National Journal

U.S. Gas Exports Would Be a Global Boon
National Journal

Delegates from 10 countries—including Hungary, Haiti, India, Japan, and Thailand—argued for increased U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas to increase global energy security and strengthen diplomatic ties during a Thursday forum convened by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

Delegates from Hungary and the Czech Republic said expanded LNG exports would bring U.S. gas into competition with Russia, the major supplier of oil and gas in eastern Europe. Increased competition, they argued, would drive down gas prices to the benefit of consumers.

« We need to have more competition to have affordable energy prices, » said Anita Orban, ambassador-at-large for energy security for the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representatives from Japan and Singapore also called for increased U.S. LNG exports, saying it would help diversify domestic energy markets.

The Obama administration has so far approved four LNG export terminals to ship natural gas abroad, with three terminals approved this year.

Au Québec, nous avons dit non au gaz de schiste et aux ports méthaniers… Si nous sommes pauvres, ce n’est pas sans raison…