Note: One of the most pervasive and insidious myths shoring up fracking is that natural gas is the “clean bridge fuel.” Even many environmentalists persist is using the industry’s propaganda term “clean” to refer to natural gas, often calling it “cleaner than coal.” Burning gas is not “clean” or “cleaner than” using other fossil fuels. This is a myth that needs to be shattered. The following is one piece which penetrates the fog.
In his letter to the editor [“There are benefits to natural gas,” Jan. 23, The Calvert Recorder], Mr. Tom Forgette of St. Leonard wrote that natural gas is “the most environmentally friendly fuel (in Calvert County, the U.S. and the world),” and that it “can reduce the rate of global warming and, hence, have a positive impact on the world.”
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling — and it would avoid worsening the climate disruption that’s already taking a toll on the region.
So finds a report released last week by the international conservation advocacy group Oceana. The analysis comes as the federal government is developing an updated five-year plan for offshore drilling lease sales beginning in 2017, and as a coalition of seven coastal state governors chaired by Pat McCrory of North Carolina is pushing to open the area to the oil and gas industry.
North Carolina in particular stands to benefit from offshore wind power development, the report found, as the state has the greatest wind resource and job creation potential of any other along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida. Offshore wind has the potential to create 48,145 jobs in North Carolina, compared to 23,238 for offshore drilling. Continue reading Offshore Wind Beats Drilling for Jobs and Energy in the Southeast→