Federal regulators just approved a very controversial LNG export terminal. It would be the closest to the Appalachian-based Marcellus Shale, the largest natural gas producing region in the United States.
An explosive new report from the US Department of Energy makes clear that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely a climate-destroying misallocation of resources. That is, if one uses estimates for methane leakage based on actual observations.
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The Ukraine crisis has rekindled arguments the U.S. should export shale gas, supposedly to diminish the threat posed by Russia’s “energy weapon.” Sadly, few seem to care about diminishing the threat posed by climate change, since it's become increasingly clear LNG would make things worse.
LNG facilities like the ones being built in Australia will soon be cropping up along the North American coastline. As citizens — coastal, inland, wherever — are we ready for this next explosive energy-related boom?