Each coastal valley along our West Coast is potentially a jewel. In a pristine state, that is so rare it must be preserved.
LNG is a technology that potentially causes major global warming. Studies from Cornell University have shown methane is as bad or even worse than coal.
Natural gas is not a “bridge technology” as fracking advocates like Hillary Clinton say.
Also, the minute we start exporting natural gas under TTIP, we become trapped by the Unconstitutional ISDS “Trojan Horse Clauses” that suddenly and silently give hundreds of thousands of international firms special privileges at the taxpayers expense- for example, the already bloated energy industry would gain an unearned “right” to a huge bailout at the taxpayers expense if we subsequently changed anything an unaccountable panel of corporate lawyers deemed was resposible for a reduction in their expected future profits.
Change any law which effects their profits, paralyzing our country. Any one of these deals creates tens or hundreds of thousands of potential traps.
Just like Vattenfall in Germany when they decided to phase out nuclear energy because of Chernobyl making some meat too radioactive to eat there, even today…
We should preserve our natural gas reserve for emergencies and try to move away from it with our daily use, but many families need it for heating in the winter. Exporting it would make it too expensive for families, and would also jack up the price of electricity a lot. Millions of people could lose affordable housing if their apartment buildings were then deemed “too expensive to heat”. Leading to a cascade effect on jobs as millions of businesses would need to close down because their workers would have to move. Millions of pensions would also be lost, to people who in many cases had worked most of their lives in anticipation of one.
The monumentally unwise TTIP energy deal is up there with TISA’s privatization and globalization of government jobs down to the municipal level as a potential cascade disaster effect, just another of hundreds of unanticipated adverse effects of Fast Track.
Methane has been described by scientists as a bridge to nowhere. We’re having major problems with methane clathrate in the continental shelves and permafrost melting. Its causing blowouts - when it explodes underground.