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FEATURING JOSHUA FRANK – Hurricane Irma knocked out power for more than 10 million residents of Florida and damaged most homes in the Florida Keys this week. The devastating storm has also caused major damage in the states of Georgia and South Carolina. For those whose homes are still standing flood-related damage will require rewiring, removing floorboards, walls, dealing with mold, and much more. Residents of a number of Caribbean islands, especially St. Martin were also picking up the pieces from the horror of Hurricane Irma.

As climate-change-fueled hurricanes are devastating people’s lives, Donald Trump is quietly continuing its project of dismantling public protections and unfettering the fossil fuel industry.

DeSmogBlog recently reported that the Trump administration has begun quietly expedite the permitting process for the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry. Touting LNG as a “environmentally friendly fuel,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the expedited process as a way to, “unleash American energy,” to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Read Joshua Frank’s article about LNG Exports HERE.


1. Federal eRulemaking Portal (the preferred method): Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

2. Email: Send email to Include RIN 1901-AB43 and FE Docket No. 17-86-R in the subject line of the email. Please include the full body of your comments in the text of the message or as an attachment.

3. Regular Mail: U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation and International Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, Washington, DC 20026-4375.

Joshua Frank, Managing Editor of Counterpunch, author of a number of books including the forthcoming ‘Heatstroke: Earth on the Brink’. He recently co-wrote an article on DeSmogBlog with Steve Horn about LNG Exports.

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