The Trump administration needs to stop promoting natural gas export exports, and that includes exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to foreign countries, according to a new study by the Natural Gas Alliance.
The Trump Administration has been promoting the benefits of LNG exports, which have been used in energy projects in Asia and Europe, as the best way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase economic growth.
“The Trump administration’s policies to boost LNG export growth are creating an environment that favors exports, especially in developing countries where climate change is a major concern,” the study says.
Natural gas is also a much more efficient form of energy than coal, oil or natural gas.
Natural Gas Export Act The Natural Gas Act allows the U.S. to export liquefaction-producing gas (LCG) to developing countries, including those in the Middle East.
However, it requires the United States to meet strict environmental and safety standards for LNG transportation.
“By contrast, the LNG Act requires the importation of a broad range of domestic liquefiable natural gas from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates,” the Natural Energy Alliance wrote.
“This narrows the market for LPG exports, resulting in more stringent environmental and regulatory standards for the transportation of LPG, and therefore a higher risk of serious safety and environmental impacts.”
The Trump EPA is considering rules that would require the export of liquefried natural gas to a foreign country, or the export would be prohibited if a country has a higher carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) than the United State.
“As the world’s largest LNG exporter, the United United States must protect our national interests, including the environment and our economic growth, in order to protect our economy and support American jobs and competitiveness,” Natural Gas Secretary Daniel Kriss said in a statement.
“We’re reviewing this draft regulation and working to ensure it is in line with our objectives to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase U. S. energy security.”
The Energy Department has not yet responded to a request for comment.