Making the Case for MORE NatGas, via Pipelines, in Massachusetts

We wonder if the residents of Massachusetts, which is hellbent on blocking ANY new natural gas pipeline–local or interstate–know that since the year 2000 some 200,000 Massachusetts households have switched to/added natural gas for heating and other uses. We also wonder if Mass. residents know that the the Brayton Point coal plant in Somerset, a plant that closed two months ago, provided enough power to keep the lights on for 1.5 million Mass. residents. Or that the sole surviving nuclear power plant in Plymouth, the Pilgrim nuclear plant, is closing in two years. And that 11 more electric generating plants (coal-fired) in the region are in danger of closing over the next few years. It doesn’t take a lot of brain power to predict (a) electric rates will go even higher for New England residents, people already paying 4x what other areas of the country pay for electricity, and (b) at some point there just won’t be enough electricity, meaning brownouts and blackouts. Singing kumbaya and fantasizing that wind mills and solar panels (which make up less than 3% of our national electric supply) will ride in to save the day is dangerously stupid. Stephen Dodge, executive director of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council, makes a convincing case for more natural gas via pipelines in New England…

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