Arrington Urges Biden Administration to Prioritize Energy Exports in U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade Discussions
This week, I led 26 of my Republican colleagues in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick, urging the Biden Administration to prioritize U.S. energy exports in ongoing trade negotiations with Taiwan.
“From the plains of West Texas to the port cities of the Gulf, the Lone Star State leads the nation in oil and natural gas production, processing, and exporting. Without harvesting these valuable natural resources in West Texas, America’s security and the global energy supply would suffer mightily,” I said. “There is a critical demand from our allies like Taiwan around the globe for American natural gas, and our nation has the capability to meet that growing demand. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has tragically failed to include energy trade and security in the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade. Liquified natural gas (LNG) production here in the states will lead to further opportunity for American jobs and strengthen our national energy security both domestically and abroad. The Biden Administration’s energy policy has had disastrous effects not only for America, but also our allies around the globe.”
“Taiwan is a key market for U.S. LNG exports and ranks 14th in total volume purchased globally over the past seven years. We support efforts to further this energy relationship through government-to-government channels and commercial negotiations and welcome the letter led by Rep. Arrington and his colleagues to U.S. Trade Representative Tai,” said U.S. LNG Association President and CEO Fred Hutchison.
The letter has garnered support from the American Petroleum Institute (API), ClearPath Action, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), the United States LNG Association, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners (TIPRO).
Full text of the letter can be accessed here.