March 19, 2014
Fracking's Odd New Friend: Vladimir Putin
Source: National Journal
Journalist Ben Geman
As Vladimir Putin pushes Russia's sphere of influence farther into eastern Europe, the White House, Capitol Hil, and K Street are all pushing plans to counter Russia's energy might with an energy surge of their own.
But as they craft their strategy, the policymakers are laying the groundwork for plans that green groups loathe. First and foremost: liquefying U.S. natural gas and exporting it to foreign markets.
For environmental groups battling a well-financed industry export push, the global security element adds a new challenge to an already difficult fight.
Environmentalists have long been battling industry claims that U.S. approval of expanded exports would be a domestic economic boost.
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