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Gas Exports Have a Dirty Secret: A Carbon Footprint Rivaling Coal’s

New facilities to send LNG overseas would move U.S. ‘further away from climate goals.’

Donald Trump and others tour the Cameron LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, on May 14, 2019. 

Donald Trump and others tour the Cameron LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, on May 14, 2019. 

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

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In May, while President Donald Trump toured a new $10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved.

The president has greenlit 11 projects so far, bringing the U.S. total to 18. Environmentalists once touted the fuel, nicknamed “freedom gas” by the Trump administration, as a better energy alternative, but an analysis shows the plants’ potential carbon dioxide emissions rival those of coal.