Congressman John Garamendi’s Statement on Government Accountability Office’s Report to Congress on Implications of Using U.S. LNG Carriers for Exports
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the GAO’s report to Congressional Committees on the implications of using U.S. Flag Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Carriers for exports:
“This report confirms what we already knew. First, a U.S. LNG export trade is imminent and this trade could provide a substantial new opportunity for growth in the U.S. flag Merchant Marine. Second, requiring U.S. LNG exports to be shipped on American tankers, manned by U.S. officers and mariners, will be more expensive, especially at the outset, because of the shipyard infrastructure and technology investments necessary to be able to build these ships in the first place. But these are investments we need to make anyway to ensure future shipbuilding capacity and military readiness, and for our long-term economic and national security. Requiring that LNG be transported on American ships won’t just create and safeguard US jobs: it will force us to address our infrastructure deficiencies, rather than simply outsourcing the work to foreign countries that have the capacity we currently lack. If we are serious about maintaining our maritime industrial capability and military readiness, we should not be deterred by the potential obstacles identified in this report but seize the broader opportunity laid out before us.”
The GAO report is available here.