Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was recently in Lisbon, Portugal for the US-EU Energy Council. She remarked on the importance of energy security in Europe. This is a particular concern for the United States. Russia has re-emerged as a global power because of its monopoly on the European energy market. While economically this is of little concern, politically it is important. Russia uses its energy policy as an arm of its foreign policy. The supply of gas and oil from Russia to Europe is politicized. Secretary Clinton spoke of work with Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine to diversify the energy market in Europe. This is important because security to Europe’s energy will only come through diversification. The Obama Administration has a tendency to push for multi-lateral solutions (as opposed to uni-lateral under George W. Bush). With this in mind the US-EU Energy Council is an attempt to band wagon against the Russian monopoly on Europe.