Global Witness projects onto the US Department of Energy (DOE) calling out the stark contrast between the current trajectory of the US to flood the world with climate-wrecking fossil gas and Biden’s climate promises.
October 14, 2021, Washington, D.C. – Today Global Witness projected onto the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. to shine a light on how the US is set to become the world’s top exporter of liquefied fossil gas on Biden’s watch, highlighting the stark contrast between his efforts to appear a global climate leader and the climate-wrecking practices he is enabling.
“We’re calling on Biden to put people ahead of polluters. The world is seeing firsthand the devastating impacts of the worsening climate crisis – from never-before-seen flooding to uncontrollable wildfires. Now is not the time to ramp up climate-wrecking fossil fuels and flood the world with polluting liquefied fossil gas,” said Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck, Head of US Communications and Global Partnerships at Global Witness.
A report released by Global Witness this week shows that the US is on track to become the top exporter of liquefied fossil gas by 2023 – with LNG exports increasing by 121% over the next decade, driving irreversible climate damage.
The analysis of data from Rystad Energy, one of the world’s leading energy research companies, shows that this is fuelled by a boom in the amount of new gas set to come from the US over the next decade. Through 2030, the US is set to produce nearly five times as much new gas as the next largest producing country of Canada, and more than the rest of the world combined. Forecasted new gas production from Texas alone is more than any other country in the world.
Global Witness urges the Biden administration to end support for US gas exports through an urgent phase-out of gas export approvals from the Department of Energy.
The projection comes amid a major, week-long climate mobilization in Washington, D.C. led by Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of hundreds of groups representing millions of people across the country fighting for climate, racial, and economic justice. The People vs. Fossil Fuels mobilization is calling on Biden to stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency to launch a just renewable energy revolution.
“President Biden made promises to uphold climate justice and emerge as a symbol of global climate leadership, but the current trajectory of fossil gas coming from the US essentially locks the world into irreparable climate disaster,” said Miranda-Brobeck.
“As Biden prepares to attend COP26 later this month and tout renewed US climate ambitions, we call on the President to make good on his climate promises and urgently phase out fossil gas exports. Anything else risks a climate-wrecking legacy in line with the previous administration,” said Miranda-Brobeck.