According to a new report published by the International Energy Agency, the United States could become the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas as soon as 2024.

Growing U.S. liquefied natural gas trade builds the domestic industrial sector and supports our national security interests abroad by providing America’s allies with more energy choice and freedom.

Natural gas is primarily methane, which has a very low density. To ship natural gas, exporters cool it until it reaches minus-260 degrees Fahrenheit. This process liquefies the gas, which allows for safe and efficient transportation.

Importers then turn the liquefied natural gas back to gas form and transport it via pipeline for consumption.

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