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With eye on federal approvals, natural-gas exporter staffs up

Data: ClearView Energy Partners; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

Former President Obama's top international energy envoy has joined a natural-gas exporting company that's banking on swift federal reviews under the Trump administration and a booming export market in five years.

Amos Hochstein, who ran the State Department's energy bureau under Obama, is now a senior advisor and vice president at Tellurian Inc., a company founded last year that filed an application in April to the Trump administration to export liquefied natural gas.

Why it matters: Hochstein's hire shows how natural-gas exports are one of the only narrow policy areas where bipartisan support has endured the transition from Obama to Trump. Obama streamlined the federal review process from three steps to two, and Trump officials signaled last month it's a top priority for them too.