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which means the price isn’t the same everywhere in the world. If the United States ships natural gas abroad, then U.S.
consumers could face higher energy prices at home. One consultant report, for instance, estimates that the Sabine project
could hike U.S. natural gas prices by 11.6 percent by 2015. And that’s not all. As the Council of Foreign Relations’ Michael
Levi has argued, boosting natural-gas exports could have both ups and downs. On the beneficial side, the United States
could strategically use its gas to help Europe wean itself off its dependence on Russian exports . What’s more, other
countries might find better opportunities to displace oil with natural gas than the United States can, which, in turn, could
put much-needed downward pressure on world oil prices. On the minus side, Levi notes, making U.S. natural gas more
expensive could also make it harder for the United States to tackle climate change at home — after all, cheap natural gas is
expected to displace some 9 percent of U.S. coal demand by 2035. That, in turn, would make it even less likely that the
United States plays a crucial leading role in averting drastic climate change. Meanwhile, Michael Muro of Brookings
emphasizes the potential risks of gas exports to America’s domestic industries . Cheap natural gas prices in the decades
ahead have the potential to help the United States attract and promote industrial concerns like chemicals, fertilizers, metals,
paper, glass and food products. “It would be premature,” Muro says, “for DOE to conclude the United States now has so
much gas that it can afford to export it overseas without risking domestic price dislocations .” Now, to be clear, none of
these people are arguing that the Energy Department should ban or limit natural gas exports now and forever — just that it’s
worth thinking through the consequences a bit more fully before moving ahead with a flurry of new export terminals. 159
Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 Impact – Global Econ 160 Oil DDW 2012 1 Russian economic downturn will disrupt the world economy
Cooper ‘08 [William, Congressional Research Service Spet in International Trade and Finance Foreign
Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, “Russia’s Economic Performance and Policies and
Their Implications for the United States,” May 30, http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34512.pdf]
The greater importance of Russia’s economic policies and prospects to the United States lie in their indirect effect on the
overall economic and political environment in which the United States and Russia operate. From this perspective, Russia’s
continuing economic stability and growth can be considered positive for the United States. Because financial markets are
interrelated, chaos in even some of the smaller economies can cause uncertainty throughout the rest of the world. Such was
the case during Russia’s financial meltdown in 1998. Promotion of economic stability in Russia has been a basis for U.S.
support for Russia’s memb...
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