Letters to the Editor

We need to ask some energy questions

Re: We should share the LNG with future generations.

LNG projects, Site C dam construction, ALR controversies are all going hand in hand, as if there is a grand finale in the making where all these different pieces of the puzzle are going to fall in the right place and make sense at the end.

But by then it would be too late to do anything about it if the result happens to be unexpectedly disastrous.

We may ask a few questions before it is too late.

First, to produce Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from our gas resources, we know that it takes a lot of energy – in fact, quite a lot of electrical energy.

In terms of energy units, can the people in charge of these matters disclose this information for public knowledge?

Second, assume we keep the natural gas for ourselves – to share with our future generations, and use it domestically or within the North American market without going through liquefaction and the re-gasification processes as required when the LNG is exported over long distances using marine vessels.

Third, add all the savings in dollar terms – savings from not going through liquefaction and re-gasification of the natural gas, and also add the capital outlay for facilitating marine shipping and other costs related to the export.

Of course, these are virtual savings because we have avoided all those expenditures, but we are richer in the end.

Our pristine land is preserved without submerging it under the Site C dam, we earn money in the North American market for a longer-term revenue source for future generations, and we avoid shipping disasters in our coastal seas as a bonus.

If we think that we are going to make alternate, renewable energy to replace all our current energy needs, whether for manufacturing industries, automobiles, marine vessels, aircraft, lighting, cooking, heating, cooling, refrigeration, computing and the myriad of other needs, we will be disappointed to learn that it is going to take a long time to achieve that goal at the current pace of advancement.

Our future generations will be better served if we manage to hold on to our non-renewable energy resources longer by not selling it all now to the highest bidder and then moderating the current rate of our own energy consumption.

 

T. George

Delta

 

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