Biden Administration Halts Permitting Process For Liquified Natural Gas

In a move devastating the energy industry in the U.S., the Biden administration recently decided to cave to climate change protesters and halt the permitting process to construct liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals along the Gulf Coast.

While speaking to reporters, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said, “As our exports increase, we must review export applications using the most comprehensive up-to-date analysis of the economic, environmental and national security considerations.”

“This action includes a pause on pending applications for exports of U.S. natural gas as LNG to non-free trade agreement countries until the department can update the underlying analyses for authorizations,” Granholm added.

Responding to the Biden administration’s decision, the energy industry’s trade organization, The American Petroleum Institute (API), said such an action favors the Russian government and harms the U.S. economy by stripping Americans of jobs in the industry.

“This is a win for Russia and a loss for American allies, U.S. jobs and global climate progress. There is no review needed to understand the clear benefits of U.S. LNG for stabilizing global energy markets, supporting thousands of American jobs and reducing emissions around the world by transitioning countries toward cleaner fuels,” API said.

“This is nothing more than a broken promise to U.S. allies, and it’s time for the administration to stop playing politics with global energy security,” the trade organization added.

President Joe Biden’s move comes after the president promised he’d be an anti-energy president. Throughout his tenure, he has kowtowed to those within his party who believe natural gas emissions are harmful to the environment while trying to remain likable to elderly Democratic voters who view his climate policies unfavorably.

In 2022, Biden passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which, unlike the name suggests, does nothing to tackle runaway inflation in the U.S. The act allocates nearly $400 billion to reduce fossil fuel emissions in America by 40% by 2030.

The president also launched the American Climate Corps — an organization that provides young Americans with skills to work in wind and solar production.

Despite his vigorous anti-energy agenda, the U.S. still produces more oil and natural gas than any other country worldwide.