On Wednesday July 30th, 2014, ASP conducted an event on energy policies: “Beyond Rhetoric: How The U.S. Can Help Enhance European Energy Security” in conjunction with “LNG Allies”, an association that advocates for expanded relationship with America’s allies on natural gas. The event discussed concrete steps that the US can take now and in the future to bolster Europe’s energy security. A large amount of the discussion focused on the use of American exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a new geopolitical tool.
The event’s panel included: Robin Dunnigan, Acting Deputy Secretary for Energy Diplomacy in the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resource; Žygimantas Pavilionis, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the US; and Charles McConnell, Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University and former Assistant Secretary of Energy. The discussion was moderated by ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate – Andrew Holland.