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Former Trump, Bush officials urge Congress to reverse Biden's LNG pause

Published Feb 12, 2024 05:04AM ET Updated Feb 12, 2024 07:21PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Dozens of former officials from the past two Republican U.S. administrations on Monday urged Congress to reverse the Biden administration's pause on approvals of liquefied natural gas exports, saying the shipments promote global stability.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, paused approvals of exports of pending and future LNG projects to big markets in Asia and Europe late last month in order to review environmental and economic impacts of the booming business. Biden acted after pressure from environmentalists concerned about greenhouse gas emissions during the LNG lifecycle and pollution from LNG plants near vulnerable communities.

The 35 officials, including Rick Perry and Dan Brouillette, energy secretaries under former President Donald Trump, wrote to lawmakers heading energy and foreign affairs committees in the House of Representatives and Senate.

"It is imperative that we reverse this action and continue to advance our economic, energy, and geopolitical interests while leading on environmental progress," the former officials said in the letter.

U.S. LNG exports to Europe rose after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, and they are expected to double by the end of the decade on exports already approved.

The U.S. House is set to vote on a bill that would strip the Department of Energy's power to approve the exports and give it to the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Representative August Pfluger, the sponsor of the bill, said he met with German parliament members last week who were surprised by Biden's move because they had cut imports of Russian gas.

Handing the decision to FERC, "a more independent organization that can make less partisan decisions, seems to be the only recourse that we have right now," Pfluger told Reuters.

The legislation would likely struggle in the Senate, controlled by Democrats, and some lawmakers have been wary of it. Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat who opposes the pause, told reporters last week he is not looking at "taking anyone's authority away."

The letter was also sent to Biden administration officials.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk told reporters last week that as the administration talks with allies and partners about the pause, "we feel very comfortable" about their gas supply going forward.

Former Trump, Bush officials urge Congress to reverse Biden's LNG pause
 

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Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Feb 13, 2024 10:51PM ET
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Biden Adminionazi's pushing Clean energy down. It's not part of the Green agenda to bank r u p t America
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Feb 13, 2024 10:49PM ET
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Nothing but a bunch of whittle children telling joe what to do.. mainly former prez terro ist B.h.  O 'a
Bond James
Bond James Feb 13, 2024 6:32PM ET
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Banning LNG export is not green. It is red. China India and all the rest will burn charcoal if the NG price goes up. Biden was pumping stock market for his reelection since the first day at the office. But inflation got on his way.So he decided to destroy energy price that he pumped up himself. Despite all the effort like Flying to Saudi .dumping SPR etc oil price went up and impossible to push down. So he is destroying NG price. This is his election agenda. Not environment.
JaneJohn Doe
JaneJohn Doe Feb 12, 2024 7:30PM ET
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Republicans want to hand Europe to Putin. Traitors!
Tom Paj
Tom Paj Feb 12, 2024 7:30PM ET
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Rather they wsnt to promote arm production business.
Petey Pete
Petey Pete Feb 12, 2024 7:30PM ET
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Dumb putin does not have the power to take Europe. Europe would kill Russia in war. You just love taxes
manpreet Kaur
manpreet Kaur Feb 12, 2024 6:42AM ET
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This new will not impact Natural gas ... it will go down because fund managers want to to take down
Ernie Keebler
Ernie Keebler Feb 12, 2024 5:35AM ET
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For an industry that routinely burns off (flares) billions of cubic meters of natural gas annually because it's uneconomical or because they are unprepared or too lazy to capture it creating pollution and greenhouse gases at the same time like a year ago that consumers paid triple for natural gas and farmers paid more than triple for,fertilizers created from natural gas because of shortages, it's unconscionable they want to continue on their own, greed driven track, without any oversight or revue of practices including exports
Nikhil Nandwana
Nikhil Nandwana Feb 12, 2024 5:35AM ET
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You NG move up side ?
Green Greta
GreenGreta Feb 12, 2024 5:35AM ET
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MOre will be flared off vs selling it to europe to wean off Russian nips. So, more NG will be burnt and pollute vs capturing and selling it. Eco zealots have no brains.
 
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