Cheap natural gas from fracking means the United States will soon find itself in a position to export the fuel, writes The Via Meadia blog at The American Interest. And the soon-to-be-done widening of the Panama Canal makes liquified natural gas exports more cost effective, the blog says.
(Via Meadia is generally pro-shale energy while acknowleding the environmental and economic risks.)
Via Meadia: "The demand for American gas is high, thanks to how cheap it will be even after the added liquefaction and transport costs are factored in. Europe is anxious to wean itself off of Russian gas (which frequently comes with strings attached), Japan needs to plan a new energy regime in the post-Fukushima world, and the rest of Asia—China in particular—has a voracious appetite for energy to power its growth."
Read the whole thing here.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
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Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.