The Biden administration has decided to delay the consideration of new natural gas export terminals in the US. This decision aligns with environmentalists’ concerns about the increase in exports leading to higher planet-warming emissions. The administration wants to ensure that economic and environmental analyses adequately account for the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. Industry groups have criticized the pause, while environmentalists see it as a positive step. The delay will not immediately affect US supplies to Europe or Asia, and exceptions can be made for national security needs. The permitting pause’s duration is uncertain, but decisions on pending LNG projects may be delayed until after the 2024 presidential election.