The excuse for Spectra’s Sabal Trail pipeline is new natural gas
electric generating units in Florida. FPL calls this “modernizing“, which is an odd word for using 20th century fossil fuels when 21st century solar power, conservation, and efficiency is ready right now for the Sunshine State.
Adding to their opposition to LNG export, the Sierra Club Board of Directors has adopted this new policy:
“Natural Gas: The Sierra Club opposes new electric generating
units powered by natural gas, including peaking and combined cycle
units. Consistent with the Board’s goal of eliminating all fossil
fuels from the electric sector no later than 2030, it is critical
that the US avoid further high-capital investments in new natural
gas plants and related infrastructure.”
This is in Sierra Club’s Continue reading Sierra Club opposes new natural gas electric generating units: good news against Sabal Trail →
No new pipelines, fracking, or LNG export.
Solar, wind, and water power now, say health professionals from all over
JLStewCT, BXE, 1 September 2015,
More Than 80 Health Professionals Demand Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Stop Unethical Experiment
Washington, DC — In an open letter to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC), more than eighty health professionals
urge the FERC to stop permitting oil and gas infrastructure and to
move to clean sustainable sources of energy to protect the health of
people and the planet. The construction of oil and gas projects such
as unconventional fracking, pipelines, compressor stations and
export terminals which pollute with cancer and disease-causing
chemicals is akin to an uncontrolled health experiment that is
destroying communities and risking lives of residents. These
projects also harm the workers who build and maintain them. For the
health of all who are involved, health professionals demand that
this unethical ‘experiment’ stop.
All that and pipelines risk the Floridan Aquifer which is the
source of our drinking water in Florida and south Georgia.
The FERC is Continue reading Stop permitting fossil fuels; move to solar and wind –health professionals to FERC →
If you guessed the taxpayers, as I did, nope.
FERC’s own About FERC web page:
The Commission is funded through costs recovered by the fees and
annual charges from the industries it regulates.
To make it even richer, the sentence before that reads:
There is no review of FERC decisions by the President or Congress,
maintaining FERC’s independence as a regulatory agency, and
providing for fair and unbiased decisions.
But FERC’s web page says nothing about FERC’s independence from
the industries it regulates.
definition of regulatory capture:
Regulatory capture happens when a regulatory agency, formed to act
in the public’s interest, eventually acts in ways that benefit the
industry it is supposed to be regulating, rather than the public.
Maybe that’s why Continue reading Who funds FERC? →