WSTN President at Energy Roundtable Discussion: Infrastructure Key to Unlocking Global Potential

Browning details the environmental, economic benefits of facilitating global export of Western natural gas through North American LNG facilities

Denver, COWestern States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative (WSTN) President Andrew Browning joined Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, American Petroleum Institute (API) CEO & President Mike Sommers and other business and labor leaders at a roundtable discussion about the importance of energy industry and infrastructure development for America’s current and future economic success.

At the API’s virtual roundtable in Denver, policymakers and business and labor leaders shared ideas about the role of American-made energy in the global conversation around climate change and swiftly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and how the energy industry is going to be foundational in the economic rebound of America and Colorado after the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the roundtable, Browning discussed how the organization advocates for rural economic development, tribal self-determination and a cleaner environment by supporting exports of natural gas produced in western North America to Asian markets that currently use higher-emitting fuel sources to power their economies. Those markets, Brouillette said, are “begging for U.S. gas,” and that factored into his decision to authorize exports from the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and his support for it and other export options, such as Sempra’s Costa Azul LNG project in Baja California, Mexico.

“I commend the Administration for all of their work to promote our natural gas resources abroad. The U.S. is evolving as a key player for global markets,” Browning said, “While other countries are actively pushing their exports, if you are an Asian LNG purchaser or government looking at where to buy your LNG from, a Western democracy with rule of law and sanctity of contracts has a comparative advantage. The bully pulpit of the federal government and what we’ve established at the state and local level is invaluable in terms of engaging on behalf of industries and promoting that narrative.”

“The swift environmental gains that gas produced under stringent U.S. environmental standards can bring to global greenhouse reductions will require a stronger technical baseline, building off of existing studies that show potential greenhouse gas emission reductions of up to 60 percent if North American gas replaces coal in Asian countries including China, India and South Korea,” Browning said.

Browning added: “Thank you to Mike Sommers and Department of Energy Secretary Brouillette for leading this important roundtable event and for their tireless work to support domestic energy’s critical role in meeting global market demands in the future.”


About Western States and Tribal Nations

Western States and Tribal Nations is a unique, trans-national initiative led by, state, sovereign tribal nation and county governments focused on creating rural economic development, advancing tribal self-determination and reducing global emissions by exporting western North American natural gas to international markets that need lower-emitting fuels.


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