Liquefied natural gas
The deal sought by Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman never came to pass. But their efforts are now part of a federal criminal investigation.
"Yes, Mr. Trump, sir, thank you for another sweet breath of freedom gas," he imagines the vice president telling his boss.
One official praised efforts to increase international exports from Texas as "critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world."
But BNP Paribas is leaving loopholes open.
A little-known fact, however, is that while ExxonMobil was misleading the public about climate disruption, it was also using trade rules to increase its power, to bolster its profits, and to actively hamper climate action.
Emails: U.S. Government Facilitated LNG Business Deals Before Terminals Got Required Federal Permits
Emails and documents obtained by DeSmog reveal that the U.S. Department of Trade has actively promoted and facilitated business deals for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry and export terminal owners, even before some of the terminals have the federal regulatory agency permits needed to open for business.
Big Oil Argued for U.S. Crude Exports to Fend Off Iran, But First Exporter Vitol Group Also Exported Iran's Oil
The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America?