GAIN STATEMENT: Biden LNG Decision Could Jeopardize U.S. Energy Security

Today, the New York Times reported that the Biden administration is pausing approval of Louisiana’s proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal, Calcasieu Pass 2. This is part of a broader policy from the Biden White House directing the Energy Department to “expand its evaluation” for all U.S. LNG infrastructure projects. The article notes that the delay comes as Biden gears up for his re-election campaign, courting climate voters who feel betrayed by the approval of the Willow Project.

Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition and former senior advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman:

“If reports are accurate, this may be the Biden Administration’s worst energy policy decision yet. Natural gas exports are an American success story – driving our economy, strengthening America’s global standing, and supporting our European allies in the wake of Russia’s war on Ukraine. 

Leading energy expert Daniel Yergin says, ‘No one hates U.S. L.N.G. more than Vladimir Putin.’  With this decision, Joe Biden is running a close second.

Instead of catering to hypocritical celebrities and a small fraction of his most liberal voters, President Biden should make policy based on facts and what’s best for the American people. I urge the administration to reverse course and stop obstructing permitting approvals for CP2 and future LNG infrastructure projects.”

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