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From The Ministry Of Truth: The US Will Export More ‘Freedom Gas’

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You don’t expect transcendent writing to emerge from the federal bureaucracy. But this would surely make George Orwell shake his head in disgust:

Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy.

The quote is from a Department of Energy press release about a recently opened plant in Texas where natural gas is liquefied and put on tankers for shipment to foreign ports. The official who wrote it managed to jam a measure of clumsy propaganda into the questionable syntax of that single sentence.

The most jarring phrase is the latest addition to the administration’s Newspeak lexicon, “freedom gas,” which the Department of Energy is happy to be spreading “throughout the world.”

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Government agencies generally choose their words with care when delivering political messages. Here, they’ve chosen to talk about spreading gas — an odd-sounding locution, faintly scatological and slightly menacing.

But this isn’t just any gas that’s spreading — it’s “freedom gas.” Later in the press release, natural gas becomes “molecules of U.S. freedom.”

It’s as if adding the word “freedom” to the name of something commonplace imbues it with patriotic virtue. Most people remember “freedom fries,” although fewer will recall that it was France’s lack of enthusiasm for the Iraq War in 2003 that inspired them.

A “freedom fighter” is what the mainstream press calls a guerrilla in political favor, like the insurgents in Afghanistan back in the 1980s before they morphed into al-Qaida.

“Freedom gas” as a propaganda device is an awkward attempt to convey that the export of U.S. gas liberates nations like Poland and Ukraine from having to buy fuel from Russia. The U.S. never exported gas from the lower 48 states until 2016. Now, exported gas has become central to Trump’s “energy dominance” policy, and the administration readily uses it as a geopolitical lever against its adversaries.

The next misdirection is the familiar claim that natural gas is clean energy, a convenient lie that the gas industry and its allies recite like a catechism. Natural gas is not a clean fuel — burning it produces carbon dioxide, which traps heat in the atmosphere and acidifies the oceans. And it’s less clean when it’s liquefied because the energy-intensive liquefaction process and refrigeration costs diminish the advantage gas has over coal.

In this June 9, 2014 file photo, drivers and their tanker trucks, capable of hauling water and hydraulic fracturing liquid, line up near a natural gas burn off flame and storage tanks in Williston, N.D. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
In this June 9, 2014 file photo, drivers and their tanker trucks, capable of hauling water and hydraulic fracturing liquid, line up near a natural gas burn off flame and storage tanks in Williston, N.D. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Then there’s the suggestion that America is giving this “diverse” source of energy to its allies. Of course, America isn’t giving its allies anything at all — multinational fossil fuel corporations are selling the gas to the highest bidder on the global market. And since many of these same corporations are generous with their donations to the Republican Party, the Trump administration is eager to help them out.

That issue aside, it’s a mystery what’s diverse about American natural gas. Most likely, the official just meant “gas that isn’t from Russia.”

The press release doesn’t mention that there might be a nominal reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions if some of the exported gas displaces coal for power generation. The administration is hardly concerned about the environmental impact of fossil fuels. To the contrary, Trump views concerns about climate change as impediments to fossil energy expansion.

A recent article in the New York Times detailed efforts to stifle climate scientists by narrowing the scope of government research, truncating projections of climate disruption at 2040 rather than at the end of the century, when the full effects of global warming are likely to be felt.

Still more Orwellian, Trump is considering a proposal for a “Presidential Commission on Climate Security,” a panel of climate skeptics ostensibly convened to undertake an objective review of firmly established climate science, but whose true purpose would be to sow uncertainty in the mind of the public. The underlying intent is to gain political support for the deregulatory agenda of the fossil fuel industry. The likely chair of the panel would be Will Happer, who famously declared that “demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the Jews under Hitler.”

Maybe someday, when we have an administration willing to take meaningful action on climate change, we’ll see press releases from the Department of Energy that extol our “freedom turbines” and “freedom panels.” In the interim, the government propagandists in the Trump administration need to sharpen their writing skills. This press release should be sent back to the Ministry of Truth for a rewrite.

 

WBUR



26 Comments on "From The Ministry Of Truth: The US Will Export More ‘Freedom Gas’"

  1. dissident on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 8:53 am 

    Freedom: pay more for the same thing because you let petty politics make your decisions for you. Russia is building up its LNG export capacity on a vast scale. So all these effort to punish it for existing will achieve precisely zero.

