Rick Olson: Cites obstructionists who block energy solutions

  • jacoblund

Published: 8/6/2018 9:31:35 PM
Cites obstructionists who block energy solutions

Congratulations are in order to the Easthampton Board of Health for tabling the request for an anti-pipeline stand.

Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels available. The pipeline obstructionists would have people believe the most reliable and inexpensive source of fuel is dangerous to your health. You wonder how they feel after last winter’s record cold snap required utilities to crank up the coal plants, burn oil and send liquefied petroleum gas up the gauntlet to Boston harbor, with oil and coal trains shipping the cargo through cities and towns. Liquefied petroleum gas from Russia is being delivered from pristine arctic lands now being drilled — and this is supposed to be healthier?

Beside the sticker shock from electric and gas bills, any new business or residence now has no option but to burn oil or liquefied petroleum gas. When you try to prevent the “gas company” from building new lines, mostly along existing routes, it defies imagination.

Every time a new method is advanced to solve the energy equation, the obstructors step in. Look at the list — don’t build a solar array on an abandoned landfill, it might disturb the view. and the same with wind farms.

Why don’t they come up with an idea for the here and now? Probably a new idea brought forward would spark another protest group.

I urge the Board of Health to reject this effort, and perhaps some citizens should petition the board to urge Gov. Charlie Baker to support building new pipelines now.

Rick Olson


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