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Gas Exports Block the World's Climate Goals

The rapid expansion of liquified natural gas (LNG) exports is a massive source of climate pollution, including carbon and methane emissions, and LNG export terminals contribute to that problem while harming surrounding communities and blocking development of renewable energy overseas. While LNG is marketed as a better alternative to coal, after accounting for processing, liquifying, shipping, and methane leakage, the life cycle emissions footprint of LNG rivals coal.

The LNG Buildout will Exacerbate Climate Change

Currently in the U.S. there are 21 LNG terminal expansions or new terminals in various stages of planning, approval and financing. 

A May 2021 report from the International Energy Agency concluded that most of the facilities where the gas is liquefied for export currently under construction or at the planning stage should not be built if the world is going to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Other recent analyses from Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Energy Monitor similarly detail how the continued expansion of LNG exports from the United States would be incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement,  jeopardizing U.S. climate goals while simultaneously derailing them for the rest of the world. 

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Environmental Justice: LNG Terminals Hurt Frontline Communities

The approval process for new gas export facilities has long ignored common sense environmental justice and equity concerns.

Communities of color and those with low household incomes make-up about 38 percent of the people living within three miles of proposed LNG facilities. For these frontline communities, public health is undermined by air pollution from LNG processing, including particulate pollution, pollutants such as benzene and mercury compounds, volatile organic compounds, ammonia, sulfuric acid, sulfur oxides, and nitrogen oxides.

LNG Blocks the Development of Renewable Energy Overseas

Building out new LNG infrastructure is set to block the deployment of cost-competitive renewable energy in developing countries, including the southeast Asia market targeted by the gas industry.

Instead, it would saddle those nations with new fossil-fuel infrastructure that would be quickly stranded if global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C. And since renewable energy and battery storage pricing has dropped precipitously in recent years, wind and solar can already outcompete gas in many global markets.

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