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Americans Oppose LNG Export Pause, NAM Poll Finds

Americans overwhelmingly support exporting U.S. natural gas, a new NAM poll reveals.

What’s going on: In addition to wanting continued exports of LNG, respondents believe the U.S. must boost its production of oil and natural gas, build more energy infrastructure and reform the broken permitting system, according to the findings of an NAM survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted March 15–18.

  • In January, the Biden administration announced a moratorium on LNG export permits.
  • Europe is the primary destination of exported U.S. LNG.

The details: Among the survey’s key findings:

  • Some 87% believe the U.S. should continue exporting natural gas.
  • About 86% say the permitting system must be changed so energy projects are approved and online in less time.
  • Approximately 76% say the U.S. needs more energy infrastructure, such as port terminals.
  • About 74% say the U.S. needs to increase domestic oil and natural gas production.
  • And 72% would like to see the U.S. use an all-of-the-above energy approach that includes both traditional and renewable energy sources.

The last word: “The American public agrees: LNG exports are critical to U.S. energy security, creating well-paying jobs and supporting our allies in Europe and Asia,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

  • “This poll underscores the need for President Biden to immediately direct the Department of Energy to roll back this misguided and counterproductive policy.”
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