Biden administration pauses new US LNG exports amid mounting political pressure

The Biden administration on Friday initiated a pause on how it assesses U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to nonfree trade agreement countries, an announcement that comes amid mounting political pressure from environmental groups and Democrats in Congress to consider potential climate impacts of such projects.

The pause will give the administration time to update its underlying process for approving new LNG export terminals, including to better account for the impact of climate change.

The pause will allow the administration to evaluate climate and environmental impacts for the United States to export such a “sizable” amount of LNG, senior administration officials said on a call previewing the announcement.

It will also allow the administration to consider the economic and national security impacts of new LNG export facilities.

Though Biden administration officials stopped short of giving a time frame for the
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