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Congressman Concerned About LNG Exports

January 14, 2012 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey wants the U.S. Department of Energy to justify liquefied natural gas exports, citing data that one already approved and seven pending LNG business schemes could result in exports equaling 18% of current U.S. usage.

“I am worried that exporting America’s natural gas would raise energy costs for American consumers, reduce the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses, make us more dependent on foreign sources of energy, and slow our transition away from dirtier fuels,” Markey wrote in a January 4 letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

If DoE approves the pending applications, and the exports go forward, “American consumers may see their energy bills rise in accordance with what foreign buyers are willing to pay,” Markey said.

House Natural Resources Committee, Reece Rushing, 202-226-4627; markey.house.gov

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