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Group of governors slams Biden plan to halt liquified natural-gas exports

A joint statement signed by 25 state leasers said the decision “creates instability and threatens future energy security throughout the world at a time when our allies need us the most.”

Kristi Noem
Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota. Credit: Official Portrait/Office of the Governor via Wikimedia Commons.

Republican governors across America have joined in opposing U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to stop approving applications to export liquified natural gas.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a statement on April 23 alongside 24 other governors, noting that “we are very concerned by the Biden administration’s move to pause approvals of new liquified natural-gas (LNG) export projects, especially after Iran’s recent attack on Israel.”

The governors said the United States was the world’s top exporter in the industry and that “the decision to pause new approvals undermines our economic and national security, and the security of our allies.”

The decision “creates instability and threatens future energy security throughout the world at a time when our allies need us the most,” stated the governors, adding that the choice “sends a message that the U.S. is not a reliable energy partner.”

The group called on the administration “to reverse course and lift the pause, allowing America to retain its global energy advantage ensuring Americans and our allies abroad have access to a steady supply of affordable energy.”

Noem declared solidarity with the Jewish state and condemned Iran, saying the Islamic regime “hates democracy, freedom and basic human rights—making them an enemy of Israel and the United States. I expect the Biden administration to stand up for these shared principles and hold Iran accountable.”

Other states whose Republican governors signed the statement included Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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