Special Report: Setting the Record Straight on LNG Exports

As support for lifting restrictions on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports has gained momentum in Washington and across the country, opponents of exporting abundant U.S. shale gas have doubled down by distorting the facts about the benefits of the United States’ energy resources.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States is ranked fourth in the world for technically recoverable shale gas and we are slated to become a net exporter of LNG by 2020. By exporting our abundant shale gas resources, we will continue to revitalize Main Street, power key industries, create thousands of jobs across the economy and increase global access to the cleanest burning fossil fuel.

The broad benefits of U.S. LNG exports to the nation’s security, economy and the environmental impacts have been outlined in detail by both government and non-governmental sources. Below is a point-by-point rebuttal to address oft-repeated concerns related to the export of our natural gas, and to correct the record on the impacts of LNG exports on the environment. Statements by opponents that LNG exports will worsen global GHG emissions, that potential for local environmental impacts should preclude exports, and that investment in natural gas will prevent growth in renewable energy are not supported by research and analysis. With broad bipartisan support for increased exports and the clock ticking as other nation’s LNG projects advance to fill the need for energy resources around the world, it is time for federal regulators to remove red tape preventing the construction of U.S. LNG export terminals.

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