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Russia and Ukraine's Gas Dispute

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Anne Applebaum ["Short End of the Pipeline," op-ed, Jan. 13] made a compelling case for a unified and countervailing European Union stance on Russian natural gas. But the three energy options that she proposed for Europe were far from convincing.

Aside from cost and siting problems, nuclear power would mean using electricity in lieu of gas for space heating. "Clean coal" may not quite deserve the oxymoron label some environmentalists confer on it, but given such challenges as carbon dioxide management, it is far from being a technological reality. And liquefied natural gas presupposes enormous investments in shipping gas (probably from the Persian Gulf) and an extensive continent-wide and interconnected pipeline system for its distribution.

JOEL DARMSTADTER

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