White House touts ‘freedom gas’ as next critical US export
02 June 2019 | 4:40 pm
The Department of Energy has said it wants to export "molecules of US freedom" from a new liquefied natural gas project to allies the world over. An official said it was part of the White House's "America First" agenda.
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