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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Reacts to Passage of LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

Jan 28, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement after H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act passed the House floor.  The bipartisan legislation would expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export permits.  

“Today’s bipartisan vote to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications by the Department of Energy will ensure that the United States can produce the quantities of natural gas necessary to meet our growing domestic needs and export to the global marketplace. 

“This legislation is an economic catalyst for the United States; it will provide for increased trade revenue, additional investment in our infrastructure and will create good paying, middle class jobs here at home. Additionally, the geopolitical impacts of this bill will be positive and far-reaching.  By increasing our exports of liquefied natural gas, we will provide greater energy security to our allies and provide a counterbalance to countries that use their natural gas supplies to politically manipulate other nations.  Finally, this legislation will significantly benefit our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas has been instrumental in helping California achieve AB 32 greenhouse gas emission standards and increasing the global use of natural gas in lieu of more carbon intensive fuel sources will be instrumental to our efforts as we combat global climate change.  I’d like to applaud Secretary Moniz and the staff at the Department of Energy for their attention and hard work towards clearing the backlog of applications for LNG exports. This bill provides them additional tools to assist them in their efforts.

“The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act is a positive step toward using our country’s energy resources in an effective, safe and globally responsible manner.”