The opportunity is here right now, with oil and gas dropping while solar power goes up like a rocket.
We can end the century-long domination of fossil fuels and get on with
a cleaner, safer, more prosperous world powered by sun, wind, and water.
Oh, and pry those clammy oily hands off our political systems while we’re at it.
Solar power is going to win anyway.
And we have the opportunity to speed that victory fast enough to stop
the fracking-junkie pipeline push, including stopping Sabal Trail and
the Palmetto Pipeline.
Jon Queally, Commondreams, 25 March 2015,
Naomi Klein: Shock of Oil Price Plunge Is Opportunity World Must Seize,
Continue reading Seize the opportunity to end fossil fuels and soar with sun, wind, and water power →
“Sometimes capitalism gives us a gift, and the sudden drop in oil prices is one of them.
Think of what we could do, in rolling out renewable energy, for instance. We could take power and wealth generation away from multinationals and put it into the hands of communities. And we could ensure that the jobs paid a living wage and went to the people who need it most. The same goes for our food and transit systems.”
If affected salt and other minerals in subsurface caverns are enough to
deny a FERC permit, drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer should be, too.
“first formal protest of Texas colonists against Mexican tyranny”
was signed at Turtle Bayou, Chambers County, Texas, where
an Alabama Company four years ago wanted to store natural gas underground
with an associated pipeline that FERC denied.
Communities and local governments throughout the Floridan Aquifer
have signed protests against fossil fuel company tyranny
in the form of the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous
Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.
FERC denied that permit application for
Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Company in 2011; one of only two pipeline applications that
FERC’s John Peconom could find that FERC ever denied.
The applicant appealed.
FERC replied in Dockets CP10-481-002 and CP10-481-000,
ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR REHEARING OR RECONSIDERATION (Issued April 11, 2012), Continue reading If eminent domain is hardship to Mineral Interest Owners, it’s hardship to everyone else →
The same U.S. House subcommittee that wants to
export liquid natural gas
is pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The two subcommittee members are from Alabama and Florida represent
counties in the paths of two Spectra methane pipelines.
Ted Poe (R TX-02) of Houston,
Chairman of the
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
spelled out the connection to natural gas in the panel discussion
for the hearing on
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Outlook and Opportunities,
Hopefully, we will change that and become an exporter,
especially of natural gas.
This meshes with his remark hearing on natural gas exports:
The Department of Energy has not approved an application to export
to a country we don’t have a Free Trade Agreement with in 2 years.
Presumably he meant FERC, which bills itself as
an independent agency.
The point remains the same: Chairman Poe wants more free trade agreements
for more LNG exports.
In his opening statement to the TPP hearing he spelled out that he
considers the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be a free trade agreement: Continue reading The Trans-Pacific Partnership and LNG exports →
Is this what that proposed pipeline is really for, exporting gas
for profit of gas company executives at the cost of our local land?
Rep. Ted Yoho (R FL-03) of north Florida is on this House subcommittee.
25 April 2013,
NATURAL GAS EXPORTS: ECONOMIC AND GEOPOLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES:
THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION,
Opening statement by Chairman Ted Poe (R TX-02) of Houston:
Five years ago, companies were building terminals to import natural
gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts agreed that
the United States’ economy was going to need natural gas from
overseas. Today, that scenario has changed 180 percent. Import
terminals lie dormant. The Department of Energy has 19 applications
waiting to get permission to export natural gas. Thanks to
breakthroughs, the United States’ natural gas reserves have climbed
72 percent since 2000 and 49 percent since 2005. The amount of
natural gas that is technically recoverable in the United States is
97 times greater than all of the natural gas we consumed in 2011. In
plain terms, this means we have an abundance of natural gas that we
are not using. It is just sitting there, and this is really not
smart policy, or smart business.
A big reason why is Continue reading House subcommittee wants to export gas →