Senator Katie Britt recently signed onto new legislation she believes is imperative to establishing U.S. energy independence and security in both the present and going into the future.
The Unlocking Domestic LNG Potential Act is promoted as a solution to take politics out of the export of American liquefied natural gas by doing away with the requirement for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) leadership to approve of it.
According to Britt, under the new legislation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have complete authority over the approval process.
Britt said that the bill is needed after President Biden and his DOE “handed a major victory to both Vladimir Putin and far-left climate activists by pausing approvals of pending applications for U.S. LNG exports.”
Ultimately, Britt said that Biden’s actions make the U.S. more reliant on countries hostile to the country.
“Instead of strengthening U.S. energy security, President Biden has chosen to continue appeasing far-left Green New Deal enthusiasts by freezing new LNG project permits,” said Britt.
“Foreign customers will simply turn to other LNG suppliers across the globe, including to our primary adversaries. This irresponsible, job-killing move will effectively weaken America’s role as the world’s leading exporter of LNG and further diminish the American energy dominance that President Biden inherited.”
“At every turn, this Administration puts its partisan agenda ahead of hardworking American families.”
Two weeks ago, the Biden administration paused approvals of pending applications for LNG exports.
U.S. gas exports have more than quadrupled in the past decade, making America the largest natural gas exporter in the world.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.