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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.

    The Brookings Institute, Liquid Markets: Assessing the Case for U.S. Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas

    • The Brookings Institute report addresses the feasibility of exporting U.S. natural gas as LNG. It concludes that LNG exports are both technically and commercially feasible, and that LNG exports from the U.S. are likely to be competitive in global markets. Possible challenges to exports, including potential constraints on physical and labor resources and competing domestic market needs, can be surmounted by industry in its effort to build export capability. (May 2, 2013)

    American Security Project, The Geopolitical Implications of U.S. Natural Gas Exports

    • The American Security Project study finds that exporting LNG to America’s allies can improve their energy security, erode the grip of oil-indexed gas contracts in global LNG markets, and reduce the influence of nations frequently hostile to U.S. interests. The study also highlights the climate benefits that have occurred in the United States owing to the transition from coal to natural gas for power generation, and notes that helping our allies do the same would contribute to broader reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, there are significant geopolitical benefits if exports of LNG proceed in large volumes – allowing American natural gas to reach world markets will lower the price, offer energy diversity, and undermine expensive oil-indexed contracts. This will enhance our allies’ energy security, and weaken the grip of their adversaries. (March 2013)

    The Hamilton Project, A Strategy for U.S. Natural Gas Exports

    • The Hamilton Project assesses the merits of LNG exports through six considerations, including macroeconomic, distributional, energy security, climate change, foreign and trade policy, and environmental impacts. The paper concludes that the expected benefits of allowing LNG exports outweigh the costs of constraining them, provided that appropriate environmental protections are in place. Based on these findings, the paper proposes that the Department of Energy approve applications to export natural gas. (June 2012)

    The Aspen Institute, Responding to Change: The New World of Oil and Gas

    • The Aspen Institute publication discusses oil and natural gas production challenges and opportunities; the potential demand for natural gas in various sectors; the environmental costs of energy; and global economic and political impacts of the North American boom. The publication concludes that the slow permitting process for LNG exports threatens to limit the economic and employment benefits of the natural gas boom for the U.S. economy while tarnishing America's free trade credentials. (September 2013)

    The Center for a New American Security, Energy Rush: Shale Production and U.S. National Security

    • The Center for a New American Security study examines the ongoing shale boom in the United States and its implications for U.S. energy and national security. According to the report, the three key factors in the promotion of energy security are increasing energy efficiency, diversifying supply and investing in energy production for the future. Moreover, the report finds that the energy boom will have a profound impact on energy markets and calls for a reassessment of U.S. strategy to seize opportunities and manage challenges associated with maintaining energy security. Estimates from IHS and McKinsey and Company suggest that the unconventional boom could boost the U.S. gross domestic product by an impressive $380 billion to $690 billion annually and create up to 1.7 million permanent jobs by 2020. (February 2014)