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Are We Trying to Fight Russia Through Commodity Prices?

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman – Mar 26, 2014 at 7:00AM

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Test crude sales and approving LNG exports -- is the U.S. sending a message to Russia?

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Although Russia has shown its might through hosting the Winter Olympics, followed by its annexation of Crimea, it's still in a precarious position because of its reliance on taxes collected from the oil and natural gas industry. The country receives over half of its revenue from oil taxes, and the country needs Brent crude prices of over $110 to balance its budget this year. In the face of Russian aggression, is the United States subtly pressuring Russia by threatening to flood the crude oil market, leading to falling prices? Additionally, is this week's conditionally authorized approval of Jordan Cove LNG facility to non-Free Trade Agreement countries another warning shot to Russia? Check out video below for more information. 

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This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

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