A recent statement by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has appeared to rebrand natural gas exported from the country to other regions as “freedom gas”.
According to the department, the expansion of the Freeport LNG Terminal located on Quintana Island, Texas, means that more “molecules of US freedom” can be exported globally.
However the new moniker also comes amid the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back climate change legislation, introduced by former US President Barack Obama.
The announcement was made at the Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) in Vancouver, Canada where the DOE has been highlighting its efforts to advance clean energy.
The expansion of the Freeport facility is estimated to support up to 3,000 jobs in engineering and construction, whilst also supporting hundreds of indirect jobs associated with the project.
“Approval of additional LNG exports from Freeport LNG furthers this Administration’s commitment to promoting American energy, American jobs, and the American economy. Further, increased supplies of U.S. natural gas on the world market are critical to advancing clean energy and the energy security of our allies around the globe. With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” said assistant secretary for Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, who signed the export order and was in attendance at the Clean Energy Ministerial.
“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy,” Mark Menezes, the US undersecretary of energy, said.
The term freedom gas is reminiscent of “freedom fries” a term introduced in the US in 2003 following France’s opposition to the US invasion of Iraq, thereby removing the word “French” from the term for the fried food.
Republican congressman Walter B Jones and fellow Republican Robert W Ney also pushed for cafeterias in the country’s House of Representatives to rename their “French Toast” to “Freedom Toast” at the time.