Fact Sheets

Benefits of LNG Exports

Selling some of America’s abundant natural gas supplies to international markets presents a significant opportunity for the United States to create thousands of jobs, increase manufacturing and improve the trade balance. This fact sheet further explores the economic, trade and environmental benefits of LNG exports.

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Natural Gas Exports Create Jobs

By selling some of America’s expansive natural gas supplies internationally, the United States is positioned to create tens of thousands of new jobs. Each LNG exports facility would require a considerable investment, benefitting the entire value chain including steel workers, turbine manufacturers, pipefitters and others. This fact sheet delves into various analyses and their estimates for jobs created by LNG exports.

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What They’re Saying

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the White House’s top energy and climate change adviser and numerous publications and energy experts express their thoughts on natural gas exports in this fact sheet.

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LNG And Its Many Uses

This fact sheet describes the versatility of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, across America’s residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Although the majority of Americans know little about LNG, it has been a part of the nation’s energy mix for almost a century. LNG is used for purposes as diverse as heating, cooking, generating electricity and manufacturing a wide variety of products. It is also used as a fuel for heavy-duty, mass transit and other vehicles.

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Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of LNG vs. Coal

The fact sheet compares the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions attributable to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal, using a representative average of the typical operations of both types of fossil energy. It integrates the findings from a 2009 independent study conducted by Pace Global Energy Services, which found that existing domestic coal power plants produce two-and-a-half times more lifecycle emissions than LNG. Further, the study uncovered that even the cleanest coal technologies produce 70 percent more lifecycle emissions than LNG.

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