LNG is the fuel we’ve been waiting for.

Microgrid size carriers for upriver LNG delivery.

This is an open comment being sent to a congressional representative in efforts to apply a very positive reality to what is now misled rhetoric.

Dear Congressman Yoho.

If America plans to compete in the emerging low carbon economies as they transition to LNG, we have to have more ports, and terminals with more flexible loading, bunkering, and transfer facilities.

These ports also need to be set up for domestic shipping, rail, and trucking.

We are a significant potential source, and yet still one of the smallest contributors.

Wind and solar electricity may be cheaper than gas in the near future, but “cheap” doesn’t translate into reliable. Much of this electricity is useless and will continue to be  until we integrate it into baseload capable hybrid systems.

Our abundant gas and LNG potential are not worth much if we can’t get it from competitive U.S. producers and shippers to markets.

Real case research showed that the hybrid would reduce emissions by 80%, provide baseload reliability power, and at a significantly lower long term LCOE than the coal plant could.  

This is important since we’ll be competing with similar situations in the new developing markets

Small port flexibility can give the U.S. producers the ability to do more flexible contracting than the current national scale 20-year offtakes.

It is past time to end our hogtied infrastructure permitting processes.  One of the reasons America is lagging in climate progress is the drag from both professional and opportunistic protesters.

This is why we so desperately need a transparent and objective permitting process.

Based on the proven EU system, here is what we need.

  1. A Standardized Permitting Package. One that can lay out the permitting steps and processes in a way that will allow effective planning by the proponents.
  2. This would allow the guidelines to be clear and collaboratively established by all of the “Valid” stakeholders and potential intervenors.
  3. Establish a dependable and transparent checklist that is pre-agreed on before starting the formal permitting processes.
  4. A keystone of this “Standard Permitting Package” will be a strict timeline for the various agreed-upon permitting activities identified in the first package.

This should allow smaller ports and export terminals to get permitted, financed, constructed and in operation on reasonable budgets for private industry.

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