Several House Democrats have broke ranks to join Republicans in voicing alarm over the Biden administration’s halt on green-lighting new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. This decision, criticized by energy experts and now lawmakers from both sides, is seen as a move that inadvertently boosts foreign energy producers and does nothing to curb global emissions. The administration’s pause, intended to evaluate the climate impacts of LNG projects, is anticipated to extend over a year, triggering concerns about the implications for national security, economic stability, and the United States’ ability to meet clean energy objectives.
The bipartisan letter to President Biden, signed by seven Democratic members of the Energy Export Caucus, underscores the critical role of U.S. LNG exports in supporting American jobs, supplying energy to allies, and contributing to environmental benefits on a global scale. The signatories argued that halting the approval process for LNG export projects undermines not only U.S. national security but also the administration’s own clean energy and climate goals.
This development follows closely on the heels of reports that the Biden team had moved towards scrapping a natural gas project after engaging with a young TikTok influencer, highlighting the administration’s susceptibility to pressure from environmental activists. The response from Senate Republicans has been swift, with proposed legislation aimed at reversing the administration’s policy on LNG terminal approvals, although Senate Democrats from gas-producing states have yet to clarify their stance on the matter.
The upcoming hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the LNG export terminal approval pause promise to further scrutinize the decision. While lawmakers express bipartisan concern, environmental activists have hailed the pause as a triumph for their cause, pointing to a broader clash between energy policy and environmental advocacy.
The pushback from members of President Biden’s own party over the halt on approving new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals reveals a growing fissure within the Democratic ranks, signaling a potential loss of faith in the administration’s handling of energy policy. This rare bipartisan objection underscores the complexity of balancing environmental stewardship with pragmatic energy and economic policies. The involvement of Democrats in the criticism of the administration’s decision not only highlights the strategic importance of LNG in the global energy market but also suggests a broader concern over the direction of Biden’s energy agenda.