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Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Show Senate Leaders’ Split

The top two members of a Senate committee for energy split over expanding U.S. natural gas exports, mirroring a disagreement between fuel consumers such as Dow Chemical Co. and producers such as Exxon Mobil Corp.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the new chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said unfettered exports could drive up domestic prices for U.S. manufacturers, and vowed to push legislation to change guidelines for the government to approve exports of the fuel. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the panel’s top Republican, said exports are “real money,” and warned against making decisions best left to markets.