|March 24, 2014|
Previously published on March 21, 2014
The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced that it would hold a hearing on a bill that seeks to expedite efforts by American natural gas producers to export to U.S. allies, such as Ukraine. The bill, which is known as the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, was authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) - the freshman Congressman who just announced a bid for U.S. Senate.
Rep. Gardner's bill would require the Department of Energy to immediately grant all applications to build liquified natural gas export facilities that had been filed by March 6, 2014 - the day Rep. Gardner introduced his bill in the House.
Gardner and other supporters of the measure have argued that expediting and increasing U.S. natural gas exports to countries like the Ukraine would free them from Russia's increasingly antagonistic influence.