    America imported 80 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Canada in 2018. This basically accounted for most of the export capacity.

  2. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 10:36 am 

    mobsters high-IQ heroine:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7_A0pjWkAAQG9L.jpg

  3. Dredd on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 10:38 am 

    Making Flatulence Great Again (Once Upon A Time In The West – 2).

  4. Robert Inget on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 11:07 am 

    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Forces-Blow-Up-Three-Oil-Tankers-In-Syria-Enforcing-Oil-Embargo.html

    US-led forces have blown up three oil tankers in Syria as the United States increases its pressure on Syria by thwarting the oil trade between the PKK/YPG and the Assad regime, according to local sources quoted by several media sources.

    The strike was carried about by coalition planes, which hit three oil tankers, leaving four dead. The coalition has not yet made a statement about the attack. In the area controlled by Assad, oil consumption stands at around 136,000 bpd. Production, meanwhile, is only 24,000 barrels per day. This means that the regime must import significant volumes of crude oil at an estimated expense of more than $2 billion per year.

    The attack comes a couple weeks after the EU extended its sanctions on the Assad regime for one year after the Syrian regime upped the ante in repressing the Syrian people, bringing the Syrian crisis to a boiling point.

  5. Sissyfuss on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 11:10 am 

    Robert, please explain the relationship between tankers being blown up and the price of crude crashing over the last week. Maybe I should be asking Shortonoil.

  6. Robert Inget on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 12:12 pm 

    Sissyfuss,

    1) Definition: Algorithm trading is a system of trading which facilitates transaction decision making in the financial markets using advanced mathematical tools. Description: In this type of a system, the need for a human trader’s intervention is minimized and thus the decision making is very quick.
    Definition of ‘Algorithm Trading’ – The Economic Times
    economictimes.indiatimes.com/definition/algorithm-trading

    2) Just 10% of trading, human.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/13/death-of-the-human-investor-just-10-percent-of-trading-is-regular-stock-picking-jpmorgan-estimates.html

    Others put the number as high as 20%.
    (i believe this would be days of hot news events)

    I follow oil markets BECAUSE, like chess, it’s complicated. There are thousands of variables.
    Basically I’m both following computer trading
    and on some days get ahead by a day or two.

    3) The planet consumes, I like to say ‘burns*’ 100 Million Barrels per day. Loss of a few costal tankers, a tiny fraction of oil that would have been burned in any case.
    *PLASTICS, FUELS AND CHEMICALS FROM CRUDE OIL. “When crude oil is refined, four percent ends up as raw materials for the production of plastics. Oil is used widely for the production of plastics as it is composed of carbon and hydrogen. This is why oil is called a hydrocarbon. Oil and natural gas are the most important raw materials for plastics”…

    OK, 98% of plastics are made with petroleum.
    AG Chemicals figure another 1%
    Add another few percentage points for fabrics etc.

    So, if the planet needs 100 million B’s of that p/d ten million p/d must go to industry to make bombs, plastics, weed killers, fertilizers and all that other fun stuff.

    EVERY airline, Rail road, major shipping companies, chemical companies have computers humming 24/7 trying to keep oil prices LOWER.
    When Trump levies 5% to 25% tariffs on Mexico,
    (I’m not making this up)
    Computers predict serious, negative, outcomes.
    Sky falling etc. The hard part for computers is to figure out when is the best reentry point.
    The very existence of airlines, shipping companies, depend on lower cost energy than all the others. This is high stakes stuff.

    “It takes a village”, as Hillary Clinton would say.
    Was she correct? Is the crowd right? Can ‘AI’ computers judge correctly?

    Stay tuned.

  7. Sissyfuss on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 1:44 pm 

    I think I’m agreeing with you that the need for plastic feedstock is falling as well due to the global economy slowdown. And yes, Trumpovski’s fiscal antics are forcing the artificiality of the debt Ponzi to be exposed and reviled. Do you agree with me that we are finding less and using more?

  8. Sissyfuss on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 1:50 pm 

    And by we, I mean the total global use, including the places where any growth is still possible.

  9. Davy on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 5:31 pm 

    I could smell smoke in the air when I got up early this morning. Now I know why.

