November 8, 2018

Cassidy: Polish Natural Gas Deal Will Weaken Putin

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement regarding Cheniere Energy’s announcement of a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas to Polish oil and natural gas company PGNiG.

“This LNG deal with Poland is a major step forward for our ally’s effort to become less reliant on Russian natural gas, which Vladimir Putin has used to bully and intimidate the Polish people,” said Dr. Cassidy. “It’s also a big win for Louisiana workers and natural gas producers. I applaud the Trump administration and Secretary Perry for prioritizing international deals like this one that benefit American workers, boost America’s allies, and weaken America’s rivals.”

A year ago, Cassidy welcomed PGNiG’s first announced deal to import American LNG. 

In March, Cassidy joined a bipartisan group of senators in expressing opposition to the Nord Stream II pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, writing that “For too long, European nations have been held hostage to Russian political pressure on a whole host of issues due to their dependence on Gazprom to deliver gas needed to keep their people warm throughout the winter. The best way to guarantee Europe’s long term economic health and independence is to enable and support investment in a variety of energy sources, suppliers, and routes to meet Europe’s needs[.]”

Cassidy has repeatedly pointed to evidence demonstrating that American natural gas production has led to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.