- Amy Harder
- May 12
Trump follows Obama's lead on natural gas exports
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
The Trump administration is announcing an expanded trade relationship with China, including more exports of U.S. natural gas, which White House officials have said is a priority for the president. Dozens of companies are seeking to export U.S. natural gas now that America is awash in cheap supplies of the fuel, but the U.S. doesn't have free trade deals with the countries that most want to import it. Approval to send gas to those countries requires a two-step federal review process.
With the China move, Trump is mostly doubling down on what President Obama got started. The Obama administration approved roughly two dozen natural-gas export applications to countries the U.S. doesn't have free-trade agreements with, according to Energy Department data. The Obama administration also rejiggered the federal review process in 2014 to make it go faster for most companies waiting for approval.