Thursday, May 30, 2019

Molecules Of Freedom

This is not from The Onion.

According to the Department of Energy, the next critical export from the United States is made from “molecules of U.S. Freedom.”

You may wonder, what are these molecules?

The technical answer is liquefied natural gas. Or, if you are in charge of energy policy for the Trump administration, “freedom gas.”

Let that seep in.

On Tuesday, the department announced plans to increase exports of the fuel source from a new liquefaction plant that will be built off the coast of Texas on Quintana Island by Freeport LNG of Houston.

That announcement was quickly overshadowed by the colorful terminology in the release.

“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy,” Mark W. Menezes, the under secretary of energy, said in a news release.

Steven Winberg, the assistant secretary for fossil energy who signed the export order, said that the announcement underscored the administration’s “commitment” to an America-first agenda.

“I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” Mr. Winberg said.

The last time someone around here let loose molecules of U.S. freedom, we blamed the dog.

One bark on “Molecules Of Freedom

  1. They’re going to put one of those LNG terminals here at the port of Brownsville. After doing the environment impact study (which will be faked ). There’s quite a bit of resistance from grass roots organizations. This terminal will only be say 10 miles or so from the Space X facility at Boca Chica Beach. They were putting the nose cone on the rocket last week. If that rocket doesn’t go where it is supposed to and should come down in the port, it could be disaster on a big level.

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