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Gardner: Natural Gas Key to Jobs and National Interest

May 19, 2014

Rep. Cory Gardner

Rep. Cory Gardner

Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing games with global energy supplies—games that could have dire consequences for America’s allies in Europe unless Congress takes action.

Following upheaval in Ukraine, Russian President Putin moved swiftly to exert power, laying claim to Crimea, a formerly Soviet territory that has existed as part of an independent Ukraine for nearly 20 years.

Now, President Putin and the Russian Regime are using their supply of natural gas to flex their muscles and exert even more power throughout the region.

As the second largest producer of natural gas on the planet, Russia is the dominant provider of that product to European countries. The recent political turmoil in the region is generating fears in Europe that President Putin may use his control of natural gas supplies to increase his power and spread Russian influence. Read more »

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