First question. Do you have oil?
Second question. If not, does a lot of oil from other places flow through pipelines in your country?
Third question. Is someone considering building a pipeline in your country so that a lot of oil from other countries will flow through it?
A recent White House petition on Ukraine (among several):
We petition the Obama Administration to:
Enter military intervention to Ukraine.
We, people of Ukraine, because of becoming more frequent and systematic violations of democracy and freedom of speech by public and police agents, and looking on the bloody acceleration of actions of protest in support European integration, taking into account the decision role of the United States of America in a worldwide policy and reputation of the USA, as a defender of democratic rights and freedoms in the whole world, we ask you, as a commander-in-chief by the armed forces of the USA, to enter military intervention to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian people wish to live in democratic European community and appeals to your help for the construction of base principles of democracy in our country.
Created: Nov 30, 2013
Issues: Defense, Firearms, Foreign Policy
Signatures needed by December 30, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000 96,600
Total signatures on this petition 3,400
Someone wants the American public to learn more geography.
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:
Ukraine was the seventh-largest energy consumer in Europe and Eurasia in 2010. More than half of the country’s primary energy supply comes from its uranium and coal resources, although natural gas also plays an important role in its energy mix.
In 2010, Ukraine generated a total of 176 billion kilowatthours (BkWh) of electricity and consumed approximately 150 BkWh. The country is heavily dependent on nuclear energy-its fifteen reactors generate roughly half of the total electric power supply. The remainder of the electric power is generated with conventional thermal sources (45 percent), hydropower (7 percent), with marginal volumes contributed by wind generation.
Ukraine consumed approximately 2.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2011, with domestic production accounting for approximately 30 percent of the total at 700 billion cubic feet (Bcf). The remainder of supply is made up by Russian natural gas, imported through the Bratstvo (Brotherhood) and Soyuz pipelines.
Its geographic position and proximity to Russia explain Ukraine’s importance as a natural gas transit country, through which volumes flow to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey. In the past, disputes between Russia and Ukraine over natural gas supplies, prices, and debts have resulted in interruptions to Russia’s natural gas exports through Ukraine, with the latest one occurring in 2009.
Recent discoveries of shale gas deposits in Ukraine provide the country with a possible means to diversify its gas supplies away from Russia. In January 2013, Shell agreed to explore an area which the government estimates holds about 4 Tcf of shale natural gas in reserves. Current plans include development of shale gas resources for domestic consumption and exports to Western Europe by 2020.
Only a relatively small portion of the country’s total consumption is accounted for by petroleum and other liquid fuels. In 2011, Ukraine consumed 300,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of liquid fuels, but produced only 82,000 bbl/d. The remainder was imported mostly from Russia, with smaller volumes originating in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Maybe one or two out of three?