In response to today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on S. 33, the “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act,” Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing emphasizes the wide consensus among energy experts, economists and policymakers: Liquefied natural gas exports will be an economic boon to the U.S., creating jobs and investment while enhancing our trading partnerships. Thanks to our abundance of natural gas supplies, the U.S. is uniquely positioned to both meet domestic demand and still bring real wealth back into this country by selling a small percentage of our surplus natural gas to our friends and allies abroad. CLNG applauds today’s hearing participants for urging strong bipartisan legislative action to move these projects forward so that all Americans can experience the clear benefits provided by LNG exports.”
Originally cosponsored by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), S. 33 enjoys bipartisan support. The bill will expedite the approval process for LNG exports to countries with whom the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement, by requiring the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a final decision no later than 45 days after the close of a project’s National Environmental Policy Act review.