We know that shale gas production is creating jobs around the U.S. But what many Americans overlook is how this gas is reshaping America’s influence on the global stage. As James Clad, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia, says in a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed, “The shale revolution is generating national security and geopolitical assets, real-world consequences moving more sharply into focus in recent weeks.”
How’s it doing this?
Clad puts it pretty clearly: “Just the potential for sizable U.S. energy exports gives pause to petro-dictators and expansionist bullies, forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin, for example, to downscale his ambitions.”
America is producing so much natural gas that we have the ability to start supplying it to the world. And as Clad explains, exporting more natural gas to Europe would alter the global energy playing field for the better:
“Whether from coal or [liquefied natural gas] supplied by the United States or other exporters, Europe’s growing range of energy supply options poses a long-term threat to Russia’s monopoly. Over half of Russia’s state budget comes from energy exports. Europe is easily its largest buyer — no matter what the much trumpeted Russia-China deal may portend. The reliance by Europe on Russia for 30 percent of its natural gas points to Russian vulnerability as well.”
Check out the rest of Clad’s article to read how American energy exports could be a huge help to our allies in Europe and around the world. It’s time for the U.S. to embrace its role as a global energy superpower.