Florida Republicans Join Bill Cassidy to Ensure U.S. Exports More Liquified Natural Gas

This week, U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., brought out the “Small-Scale LNG Access Act” which is being championed in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

According to Cassidy’s office, the bill would speed up “the approval of natural gas exports equal to or less than 51.1 billion cubic feet per year” since these “small-scale exports would be deemed consistent with the public interest and granted without modification or delay.”

“As a global leader in the export of LNG, the United States faces fierce competition from dangerous foreign regimes, including Russia and Iran. With current geopolitical and concerns, investing in LNG at any scale will provide long-term benefits, support American jobs, foster American energy independence, and ensure the U.S. leads the way as a leading producer of clean energy,” Cammack’s office noted

“At a time when it’s critical to move away from our dependence on Russia and Venezuela for our energy needs, the Small-Scale LNG Act will further unlock our capacity for domestic production,” said Cammack. “Florida has an important role to play in this emerging sector and it’s past time we reinforce the importance of our LNG export capabilities.”

“The United States cannot continue to cede energy production to countries like Russia and Iran,” said Cassidy. “Producing cleaner-burning natural gas here in the U.S. creates American jobs and exporting it abroad decreases global emissions. This bill benefits Louisiana workers, unleashes our energy dominance, and improves our environment.”

Both Florida Republican U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are backing Cassidy’s bill.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are also sponsors of the Senate version of the bill.

“Expediting approval of small-scale natural gas exports would strengthen an emerging sector of Florida’s economy and bolster our existing ties with the Caribbean and Latin American nations,” said Rubio. “Importantly, the bill would also ensure that bad actors, including the criminal regimes in Venezuela and Cuba, do not benefit from expedited access to American energy exports while they continue to undermine democracy and commit human rights atrocities.”

“Reducing the burden of federal regulations will mean more good-paying jobs for Florida families in the emerging industry of small-scale natural gas exports. Anything we can do to make LNG more accessible and cost-effective to our partners throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and decrease their reliance on Maduro and Venezuelan oil is good for the United States,” said Scott.

Cassidy’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where it has been since November. Florida Republican U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Neal Dunn, Carlos Gimenez, Brian Mast, Maria Elvira Salazar and Greg Steube are co-sponsoring Cammack’s bill.

Kevin Derby
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