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Trump to promote US LNG exports at Warsaw summit

US President Donald Trump plans to promote US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at a meeting next Thursday (6 July) in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, a region heavily reliant on Russian supplies, Euractiv reports.

In a speech on 29 June Trump hailed the start of a “golden era” that would see the US energy business assert its power abroad through a boost in natural gas, coal and petroleum exports.

After decades of being a major importer of natural gas, the United States is set to become a net exporter later this year or in 2018, thanks to the boom in fracking in states such as Texas and Pennsylvania.

“We are here today to unleash a new American energy policy,” Trump said at an event at the Department of Energy, attended by oil and coal executives and union members who build pipelines. “We will export American energy all around the world.”

In what he called a policy of “energy dominance”, Trump re-branded efforts to export LNG to markets in Eastern Europe and Asia that had been set in motion during the previous presidential administration.

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