Well, if the other option is to freeze to death, a pollution is a trivial issue, don't you think?
Pollution kills and effects health too.
But the trouble is, in some cases Gazprom (and actually, some other European gas companies, as well) monopolized gas pipeline systems of some countries, so they can charge whatever price they want, and the respectable country is FORCED to buy those gas.
They built or bought the pipelines... if they are charging too much then why don't other companies spend a small fortune and build their own pipelines?
The facts are that delivering energy is not cheap and to enter such a market is not easy without government support.
You might claim foul that the Russians currently own the pipelines they built but can you not see it is also unfair to force them to sell something they built to deliver their products to their consumers.
As you say the consumers can vote with their money and buy LNG from many other sources... the main reason they wouldn't is because it is more expensive.
Democracy has the same problem... Bush jnr might have been incompetent but he was the devil they knew and there was no alternative that was obviously better so he got a second term... and you could say the same about Obama.
If the EU wants to buy the pipelines then they need to make an offer the Russian gas companies could not refuse. Instead they change the rules to make them criminals for delivering their product in the cheapest most efficient way!
And 3rd energy package is an attempt to rectify this injustice.
What injustice? If the Russian supplied gas was too expensive then let them use alternatives... the EU is the centre of European civilisation... surely there is plenty of healthy competition amongst rival companies for the job?
Or is the model just BS?
And when poorer families become unable to pay their gas bills, believe me, there's something not right.
Maybe the EU is at fault for relying all these years on cheap gas and not investing in Solar or nuclear or wind or many other forms of power generation.
With all the manure in Brussels perhaps they should be considering methane?
And besides, your perception about profits is wrong. A successful company will ALWAYS prefer increasing a quality of their product over increased profits.
Hahaha... and then it will get gobbled up by a company with higher profits that can afford to buy them out.
Companies don't have morals any more than governments do.