Why we oppose LNG
Project promoter for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal Michael Hinrichs recently carefully stated that gas burns cleaner than other fossil fuels. While correct, this isn’t the whole story.
What Hinrichs failed to acknowledge, presumably because it negates his argument, is: natural gas is some 90 percent methane; methane is 86 times worse than carbon dioxide on a 20-year basis; natural gas leaks substantially from fracking source to combustion sink. This leakage makes natural gas at least as bad as coal in terms of causing global warming, if not worse.
Obscuring reality and then accusing opponents of generating reports that support their opposition demonstrates a lack of both professionalism and integrity. It’s fake news in the vein of another fake news purveyor we know so well. The greenhouse gas emissions that this project would generate are one of the many reasons we oppose the LNG project.
Short-term this may look like a good deal, but what is the long-term effect to our environment? Jordan Cove is about corporate exploitation. Is an LNG project in the best interest of protecting and revitalizing our region? Let’s accept reality: Natural gas isn't clean. The Clean Energy Jobs Bill would be better and environmentally positive.
I appreciate John Darling's cover story "Nature: Not ours to exploit" and wish my late husband William Catton, who pioneered the field of environmental sociology, could have seen it and known William Ashworth. I admire Mr. Ashworth's acting on his beliefs, living the kind of life the world needs for it to survive.