"For much of the state of Maine, the environment is the economy"
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2013 December 2
Our view: The controversial $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal planned for Calvert County merits a full investigation from federal authorities
[W]herever one stands on the project — excited about the jobs or fearful of what it may mean for global warming — everyone should agree that the proposal should be thoroughly examined and vetted to understand the potential impact and trade-offs involved. Unfortunately, that's not happening.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has so far opted only for an Environmental Assessment and not the more exhaustive Environmental Impact Statement. Virginia-based Dominion may tout the "exhaustive" review process on its website and in its advertising campaigns, but unless it includes the EIS, it is far from complete.
The environmentalist questions how "clean" LNG is, arguing for renewable energy instead
David Suzuki is taking aim at B.C. Premier Christy Clark's claim that developing a liquid natural gas industry in B.C. will help slow climate change, arguing it's time Clark "be serious about where we're heading" with our reliance on fossil fuels.
“The economy can’t trump the environment," Suzuki adds. "I keep telling people: How long can you go without spending a dollar? And then how long can you go without taking a breath?”
Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation, a pro-business economic think tank, said DOE needs to quickly approve the pending LNG export applications in its queue and start treating gas the same way exports of wheat, soybeans or airplanes are treated.
Webmaster's comment: Margo Thorning doesn't realize that natural gas isn't soybeans. Soybeans are renewable.