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Trump’s energy officials stealthily dub natural gas with patriotic name as they ready to export around the world

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Unlike cow-fart-hating Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, officials with President Donald Trump’s Department of Energy appear to like themselves some gas, *sniff sniff*.

Natural gas, that is.

On Tuesday the department initiated a new clean energy plan that calls for exporting domestically produced natural gas across the entire globe, according to a press release.

“Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advanced its commitment to promoting clean energy, job creation, and economic growth by approving additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG Terminal located on Quintana Island, Texas,” the release reads.

This liquefied natural gas terminal will begin operations in September 2019 and is slated to become “one of the first and largest U.S. exporters of LNG,” according to its website.

Nothing too interesting about that, right? But wait!

“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy,” U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes said in a statement.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, going forward American-produced natural gas will have the nickname of “freedom gas” in honor presumably of America’s constitutionally guaranteed right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are rights that aren’t currently shared throughout the world.

“With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg said in his own statement.

Thanks to an order signed by the DOE on Tuesday, the Freeport LNG Terminal will reportedly be authorized to export up to 0.72 billion cubic feet per day of “freedom gas.”

However, the facility may only export “freedom gas” to countries that don’t “have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States” or with which “trade is not prohibited under U.S. law or policy.” It’s unclear how many countries meet these requirements.

So why all the hype over natural gas exports? According to Carolyn Kissane, the academic director of the graduate program in global affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, “freedom gas” exports “create jobs,” “contribute to a lower trade deficit” and “reinforce U.S. global leadership and competitiveness.” The bottom line is that these exports are good for America and the world.

And that perhaps is why the left — which has demonstrated a stunning apathy, if not animus, towards the United States — responded to the DOE’s press release with mockery and derision.


The references to George Orwell seem odd, given as the left tends to be the political side that promotes the type of pseudoscience, irrationality and authoritarianism seen in his classic books.

Some leftists responded by trotting the man-made climate change canard and suggesting that more natural gas exports would lead to dirtier air, more forest fires, etc.

Note for instance how Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a climate change fanatic who recently legalized human composting as means to soften humankind’s alleged footprint, responded:


Despite fear-mongering from the left, which has been up in arms ever since the president withdraw the United States from the infamous Paris Accord, the fact remains that the U.S. is leading the way on the environment.

“The facts already speak for themselves: America is the world’s leader in caring for the environment,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a speech in early May at the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council.

“Our energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 14% between 2005 and 2017, while the rest of the world’s rose by more than 20 percent. Our black carbon emissions are down 16% since 2013 and on track to drop by nearly half by 2025, the best of any Arctic country.”

“It isn’t clear that Russia, meanwhile, is reducing emissions at all, despite being the largest emitter of black carbon in the Arctic. We’re achieving our reductions the American way: through scientific and technological innovation that enhances our energy security and our economic growth, rather than stifling development through burdensome regulations.”

It’s unclear why leftists keep criticizing the Trump administration for its otherwise successful energy- and environment-related policies but never say anything about the likes of Russia, among others.


Vivek Saxena


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