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Gas for Europe, Indigestion for Russia

Giving gas to Europe could give indigestion to Russia.

That’s the evident idea behind H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO). It’s been given one of the first ten bill numbers reserved by House Republicans for their marquee bills. (Democrats have H.R. 11 through H.R. 20.)

Part of what positions Russia to try to snip Crimea off of Ukraine while the latter country is in political turmoil is the power Russia has to control Ukrainian and European access to natural gas. Europe has little stomach for challenging Russia. Russia would respond to any belligerence or economic sanctions by cutting off a major source of European energy.

The solution, according to Gardner’s bill, is to start shipping natural gas to Europe, and to do so quickly. The bill would push approvals to sell U.S. natural gas through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

It’s interesting how economic power equals national power, and this is a clear example. Ukraine and western Europe have given power to Russia by letting it become their major supplier of energy. Turns out Russia is willing to take advantage of that power.

Should the United States re-balance the scales? That, as always, is up to you.

Here is the current vote on H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.

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