Hmm: Energy Secretary Moniz promises natural-gas export decisions later this year

posted at 6:01 pm on June 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It is a painfully hilarious testament to the power and influence the federal government affords to special interests that bureaucrats can at once actively and aggressively promote exports in certain sectors of the economy (agriculture, anyone?), knowing full well that free trade is an enriching boon to the American economy at large, and yet at the same time try to argue with a straight face that they just can’t be sure of whether increased exports of natural gas are really in the “public interest.” And yet, somehow, that is the interminable debate that has been holding up the more than twenty pending applications from energy companies champing at the bit to be allowed to export more natural gas.

Currently, these companies are only allowed to export natural gas to countries with which the United States already has special free trade agreements, and certain mainly Democratic lawmakers, who may-or-may be more in tune with the interests of chemical, steel, and energy-intensive manufacturing industries than with the “public interest,” have been arguing that opening up the American natural-gas market to a wider pool of demand might — oh, noes! — cause prices to rise. What they conveniently fail to mention, of course, is that America has more natural gas than it knows what do with and the beneficiaries of those higher prices would be American companies and the many people they employ; late last year, the Department of Energy’s own study concluded that more natural gas exports would be a net benefit to the economy, and we’ve already been exporting heavily to Mexico, for instance, without these imagined adverse effects.

Newly-appointed Energy Secretary Ernesto Moniz has signaled that he’sgenerally a cautious but enthusiastic supporter of natural gas — perhaps an amazingly pragmatic admission that natural gas has been the direct cause of most of the success the U.S. has had at reducing carbon-emissions, a stated Obama administration goal — and on Thursday, he told Congress that his department will be moving “expeditiously” on the natural-gas export issue this year:

Moniz, who took office last month, told a House energy panel Thursday that he has been reviewing the issue and will soon begin evaluating applications on a case-by-case basis.

Asked whether he would make decisions on export applications this year, Moniz said “yes, absolutely,” but he did not give a more specific timeframe.

Moniz said earlier he would not decide on exports until he reviews studies by the Energy Department and others on what impact the projects would have on domestic natural gas supplies and prices.

I’m holding out hope that the administration will do the right thing and simply allow American companies to do what they do best (create jobs and wealth, that ol’ chestnut), but it needs to get done soon, and preferably without the usual assault of burdensome regulations and lagging timelines  — all of this hanging around is coming at a direct opportunity cost that our economy can ill afford:

Delays in approval of more natural gas export projects are costing U.S. companies millions of dollars a day and giving a leg up to rival countries also looking to boost exports, the chief of Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday. …

“It’s a very competitive marketplace. It’s not like people are just going to stand at our door like panting dogs just waiting for us to give this (LNG) to them,” Tillerson said while answering questions after an event at the Asia Society focused on Asian energy security.

Tillerson said he left a meeting with Moniz on Wednesday with no clear idea of when the company’s Golden Pass LNG project – a $10 billion joint venture with Qatar Petroleum – would be approved.

“I don’t want to start on this process if you tell me it’s going to take five years for you to get around to my application,” Tillerson said.


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That’s an attractive picture

bluegill on June 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I’m taking action on no additional exports.

Steve Eggleston on June 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM

WORST. WIG. EVER.
This guy is just about as creepy as jim messina – OBOZO’s ultra-gay, endless-campaign manager.
I’ll bet that moniz wears women’s underwear, in addition that woman’s cheap $3 wig.

TeaPartyNation on June 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

In other words, the only thing uncertain is who gets bribed and for how much. They’ll get back to us when the details are worked out.

Liam on June 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I’m pretty sure I saw Energy Secretary Ernesto Moniz in a doper movie back in the ’80s. Maybe a Cheech and Chong effort, I’m too strung out to remember…

ExpressoBold on June 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

New Steyn…

Big Politically Correct Brother

Resist We Much on June 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM

“Reviewing”. Would that be like the IRS was “reviewing”?

GarandFan on June 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Someone needs to tell that guy that his toupee, or whatever it is on the top of his head….needs to be weed-whacked or mowed really, really bad..

avagreen on June 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Do you think that Bam is so vain that he just tries to find the ugliest people he can find so they don’t show him up, or steal his boyfriends? *puzzled*

avagreen on June 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Who is this loser?

Curtiss on June 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Do you think that Bam is so vain that he just tries to find the ugliest people he can find so they don’t show him up, or steal his boyfriends? *puzzled*

avagreen on June 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I would have gone with “creepiest”.

VegasRick on June 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Who is this loser?

Curtiss on June 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I think he is the “hair czar”.

VegasRick on June 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

WORST. WIG. EVER.
This guy is just about as creepy as jim messina – OBOZO’s ultra-gay, endless-campaign manager.
I’ll bet that moniz wears women’s underwear, in addition that woman’s cheap $3 wig.

TeaPartyNation on June 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

My favorite picture of him: Ernest Moniz

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

My favorite picture of him: Ernest Moniz

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

nice look ernie. puke.

VegasRick on June 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

My favorite picture of him: Ernest Moniz

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

He’s definitely a stooge.

Curtiss on June 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Who the hell are these freaks??? Almost everyone that Obama appoints looks like characters in a John Waters or David Lynch movie.
When can we get some people adept in their fields of knowledge instead of obvious ideological crackpots?

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Tiny Tim is Energy Secretary? I thought he died.

