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Please stop the CP2 LNG export project!
December 19, 2023
Dear President Biden & Secretary Granholm,
I am writing to request that you please do not approve Venture Global’s application to the Department of Energy (DOE) to export Liquefied “Natural” Gas (LNG) from their proposed CP2 LNG facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. CP2 LNG would be the largest volume of LNG ever approved for export. At full volume, the lifecycle emissions of fracking, liquefying, shipping, regasifying, and burning that much gas will add up to 190 million tons of CO2e each year – 20 times the annual emissions from burning the oil produced at the Willow drilling project in Alaska and equivalent to the emissions from more than 42 million gas-powered cars or 51 coal-fired power plants. I also encourage the DOE to change how it determines whether new licenses for LNG exports are in the public interest, which, as currently applied has led to the near-universal approval of LNG exports, at the expense of communities harmed by extraction, transport, and export facilities; consumers facing rising energy prices; and the climate. DOE’s current approach to making such determinations does not come close to fully or accurately considering how LNG exports impact the climate, environmental justice, or domestic energy prices. U.S. LNG exports have doubled over the past four years, and projects currently under development are set to nearly double exports again. Analysis from the Sierra Club has found that lifecycle emissions of all existing and proposed LNG export terminals would be equivalent to 539 coal plants annually, putting the Biden administration’s climate commitments out of reach. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has also found that LNG exports are the driving force behind forecasted gas production growth. At a time when Americans across the country are experiencing ever-harsher climate impacts, it is imperative that DOE makes decisions about additional LNG infrastructure in a way that takes into account the climate costs of these projects. Increased LNG exports also have significant ramifications for environmental justice communities and DOE should ensure that its public interest determinations follow the letter and spirit of President Biden’s Executive Order on Revitalizing our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All. LNG exports pollute communities along the whole value chain of LNG production, including those located near fracking wells and pipelines, in the areas where LNG is liquefied and processed for export, and in the communities overseas where it is imported and combusted. By exacerbating climate change, LNG exports also pose a threat to environmental justice at home and abroad, because the impacts of climate change fall most heavily on low-income communities and communities of color. LNG exports drive up household energy burdens across the country, and those effects can trickle down to other essential goods, such as food and fertilizer. Americans rank inflation as the top problem facing the country, and nearly 25% of Americans had to choose between paying for food and medicine or their energy bill at least once in the past year. DOE’s public interest determination for LNG exports should consider the effect that these exports will have on US consumers already suffering from inflation. Given the ramifications of the unrestrained LNG export buildout on the communities, the environment, and climate progress, the DOE must consider the implications of the unrestricted flow of U.S.-produced energy across the globe and enact reasonable limits on LNG exports.
Sincerely, Andy
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