Manufacturers support the development of markets that provide competitively priced energy resources, a minimum of government intervention, and promote an economically balanced and diverse mix of energy sources. For these reasons, we support the bipartisan H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act.
The National Association of Manufacturers was founded more than 100 years ago to promote open markets and free trade for domestic manufacturers. These principles are embedded in our policies today, including those governing energy exports. We have consistently urged the Department of Energy to process applications for the construction of LNG export terminals in a timely fashion, so that the market may operate with as little distortion as possible, and so that the United States remains in compliance with its international obligations under the World Trade Organization.
Manufacturers in the United States are ahead of their global competitors in the race to build the infrastructure needed to export LNG; however, this window of opportunity may be limited, and an unnecessarily protracted regulatory process could cause a major disadvantage for these exporters. H.R. 4606 would help pave the way to small-scale projects “without modification or delay.” This is a commonsense measure that we can all get behind. It’s encouraging to see Washington proposing solutions that make manufacturers more competitive.
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