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Economist's Analysis Weights Pros, Cons of Exporting Natural Gas

January 22, 2013

Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, compared his own analysis, which determined natural gas exports would have a negative economic and environmental impact, to another conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy that predicted a small net economic gain, mostly accruing to natural gas owners. An increase in natural gas supplies brought about by the shale gas boom led the DOE to consider the export option.

Tyner, a faculty associate in Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute, said that even with a $10 billion gain under the DOE study, costs would increase in all energy-intensive sectors in the United States. The DOE study also did not look at the environmental impacts associated with exporting gas.

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