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  • New Report Emphasizes the Benefits of U.S. LNG for Foreign Markets

    A recently published report from French think tank, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (Ifri), reemphasizes the importance of American liquefied natural gas (LNG) in today’s competitive energy market calling it a game changer. Specifically, the author, Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe, argues that even though low prices have caused projects to slow down, the flexibility of U.S. LNG still provides an advantage over foreign competitors. Throughout the study, Cornot-Gandolphe focuses on how U.S. LNG exports would benefit Europe saying it “provides Europe with a greater security of supply” especially in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. And with the continued growth of U.S. LNG, the security of European gas supply also increases. As Cornot-Gandolphe stated: “[U.S. LNG] has considerable implications for the security of European gas supply and its competitiveness, whether the LNG comes onto the European market or not.” However, Cornot-Gandolphe does mention that if Europe is to truly take advantage of the incoming LNG, then Europe should begin constructing the “missing infrastructure” in order to ensure that each country has access to the clean fossil fuel. Cornot-Gandolphe also points out that U.S. LNG isn’t just good for Europe. In fact, until recently, U.S. LNG exports have been focused on Latin American, Read more

  • The Fight Isn’t Over Yet

    Over the past week, Congress’ energy conference committee has continued its debate on the two energy bills that would modernize our nation’s energy policy. This discussion is crucial for our nation’s energy future. Both bills contain wide-sweeping policy that touches on an array of important issues including renewable energy, the nation’s electrical grid, and other infrastructure needs, but more importantly, the pieces include language that is key to our energy security. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is in high demand throughout the world, and with advancements of new technology, the U.S. has access to an abundance of it. However, bureaucratic red tape ties up export applications for years – to the detriment of American businesses and workers. Thankfully, as mentioned, both the House and Senate draft legislation, contain language that would expedite export applications by placing a fixed timeline on the Department of Energy (DOE) to approve the permits. Now lawmakers just need to finish pushing forward and work together towards a final agreement. With the lifting of the crude oil exports ban last year, America must continue to maintain its energy lead or else face the realities of being too slow in the global market. As Mark Perry mentioned in an US Read more

  • The Time to Act is Now

    It was rise and grind for Congress this week as lawmakers returned to the nation’s capital after a seven week recess. And with only a short period of time before Congress vacates the city once again to resume the election season, members and their staff are working fast and furious to complete lengthy to-do lists. One such item is a piece of legislation that would modernize the nation’s energy policy for the first time in more than a decade, and, more importantly, help streamline approvals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications. As we all know, the United States is booming with natural resources. Thanks to advanced technology and emerging markets, U.S. energy is demanded everywhere. Last year, Congress recognized the opportunity and agreed to lift the ban on crude oil exports. Now, Congress must continue to modernize our policies to match our energy landscape by enacting legislation that would spur an even larger opportunity for the U.S. – LNG exports. Currently, LNG export applications are being tied up in the approval process by the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Over time this procedure has become so bogged down that some export applications have taken over Read more

  • Let’s Move The Energy Bill Conference Forward and Open Up LNG Exports

    With Congress back from one of the longest vacations in more than half a century, it’s time to get back to work on some overdue items that were left languishing during the summer recess. Just before the break, the Senate voted to enter into a formal conference with the House to negotiate final provisions within the two Chambers’ competing energy modernization bills. While movement toward compromise is progress, one bipartisan policy shift vital to America’s continued energy growth has gotten caught in the crosshairs of disagreements between Senate Democrats and House Republicans: liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. There is currently language in both bills that would streamline regulatory wait times for LNG export permits by mandating a specific timeline to approve project applications currently tied up in the bureaucratic process somewhere between the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Some of these applications have been pending for years, including an application for a terminal in Savannah, Ga., that was just approved after pending for more than 1,000 days. During the past year, both chambers have recognized the necessity of modernizing policies to reflect the U.S. position as the world’s leading producer of energy, yet LNG export applications continue to Read more

  • LNG’s Race Against the Clock

    The United States is long overdue for an energy bill that will modernize our nation’s policy for an energy future of new technology advancements, global demand, and goals. Not since 2007 has one been signed into law, and our nation is desperate for another. Luckily, the House and Senate overcame the challenge of passing their versions of an energy bill earlier this year. But now they’re racing against the clock to reach an agreement on various provisions before this year comes to a close. During Congress’ leave, staffers, lobbyists, and industry leaders have been hard at work laying the groundwork for when lawmakers resume session on September 6. However, two big challenges await their return: the possibility of controversial amendments and the November elections. Though important and a necessity, elections take away vital time that lawmakers could use to negotiate and pass bills before the year ends setting a very tight timeline for important legislation to reach before the finish line. Greg Bertelsen, senior director for energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, commented on this pressed timeline in a recent interview with the Washington Examiner saying the election just “shortens the calendar” and truly believes the Read more