Restricting LNG exports harms global energy production and national security, Energy Workforce warns

January 28, 2024

(WO) – Energy Workforce and Technology Council released a statement warning of the critical impacts that will be felt on both a national and international scale if the administration moves forward in halting permits for U.S. LNG export facilities.

Energy Workforce & Technology Council President Tim Tarpley

“American LNG plays a fundamental role in powering the global energy market,” said Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley. “This move by the Administration to potentially halt permits for U.S. LNG export facilities will widely disrupt ongoing projects across the Gulf Coast, creating a global economic shockwave across energy markets. Halting American LNG threatens the reliability of energy production both here at home and abroad. Additional regulatory uncertainty is the last thing American energy needs right now.”

Energy Workforce joined the American Petroleum Institute (API), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC), Center for LNG (CLNG) and dozens of other industry groups in a letter to Secretary Granholm warning that any further restriction of U.S. LNG exports could exacerbate the energy crisis in Europe, threaten U.S. jobs and force quickly developing nations to rely on coal for their growing energy needs.

“U.S. LNG blunted a potentially disastrous situation in 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Secretary Blinken emphasized that increased cargoes of U.S. LNG were critical to undercutting Vladimir Putin’s meddling in Europe,” wrote the groups. “While our European allies have made significant strides in reducing their reliance on Russian natural gas thanks to American energy producers, Europe faces a considerable supply gap over the long-term that should be met by American energy, not hostile nations. Moving forward with a pause on U.S. LNG export approvals would only bolster Russian influence and undercut President Biden’s own commitment to supply our allies with reliable energy, undermining American credibility and threatening American jobs.” Read the full letter here.

Earlier this year, Energy Workforce weighed in on statements made by the Administration that indicated a review of the criteria used to approve new LNG export projects.

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