.

Over the years, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline has supplied billions of cubic feet of gas from Russia to Germany. Nord Stream 2, on the other hand, was not yet operational, but contained methane inside.

No state or group has claimed ownership of the alleged sabotage attacks. Both the US and Russia have denied any allegations of involvement, and it is still unclear what caused last week’s explosion.

“Many people around the world are watching these events with horror,” Sachs said. told Bloomberg“They see this as a horrific clash between Russia and the United States. They do not see this as a gratuitous attack by Russia on Ukraine, as we do in the media.”

He added: Frankly, most of the world is scared right now. “

Going a step further, Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, argued that: Bloomberg host Tom Keane quickly interrupted and asked Sachs to provide more details.

node stream
A gas leak from Nord Stream 1 in the Swedish Economic Zone in the Baltic Sea, taken from a Swedish Coast Guard aircraft on September 28, 2022.

detail

For his allegations, Sacks provided no direct evidence. He pointed out that the U.S. government could benefit from the sabotage of Nord Stream, questioned publicly available statements by Biden and government officials, and argued that radar data could be used in areas of the damaged section of the pipeline. suggested that the presence of the U.S. military in

“First, there is direct radar evidence that US military helicopters, normally based in Gdansk, were circling the area,” Sachs said. “We also [President Joe Biden] Earlier this year, he said, “I’m going to end Nord Stream anyway.”

“There was also a notable statement from Secretary of State Brinken at a press conference last Friday that he said, ‘This is also a tremendous opportunity,'” Sachs added, referring to the shutdown of the pipeline Brinken made in Washington, D.C. I added it with reference to the comment about It’s a “great chance” for Europe to “get rid of its dependence” on Russian natural gas.

Sachs, who served as Russia’s economic adviser shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, said, “That’s a strange way to talk if you’re worried about piracy of critical international infrastructure.”

The Economist said his comments were “against our story” and that “we are not allowed to say these things in the West”. When I talk to them, they think America did it,” he said.

“Even our newspaper reporters involved tell me ‘of course’ (the US did), but it doesn’t show up in our media,” Sachs said. He didn’t elaborate.

Pentagon statement

A Pentagon official said last week that “the jury is still out” on what really happened to the pipeline that carries Russian natural gas to Germany.

When asked if U.S. involvement could be ruled out, an official said, “We weren’t involved at all.”

German and European Union officials suspect the damage to the two pipelines was sabotage. The incident was reported Monday night as the line was seen spewing natural gas into the Baltic Sea.

An international investigation into pipeline damage is currently underway.

The Epoch Times has reached out to the Department of Defense for comment.

Jack Phillips

follow

Jack Phillips is a New York-based breaking news reporter for the Epoch Times.