On September 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued licenses to Cameron LNG and Carib LNG to export natural gas to countries without Free Trade Agreements with the United States, including Japan and Taiwan. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) praised the Cameron LNG project, expressing excitement that the United States can "begin exporting this game-changing resource around the world." Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) agreed, calling the two approvals "a step in the right direction." In total, the DOE has authorized 4.5 billion cubic feet per day in LNG exports to date.