America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), released a white paper on April 16, “encouraging US policymakers to move expeditiously to approve terminals that allow for LNG exports.”
ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin said: “The paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports Are America’s Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity (PDF), paints a compelling picture of a US energy resource that is poised to transform global markets, increase strategic geopolitical advantages for America and its allies, and reduce carbon emissions on a global scale, all while continuing to drive economic growth at home.”
With respect to the geostrategic advantages of US LNG exports, Lithuanian Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis is quoted in the white paper saying: “Lithuania and the rest of Europe are steadily building the infrastructure necessary to provide greater energy diversification and thus to enhance regional security. What we need now is for the United States to play its part, demonstrating its commitment to free trade by allowing its allies in Europe and the rest of the world to quickly benefit from the surplus natural gas it does not need.”
The white paper’s conclusion is worth repeating verbatim because it sums up what LNG Allies has been working with our US and foreign partners to achieve:
“Thanks to the shale energy revolution, America has moved from a posture of energy scarcity to one of energy abundance. The US can harness clean, abundant and affordable natural gas for both domestic consumption and exports to become a global energy leader.
“This paradigm shift is driving economic growth, environmental improvements and enhanced energy security. However, to fully realize the potential presented by our natural gas abundance, it is imperative that we advance policies that allow America to sell its product overseas, just like producers of other American products.
“To do that, we must have a more predictable and timely approval process that provides the certainty companies need to compete in global LNG markets and to improve economic conditions both here in America and for our strategic allies overseas who are eagerly awaiting access to America’s natural gas abundance. We encourage the administration and Congress to make this a priority, so our nation can seize this exceptional opportunity.”