Industry leader says Biden’s LNG freeze was “purely political”

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A growing list of critics of the Biden freeze of LNG ports and shipments includes Tm Tarpley, president of the Energy Workforce & Technology Council.

Writing in the Washington Examiner, Tarpley made it clear what he thinks of the President’s move.

“It has become increasingly clear this decision was a purely political calculation. The president has faced criticism from the Left for not doing more to slow down U.S. oil and gas production, and of course, we are in the midst of a presidential election cycle.”

Yes, Tarpley is part of the oil and gas industry, but also pointed out his belief that Biden is playing pure politics with the decision. How so? Because in March of 2022, Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stood together and pledged to work together to lay the framework for a significant increase in U.S. liquefied natural gas to be imported into the European Union.

Remember that? Here’s what Biden declared on that day in March.

“First, we’re coming together to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy. Putin has issued Russia’s energy resources to coerce and manipulate its neighbors. That’s how he’s used it. … The United States, together with our international partners, we’re going to work to ensure an additional 15 — one five — 15 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas, LNG, for Europe this year.”

Click here to read his Washington Examiner opinion piece