Quick! Where do you think the market is going to be in five years?
Don't worry: It's a trick question. There are so many variables that it's impossible for anyone to predict with any accuracy what's going to be happening half a decade down the line. Yet that's just what investors looking at liquefied natural gas (LNG) up-and-comers Tellurian (NASDAQ: TELL) and NextDecade (NASDAQ: NEXT) need to try to do. Both companies have big plans, but neither will come to fruition before 2023 at the earliest.
Given that uncertainty, how is an investor supposed to choose between the two companies?