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Mar 6, 201508:31 AMVan Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Don't kill the American energy advantage

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We should also be exporting more energy. In late January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reduce unnecessary roadblocks for approving liquefied natural gas export stations. Passed on a bipartisan vote, it offers more permitting certainty for builders of the LNG export stations that will be necessary to serve new consumers of American natural gas.

Expediting such projects creates jobs in the U.S. and reduces global dependence on unstable energy supplies in hostile territory. As long as Russia’s paranoid Putin behaves like there’s still a Napoleon or Hitler lurking in every corner of Europe, Russia will use its crude oil to intimidate neighbors. We can arrest Putinesque hegemony over that continent by giving the European Union competitive energy options.

We are, at long last, in a position to tell the world’s worst regimes what they can do with their oil. Why don’t we?

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Mar 20, 2015 10:19 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The issue would be simpler if energy companies took on the liability of oil spills and other direct losses especially to homeowners from fracking. If you look at their history of handling such situations, too much of the cost is born by others and the clean up is usually incomplete.
The base reality is most of us realize that we have no protection from the courts or ability to take on major corporations so our only defense is to obstruct potential threats before they occur. If they were not threats we would not be obstructing. Reduce the threats and create real trust and people will become more pro economic development. Nobody likes to have cancer or a tainted well or no longer being able to eat various foods.

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