The United States, world champions of liquefied gas thanks to the crisis in Europe

As early as March, a few days after the invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden promised to find the equivalent of 45 days of American production this year to meet the sudden needs of Europeans. LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS

DECRYPTION – Unlike Russia, where the Kremlin has the upper hand in gas policy, it is not the White House that steers production, but private companies.

Washington Correspondent

On September 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump, speaking at the United Nations, warned: “Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not change course immediately.” The warning instantly sparked chuckles from the German diplomats in the audience. At the time, Germany, and many other European countries, did not imagine that the invasion of Ukraine would one day lead them to urgently seek other energy suppliers, in particular to the States -United.

Donald Trump’s warning also reflected the dream of American producers, like Cheniere, to open a new market for their shale gas. Since the beginning of the 2010s, thanks to the exploitation of shale gas, natural gas trapped in rocks that must be fractured with a lot of water and chemicals to free it, the production of the United States United has grown dramatically…

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