BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez likes to tell his “green friends,” such as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, about an energy project in his district that offers carbon emission reductions by 90 percent.
Gonzalez was referring to Rio Grande LNG, a NextDecade project that will see liquefied natural gas export terminals built at the Port of Brownsville.
Gonzalez spoke at a stakeholder appreciation and FID celebration reception NextDecade hosted recently at the Brownsville Events Center.
“I’m excited to see the strong community community support that we’re seeing behind this project, which will reside in the Port of Brownsville, the largest land owning port in the United States with 40,000 acres,” Gonzalez said.
“This $18.4 billion investment represents the largest greenfield energy project in the United States history. It underscores the critical role that liquefied natural gas and natural gas would play in the Rio Grande Valley, in the United States, and then out in the rest of the world.”
Gonzalez said the project is the first and only U.S. LNG project offering carbon emission reductions by 90 percent.
“So, it’s the first of its kind. We’re real proud and happy to have it here and I tell my green friends, including AOC and everyone about this amazing project that we have here – that really reduces carbon emissions.”
Gonzalez said the U.S. has reduced carbon emissions by 50 percent because of LNG.
“I know it’s hard for some people to fathom. So I applaud NextDecade for its commitment to using renewable energy for its operation and its carbon sequestration program, which is designed to make it one of the lowest greenhouse gas emitting LNG facilities in the world.”
Gonzalez was introduced at the event by David Keane, senior vice president for policy and corporate affairs for NextDecade.
Here are Gonzalez’s remarks in full:
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