Why pipe our gas out?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2005

Here is a thought: Those in the Alaska Legislature are in a huge hurry to give the North Slope gas reserves to some processor in the Lower 48.

My thought is why? Not too many years ago, the concept was put forward for Alaska to use those gas reserves in the state. It would lighten the load of imported oils from the refineries down south that we now send crude oil to and then pay 20 to 30 percent more for than our brethren in the rest of the country.

What is the matter with forming a partnership with Japan, Korea or China to build a liquid propane plant in Alaska that we can buy our own fuel from to run our industries, homes and cars without importing this fuel back once it has been processed at an increased price? We could also benefit by the export of the processed gas.

What is behind the hurry to divest ourselves of this needed energy source that resides in our land? The move across the country is to burn fuel that has the least amount of greenhouse gases involved. Liquid propane has these properties. Modifications can be made to accommodate cars and industry. It's time we took advantage of it rather than continue to beg fuel companies to come and take it from us.

Ralph Guthrie


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