It's not about taxes or the debt ceiling, or immigration or gun control; it involves natural gas, the now carbon-based fuel of choice. Strangely, it does not involve what we think of natural gas that powers heaters, stoves, mammoth generators and factories. It is the kind of gas that is liquid or LNG and there are big players in Washington and in Corporate American who think it is worth arguing about
Expanded production of LNG could have adverse effects on many industrial and manufacturing companies that directly and indirectly use enormous amount natural gas in their business. This means production of steel, fertilizer, chemicals, cement, aluminum, metal smelting, glass and paper, for example. If over the next few years, enough gas is liquefied for export, gas prices could rise, erasing the benefits of current low prices.