Bradbury is opposed to Oregon LNG terminals

Secretary of State Bill Bradbury  reiterated his opposition to locating a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Oregon, telling a crowd of 200 cheering people gathered in front of the capitol on Feb. 6 that building a fossil fuel facility in the state doesn’t make sense.
Any of the three LNG facilities would produce double the amount of natural gas that is currently used by the state. But at the same time, Oregon is moving ahead with a renewable energy portfolio that will require 25 percent of the states energy to come from renewable sources by 2025.
"I think all of us should be proud that Oregon is recognized as a national leader on renewable energy, and I, for one, don’t want to see that reputation tarnished by LNG," Bradbury told the crowd, applauding Governor Ted Kulongoski for his leading role in renewable energy legislation. "LNG would be a 180 degree shift away from the direction we’ve been heading."
Liquefied natural gas has a 20 to 30 percent higher greenhouse gas impact than regular natural gas, because of the energy required to compress the gas into a liquid, transport it across the Pacific Ocean, and then de-liquefy it.
Still, Bradbury cautioned the crowd that it’s not enough to simply say no to the LNG facilities. Instead, opponents to the LNG proposals also need to help craft a solution to move Oregon into a renewable future in a way that continues to meet the states energy needs.
"Right now, we are facing a challenge about how we will move forward, and how we will find a solution to the problem of global climate change while still meeting our energy needs," Bradbury added. "We have a choice to make–do we fall back on the same old shortsighted ideas that got us here in the first place, or do we move forward into a renewable world that will still be around for our children?"

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