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About Those Net Exports…

keystone xl  gasoline  exports  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 12, 2012

News that the United States was a net exporter of finished petroleum products last year prompts logical questions – and some wrongheaded commentary – about refining, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and whether finished products should be leaving the country. Energy blogger Robert Rapier argues net exports are good news for the U.S. economy and quite reasonable in what is, in fact, a global market.

“This news did not sit well with some people, who argued that those exports could have been better used in the U.S. I read numerous comments from people angry that we are exporting fuel. In fact, one of the arguments against the Keystone Pipeline is that the fuel could end up being exported after it is refined. I don’t think the people who are making these arguments have thought this through very well.”

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LNG Exports, Growing U.S. Energy Opportunity

natural gas  lng exports  trade  us energy security  russia 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

A couple of new data points from the government show the importance of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to America’s trading posture and its global energy security role as a growing supplier of natural gas. First, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that the U.S. exported more natural gas than it imported in three of the first five months of this year – February, April and May – which is historic since the U.S. has been a net importer (on an average annual basis) for nearly 60 years. In addition, EIA projects that the U.S. will be a net natural gas exporter for the year in 2017.

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