Background: Following is a comment from Frank Macchiarola, Executive Vice President for America’s Natural Gas Alliance on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) decision to conditionally authorize the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Oregon to export domestically produced natural gas.
“We welcome the Department’s decision to conditionally approve the authorization of the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal. As numerous studies have shown, the export of natural gas can bring reliable, affordable energy to our allies around the globe and to developing nations. Thanks to the greater use of natural gas here at home, we have seen emissions levels from power generation fall to levels not seen since 1994. This is a tangible benefit that we can share with other nations through natural gas exports. In addition, the export of natural gas will support American jobs, spur innovation and help equalize our trade balance.
“We face the important choice of whether to take action to improve our energy and economic security, or recede and let other nations pass us by. That is why we would prefer a process that expedites DOE export approval and welcome the broad support in Congress for such a policy, a policy that will allow companies in the U.S. to seize this opportunity and compete globally. Experts across the spectrum agree that advancing exports is the right path forward, so now is the time to lead.