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Bi-Partisan Support For More Natural Gas Exports

From the Washington Examiner:

Congress takes up natural gas exports, with focus on the Democrats

By Zack Colman | MARCH 25, 2014

… Three committees in the House and the Senate are scheduled to host hearings this week, beginning Tuesday, on whether the U.S. should send more natural gas abroad.

The topic has been brewing on Capitol Hill for a couple years, but the crisis in Ukraine has inflamed debate. At issue is the pace of Energy Department approval of projects to nations that lack free-trade agreements with the U.S., which Republicans have long said is too slow.

Which, of course, is no accident. If there is not some executive order we don’t know about, there is undoubtedly a well positioned Obama-ite slowing things down.

Now an increasing number of Democrats — or, at least, an increasingly vocal set of them — are making that argument. Democratic export advocates, along with Republicans, say opening the spigot on U.S. exports would weaken Russia’s influence over Central and Eastern Europe, as it is the region’s main natural gas supplier…

So there is bi-partisan support for this? Where is the news media? Of course, despite all of this bi-partisan support, and despite what a boon this would be for our economy, Barack Obama would never let this happen.

He has his priorities. And helping the US economy, helping to create more jobs, and helping the world get out from under the thumb of Comrade Putin and the sheiks of the Middle East are not among them.

"A quick and efficient approval process to responsibly export natural gas from our shores will also reduce the stronghold that countries like Russia currently exercise over their neighbors," said Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Mary Landrieu, D-La., an oil-and-gas industry supporter whose committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on natural gas exports…

[Senator Mark] Udall and other Democrats are making their opinions more widely known… "This newly approved [liquefied natural gas] terminal is a step in the right direction, but there is more to do. I will keep fighting to ensure the White House continues to prioritize the development and approval of additional natural gas export facilities," Udall said.

Oddly enough, both Udall and Landrieu are up for re-election.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., joined Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., last week in calling on the Energy Department to approve or deny all pending applications in 60 days while concurrently launching a joint U.S.-European Union energy security initiative.

But other Democrats have exercised caution… [And] Some Democrats have argued that exporting natural gas abroad wouldn’t have an effect on Ukraine anyway…

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., whose state is home to chemical firm Dow Chemical, which has urged restraint on exports, cited those logistical realities Monday as she called on lawmakers to prevent an external situation from dictating domestic policy. "I am particularly dismayed that some people are using the very serious crisis in Ukraine as an excuse to rush through new projects to export our natural gas," she said on the Senate floor.

What invincible ignorance. Getting more and more of the world out from under the thumb of Comrade Putin and the sheiks of the Middle East would be good thing in itself at any time.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Bi-Partisan Support For More Natural Gas Exports”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Wow. Are they going to drill at 430 South Capitol St. SE Washington, DC 20003?

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