For years, proposed U.S. LNG projects could count on the government to extend their export licenses. But a recent policy change means extensions may be harder to come by, leaving delayed LNG projects stuck on the drawing board.
The Biden administration has supported an expansion of gas exports. But members of his own party warn that the buildout of U.S. LNG pollutes local communities and amounts to a major setback for the climate.
Using an optical gas imaging camera, which detects pollutants that are otherwise invisible, Earthworks found extensive emissions including methane pollution from U.S. LNG export terminals in Louisiana.
The residents of the Spanish town of Ferrol have lived for years in the shadow of an LNG terminal, but a growing body of research suggests such infrastructure poses a health risk to communities like theirs – which should serve as a wake-up call as we brace ourselves for major build-out of LNG in Europe.
Qatar is to supply LNG to Germany under a long-term deal which is already being criticised for doing little to address the current energy crisis while protracting the country’s dependence on gas despite decarbonisation goals.
The Philippines is trying to revamp its power sector by building more gas to power projects along with several LNG import terminals, however there’s growing concern that LNG might not be the best option going forward.
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