Murkowski said that her office has carefully examined the issue of natural gas exports, weighing the evidence and listening to all points of view, but the analytical debate is now over, saying that the United States has a historic opportunity to generate enormous geopolitical and economic benefits by expanding its role in the global gas trade.
According to Murkowski, the U.S. Department of Energy has received more than 20-applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement countries. Diplomats from many of these nations, including Japan and India, have urged the Obama administration to approve export licenses as quickly as possible.
Murkowski said that she has met with foreign delegations on a regular basis, and they routinely express their concerns over long delays, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the timeline for review. She said that as a nation, we need to send a clear and resounding message that the United States is a reliable trading partner and is ready to do business.