According to Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, President Joe Biden’s recent decision to halt approval of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exports appears to be more of a retaliatory move than a well-thought-out policy decision.
Commissioner Buckingham pointed out that this announcement came just one day after Texas took a strong stance in protecting its border against foreign intruders.
On January 26, President Biden announced a temporary pause on pending decisions related to the export of Liquified Natural Gas, as reported by Breitbart News.
Coincidentally, this date also marked the deadline set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a letter addressed to the State of Texas, demanding access to Shelby Park in Eagle Pass.
It is worth noting that despite these demands, the State has remained firm in its refusal to open up the park which was seized earlier this month.
“Texas is the largest exporter of natural gas in the nation and the third in the world,” Commissioner Buckingham told Breitbart Texas. “This reckless federal decision made merely a day after Texas took a bold stand in defending our border against foreign invaders appears more like retaliation than a sound policy decision.”
Texas has never backed down from a fight and we’re not looking to start now.
Want our razor wire? Come and take it. pic.twitter.com/oeTc4B0Ew0
— Dawn Buckingham (@DrBuckinghamTX) January 27, 2024
Buckingham holds the position of commissioner at the Texas General Land Office, where he is responsible for managing a vast expanse of mineral-rich land spanning over 13 million acres.
The State of Texas utilizes severance taxes collected from production rights to finance education initiatives.
“I will always defend Texas’ right to energy independence and stand up for the hardworking families and countless Texas schoolchildren this move will harm,” the commissioner stated.
Texas is the country's largest natural gas exporter and the third largest in the world!
This reckless move is nothing more than retaliation against Texas — for standing up to this administration over the border crisis. https://t.co/24zvBElJSC
— Dawn Buckingham (@DrBuckinghamTX) January 26, 2024
Buckingham explained that Texas holds the title of being the largest natural gas exporter in the United States and the third-largest globally.
President Biden justified his actions by stating they aligned with his policies to address the climate crisis domestically and internationally.
Despite some MAGA Republicans denying the urgency of this crisis and putting American citizens at risk, my Administration will not stand idly by.
We refuse to succumb to special interests. Last year, Commissioner Buckingham officially declared an island in the Rio Grande as part of Texas territory.
This decision allowed for the Texas Military Department and Department of Public Safety to clear Fronton Island, eliminating a crucial asset utilized by drug and human smuggling cartels, as reported by Breitbart Texas.
“Fronton Island, known as the single most dangerous spot on the southern border, is cleared to patrol,” the commissioner said at the time.
“For decades, Fronton Island has been utilized by the Mexican Drug Cartels as a refuge when fleeing from rival cartels and the Mexican Military,” Texas DPS spokesman Lieutenant Chris Olivarez told Breitbart Texas. “Still, it has primarily been used to facilitate transnational criminal activity involving human and drug smuggling.”
“With the authorization through Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, the State of Texas has taken over the island by clearing and fortifying it, allowing DPS and the National Guard to gain operational control in preventing cross-border crime,” Olivarez stated.