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Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham criticized President Biden’s decision to halt Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exports, suggesting it was more of a retaliation than a sound policy choice.

She emphasized Texas’ role as a major natural gas exporter and expressed concerns about the impact on energy independence and the state’s economy.

Commissioner Buckingham said, “Texas is the largest exporter of natural gas in the nation and the third in the world.”

“This reckless federal decision made merely a day after Texas took a bold stand in defending our border against foreign invaders appears more like retaliation than a sound policy decision,” she continued.

“I will always defend Texas’ right to energy independence and stand up for the hardworking families and countless Texas schoolchildren this move will harm,” added Buckingham.

Biden said, ”While MAGA Republicans willfully deny the urgency of the climate crisis, condemning the American people to a dangerous future, my Administration will not be complacent.”

“We will not cede to special interests,” added the president.

This move follows Texas’ resistance to federal demands regarding border access and ongoing disputes over energy policies.

Commissioner Buckingham previously said, “Fronton Island, known as the single most dangerous spot on the southern border, is cleared to patrol.”

Texas DPS spokesman Lieutenant Chris Olivarez said, “For decades, Fronton Island has been utilized by the Mexican Drug Cartels as a refuge when fleeing from rival cartels and the Mexican Military.”

“Still, it has primarily been used to facilitate transnational criminal activity involving human and drug smuggling,” he continued.

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“With the authorization through Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, the State of Texas has taken over the island by clearing and fortifying it, allowing DPS and the National Guard to gain operational control in preventing cross-border crime,” added Olivarez.

Texas continues to take efforts to secure its border and protect its energy industry against perceived federal encroachment.

Gov. Abbott said, “The Permian Basin is the crown jewel of Texas’ mighty oil and gas industry, and the State of Texas will do whatever it takes to protect its production and the hundreds of thousands of good-paying energy jobs in our state.”

“While it is encouraging news that the Biden Administration has backed down on this disastrous plan, Texas remains ready to fight any job-killing attacks on our critical oil and gas industry. Texas is—and always will be—a pro-energy state, and we will keep a watchful eye for any potential changes or attacks by President Biden that could jeopardize affordable energy prices and the livelihoods of hardworking Texans,” he continued.

Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association said, “2023 was an incredibly solid year for upstream oil and gas job growth, despite global economic uncertainties that have held back strong price signals, and the year finished with a continued upward push on job expansion.”

“These oil and gas jobs, along with the associated activity in local communities that generates tremendous growth opportunities, benefit every part of Texas and continue to be the cornerstone of the Texas economy,” he continued.

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