The Department of Energy has rebranded liquefied natural gas (LNG) as “freedom molecules” in a press release published on Tuesday after the U.S. announced record production of the hydrocarbon, according to Newsweek.
“With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” said assistant secretary for fossil energy Steven Winberg.
The document went on to describe how the country's LNG production expansion would promote clean energy, economic growth, and domestic job creation.
Under Secretary of Energy Mark W Menezes, quoted in the same press release, said the increased gas export capacity is “critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy.”
The statements were widely shared on Twitter, where some users disputed the status of natural gas as clean energy, because extracting and transporting LNG results in the emission of methane, another greenhouse gas.
This is not the first time the commodity is spoken of in such high terms.
Last year, energy secretary Rick Perry suggested natural gas promoted freedom because it prevented U.S. allies from having to rely on Russia for their energy needs.