I think there is a chance that the headline "LNG supply could become inadequate" in The Daily Astorian (April 25) could be misleading as were some of the quoted statements of Julian Darley.

I am far from an expert on the subject and my source of information is a new book Limits to Growth. It presents a rather exhaustive study of the globe's resources. Natural gas is one of those studied. On page 94, a table projects natural gas supplies, if consumed at the current rate, as being sufficient for 260 years. But it says that is not likely because of the scarcity of oil and issues with coal. The rate of consumption has been increasing at 2.8 percent per year and if that rate continues the "ultimately recoverable resource" will be consumed in 70 years. At a 5 percent growth rate the supply is projected to last 51 years, until 2054.

I think the possibility of running out of natural gas in 51 years or 70 years is a cause for real concern, but as the authors say, "the considerable resources that remain will be essential as a transition to fuel on the way to more sustainable energy sources."

I do not think that the finite supply is a reason to oppose an LNG facility. Natural gas is a resource and we do need to use it to make that transition.

Bill Barrons

Astoria

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