Here’s some common ground for competing fossil fuel interests.
The coal industry is threatened by the shale gas industry. But the shale gas industry is threatened by its own success — too much gas has caused a glut and low prices.
The solution? Export the excess gas supply. That would help both the coal and gas industries — win-win. Enter Ed Markey.
Markey has Market to Chuwritten to Energy Secretary Steven Chu complaining that a recent and pending Energy Department approvals for exporting liquified natural gas (LNG) would,
… slow our transition from dirtier fuels [i.e., coal]
If we didn’t know that Markey was such a green, we might suspect that he was doing the gas glut-loving chemical industry’s bidding as he also says,
Beyond electricity markets, higher natural gas prices could also hurt the competitiveness of U.S. businesses that use natural gas in manufacturing such as plastics, chemicals, fertilizers, and more.