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Trump-Appointed Judge Lifts Biden’s Pause On New Natural Gas Exports

A federal judge on Monday lifted the Biden administration's moratorium on approvals of new natural gas export terminals.

Judge James Cain Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana said: Appointed The Supreme Court has issued an injunction blocking former President Donald Trump's administration's January suspension of permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals while ongoing litigation continues. The LNG moratorium marks one of President Joe Biden's most aggressive climate action decisions throughout his first term in office.

Cain's ruling came as part of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of Republican-leaning states against the federal government over the moratorium. The White House ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to suspend approvals of new LNG export terminals to countries with which the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement. investigate In addition to economic and security considerations, the climate impacts of new export capacity. (Related: Effort to block new natural gas exports traces back to one Ivy League professor and his questionable research)

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“For the reasons explained herein, the Court finds that the Plaintiff States have standing in this action and in the preliminary injunction,” Judge Kane's ruling stated. “As to the motion for a preliminary injunction, the Court finds that the Plaintiff States are entitled to the requested injunctive relief with respect to the LNG export ban. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction and orders a general, immediate stay of the LNG export ban.”

The states involved in the lawsuit Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

The government Characteristic The move is seen as an example of the administration's determination to fight climate change and a way to protect American consumers from potential price hikes at home, though energy experts and government data dispute these points.

Neither the DOE nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment.

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