Well doesn’t this just figure.
The main opposition to sending American natural gas abroad comes not from environmentalists, but from one industry group and Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
The U.S. is in the midst of a natural gas boom and lawmakers are debating whether or not the government should fast-track the permitting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. Environmentalists represent part of the opposition to LNG exports, but the bulk of the opposition comes from a coalition of manufacturers that rely on natural gas.
America’s Energy Advantage (AEA) is the main opposition behind the opposition of LNG exports, arguing that it would raise energy prices and harm the country’s industrial renaissance. AEA is backed by companies that would benefit from cheaper natural gas, including Dow Chemical, which is headquartered in Michigan — the state Stabenow represents.