Hoeven Urges Administration to Increase LNG Exports, Support Energy Security of European Allies

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase liquified natural gas (LNG) exports to European allies. This letter comes in response to a February 2nd letter signed by 10 Democratic senators calling for the Biden administration to curb LNG exports.

“We are concerned by recent attempts to restrict liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States to our European allies amid rising tensions caused by Russia,” wrote the senators. “Specifically, the misguided request made by several of our colleagues in a February 2nd letter runs counter to ongoing efforts to assist our allies in pivoting their energy supply chains away from Russia.”

“Increased production and export volumes of U.S. natural gas encourage developing nations to use a cleaner fuel source. Investing in domestic oil and gas production creates U.S. jobs. It lowers domestic and global emissions. It also increases U.S. energy security and makes us essential to the energy security of others,” continued the senators. “We ask that you please consider these factors in your ongoing efforts to facilitate the supply of energy commodities to our allies and partners, while simultaneously securing clean and reliable energy domestically.”

Along with Hoeven and Cassidy, the letter was signed by Senators John Thune (R-SD), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Burr (R-NC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), James Lankford (R-OK), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Rick Scott (R-FL).

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