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  • Expert Discusses How TPP Will Facilitate LNG Exports to Allies in Asia and Especially Japan

    November 19, 2015 – Earlier this month, text of the Obama Administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership a deal that looks to remove trade barriers with Asia, was released to the public. And while encouraging liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to our allies in Asia was not specifically outlined, there is still a provision in the historical deal that would facilitate the international trade of U.S. natural gas. In a post this week by Michael Levi on the Council on Foreign Relations, he discusses the provision that would allow for LNG exports and deepen economic integration of the U.S. and Pacific Rim. As he states, “the critical element of the agreement is its language on ‘national treatment,’ a trade law status which the TPP member nations commit to granting to each other’s goods, with no enumerated exception for natural gas.” Levi discusses how this statute will essentially make countries within the TPP fall under the category of “in the public interest” and waive the need for a Department of Energy to conduct analysis. Perhaps the biggest recipient would be Japan, which has been eyeing deliveries of American LNG to replace output from its nuclear power plants. But the immediate benefit won’t be U.S. Read more

  • Bordoff: LNG Exports Can Change the Global Energy Outlook

    November 18, 2015 – This week, the Wall Street Journal published commentary by Jason Bordoff, former energy adviser to President Obama, which outlines the current global energy landscape and potential strategic power exporting natural gas resources could mean for the U.S. and our allies. A professor of professional practice in international and public affairs and founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Bordoff discusses how the U.S. coming online next year with its first supplies of LNG exports to non-FTA nations signals the U.S. transition to global gas superpower and predicts we will “alter the landscape of global energy geopolitics and security in profound ways in the years to come.” Significantly, one of his key arguments is that LNG trade will meaningfully enhance the energy security of our allies. Highlighting the EU’s historic reliance on Russian reserves and Russia’s ability to leverage and gain geopolitical influence as a result of this import dependence, he discusses how U.S. LNG supplies will help quell the bargaining power of aggressive nations like Russia and make prices more consistent with gas prices in the U.S. Bordoff, citing Lithuania’s recent negotiation of a discount on gas from Russia, states Europe Read more

  • New Report by ACCF: U.S. Energy Exports Key to More Stable, Global Energy Markets

    November 5, 2015 – This week, the American Council for Capital Formation released a new policy brief highlighting the benefits of U.S. energy exports, namely on the global market and U.S. allies. The paper by ACCF’s executive Vice President George David Banks, cites that the free trade of America’s abundant energy resources would provide an invaluable opportunity for the United States to help strengthen and stabilize global energy markets, especially if China is engaged as a partner. The paper specifically identifies liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as potentially playing a crucial role in easing current tensions in the South China Sea, along with advancing political and economic stability in the Asia Pacific. “Bolstering the United States’ relationships with key powers like China is critical to securing a safer and more prosperous future, and one avenue to achieve that goal is through the unfettered trade of U.S. energy,” said George David Banks, ACCF executive vice president and author of the policy brief. “Our nation’s affordable and abundant energy resources have the potential of generating economic prosperity and lasting regional partnerships while easing potential conflicts in the Asia Pacific and across the globe.” Thanks to the energy boom over the past decade, Read more

  • The Larger Energy Picture

    Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation lifting the ban on crude oil exports, it’s time we turn to another initiative currently sitting before the Senate that would modernize our energy policy: the expedited export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The U.S. is home to some of the largest shale plays in the world and with new technology we now have access to that plentiful supply of natural gas. However, many LNG projects are on hold while their applications await government approval. This failure to act quickly is threatening America’s opportunity to provide the world with our abundant natural gas resources. In a recent report, the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission announced the approval of the first natural gas exports terminal this December. Located in Oregon, this terminal will provide easier access of America’s natural gas to our Asian allies and specifically Japan. This opening, plus the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, could boost trade relationships between the U.S. and allies while simultaneously strengthening our national security. Just like crude oil exports, expedited LNG exports will bring added economic benefits – local activity will be spurred into action and more American jobs will be created. A study Read more

  • Harry Alford on the Significance of American Energy

    September 14, 2015 – Earlier this week Harry Alford, President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, discussed the status of minority-owned businesses in the U.S., as well as the possible impact of proposed environmental and financial regulations on minority communities. While expressing his discontent regarding President Obama’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan, Alford elaborated on how continued regulatory obstacles in the way of U.S. energy exports, notably natural gas, will only further impede American small business growth and success. “They don’t want to export or import natural gas … We are trying to build this country and increase consumption through business growth. So its anti-business is what it is, and anti-business is anti-jobs. And I’m very passionate about it.” (Full interview available on C-SPAN) Read more