The White House made its strongest statement yet Wednesday that it views U.S. natural-gas exports as one tool to curb Europe's reliance on Russian energy and diversify supplies.
From the joint U.S.-European Union statement issued alongside the U.S.-E.U. summit in Brussels: "The situation in Ukraine proves the need to reinforce energy security in Europe, and we are considering new collaborative efforts to achieve this goal. We welcome the prospect of U.S. LNG exports in the future since additional global supplies will benefit Europe and other strategic partners."
Other tools include reversing natural-gas flows to allow other E.U. nations to ship gas into Ukraine and more collaboration on efficiency, renewables, and other sources. Check out the whole thing here.
President Obama, in remarks in Brussels, more broadly said that energy is a "central focus" of the response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. "This entire event has pointed to the need for Europe to look at how it can diversify its energy sources," he said, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Obama pointed out that the proposed U.S.-E.U. trade deal, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, would ease the way for sending U.S. gas to Europe.