WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), chairman of the Senate subcommittees on energy and economic growth, today announced the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has given final export approval for Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminal project, authorizing up to 1.7 billion cubic feet of LNG per day. Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the construction of the facility which will create over 1,500 construction and permanent jobs in Cameron Parish.
“Approving these projects unleashes American energy and fuels Louisiana’s economy,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This project brings good paying jobs to workers and their families. Exporting U.S. natural gas strengthens our energy dominance, weakens America’s enemies and provides a cleaner source of energy to our allies.”
Cassidy recently released a white paper making the case for a pro-jobs approach to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The white paper explains how increased use of natural gas can lower global emissions while furthering American economic success, and comes after Democrats proposed the Green New Deal, which would cost trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans out of work.
Cassidy has aggressively criticized efforts to close natural gas plants and impose carbon tax and cap and trade policies, pointing to the environmental benefits of natural gas and the crucial role it plays in strengthening America’s national security.