Should the US be more aggressive about exporting natural gas

Jay Soloff

Argonath Financial

Should the US be more aggressive about exporting natural gas? The crisis in the Ukraine has put a spotlight on the risk Europe faces having Russia as a key supplier of its natural gas. About 25% of Russia's pipelines to Europe pass through Ukraine. That works out to 15% of Europe's overall natural gas supply. It's not a huge number, but significant enough to dramatically impact price. Meanwhile, the US is the largest natural gas producer in the world and has more than it knows what to do with. Some politicians are urging Obama to increase the amount of natural gas that can be exported. It makes sense on the surface, but the situation is more complex than it first appears. Most importantly, exporting natural gas will almost certainly increase domestic prices - a situation that's already played out in Australia.

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Jay Soloff
Jay Soloff
Research Analyst
Argonath Financial

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