Biden’s LNG export project pause: Winners and losers

President Joe Biden’s pause on approvals for pending liquefied natural gas export terminals Friday was met with deeply divided responses, earning praise from Democrats and environmental groups while sparking fierce backlash from Republicans and industry groups.

Biden, for his part, said in a statement that the pause “sees the climate crisis for what it is: the existential threat of our time.”

Here’s an early look at the winners and losers from the project pause:

Winners:

Climate activists

Climate groups praised the decision Friday, with EarthJustice describing it as a “major step in the right direction.” 

Others, including some groups that had planned sit-in protests outside the White House to urge the Biden administration to halt the new LNG export facilities, including the Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana, also praised the decision.

The groups had opposed the new projects
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