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America’s Natural Gas Could Cut into Russia’s Influence Abroad

By IRWIN M. STELZER

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With the president once again managing to divert attention from a sensible policy to a vulgar tweet, you might not have noticed that this past week has been “Energy Week.” The immediate result has been a lot of speeches, including one by Harold Hamm, the Trump-supporting oil-and-gas man who played a key role in the development of our shale resources, and another from energy secretary Rick Perry. Unfortunately, the former governor of oil- and gas-rich Texas temporarily confused the words “imports” and “exports,” which might have sent chills up the spines of those who know that his Department of Energy is in charge of our nuclear arsenal. That’s for another day—this has been Energy Week, a time for celebration. Unfortunately, Secretary Perry pasted a typically offensive Trumpian label on an unexceptionable policy: “The path forward is for U.S. energy dominance …,” he told reporters. Fortunately, it will be a benign if also self-serving dominance: “An energy-dominant America will export to markets around the world, increasing our global leadership and influence.”

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By IRWIN M. STELZER

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