Kennedy calls on Biden administration to continue exporting American LNG

“Increased production and export volumes of U.S. natural gas encourage developing nations to  use a cleaner fuel source. Investing in domestic oil and gas production creates U.S. jobs. . . .  consider these factors in your ongoing efforts to facilitate the supply of energy commodities to  our allies and partners.” 

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today joined more than 20 fellow senators in  urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to support continued exports of liquefied natural  gas (LNG). The letter comes in the wake of Democrat senators’ asking Granholm to limit  American LNG exports.  

“. . . the Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently reported several power plants  that burn fuel oil had to be reactivated in January to help meet demand, due to natural  gas pipeline constraints. Obstructing new LNG exports could also have the unintended  effect of increasing global LNG prices, which would correlate to increased energy costs  for customers in the United States,” wrote the senators. 

“Geopolitically, NATO member states and countries such as South Korea and Japan rely  on the relative certainty associated with the U.S. LNG regulatory model. . . . We  encourage your department to issue non-free trade agreement export licenses in a  timely manner to ensure the global market continues to view U.S. LNG as a dependable  source of energy and a reliable alternative to strategic competitors like Russia,” the  senators continued. 

“Increased production and export volumes of U.S. natural gas encourage developing  nations to use a cleaner fuel source. Investing in domestic oil and gas production creates  U.S. jobs. It lowers domestic and global emissions. It also increases U.S. energy security  and makes us essential to the energy security of others. We ask that you please consider  these factors in your ongoing efforts to facilitate the supply of energy commodities to 

our allies and partners, while simultaneously securing clean and reliable energy  domestically,” concluded the senators.  

The senators also directed the letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury  Secretary Janet Yellen.  Louisiana produces more LNG than any other state and accounted for 55 percent of U.S. LNG  exports in 2020. That production played a significant part in turning America into the world’s largest LNG exporter. 

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