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Louisiana Attorney General objects to President Biden's pause on LNG export projects

Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill joined attorneys general from 22 other states in opposition to President Biden's 'pause' on liquefied natural gas export projects.

"It’s time for Joe Biden to end his assault on Louisiana energy. Instead of addressing America’s real energy challenges, his administration has decided to double down on a reckless environmental agenda. This pause is unlawful, damages our economy, and harms our national security," said General Murrill.

The Biden administration's moratorium on the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects will embolden Iran and Russia and hamper the U.S.’s ability to protect itself, according to the letter penned by several states’ attorneys general.

The AGs warn that the Department of Energy lacks the authority to issue blanket denials for export permits without an act of Congress. Additionally, the Department of Energy didn’t allow anyone the opportunity to weigh in on the regulatory change.

"The people of Louisiana are proud to power this nation. Joe Biden’s latest assault on LNG exports threatens thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in infrastructure investment in our State. It also creates international instability and hurts developing democracies worldwide. I won’t allow this president to hold our people and our economy hostage," General Murrill stated when this was first announced on January 26, 2024.

The attorneys general urged the Biden administration to change course on this decision immediately.