LNG exports: America’s hidden climate bomb’

If growth continues, U.S. emissions from LNG exports could rival emissions from the continent of Europe. Bill McKibben and other guests discuss.

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In less than a decade, America has become the world’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas. 

In the mid-2000s, the U.S. was building terminals to import more fossil gas. But that all changed after the fracking boom unlocked vast reserves of hydrocarbons. The U.S. became a net exporter in 2017. Then, Russia’s war on Ukraine forced a scramble for new supplies of gas in Europe — and American companies stepped in.

The consequences: a historic push for new LNG export terminals, a vast new source of heat-trapping gases that could wipe out U.S. climate gains, and a growing conflict over how the government approves new LNG infrastructure.

We’re joined by Bill McKibben, author, organizer and founder of Third Act; Nicole Pollack, a contributing writer at Canary Media; and Jeremy Symons, analyst, political strategist and principal at Symons Public Affairs.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Canary Media: Nicole Pollack’s deep dive into the controversies over FERC approval of LNG exports
  • Canary Media: LNG exports are a​‘really, really big’ climate threat, McKibben says
  • New Yorker: Bill McKibben’s article on Robert Howarth’s latest research on LNG emissions
  • Jeremy Symons’ recent research on how LNG exports are causing U.S. emissions to rise

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