Republicans Are NOT Happy With Biden’s Gas Exports

( – President Biden has had a lot of backlash on his natural gas exports agreement and just recently more than 150 Republicans have spoken out about his decisions regarding the energy source.

A group of Republican lawmakers got together to write a letter to President Biden outlining their concerns about his liquified natural gas export projects. The letter was initiated by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers with the support of House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. as well.

“This is economically and strategically dangerous and unnecessary. Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, DOE has consistently found that U.S. LNG exports serve the ‘public interest’ because they contribute positive economic benefits and strengthen energy security for the American people, and also have the potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,” the letter read.

President Biden made the call recently to put all LNG exports on pause in order to assess the possible damages and effects of these energy sources. Although this request has pleased many activists, Republicans are stepping up to say that this could have negative effects on global energy security. It would allow Russia to have its control back over gas exports, whereas originally, the LNG exports helped “American allies wean off of Russian gas.”

The letter included research revealing that LNG exports could add $73 billion to the United States economy by 2040 and that it could create over 450,000 jobs, as well as increase United States purchasing power by $30 billion.

This letter comes just a few days before the Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans come together to hold a hearing that would examine possible “ramifications of the LNG export pause.” Many have stated that it’s unclear what projects will be affected but that they can expect to look into the effects soon and determine their position.

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