US assures Europe: We’ll keep sending you gas, we promise

By Nicolas Camut | 05/24/2024 07:08 AM EDT

Joe Biden’s decision to pause new LNG projects rattled Europe, which is increasingly reliant on the U.S. product.

David M. Turk, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, testifies.

David Turk, deputy secretary of the Department of Energy, testifies during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images

PARIS — U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to pause approvals for new liquefied natural gas projects will not affect deliveries to Europe, a top U.S. energy official told POLITICO.

“It doesn’t impact any of the LNG currently being exported,” Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk said in an interview after a high-level meeting with French officials in the Paris business district of La Défense.

“It also doesn’t impact any of the current construction going on to export even more LNG,” Turk added, speaking from the 27th floor of a skyscraper where the French government keeps several offices.


The reassurance to anxious European officials comes several months after Biden halted the sign-off of pending or future LNG exports from new gas projects — a surprise move meant to ease concerns from climate-conscious voters ahead of a knife-edge election in November.