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    Reports and Studies

    Independent studies confirm that LNG exports would benefit the U.S. economy and consumers.

    A wide range of experts – including the Department of EnergyDeloitte, and ICF International – have concluded that expanded LNG exports would result in economic, strategic and environmental benefits for America and the U.S. economy with minimal impact on prices for American consumers.

    Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG and Coal Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    • The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas’ “LNG and Coal Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions” report quantifies the environmental benefits of replacing coal with U.S. exported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in five key international markets. The study measures the emissions from every part of the LNG process – from wellhead, to liquefaction plant, during export by tanker, at the LNG receiving terminal, and as end-use for power generation – and compares them with a similarly comprehensive assessment of the entire coal life-cycle. This lifecycle analysis found that in every scenario considered, exporting U.S.-produced natural gas to Germany, Japan, South Korea, China, or India creates significantly less emissions than continued use of coal.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Future of Natural Gas

    • MIT addresses the role that U.S. natural gas can play in achieving carbon reduction targets. The MIT report concludes that domestic natural gas supplies are abundant and affordable owing to new extraction technologies, and that natural gas can have a positive impact at relatively low costs in addressing climate challenges. The current supply outlook for natural gas will contribute to greater competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, while the use of more efficient technologies could offset increases in demand and provide cost-effective compliance with emerging environmental requirements. Natural gas use in the transportation sector is likely to increase, with the primary benefit being reduced oil dependence. (June 6, 2011)