This article examines the cross-section between energy, environmental, and international law while exploring the recent developments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to non-free trade agreement countries, and considers how international free trade agreements affect efforts to restrict or limit exports of LNG. The article discusses the environmental and economic impacts of large-scale exports of LNG, but argues that efforts to stifle LNG exports will ultimately fail regardless of potential negative impacts due to conflict with existing international trade agreements, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since approval of export licenses for LNG is inevitable, the article offers proposals to achieve safe natural gas production and considers factors that are important in understanding the greater impacts of the United States becoming a major exporter of LNG.
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Can the United States Control Its Natural Gas: International Trade Implications of Restrictions on Liquefied Natural Gas Exports,
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