This is in response to Erhard Gross's letter, (Calpine and Port elections April 21st) or to anyone else who shares this opinion. While a panel of experts is an important step to the process, calling for other people to come and give testimony, to shape your opinion, is the ultimate in laziness. Many folks, Anti-LNG and supporters alike, came to this project with an open mind, (me included) and after countless hours of reading, watching films and doing research, only then, we decided if LNG is for/not for, our area or our future. We have forced ourselves to become experts on every aspect of Calpine, LNG and the world's economic infrastructure, in a matter of months, in addition to working our regular jobs. To quote a famous Pro-LNG advocate, "we need your patience on this issue".
Even though it's hard work, the only way to truly make up your mind is to do the research yourself.
As for the alternative to Columbia River LNG, it is at our doorstep. Currently in Europe, fuel prices are much higher than the U.S.; our fuel rates are surely headed up as well. In Germany, France and Great Britain, they are starting a vigorous push for an alternative to fossil fuel called bio-diesel. It is made from three sources, the canola plant, soybeans and palm oil. Close to 70% of Europe's automobiles are diesel-powered and over 2% of their diesel is bio-diesel; this percentage is rising quickly and is set to hit 6% in 4 years. Most notably the canola plant grows best in mild marine climates and in Oregon, Canola can produce over 900 lbs of oil per acre. Bio-diesel is far cleaner than petroleum diesel. The Canola Plant uses the sun, Earth's most consistent energy source. It also uses carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas. And rain, (the more the better) to create a renewable energy source that will help us cure our addiction from depleting fossil fuels.
As the prices at the pump rise, our country will be forced to start making bio-diesel sooner than later, and Clatsop County can lead the way. Bio-diesel production creates far and away more jobs than any LNG terminal and local land can be used for farming once again, plus the profits stay in our area. We will have the opportunity to export energy, instead of import and local restaurant's will have be able to sell their used fryer oil for making bio-diesel, instead of throwing it away.
I challenge everyone to get educated on the alternatives for LNG and Oregon's future. It is ironic that people can criticize the Port and then turn around and not do the "due diligence" themselves on this LNG issue. The Port election will be one of the most important votes in Clatsop County history. It will be solely based, not on the county's past, but it's future.