Insane to oppose efficient plant

March 9, 2017

The below is by Rich DeNoyer, a USMC veteran and volunteer chairman for MA Vets4Energy. 

Why does the Northeast regularly experience higher energy and electricity prices during the winter months? It's not just because we are notorious for our frigid, snowy winters. It's because our regional energy infrastructure is insufficient to handle the demand we have, particularly for natural gas.

Thanks to an amazing energy revolution spurred by remarkable advancements in technology, America is now the world's leading energy producer, with natural gas development helping to lead that charge. Thanks to these technological marvels, we're now able to access natural gas in places that were previously beyond our reach. As a result, we're producing more natural gas than ever before, helping us to become less reliant on foreign sources of energy.

But, here in New England, we haven't experienced this energy revolution to the same extent as the rest of the country.

In fact, we're still importing natural gas from places like Venezuela and Yemen to meet our local demand. Every month, three-to-four tankers filled with liquid natural gas will dock at the Everett terminal near Boston. Boston Harbor is already seeing the most natural gas shipment traffic that it has in four years. What's more, this natural gas that we're importing is among the priciest in the world.

Think about that. Even though America is producing more natural gas than ever before — so much so that within a matter of years, we are expected to become a net-exporter of natural gas — the Northeast is still paying higher prices to import gas from overseas. And all because our energy infrastructure isn't capable of bringing American natural gas here to where it's needed.

What sense does that make?...

Read entire article at Providence Journal.


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