On May 7, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on U.S. energy exports, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Republicans pressured the President to approve export terminal permits, and Democrats urged more study on the impact of natural gas production on climate change. However, there was no complete opposition to exports. The Department of Energy is currently considering 19 applications to construct LNG export terminals and to sell LNG to non-free-trade agreement countries. It is unclear when the status of the applications will be announced. President Obama recently commented while on a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica that he will announce whether the U.S. will or will not export LNG in the near future.