Liquified natural gas and coal from the U.S. are eroding Russian influence in Europe as countries look away from Russian President Vladimir Putin to secure their energy needs, Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
The European Parliament has taken steps to distance itself from Russia.
In particular, an agreement between Germany and Russia to build a pipeline to transport Russian natural gas between the two countries is under increasing scrutiny for the leverage it would provide to Russia.
“We are starting to see the European Parliament, in particular, take action,” Brouillette told the Washington Examiner.
The parliament voted to support a resolution on Dec. 12 that said the German-Russian pipeline, known as the Nord Stream II, “poses a threat to European energy security.”
President Donald Trump bashed Germany over the pipeline during a NATO meeting in July, saying, “Germany is totally controlled by Russia, because they will be getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline.”
The U.S. House of Representatives followed suit several months later, condemning the Nord Stream II pipeline project in a Dec. 12 resolution.
Since taking office in 2017, Trump has called on Europe to cut energy ties with Russia to increase their energy independence and weaken Putin’s power and influence.
Trump has repeatedly said that the U.S. and its vast reserves of natural gas and coal can take the place of Russian energy.
Trump’s international campaign against Russian energy is yielding results, according to Brouillette.
“They (Europe) are starting to recognize the threat more and more,” Brouillette told the Washington Examiner.
“There has been one announcement already that Germany is going to fund an LNG import terminal in the northern part of Germany” to purchase gas from the U.S. and others.
Poland has already signed deals with U.S.-based energy companies.
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