Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Lloyd Smucker (PA-16)
WASHINGTON—Congressmen Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), Dan Meuser (PA-09), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), and Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), wrote to President Joe Biden urging his administration to reconsider and reverse its misguided decision to pause pending approvals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.
The letter emphasizes the importance of natural gas to our nation’s economy and national security, as well as highlights the environmental benefits of the clean energy source.
On an economic front, the U.S. natural gas industry directly supports more than 10 million American jobs and contributes nearly $1.8 trillion annually in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Related to national security, the letter argues that withholding approvals for LNG exports could potentially force allies into the hands of less stable and potentially adversarial suppliers, threatening both energy security and the United States’ geopolitical standing. Furthermore, the signatories stress that natural gas emits approximately 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than other fossil fuels, meaning it should be embraced, not vilified, by an administration wanting to reduce carbon emissions.
The letter reads, “By fostering a robust natural gas industry, we stimulate investment, enhance domestic manufacturing, and create well-paying jobs across various sectors – all while protecting our national security and bolstering strategic alliances. LNG export projects are indispensable for ensuring that we continue to function as the economic ‘arsenal of democracy’ throughout geopolitical incidents such as the war in Ukraine. A reversal of the pause on LNG export applications is not just a strategic imperative but also an economic necessity, ensuring the continued prosperity of our nation. We urge the White House to swiftly correct course and reconsider its ill-conceived decision to further hinder America’s ability to be energy dominant.”
The letter can be found here.