Fenris on June 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I’m holding out hope that the administration will do the right thing and simply allow American companies to do what they do best

Surely you must be joking. Retarding or outright killing energy projects is a feature, not a bug, for the Obama Administration. Kill energy projects => uptick in envirofascist donations to the Democratic Party. If the American economy suffers, and a few thousand/million more people end up on food stamps and welfare => another feature, not a bug.

Zumkopf on June 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

WTH is that a picture of?

Cindy Munford on June 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I’m kinda curious as to why a company would need a license to export anything (that isn’t a national security secret) in the first place.

I can see a reason for import permits – in many cases – but, to export

WTF?

Solaratov on June 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

We’ve got to keep this guy around just because of his HAIR!!

Khun Joe on June 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Gepetto lives!!

Seriously dude – if money is tight – I’ll spring for a hair cut.

Hill60 on June 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Get a haircut, Dude, then we will listen to you. Good gosh!

Amazingoly on June 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

What the hell is with this guy?…does he actually get up in the morning and look in the mirror and think “Damn..I look good!..especially the hair”???
Hey! Ernest..the 70′s called. They want their schtick back.

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

This guy looks like Anthony Perkins in Psycho when Perkins would wear the wig, pretending to be his mom while murdering people.

bluegill on June 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

“Reviewing”. Would that be like the IRS was “reviewing”?

GarandFan on June 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

More like The One saying when he was campaigning for His next job in ’08 that they were going to “look at” nuclear power.

Which translates to,

But we’ll be damned if we ever let it get built, done, or used. Freeze in the dark and die, enemies of Holy Mother Gaia. That means you, peasants.

This bunch has the Japanese Diet-style “ox walk” down to an art;

Many legislators are considered old and out of touch with ordinary voters. They are often seen napping during Parliament sessions. Sometimes, though, sessions get quite rowdy Legislators raise their first and cheer “ganboro,” a vow to fight on. Water has been tossed by one legislator at others, scuffles have broken for control of the microphones and fist fights have occurred. The ox walk is a filibuster technique in which legislators walk extremely slowly to the podium to delay voting.

http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=804

They don’t care about anything but their dogmas, and their supporters. And their collective dream of a collective Utopia.

Minus anybody they don’t actually need to do the scut-work. (Somebody has to clean the castle, you know.)

clear ether

eon

eon on June 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

What the hell is with this guy?…does he actually get up in the morning and look in the mirror and think “Damn..I look good!..especially the hair”???
Hey! Ernest..the 70′s called. They want their schtick back.

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

This guy, like most of The One’s minions, is jammed in neutral in 1972. Watch an early Seventies TV movie set on a college campus, and you’ll see that everybody in this WH looks like they were the extras.

Like P.J. O’Rourke might say, they majored in Socialist Theory, Revolutionary Theory, Ecological Theory, and (Fill In Appropriate Leftist Obsession Here) Studies.

But they never actually graduated. Or grew up.

cheers

eon

eon on June 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

That is one goofy dude. Looks like he should be with Marty McFly and a Delorean trying to jump back in time.

archer52 on June 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

When did Mel Brooks get appointed Energy Secretary, and why is he wearing Mrs. Doubtfire’s wig?

Athanasius on June 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

eon on June 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Thats pretty much it. But how in the hell did these people get in power. It’s kind of like an evil Chauncy in “Being There”. Turns out ‘there’ is hell where freaks have all the power.

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Doesn’t Secretary Ernesto Moniz strike you as a “Captain Kangaroo” look a like?

b1jetmech on June 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

They’re in power because they are Democrats. They took over that party while they were still actually in school. (See any good history of the 1972, 1974, aad 1976 elections at the national level.)

And unfortunately, after a generation of indoctrination in the schools, about half this country would vote for Hitler if he ran as a Democrat. Which he could easily do.

A Vegen, primitivist (German Romantic school), anti-Christian, pro-paganism (believed in Odinism), anti-Semitic (would see Israel’s existence as a catastrophe), pro-Islamic (Google “Mufti of Jerusalem”), non-driver, anti-tobacco, believer in a variety of fringe cosmologies (Google “Horbiger eternal ice theory”), noted for his sexual appetites (may have swung both ways but did not believe in marriage), and he was a prescription drug abuser.

Seriously; if you didn’t know I was talking about Herr Schickelgruber, wouldn’t you suspect I was talking about a typical member of the “progressive” elite’ of today?

As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once said, a difference, which makes no difference, is no difference.

cheers

eon

eon on June 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Mr. Tillerson, you need to pay attention here. They’re waiting for you to cross their palms with some serious silver, dude. That’s how things get done in DC.

Kissmygrits on June 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM

We have ….er…..decided to………..er……….make a decision……….er………sometime………..er……….maybe. Newspeak is here.

yesiamapirate on June 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Is that a guy? A really ugly gal with a very bad haircut? A really ugly gal who wants to be a guy? Did Moochelle fall asleep in a bowl of flour?

Was ist das?!!?

Bubba Redneck on June 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Just guessing, but does the term ‘Bully Bait’ seem appropriate here?

socalcon on June 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Here is my bet. Natural gas exports will be held hostage to a carbon tax proposal coming soon. To get the exports the country has to agree to tax itself into extinction. Great trade there!

bartbeast on June 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

My old buddy Steve Chu has to be the worst secretary of energy in history – a feat those of us who knew and worked with him could have predicted if asked – but this new and mal-talented person, whom I do not know, promises to achieve new standards of incompetence.

Where do we find these people? Apologies for the stupid question. As I well know, the ranks of academe are full of them, and they recommend one another.

materialist on June 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I thought the picture was a SNL screen cap.

321mdl on June 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM