A super abundance of natural gas supply in the U.S. means we have the opportunity to export natural gas, reducing some of the supply and making money for our country (reducing our international trade imbalance). But the Dept. of Energy (DOE) stands in the way of issuing new export permits to allow that to happen. The DOE has commissioned a study on how exports will affect prices and other considerations here at home.
The Senate Energy Committee’s top Democrat member, Senator Ron Wyden, wants to know the precise criteria, the “ground rules” the DOE will use to make decisions on exporting natural gas. He’s asking some very pointed questions of DOE Sec. Steven Chu: