Congressman Boustany Promotes LNG Exports Ahead of John Kerry’s Trip to India
Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after writing a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry encouraging him to address energy trade, specifically liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, ahead of the Secretary’s visit to India next week:
“Growth in international trade from the United States continues to serve as a domestic job creator, deficit reducer, and geopolitical strategic tool. Thanks to advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, natural gas production in the United States is experiencing levels unseen ever before. With domestic natural gas demand demand to be met by current supply, the opportunity has arisen for the United States to become a natural gas exporter.
“The United States has a unique opening to provide its allies with a steady, reliable source of energy. India is the world’s sixth largest importer of LNG with expected demand to rise annually at a rate of five to six percent until 2020. South Louisiana finds itself in the center of activity as LNG will be exported out of the Sabine Pass export terminal beginning in 2014. I encourage Secretary Kerry to reinforce the importance of this trade relationship between our governments. It continues to be in the best interest of both countries.”