Letter: New England’s position
Earth Day 2014, 44 years of celebrating Earth Day and the best the U.S. energy chief can come up with is “more pipelines?” This is the same forward thinking that took Detroit down. We in New England are not yet heavily invested in the gas infrastructure that will tie us, for decades, to an energy source that is polluting the well fields and adding at least as much CO2 to the atmosphere (if you account for drilling, pumping and burning) as oil. This COULD position us to invest in new, sustainable and renewable energy infrastructure, but our national leadership seems to be so tied to oil, coal and gas that we will once again be playing an expensive game of catch up. The argument that New England, or other regions of the U.S., will have cheaper energy prices from this push for pipelines is in total denial of the world market that will soon “force” the gas companies to export more and more LNG to Asia and Europe. So we lose the race for new energy sources, lose the race against climate change and are left with a decaying, polluting infrastructure that we (read: taxpayers) will have to pay to clean up. Now, there is an Earth Day initiative to get behind.