The Energy 202: Trump’s Latest Energy Push May Run Afoul Of Another Big Priority: Boosting Manufacturing

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Publish Date:
June 28, 2017
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  • Grandoni, Dino
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The Washington Post
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One of the ways President Trump is seeking to make the United States “energy dominant” is to open more ports to export natural gas to foreign markets.

With natural gas production booming in the United States thanks to modern hydraulic fracturing techniques, the nation is on track to become a net energy exporter. Much of that exported energy takes on the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG), or natural gas squeezed into liquid form in order to transport it by boat or other means more easily.

The House subcommittee bill “rips the heart out of EERE and would kill much of the economic, security and environmental benefit the program has long provided our nation under both Republicans and Democrats,” said Dan Reicher, a former assistant secretary of EERE under President Clinton. He and a bipartisan group of six other Senate-confirmed heads of EERE, whose mission is to bring of renewable energy technology to market, recently told Congress and the Trump administration in a letter that the deep budget cut proposed for that office would cripple its ability to function.

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