- Eye on Media
Another year of fun filled snarky news commentary and analysis is almost over and this December marks the second consecutive month that MGx has reached over 20,000 global visitors. Most visitors are from the US and 1% are classified as "addicts" and 35% as "regulars" by Quantcast. Almost 450 regulars are Oregon residents from Portland to Salem to Ashland to Brookings.
The advertising you see on MGx barely covers the cost of maintaining the website and its associated services and pays nothing towards the time and effort involved to research and report on important local issues. If each regular reader just contributed $6 this Christmas season it would pay 50% of the emergency room medical bills for my fifteen year-old daughter this year.
This season please show your appreciation and help keep MGx a voice for fine local writers like, Roy Keene, Wim de Vriend, Ron Sadler and Robert Fischer and many others. Please donate to MGx today.
"A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens." Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013
By Ron Sadler
Gee, what a surprise!
The US Department of Energy just released the results of a study it had commissioned relating to the benefits of exporting LNG. Turns out exporting LNG is the best deal ever. In every scenario, the country gains, and the more gas that is exported, the bigger the benefits.
The Department of Energy is headed by 557 political appointees, many of whom entered the agency through the revolving door that exists between the regulatory agencies and the various lobbying and interest groups back in DC. Thus, the results of the study should come as no surprise.
So now FERC has the technical data for the Jordan Cove project on hand provided by the applicant and the economic data supporting LNG export provided by the DOE study. FERC is currently in the process of gathering the environmental data preparatory to issuing their draft EIS for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal on Coos Bay sometime next year.
Federal regulations state that we Oregonians are entitled to an EIS that concisely and understandably documents a decision process wherein technical, economic, and environmental considerations are balanced in an objective, rational, and un-biased manner to arrive at a final decision.
I believe FERC’s forthcoming EIS will be a model of compliance with the letter, spirit, and intent of the National Environmental Policy Act. It will certainly not be an arbitrary or capricious attempt at evasion.
But then again, I also believe in Santa Claus.