The US Department of Energy referred to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) as “freedom gas” in an official press release.
It was called that because it provided US allies “a diverse and affordable source of clean energy,” it further allegedly promotes job creation, and economic growth by approving additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG Terminal located on Quintana Island, Texas.
It, obviously, comes from Freeport and that is why it is also called “freedom gas.” It doesn’t come down to much speculation that the justification of the pretentious name came after it was thought of.
“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG to the world means more U.S. jobs and more domestic economic growth and cleaner air here at home and around the globe,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes, who highlighted the approval at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada. “There’s no doubt today’s announcement furthers this Administration’s commitment to promoting energy security and diversity worldwide.”
Efforts were further made to “promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of US freedom to be exported to the world,” Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg said.
The spreading of this “freedom gas” is mostly done through continuous threat of sanctions that if “allies” prefer Russia, then they’re obviously no on the right side.
This has to be a joke. (Remember freedom fries?) https://t.co/ei9Idg613X
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 29, 2019
This is a recent trend, earlier in May US Energy Secretary Rick Perry referred to LNG as “freedom gas” while advertising LNG exports to Europe.
“Seventy-five years after liberating Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, the United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent,” Perry said in Brussels, according to EURACTIV.com. “And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas.”
Also, yes, Rick Perry, on behalf of the US, claimed all responsibility for liberating Europe from Nazi Germany.
It should also be reminded that “freedom gas” could also refer to freeing Europe from its money, since according to several reports Russian LNG is much cheaper than US one.
Of course, how dare those Russians blackmail the EU into purchasing cheaper gas and keeping them “prisoner.”
As of February, 2019, Russian Novatek was able to deliver LNG to Europe for $3.15 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) compared to $7-$8 for U.S. producers.
Gazprom reportedly expects a price of $6.4 per mmBtu, which is still lower than what the US producers want.
And this isn’t a recent development.
In November 2018, Gazprom reportedly signed a contract with India for the delivery of $7 per mmBtu, which is still between $1-2 cheaper than anything the US or Qatar offer. Thus, it appears that for the next 20 years India will also have to get its freedom in another way.
In May 2018, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the US was really keen on Europe purchasing its LNG, but the price was still at least 30-40% higher than the one offered by the side not selling “molecules of freedom.”
Thus, it would appear that “freedom gas” might, in fact, be the one that actually allows you to purchase other things apart from it, but, then again, the US knows best.
Since, of course, each US ally has the “freedom” to purchase gas from whichever country it decides, as long as that country is the US.
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