A press release from the Department of Energy regarding the export of liquefied natural gas is getting attention for all the wrong reasons.
While touting its “commitment to promoting clean energy, job creation, and economic growth” by increasing exports from Freeport LNG Terminal in Texas, Department of Energy Undersecretary—Mark W. Menezes—referred to natural gas by a new and startling name:
“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.”
That’s right, apparently natural gas will be referred to as “freedom gas.”
Later in the release, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg referred to the liquefied gas as “molecules of freedom.”
People were quick to roast the new moniker from Trump’s energy department.
"Freedom gas" manages to be both Orwellian and sophomoric https://t.co/Jb6lEwhm8e
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) May 29, 2019
“Liberty Coal” is next I guess.
— Ken Goodrich (@KenGoodrich) May 29, 2019
The Onion really is losing all its best material.
— JO (@j_moose50) May 29, 2019
Closing all my windows and blowing out pilot lights to breathe deep of that freedom.
— Equanimous Emoji (@EquanimousEmoji) May 29, 2019
Oh my: “molecules of U.S. freedom”. They forgot to mention the floods, fires, and droughts of U.S. freedom.
— ack (@andrew_ackerman) May 29, 2019
All hail freedom gas! pic.twitter.com/VXNVOXo2QC
— Angelina (@slopringly) May 29, 2019
Sadly, this isn’t the first time the Energy Department has released a similar statement. Its secretary, former Texas governor Rick Perry, said earlier this month:
“[T]he United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent. And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas.”