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Germans have Little Faith in the USA as a Supply Partner

The Germans consider Norway (71%), Canada (52%) and Russia (49%) to be the most reliable energy partners.

The Germans' positive view on natural gas is also reflected in their assessment on the development of the natural gas market.

Wintershall reported this on June 27, 2018. 

Three quarters of Germans are convinced that Germany will need more or, at the very least, equally large amounts of natural gas in the future.

However, the high demand for natural gas is coming at a time of declining domestic production in Germany and the EU. In 2030, for example, the EU will have to import more than 400 billion cubic meters. 

Where should the natural gas come from that Germany and Europe need?

The Germans consider Norway (71%), Canada (52%) and Russia (49%) to be the most reliable energy partners.

Only about one in five (21%) consider the USA to be a reliable energy supplier.

Here the value has declined significantly since summer 2015: Only three years ago about 40 percent still considered the US to be a good energy partner. 

"The declining trust in the US is certainly also due to political reasons – here the publicly discernible differences of the past few months have left their marks," explains Wintershall Board Member Thilo Wieland, who adds: "Of course there can be occasional tiffs between friends and allies. But fair market conditions and mutual trust are the prerequisites for global trade in order to create prosperity and growth. With Norway and Russia, Europeans have two important and proven energy partners. But it would be good for everyone if the relations with the US were back on track." 

The currently considerable scepticism towards the USA as an energy partner is also revealed in another question surveyed by Forsa.

Asked directly whether Germany and Europe should meet their natural gas needs from Russia or the USA, 61% of Germans prefer pipeline gas from Russia and only 13% prefer liquefied natural gas from the USA.

 The nationwide survey was conducted between 7 and 9 May 2018 by the forsa opinion research institute.

1001 citizens aged 18 and over were selected in the Federal Republic of Germany by means of random sampling.

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