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Timmons: Biden Administration’s Agencies Are Undercutting the President’s Own Stated Goals Again with LNG Decision

Washington, D.C. – Following the Department of Energy’s announced freeze on export permits for new liquified natural gas projects, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:

“Once again the Biden administration’s agencies are undercutting President Biden’s own stated goals. The president has said the following:

  • ‘Where is it written that America can’t lead the world in manufacturing again? … Now, thanks to all we’ve done, we’re exporting American products and creating American jobs.’[1]
  • This nation used to lead the world in manufacturing, and we’re going to do it again.’[2]
  • ‘We just have to remember who we are. We’re the United States of America…There’s not a single thing we can’t do when we put our minds to it. And we can strengthen our energy security now, and we can build a clean energy economy for the future at the same time. This is totally within our capacity.’’[3]
  • ‘[W]e’re working closely with Europe and our partners to develop a long-term strategy to reduce their dependence on Russian energy.’[4]
  • ‘[W]e’re a great nation. We’re the greatest nation on the face of the earth. We really are. That’s the America I see in our future.”[5]

“Manufacturers call on the president to direct his agencies to support his agenda and to end their political war on the manufacturers who power American jobs, our economy and our national security. Today’s decision weakens our country, while giving Russia an upper hand as Europe and Asia look to transition their energy needs.”

[1]  State of the Union Address, Feb. 7, 2023.

[2]  Remarks at a Political Rally Hosted by Union Members, June 17, 2023.

[3]  Remarks on Actions to Strengthen Energy Security and Lower Costs, Oct. 19, 2022.

[4]  Remarks Announcing U.S. Ban on Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas and Coal, March 8, 2022.

[5] Remarks at First Campaign Speech of the 2024 Election, Jan. 5, 2024.


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