There has been an ongoing debate about whether the United States should begin to export their natural gas to ease the debt. However, there are economists who believe this could be detrimental to the gas prices here in the US. Regardless, if the US were to start now and export the gas, the country could generate up to $47 billion by 2020. The one downside that is preventing the US from going ahead with this is that they are not exactly sure how plentiful the gas resources are here. If there does not end up being as much natural gas as expected, then this idea would seem less appealing to Eastern European countries, who have their own gas supplies.