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Currently, the US can only export natural gas to countries which it has a free-trade agreement with, and exporting to other countries requires the approval of the US Department of Energy which involves a rigorous and exhausting process and can result in delays.
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While the US is still indecisive about their natural gas export plans, other countries are capitalizing on it, with Canada spending billions of dollars to build a terminal that would allow it to export natural gas to countries like Japan. The longer the US delays its plans to export natural gas, the more time its competitors will have to entrench themselves in the potentially lucrative natural gas exportation industry.
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