Biden Administration Pauses LNG Export Approvals, Citing Climate Concerns
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In a statement today, President Joe Biden announced a temporary halt on pending approvals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States. The move, which exempts only unforeseen national security emergencies, marks a shift in the administration’s approach to energy policy and reflects its heightened focus on climate change.
President Biden framed the decision as a necessary response to the escalating climate crisis, citing the devastating impacts of extreme weather events across the country and world. He emphasized his administration’s ongoing efforts to combat climate change, including record-breaking investments in clean energy, environmental justice initiatives, and international cooperation on emissions reduction.
“But more action is needed,” the President asserted. “This pause on new LNG approvals recognizes the climate crisis for what it is: the existential threat of our time.“
The decision contrasts with the stance of Republican lawmakers, who have largely dismissed the urgency of climate action. Biden criticized this approach, accusing Republicans of “willfully deny[ing] the urgency of the climate crisis” and condemning the American people to “a dangerous future.”
In contrast, the Biden administration pledged to “heed the calls of young people and frontline communities” who are demanding action on climate change. The President expressed optimism that the pause on LNG exports would not only mitigate environmental risks but also generate economic benefits by stimulating clean energy job creation and improving public health.
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“As America has always done,” concluded President Biden, “we will turn crisis into opportunity.” This statement suggests the administration believes the temporary pause on LNG exports will ultimately contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future for the nation.