U.S. gas no threat to Russia now

Supplying Europe to counter Moscow trips on transport

Posted: March 13, 2014 at 3:23 a.m.

A liquefied natural gas tanker crosses Tokyo Bay in Japan in this 2012 file photo. A lack of facilities to convert natural gas to a liquid for shipping and trade regulations have made it difficult for U.S. companies to export the fuel.

The United States, with its abundant supplies of natural gas, would seem to have an easy answer to Europe’s fears that a strong response to Russia’s rapid takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region could prompt Vladimir Putin to shut down natural-gas lines that keep European homes warm, factories humming and electricity flowing.

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Business, Pages 27 on 03/13/2014