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The first ever shipment of American liquefied natural gas bound for Poland docked earlier this month, chipping away at Russia’s energy dominance in Europe. 
Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo welcomed the U.S. tanker, Clean Ocean, declaring, “today Poland can say that it is a safe and sovereign country.” Her words underscore the legacy of freedom and innovation — and the sustained productivity and economic growth that it creates — forged by the peaceful energy transformation in America. 

In 2013, U.S. production of oil and natural gas surpassed that of Russia, a “shale gale” of abundant energy. Such an achievement is the result of a uniquely American story of the risk-taking entrepreneurs and independent enterprises. 

A hemisphere away, the people of Poland lived under brutal oppression throughout most of the 20th Century. Many historians conclude that it was Poland, long denied the exercise of freedom and national sovereignty, which sparked the final blow to the Soviet Union. But even with the dissolution of Soviet political control, dependence on Russian energy has proved to be an even more arresting force, shackling Polish economic growth and quality of life.:snip:

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