The Geopolitical Benefits of Sending Rocky Mountain Natural Gas to Asia
The U.S. is the world’s leading producer of oil and gas and is positioned to further support its allies, especially those who are dependent on LNG imports and offset the geopolitical reach of rival nations who have less regard for our environmental and democratic principles. Mexico and Canada, as neighbors and long-standing allies with shared values, are integral to this vision of forging new partnerships with rapidly growing countries in Asia.
By providing market access for Western natural gas, the U.S. can use LNG exports to positively impact energy geopolitics and improve its national energy security by bolstering the energy security of its allies. U.S. LNG can offset the dependencies of nations around the world who are beholden to energy supplies from the Middle East and Russia.
Asia is the big prize when it comes to current and future LNG customers and the competition around these markets is indicative of its importance. Japan is currently the world’s largest LNG importer, and industry experts project that status to continue. Japan’s stated goal is to diversify its energy portfolio by accessing new markets, primarily in North America and East Africa. China is expected to overtake Japan as the primary importer of natural gas, with overall Asian consumption expected to nearly triple from 2010 levels by 2025.
Other emerging Asian economies – including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines - are increasing their LNG imports significantly in the coming years.