Gas export pause could scramble Biden’s chances in Pennsylvania

By Josh Siegel | 02/27/2024 06:29 AM EST

Democratic Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman both argued the pause could hurt their state.

A drilling rig in Springfield, Pa.

President Joe Biden's pause on new natural gas export permits is reverberating through the critical swing state, the second biggest gas producer in the country. Alex Brandon/AP

President Joe Biden’s decision to pause new exports of U.S. natural gas is rattling his allies in the essential swing state of Pennsylvania.
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Democrats and labor unions in the state fear that the energy’s industry’s huge footprint there could make it a ripe target for GOP front-runner former President Donald Trump — even as environmentalists praised the move as a brave political action to protect the climate.

Biden’s reelection this year may hinge on whether he can hold the heavily working-class state he narrowly carried in 2020, which is now the second biggest natural gas producer in the country behind Texas. And while his move to reassess the climate impacts of natural gas shipments may have helped shore up support from young environmental activists, others are questioning his strategy.


Democratic Sens. Bob Casey, who is facing reelection this November, and John Fetterman, both argued the pause could hurt their state.
Bob Casey
John Fetterman
argued the pause could hurt their state