    “Canadian wildfire smoke spreads into the Eastern U.S.”
    https://tinyurl.com/y6k4t257 wildfire today
    https://tinyurl.com/y5zuyrea map

    “On Saturday smoke from the wildfires in Alberta, Canada was affecting parts of Washington, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and most of the states east of the Mississippi River — plus the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Below is the smoke forecast for Sunday at noon MDT June 2, produced by the Canadian government. Unfortunately it does not include the entire U.S.”

  10. Robert Inget on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 5:59 pm 

    Canadian Natural was forced to shut in several oil wells due to those wild fires in Alberta.

    The Left Coast has been getting spring rains.
    This summer may not be as bad as last.

    Hurricane season started today (6/1) with one storm already named and another developing in the GOM. Last year showed the same pattern.
    (water temps in the GOM: https://www.seatemperature.org/mexico-sea

  11. Robert Inget on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 6:23 pm 

    I’m waiting for “the last straw’ for plastics and oceans.

    Oh, Sissy asked a good question. I tried to answer. Later in the day, I realized, sinking two oil tankers isn’t so much a matter of oil pricing or markets but a genuine act of terrorism.

    If in fact these two vessels were indeed attacked by aircraft, how much crude spilled into the environment? How many crew died? Who will feed Syrians on land when fishing is no longer
    possible?

    In any other time those two tankers would have been boarded at sea, the vessels arrested, the crew put ashore and cargo off loaded at a ‘friendly port’.

    Instead, this sinking has to be viewed not as a market news item but a criminal act.

    I’am not without guilt. As a youngster sailing, I casually threw garbage overboard. Cans, bottles,
    all manner of human waste. More than once I emptied used oil from on board diesels into the ocean. Yes father, I too have sinned.

  12. Gaia on Sun, 2nd Jun 2019 8:50 am 

    All common people should take back their nations from globalization (of Big
    Business). All nations should be sovereign, not annexed.

  13. Gaia on Sun, 2nd Jun 2019 8:51 am 

    NOBODY is above the law.

  14. Gaia on Sun, 2nd Jun 2019 9:00 am 

    Nobody is ‘better’ or ‘worst’ then everyone else. People should learn from the past and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Sadly, history repeats itself.

  15. Ibon on Sun, 2nd Jun 2019 9:59 am 

    George Orwell would not shake his head back and forth in disgust. He would shake his head up and down over his Nostradamus prescient forecasting of the future

  16. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:18 am 

    I struggle with the fact that I belong to the same species; I find myself emotionally and intellectually incapable of accepting the fact. That is why I consider myself a sui generis individual rather than a human animal. As far as I am concerned human beings are a bunch of arrogant and retarded ignorant fools and they deserve what’s coming. Call me selfish if you want, I don’t give a fuck!

  17. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:20 am 

    I did therapy for over a decade and most of it was a waste, but I had one therapist for a year who understood my issues and that helped, though I am still thoroughly screwed up. Insane People make me smile and happy and give me a brief respite from my cronic and acute depression.

  18. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:22 am 

    Oops, I spelled cronic wrong. Maybe because I only have a GED degree

  19. Davy on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:23 am 

    I love quoting JuanP.

    He’s my favourite poster on PO dot com.

  20. Davy on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:32 am 

    When is JuanP ever going to come back?

    I miss him so much it makes my pussy ache.

  21. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 8:58 am 

    JuanPee has an inflated ego. He thinks he Is special or something. The reality is juanpee is a worthless Miami beech playboy with drug addictions and mental issues.

    Davy on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:23 am
    I love quoting JuanP.
    He’s my favourite poster on PO dot com.
    Davy on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:32 am
    When is JuanP ever going to come back?
    I miss him so much it makes my pussy

  22. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 11:05 am 

    I wish I could stop talking about JuanP all of the time, but I just can’t help myself.

  23. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 11:19 am 

    Juanpee knows he can ignore and be ignored in the name of a cleaner forum. Yet, he is an obsessive
    compulsive narcissistic stalker. He can’t control his urges hence the daily mind pollution we get here. Too bad because this could be a better forum. He got his feelings hurt a year ago and he is determined to get revenge. He could give a shit about the consideration of others. He has endless justifications for why he pollutes this public place but the real reason is he is an egotistical asshole and proud of it.

  24. JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 11:26 am 

    Juanpee is one bad ass mo-fo I tell y’all.

  25. More Davy Identity Theft on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 11:38 am 

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    JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:20 am

    JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 7:22 am

    JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 8:58 am

    JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 11:05 am

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    JuanP on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 11:26 am

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