Sierra Club Statement: Pause on New LNG Export Approvals is Bold and Historic Win for Climate, Communities and Consumers

Today‚Äôs Announcement Hailed as ‚ÄúBold‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHistoric‚ÄĚ Step to Phase Out Fossil Fuels
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Shannon Van Hoesen, shannon.vanhoesen@sierraclub.org

Washington, DC - Today, President Biden and Secretary Granholm announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will halt approvals of liquified gas exports, known as LNG, while the agency reviews its criteria for determining if an application is in the public interest. This decision by the Biden administration represents a significant, positive change in policy in response to calls from a broad coalition urging action to halt the expansion of gas exports. 

This announcement is a culmination of more than a decade of work across communities along the Gulf Coast, and at the federal level, to oppose the buildout of gas exports. The DOE has never rejected a gas export application on the grounds of harm to the public interest despite clear and growing evidence that gas exports are inconsistent with global climate targets, destroy local communities and critical ecosystems, and increase domestic energy costs. Additionally, there are currently no restrictions on the destination for gas exports, which risks national security. This re-evaluation of public interest determination criteria, if done right, will stop the practice of rubber-stamping these projects.  

According to polling from November 2023, 60% of US voters support the Biden administration taking measures to limit the amount of gas exported to other countries. Additionally, more than 400,000 people have signed a petition to stop the buildout of LNG export facilities, including CP2 LNG.   

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous said: 

“President Biden and Secretary Granholm’s bold step today continues this administration’s historic efforts to meet the global commitment to phase out fossil fuels and confront the climate crisis head on. This decision is a major win for communities and advocates that have long spoken out about the dangers of LNG, and makes it clear that the Biden administration is listening to the calls to break America’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels and secure a livable future for us all. 

‚ÄúStrong leadership, that rejects fossil fuel industry fear mongering, is our best bet to protect communities and ensure energy is affordable. It's undeniable that LNG export projects are simply not in the public interest and we are confident that if this review is done right, that would end the rubber-stamping of these projects. The Biden administration is making the right choice on behalf of the planet, our communities, and our national security.‚ÄĚ
 

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