Coalition of states criticize Biden’s natural gas export freeze

(The Center Square) – A coalition of about two dozen state attorneys general sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday blasting the president’s recent decision to freeze the approval of new export sites for liquefied natural gas.

Biden announced the freeze last month, citing climate change concerns. The attorneys general called on Biden to end the pause, saying it will hurt the economy, national security, and violated federal law.

“Your administration’s planned ‘pause’ – which we might more accurately call a series of constructive denials – of most American LNG exports is unlawful for several reasons,” the letter said.

The attorneys general goes on to lay out those reasons, saying the Department of Energy does not have legal authority to writ large deny the export permits.

The letter also points out the agency did not go through the standard rulemaking procedure, a lengthy process that allows input from stakeholders.

“Generally, agency
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