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Schatz Applauds Biden Administration Pause On New Approvals For Liquified Natural Gas Exports

Schatz Previously Joined Colleagues in Urging DOE to Update Review of New LNG Export License Applications

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement after President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced that the Department of Energy will pause approvals of liquified natural gas (LNG) exports as it reviews its criteria for determining whether applications are in the public interest.

“As the U.S. makes historic progress towards building a clean energy future on the heels of the Inflation Reduction Act, we can’t simultaneously expand our reliance on fossil fuels like liquified natural gas,” said Senator Schatz. “I’m glad the Department of Energy will update its review process for future authorizations to ensure approvals are in the public’s interest – both in terms of fighting the climate crisis and not driving up energy costs for consumers.”

In November, Schatz joined colleagues in calling on the Energy Department to update its review process for export permits by taking into account the latest climate and economic analyses on LNG.