The U.S. Energy Department Is Rebranding Natural Gas as “Freedom Gas” and I, For One, Have Questions
What's that smell? Freedom!
Let’s face facts: there’s nothing cool about natural gas. The energy source is in dire need of a makeover, and the U.S. Department of Energy has thrown out several options: organic gas, free-range gas, non-GMO gas, Tyler Perry Presents: Gas, gastastic, vroom vroom juice. Finally, they’ve landed on something all Americans can get behind: FREEDOM GAS. You’re welcome, patriots!
The Energy Department announced the rebrand in a press release by signing off on domestic exports of natural gas, which they are referring to as “freedom gas” and “molecules of U.S. freedom.” (Sidebar: Molecules of U.S. Freedom is my new band name).
Undersecretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes said, “Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy.”
Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg also stated, “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.” If you’re wondering who the brainchild behind “freedom gas” is, it’s none other than Energy Secretary and Dancing with the Stars contestant Rick Perry.
Perry compared America’s gas exports to America’s involvement in World War II (you’re welcome, greatest generation!) by saying, “The United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent … And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas.” Yikes.
To no one’s surprise, the internet quickly took “freedom gas” to task, mocking the name and making all the fart jokes they could imagine. It’s an absurdly ridiculous name to be sure, but there’s also the fact that natural gas is not as “clean” as it is touted to be. Sure, it’s cleaner than coal, but still more polluting and damaging to the environment than solar, wind, and other forms of green energy.
Many environmentalists, like Washington Governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee responded via Twitter:
Freedom gas? Freedom is generally good, but freedom from glaciers, freedom from clean air, freedom from healthy forests that aren’t on fire, and freedom from the world we know and cherish is not what we seek.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 29, 2019
No one should expect an Administration that tears apart families at the border or contaminates our air and water with toxic pollution to understand freedom, but this is a new low. #FreedomGas? https://t.co/1X9blQFGev
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) May 29, 2019
And then came the memes:
— Doug Jackson (@Easy_Tyger) May 29, 2019
Everyone: Wow, honestly surprised that the only cabinet official who hasn’t said or done something super cringeworthy in public has been Rick Perry!
Rick Perry: FREEDOM GAS https://t.co/l21c07qz2x
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) May 30, 2019
— danbrotherston (@danbrotherston) May 29, 2019
Freedom gas pic.twitter.com/Y135i068gJ
— Rabih Alameddine (@rabihalameddine) May 30, 2019
— Charlottosaurus (@charlottosaurus) May 29, 2019
Sure, natural gas is now “freedom gas” — but it still pales in comparison to sweet lady propane. pic.twitter.com/sYt4bWgxzq
— Mark Strauss (@MarkDStrauss) May 29, 2019
“Freedom Gas” has been taken. Sorry US government, but that’s the name of a fart youve held at a fancy party and let loose on the drive home.
— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) May 30, 2019
Freedom gas pic.twitter.com/Bc03mWo9mT
— Adam Feuerstein (@adamfeuerstein) May 29, 2019
Truly, no one is free until all our gasses are free. God Bless America!
(via HuffPost, image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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