My comment on an article in The Huffington Post
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Premier of BC, Christy Clark – hits a home-run!
Of course, it goes without saying that we should all wean ourselves off of fossil fuels, including natural gas which is (arguably) the cleanest of all the fossil fuels.
I’m hoping that one day, especially as solar, wind, geothermal and hydrogen, approach price parity with conventional power plant fuels – that fossil fuel use will decline.
Until then, for each gigawatt of power produced by power plants in China, natural gas is many times cleaner that the fuels they are using at the moment.
Switching to natural gas benefits China’s environment, but on account of the vast quantities of dirty fuel they presently burn for power, it has a world-wide (positive) effect when they switch to a much cleaner fuel.
One of the best things about LNG, in case of pipeline accident, LNG dissipates into the atmosphere instead of flowing into creeks, rivers, drinking water wells, onto pasture-land and into the ocean as crude oil does during a spill event. No mass deaths of living animals such as was seen during the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Unless ignited, (high-pressure LNG does burn) merely shutting off the tap and waiting for the vapours to clear, is enough to solve the problem until the pipeline can be repaired.
So much better than a crude oil pipeline to our “tourist-magnet” BC coastline! There is really no comparison.
Congratulations, Premier Clark.