Thanks to The Daily Astorian for getting it right. It is time to bring this "sorry chapter to a close" ("WSJ admits Greenspan was off base on LNG," Feb. 12). How can anyone still believe liquefied natural gas is a good thing for Astoria? Or Oregon?
The LNG jobs promised are largely temporary during the building phase; the permanent jobs number from 30 to 50. Meanwhile, this facility would adversely affect the employment derived from the fishing industry, farms, forests, vineyards and other businesses on the Columbia River, and in the path of the pipeline on its way to California.
The renewable energy sector has hired more permanent employees in the last two years than would ever be employed at the proposed LNG terminal at Bradwood; investment in LNG would undermine Oregon's renewable energy goals.
We should not be fooled into believing that NorthernStar is building an LNG facility for any other reason than it benefits their company and their investors. In the absence of a demonstrated energy need, Oregonians are the losers. Period.
Thanks for pointing out the "Bad Call" as cited in the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Greenspan ... couldn't have been more wrong" back in 2003, when he predicted a need for LNG. The U.S. has enough of its own domestic gas reserves.
Let's all remember that the citizens of Clatsop County spoke loud and clear against LNG, when we voted 2-1 to oppose allowing Bradwood's pipeline to go through protected areas of Clatsop County. This was our first opportunity to cast a ballot against this greedy energy grab.
State and federal agencies agree that Bradwood poses a serious threat to salmon, and it will have a major economic impact all along the Columbia River. The Oregon Department of Energy drew the conclusion that Oregon does not need LNG in May 2008.
The Land Use Board of Appeals has sided with LNG opponents on several key issues. Hooray for Gov. Ted Kulongoski for his support of renewable energy and opposition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision on LNG.
Now we have a forward-thinking new Attorney General in John Kroger, who is looking for renewable energy sources for Oregon and favors using our own natural gas. We are paying attention to our elected officials and legislators, and where they stand on this issue.
There is an unprecedented coalition opposing Bradwood of farmers, foresters, vineyard owners, conservationists, fishermen, tribes, businesses and renewable energy advocates. Looks like David and Goliath ... and we know who won that one.
Andrew E. Cier