Rick Perry presides over deal with Poland to help wean Europe off Russian energy

by JOHN SICILIANO

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday backed a new liquefied natural gas deal between Poland and the San Diego-based energy firm Sempra, saying the agreement will advance the Trump administration's goal of energy diversity in Europe.

The deal is part of Trump's push to move Europe off of Russian natural gas supplies in favor of U.S. and other countries' shipments. The administration opposes Germany's agreement to build the Nord Stream II pipeline from Russia in pursuing its plan to promote U.S. LNG.

"As demonstrated with the launch of the Strategic Dialogue on Energy in Poland last month, the Trump administration remains committed to increasing energy diversity, advancing energy security, strengthening national security, and creating a future of prosperity and opportunity in Poland and throughout the region," Perry said in announcing the deal with Sempra.

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