While Poland currently relies on its domestic coal reserves to meet 90 per cent of its energy needs, other countries in the block fear they will be trapped in permanent dependence on the Kremlin. "We are dependent on Russia for 97 per cent of our gas and more than 90 per cent of our petrol," said Jan Skoda, Slovakia's foreign ministry spokesman. "We're caught with a double-edged sword. We are concerned that dependence of any kind is not good for our or anybody's strategic interests."
These countries realize that giving up the ability to produce affordable energy exposes them to the Moscow's tyranny. Lord knows what Moscow would do to these nations if their stranglehold on the European energy market intensifies. Russia is finding they don't need nuclear warheads to threaten nations. They just have to manipulate their energy supply. What's more important? Fighting global warming or retaining the security of your nation?