The U.S. exported more liquified methane gas than any other country in 2023, according to  Energy Information Administration data released Monday. The U.S. overtook Qatar and Australia with exports up 12% from 2022, when the massive explosion at the Freeport LNG terminal in Texas knocked 20% of U.S. export capacity offline for months. Methane traps more than 80 times more heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20-year time scale and LNG exports drive up heating and energy prices for American families and businesses. The Biden administration paused approvals of new LNG export facilities in January pending a review of whether exporting of what the industry calls “natural gas” is in the national interest. (Bloomberg $, Reuters, The Hill, West Virginia Public Radio, OilPrice)