Is Broadwater's LNG Proposal a Good Idea for Long Island Sound? The Hartford Courant Says, "It's Not"
Broadwater's proposal would increase the region's dependence on foreign sources of fuel….
Expanding that dependence on natural gas for heating and generating electricity will increase the region's exposure to volatile energy prices and threaten its long-term economic stability….
Broadwater's bid to maintain the energy status quo would have the added effect of undermining efforts at conservation….
If approved, it will serve as a symbol of the federal government's willingness to trample states' rights for short-sighted energy policies….
It would also set an ugly precedent for the further industrialization of a national treasure. Long Island Sound, the country's second-largest estuary, has been the focus of years of efforts (and billions of dollars) at environmental cleanup and reclamation….
…it seems that every day, the body of scientific evidence linking fossil-fuel consumption and deforestation to global warming grows….
The Coast Guard concludes the Broadwater project can be done in a way that minimizes its hazards to public safety and navigation. But such conclusions don't address the broader question of whether this should be done; whether, as a matter of national energy policy, Broadwater is in the region's best long-term economic and environmental interests.