US Senator Ted Cruz has offered an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval bill that will expedite LNG exports to the 160 countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The amendment will remove unnecessary delays that have been caused by the US Department of Energy’s arbitrary permit approval process.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Cruz said: “This amendment is important, not just for economic development, not just for jobs and growth, but also for the enormous geopolitical advantages that it will present to the United States. In the past several years, we have seen the consequences of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy, we have seen the US receding from leadership in the world, and we have seen other nations step into that void and use energy as a weapon, whether it is Venezuela, Iran or Russia. Allowing expedited LNG exports strengthens our hands against those who would be enemies of America, and it strengthens the hands of our friends and allies.
“We need to come together in a bipartisan manner to say we support jobs, we support economic growth, and we support standing united alongside our friends and allies in defense of freedom.”
The Senator specifically highlighted the importance of expediting LNG exports to Ukraine, which depends on natural gas for 40% of its energy supply.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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