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Energy Department Attempts to Rebrand Methane as “Freedom Gas”

HeadlineMay 30, 2019

The Trump administration has branded methane—a major source of greenhouse gas emissions driving the global climate crisis—as “freedom gas.” The rebranding came as part of a Department of Energy news release on Tuesday, hailing increased exports from the Freeport liquified natural gas terminal in Texas. U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes said of the project, “Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world.” He was joined by Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg, who said, “I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world.”

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