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February 1, 2024

White House Halts Natural Gas Exports Over Climate Concerns

Ask students: Who is the largest exporter of natural gas in the world? Why did the White House shut down approval for new export terminals of natural gas?

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The Biden administration is hitting the pause button on new projects involving the export of natural gas. While the U.S. is currently the largest exporter of natural gas in the world, the White House argues the climate effects of these projects are too great to ignore. Coral Davenport, who covers energy and environmental policy for The New York Times, joins William Brangham to discuss.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What is natural gas?
  2. Who is the largest exporter of natural gas in the world?
  3. Why did the White House shut down approval for new export terminals of natural gas?
  4. How has the natural gas industry reacted to the pause in new construction?
  5. Where will the market be growing for natural gas, according to this story?

Focus Questions

What do you think are the different interests the Biden administration weighed in deciding on the natural gas order?

Media literacy: Who else would you want to hear from to understand the economic and political impact of the White House's decision?

Extension Activity

Part of the push to limit liquid natural gas exports is to encourage growth of renewable energy sources, such as as wind and solar.

But what can students do to help address climate change? Check out this series of lessons on ways you can invent solutions in your own communities to help address challenges with the environment and climate.

Lesson Plans on Climate Change

Explore more resources for educators to find a wide-range of relevant preK-12 lessons on climate change or supporting young people as they continue to lead the conversation around the climate change crisis.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classoom.

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