The Oregonian wants us to believe that the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Bradwood is an economic stimulus package. So would Northern Star LLC, the Texas-based promoter of the LNG facility. The Portland daily recently criticized Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, saying that "too many jobs are at stake here for politically driven foot-dragging."

There is no doubt that an LNG terminal at Bradwood and associated pipelines would generate jobs. But as an ongoing facility, the Bradwood plant would not be a big employer.

The Oregonian misses that a Bradwood LNG terminal would transform and deteriorate the culture of the lower Columbia River. Its pipeline would disrupt a broad swath of landowners including farmers. The O also is naive about the real intentions of the Texans behind this project. It's all about flipping the property. It's yesterday's deal-making and yesterday's economic colonialism.

Energy bonanzas are often too good to be true. They merit skepticism. That's why The Daily Astorian in 1996-97 published seven editorials opposing Enron's purchase of Portland General Electric.


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