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On LNG Exports, Let’s Stick to the Facts

domestic energy  exports  lng  liquefied natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 28, 2013

The campaign against the free trade of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) generally goes down a few of tracks:

  • Consumers will be hurt as “excessive” LNG exports stretch demand, making natural gas more expensive here at home.
  • Blocking or restricting LNG exports will best fuel U.S. economic growth.
  • The federal government needs to prevent “unrestricted” or “unlimited” LNG exports.

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be one opinion against another. The U.S. Energy Department has a recent, comprehensive study on these issues in hand, in addition to reports and studies by other reputable organizations. The conclusions, based on scholarly research, should guide the federal decision on licensing the construction of LNG export facilities – more than a dozen of which are awaiting approval.

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