T. Boone Pickens is Right, the U.S. Should Be Selfish with its Natural Gas

At the current juncture, it makes very little sense for the U.S. Department of Energy to rush to approve greater levels of natural gas exports to simply try reducing Russia's influence. The first commercial exportation of liquified natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries isn't expected to commence in 2015. By that time, this conflict will likely be long gone.

What won't be gone, however, is our advantage when it comes to using natural gas as a cleaner source for fuel in everything from long-haul trucks, like Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE  ) has in mind, to petrochemical companies like Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW  ) . This is an advantage that our country has worked hard for and could benefit us for decades to come...if we play our cards right. Tune in to the short video clip for more details. 

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This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

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  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2014, at 8:24 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    Call for gas exports due to Ukraine was pure opportunism by the oil & gas industry. That gas would never go to Ukraine, it would go to Asia where the prices are nearly twice as high as Europe.

  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2014, at 10:19 AM, zundappkid wrote:

    Natural gas in North America can be a major influence for job creation, economic growth and the re-vitalization that comes with economic growth, This growth will occur from the export of LNG to the world. Unfettered capitalism surrounding LNG will provide this growth potential to all the people. Why should economic growth be rationed only to select companies and a relative few select people? Its in the ground, there is a tremendous amount of it and the world wants it at a great price. Make the most of it now. "Peak oil/gas" is a farce and picking winners and losers is so insulting.

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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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