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March 5, 2014 - 6:56 am

Two GOP senators want President Obama to speed up the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports, arguing this would help Ukraine in its time of need.

“While the White House is considering how to support Ukraine, one of the best steps it can take is to help end their dependence on Russian energy,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Ky.) said in a statement. “In 2006 and 2009, Vladimir Putin used natural gas as a political weapon against Ukraine. Today, Gazprom—Russia’s state-owned energy giant, threatened to raise natural gas prices on Ukraine.”

“The United States has abundant supplies of natural gas just waiting to be exported to our allies,” Barrasso added. “If President Obama is serious about helping the people of Ukraine, he will immediately expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports. American natural gas exports would help Ukraine free itself from Russian energy and Putin’s political manipulation.”

Barrasso introduced a bill more than a year ago to give allies in Eastern Europe, NATO and Asia the same preferential treatment as our free trade partners with respect to exports of natural gas.

Over the past three and a half years, the Energy secretary has approved six applications to export liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. while 24 applications are still pending. Half of those have been gathering dust for more than a year.

“The President’s failure to maintain a position of leadership in the world and his strategy of apologetic diplomacy has led to an emboldened Russia that continues to defy President Obama at every turn. The President should work to replace Russian influence in the region with support from the United States, and he can do this by expediting natural gas exports to our NATO allies and Ukraine,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member on the Armed Services Committee.

“I have been calling for the DOE to do this for some time now, and I have joined Senator Barrasso’s push through legislation to require the DOE to urgently approve exports of natural gas that help to promote the national security interests of the United States. We need this action now more than ever before,” Inhofe added.

“Ukraine imports 50 percent of its natural gas from Russia, and Europe imports roughly 30 percent. It’s clear any serious plan from the United States to respond to Russia’s aggression must go straight at the heart of Russia’s economy – energy.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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This is just silly. It would take years for the US to ramp up LNG production and and export capabilities to any meaningful level, drastically increasing prices to US consumers (and windfall profits to US energy producers) and Russia could undercut the whole scheme by simply dropping their prices. It would be interesting to know the level of campaign contributions to these Senators from the natural gas business.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
The French and Brits and America courted Gadaffi....

He would not sign their oil deals.....

http://www.dailymail.co uk/news/article-2113910/Colonel-Gaddafi-gave-French-President-Nicolas-Sarkozy-42MILLION-fund-2007-election-campaign.html

And then....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9613394/Colonel-Gaddafi-died-after-being-stabbed-with-bayonet-says-report.html

And then...

http://mobile.news.com.au/world/us-ambassador-killed-in-libya/story-fndir2ev-1226472933508

And then....

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/meast/libya-lawmakers-shot/

And then...

Just if there is a possibility in the unrest of protestors of a return of the Gadaffi bloodline America France and Britain have another Gadaffi son returned by Niger who is given a colonial sweetner knowing that the I.C.C had been ignored over pleas to have the other Gadaffi tried before real courts. They will both be murdered.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26462400

Hey presto this is how international law works!





37 weeks ago
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Now the irony here is that tokinism Kerry has given 1 billion to the Ukraine which will be given staight to Russia to pay a pittance of their gas bill. Just as I said Obama will export gas for political leverage and Americans gas prices will go through the roof. That will apply to Australia as well as the administration stands over these big American and Australian companies.

Do you see the lose lose scenario for the average Joe as these idiots play their cold war games. Mwanwhile China and other countries get the cheap gas. Russia should have been seen as an equal partner long ago but Obama screwed them over in Libya with the French and Brits and they are committed to creating Russia as the big bad, "other."

Meanwhile in Libya just as I predicted in an email to Cameron at number 10 other countries would follow the coup model in the Ukraine. Within 12 hrs of my email protestors stormed the Libyan Congress and shot two MP's. They had to shift Congress for their lives just as the President of the Ukraine had to fearing for his life. You won't hear that broadcast in Western media/propaganda.!

What a bunch of Western Wombats committed to cold war games.
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