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David Arbeitman: Natural gas wrong approach to energy needs

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Natural gas wrong approach to energy needs

The planned pipeline construction from Agawam to Holyoke by Columbia Gas, ostensibly to end the moratorium on new gas hookups in three to four years, is the wrong approach to our energy needs.

More fossil fuel infrastructure encourages more extraction and burning of “natural” gas, which is primarily methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more heat-trapping than carbon dioxide. For the Department of Public Utilities to approve such a project is inconsistent with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act, whose goal is to significantly reduce the impact of fossil fuels on our climate by 2025.

Given the climate crisis, shouldn’t we be investing in more solar and heat-cooling pumps rather than building more pipelines? The cost of the projected $24 million project will be passed on to current Columbia Gas customers; our planet will also pay a price. “Natural” gas is really a bridge to nowhere.

David Arbeitman

Florence