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September 28, 2018 – Expanding America’s Export Horizon



What is the problem?   

The Natural Gas Act requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to review applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement countries, many of which are in Latin America and Asia, to ensure the exports are in the public interest.  To prove public interest, businesses must comply with many burdensome federal regulations and subject themselves to the review of unelected federal bureaucrats.  The application review delays the ability of companies to export their product, creating uncertainty for businesses and their employees. 


Why are small-scale liquified natural gas (LNG) exports important? 

American innovation, deregulation, and high-tech have paved the way for the United States to lead the world in oil and gas production.  Our energy dominance has increased our natural gas exports and decreased our dependence on natural gas imports.  LNG exports are imperative to advance our 21st century energy renaissance, create high-paying jobs, and enhance our booming economy. 


What am I doing to expand America’s export horizon? 

I recently voted for Representative Bill Johnson’s Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act.  This legislation codifies the Trump Administration’s deregulatory action to expedite small-scale LNG exports and accelerates America’s rise as a world-class natural gas exporter.  The legislation now awaits action in the Senate.  


What are they saying? 

“It’s critically important that we take advantage of this opportunity we’ve been blessed with – there is no doubt that LNG exports are creating new, well-paying jobs and improving the quality of life for hard working families in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio and across the country. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the DOE rule will become law and not subject to the whims of future presidential administrations and policies. I am thankful to both the Republicans and Democrats who supported this commonsense legislation, and now the Senate needs to take the baton from us and pass this legislation so it can be signed into law.” – Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-14)