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The U.S. LNG buildout: What’s happening and how communities are fighting back

Tuesday October 18, 2022 (10:30am - 11:50am EST)

Rebekah Hinojosa and Holly Harris and Clark Williams-Derry and Stephen Brown

Tuesday October 18, 2022 (10:30am - 11:50am EST)

The U.S. is now the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the industry plans to build more export facilities, especially on the Gulf Coast. Community leaders, environmental advocates, and policy-makers are challenging whether these buildout plans are justified, given volatile global market dynamics and the potential harm to public health and the environment.

Presentation Slides: Available here

Rebekah Hinojosa

Bekah Hinojosa is an artist from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas currently serving as the Sierra Club's Gulf Coast Campaign Representative.

She works with communities along the Texas coastline to stop crude oil export terminals, associated pipelines, and LNG fracked gas export terminals that would harm people of color and indigenous populations. She is inspired by building art with people of all ages.

Hinojosa has a B.S. in Geography from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

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Holly Harris

Holly Harris is the Director of Campaigns at Climate Nexus, a nonprofit, pro-bono communications firm dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States.

Harris is an attorney who has been engaging collaboratively at the forefront of climate change advocacy for almost two decades. She works to advance intersectional climate justice, by championing the leadership of women and the marginalized communities most affected by the climate crisis to create just, regenerative, and equitable solutions to this challenge.

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Clark Williams-Derry

Clark Williams-Derry focuses on the finances North America’s oil, gas, and coal industries. His areas of expertise include: the long-term financial performance of North American oil & gas companies, particularly fracking-focused enterprises; company- and basin-specific studies of oil and gas production; U.S. LNG exports in the context of global markets; and U.S. and Canadian coal export projects.

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Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown serves as Global Energy Initiatives Director for the Climate Imperative Foundation, which aims to align U.S. fossil fuel exports with national climate goals.

Brown has worked in government relations and public affairs for over 20 years, from working as an intern in the Clinton White House, to serving on the staff of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to budget analyst for Rep.Sylvester Turner. He became Vice President of Public Advocacy for the American Heart Association’s Texas affiliate in 2003.

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