14 February 2007 18:12 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Proposals to create an international cartel among countries that export natural gas would ultimately backfire on those involved, US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said on Wednesday.
"I don't like it and it is not something we encourage," Bodman told reporters. "I will make my views known to the ministers" of the relevant countries, he said.
Bodman did not name the countries he was referring to, but in a speech earlier on Wednesday he criticised nationalistic energy policies of the kind being promoted by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and criticised countries that "engage in discussion about collective efforts to control hydrocarbon supplies".
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In his speech, Bodman set as a priority goal for the energy industry the creation of stable regulatory environments and expansion of the rule of law.
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"We need government policies that actively encourage investment," he said.
Bodman was speaking at the annual conference in
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