Big business pushes LNG
Concerning the recent LNG article, it seems like a lot of time, effort and money is being spent by foreign companies to export LNG to Asia through Oregon for only 120 jobs. But the jobs that will be lost if the pipeline goes through will be more than 120. There will be jobs lost in tourism, fishing, salmon reclamation and farming, regular farming, fruit and vegetable production, recreation, guide services, and similar endeavors that draw people to Oregon.
The article also doesn’t say what kind of “extensive economic benefits for Southern Oregon” would result from this pipeline, except for an increase in the cost of natural gas. It will probably get really expensive when we have to buy it back from the countries it is being shipped to.
There is also the issue of the water that will have to be used to flush out a 3-foot diameter, 234-mile-long pipeline to test the welds and periodically clean out the line. Where is that water going to come from? And then there is disposing of the wastewater. Where will it get dumped?
The U.S. Department of Energy is a governmental department whose mission is to advance energy technology and promote related innovation in the United States. The statement could be interpreted to mean they should concentrate on supporting and developing alternative sources of energy that would actually create jobs in the U.S. This would decrease our dependence on foreign sources of energy, stop us from being vulnerable to foreign influences and reduce terrorism. That mission sounds much more helpful than the DOE helping foreign countries bleed us of our natural resources.