Barrasso joins Oklahoma’s criticism of Biden’s LNG freeze


He could be on a short list to succeed Sen. Mitch McConnell as the next Senate GOP leader. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso is known for his anti-energy mandates of President Biden and is a staunch defender of his state’s energy reputation.

As an example, Barrasso, who is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, moved this week to introduce the LNG Security Act.

Just like Oklahoma’s House members and Senators, Barrasso is targeting Biden’s decision to stop new American liquefied natural gas export approvals. His act would require the Department of Energy to approve LNG exports to all countries that have imported or are capable of importing Russian or Iranian natural gas.

His act would support the nation’s energy producing states, including Wyoming and Louisiana where a dozen of the 18 impacted LNG export ports are located or will be built.

“President Biden’s decision to stop approving LNG exports is a disaster. We already know LNG exports are good for American workers, our economy, our national security, and the planet,” explained Barrasso.

“We don’t need a new study to make that clear. The President’s decision will only force our allies and partners to import energy from Russia, Iran, and Qatar. Our bill will reverse President Biden’s decision and support American energy production,” said Senator Barrasso.  

The LNG Security Act:

  • Requires DOE to immediately approve all LNG exports to countries which have imported, are importing, or are physically capable of importing natural gas from Russia or Iran.
  • Places a 45-day deadline for DOE to issue a decision on applications to export LNG to all other countries, once the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approves the siting, construction, and operation of an LNG export facility.
  • Moves all current and future litigation challenging the approval or denial of LNG export authorizations to the Circuit Court where the facility is or will be located.