How Did Fracked American Shale Gas Become the Solution To Puerto Rico’s Electrical Nightmare?

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Proposal to build LNG plant with federal support turns Puerto Rican disaster into bonanza for America’s failing fracking industry.

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Puerto Rico’s painful power recovery gets a new director

PREPA, backed by the governor, Rosselló, has called for a $470 million offshore liquefied natural gas port on the island’s south coast to receive LNG shipments from U.S. shale gas reserves.

A federal emergency manager has been placed in charge of the tortuous efforts to restore electric power in Puerto Rico five weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, amid mounting criticism…

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13 thoughts on “How Did Fracked American Shale Gas Become the Solution To Puerto Rico’s Electrical Nightmare?

  1. My sentiments exactly Lori. What’s even worse is when the corporate media completely omits certain stories (like this one for example). LNG (liquified natural gas) is an extremely dangerous technology, especially in an area like Puerto Rico with an unstable electrical supply. LNG has to be maintained at 400 degrees below zero or it explodes – this has happened in several places when power has failed.

    Thanks for commenting.

  2. Just a suggestion to help my fellow U.S. citizens who are going through the greatest disaster in my memory, why not immediately assign the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the long neglected infrastructure of Puerto Rico? Also, use this as an opportunity to hire Puerto Ricans at fair wages for help and apprenticeships in the work?

      • Monopolistic capitalism of the oligarchs, not to be confused with free market Adam Smith capitalism. David Rockefeller and many other oligarchs supported and admired Mao for his bringing Communism to China and giving populations a reason for living (to increasingly enrich such as himself.)

        • Good point, marblenecltr. I think Adam Smith had a brilliant dream that never really came into reality – due to monopolistic tendencies that seemed to start the moment capitalism was born – and the direct interference of these monopolies in government.

          • Part of the human condition. As in sports, free market capitalism must be played by strict rules enforced by competent and honest referees. Two of the rules written and broken are the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1892 or so and the Clayton Act, about 1917, written and passed to prevent interlocking directorates.

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