I came across something on Twitter, just a random liberal journalist, one of thousands, pumping out anything anti-Trump, anything cynical:
actual Trump admin quote: "Increasing export capacity from the Freeport [liquid natural gas] project is critical to spreading freedom gas”
It linked to this article in a left-wing website owned by the Washington Post, called Slate Magazine:
The Department of Energy Is Now Calling Fossil Fuels “Molecules of Freedom” and “Freedom Gas”
From now on this is known as a “freedom flame.” (It’s actually a natural gas flare in New Mexico.)
The Trump administration loves fossil fuels, but apparently has decided that they need some rebranding. Or so E&E News editor Ellen Gilmer discovered Tuesday when she opened up what should have been the world’s driest press release.
Yeah, I guess anything real — oil, gas, tankers exports, real life — is dry to people who prefer doing journalism like the top ten moments where Game of Thrones was just like real life...
They link to the actual government press release. I’m going to read a paragraph, the one they mocked. I liked it actually:
Approval of additional [liquified natural gas] LNG exports from Freeport LNG furthers this Administration’s commitment to promoting American energy, American jobs, and the American economy. Further, increased supplies of U.S. natural gas on the world market are critical to advancing clean energy and the energy security of our allies around the globe. With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” said Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg, who signed the export order and was also in attendance at the Clean Energy Ministerial.
So that’s hilarious, I guess?
But it really is clean, if you care about carbon, which I don’t really. Gas from America is cleaner, morally, than gas from Russia or OPEC. You could say it’s like ethical oil. They say "freedom gas". Same thing.
This is huge news, actually. America is now a net energy exporter.
Now, you might be wondering — why am I telling you about all this stupidity? Well, because, at the same time as the Washington Post’s Slate was bashing the hilarious concept of "freedom gas", Russia Today, one of Putin’s state broadcasters, tweeted this:
Introducing FREEDOM GAS™ - the latest in American ingenuity from the U.S. Department of Energy.
And it came with a video, which was pretty funny. They thought so too:
How's THAT for true American genius, @realDonaldTrump????
The video is just mocking American things, like beautiful women shooting guns in bikinis. That’s not my style. But it is a lot of freedom, isn’t it?
No women in bikinis allowed to go out in public in Iran or Qatar or other OPEC countries, are they? Certainly not allowed to shoot guns — they’re not even allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
So, yeah, America has its excesses.
But tell me which country’ you’d rather be in as a woman?
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