US Energy Dept Rebrands Fossil Fuels: 'Molecules of Freedom'

A recent press release from the US Energy Department had an interesting way of describing fossil fuels: "molecules of U.S. freedom."

The announcement came in the form of the department's approval for additional exports of liquefied natural gas produced by a Freeport LNG facility on Quintana Island, Texas, which is about an hour's drive south of Houston.

In a statement pertaining to the department's "advance commitment to jobs, economic growth, clean energy," US under secretary of energy Mark W. Menezes and assistant secretary for fossil energy Steven Winberg introduced the new term.

Considering that fossil fuels have helped get people out of poverty during the past two centuries than any other technology, it's easy to see how they came up with this term. 

Earlier this month Energy Secretary Rick Perry, "Seventy-five years after liberating Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, the United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent. And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas."

Not surprisingly, some critics don't like the new vocabulary.

Jay Inslee, the Washington state governor currently running for President said, "This has to be a joke," in response to the news which, ironically, is also what a lot of people said when they heard Inslee was running for President. 

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