US opposes European dependency on Russian gas

Fuel Fix:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is joining with critics of Russia's Nordstream 2 pipeline project, saying it would undermine energy security in Europe.

"Like Poland, the United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. We see it as undermining Europe's overall energy security and stability," Tillerson said Saturday at a joint news conference with the Polish foreign minister in Warsaw, according to Reuters.

The more than 750-mile long Nordstream 2 pipeline would run beneath the Baltic Sea, delivering natural gas from Russia to Western Europe, which has become increasingly reliant on its neighbor to the east for energy in recent decades.
The story goes on to make the claim that the Obama administration wanted to reduce dependency too, but that claimed is belied by that administration's hostility to LNG facilities that would be used ship US gas to Europe.  The anti-energy left in that adminsitration choked the LNG busieness with regulatory foot dragging.   The Obama administration's hostility to fossil fuels was a gift to the Russians.

The US is a more reliable supplier than Russia and it will not hold up the Europeans at non-market prices.


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