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.
ANNOUNCED TODAY: Energy Department approves new exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG Terminal. Facility’s expansion estimated to support up to 3,000 jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs. https://t.co/cxOwLD7ZVt @CEMSecretariat #CEMMI2019
— Energy Department (@ENERGY) May 29, 2019
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.
Utterly ridiculous. And apparently real. Please tell me this isn’t real. 🙁 The Department of Energy Is Now Calling Fossil Fuels “Molecules of Freedom” and “Freedom Gas” https://t.co/v5squ0r4cX
— Jennifer Ouellette (@JenLucPiquant) May 29, 2019
Rick Perry and the Dept. of Energy are now calling gas “freedom gas” and fossil fuels “molecules of freedom.” A little patriotism makes all the science go away! How do we get off this carousel of stupidity? https://t.co/UQzHFHW87U
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 30, 2019
No one should expect an Administration that tears apart families at the border or contaminates our air and water with toxic pollution to understand freedom, but this is a new low. #FreedomGas? https://t.co/1X9blQFGev
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) May 29, 2019
The US government is a complete and utter shitshow and big oil is running everything. https://t.co/Dp5PvWE1UM
— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) May 30, 2019
War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength and…
— David Grinspoon (@DrFunkySpoon) May 30, 2019
— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) May 30, 2019
— David Beard (@dabeard) May 29, 2019
Orwell missed a few…
Freedom molecules/gas – > methane
Freedom rocks – > coal
Freedom weather – > hurricanes/tornadoes
Freedom resorts – > concentration camps
— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) May 29, 2019
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:
Freedom gas? Freedom is generally good, but freedom from glaciers, freedom from clean air, freedom from healthy forests that aren’t on fire, and freedom from the world we know and cherish is not what we seek.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 29, 2019
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.
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