LNG power plants in the USA: Reportedly clean energy

Status: 15.06.2022 03:15

With the help of liquefied natural gas, Europe wants to become independent of Russian gas imports. Demand for LNG is rising, the US wants to supply. But clean energy is said to burden people and the environment.

Von Reinhard Baumgarten, ARD-Studio Washington

When John Allaire leaves his house, he sees yellow and orange flames whipping up into the sky. The blazing fires emit black smoke all day. Sometimes it’s really bad, he complains.

Reinhard Baumgarten

Allaire lives near Venture Global LNG, a liquefied natural gas plant in southern Louisiana. Another facility is already planned. Venture Global plans to invest more than $ 13 billion. Allaire believes it will be a memorial to short-term planning and short-term money. “Let’s do it, let’s do it, let’s do it. And then move on to the next thing.”

Ten LNG power plants off the coast of Louisiana

A total of nine more liquefied gas power plants are to be built on the Gulf of Louisiana in the coming years. The business is booming like never before. The war in Ukraine and Europe’s diversion from Russian oil and gas have fueled demand for LNG. And the United States wants to do it, says US President Joe Biden: “We need to make sure that families in Europe survive the winter.”

The air smells, breathing is difficult

Roishetta Ozane considers the president’s charity approach remarkable. “We have to make sure we don’t forget our own people who are doing wrong to save others,” he says.

Ozane lives near the Cameron LNG factory. In 2019, it was put into operation in the presence of the then US President Donald Trump. With like-minded people, Ozane wants to prevent the construction of another plant in his area. The environmental impacts are huge. The air is often smelled of sulfur, on some days it is difficult to breathe.

Ten million tons of greenhouse gases a year

John Wainwright, Cameron LNG’s environmental officer, says the plant has a number of emission control mechanisms. He points out that his company reduced CO2 emissions by ten percent during the year.

But local resident Lydia Larce refuses to calm down. The industry is doing great with gas, “while we suffer from your dirt and climate,” he says. Four LNG power plants on the Gulf Coast blow out ten million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year – as much as the Caribbean state of Costa Rica.

Biden: 50 billion cubic meters of LNG for Europe

Biden expects Europe to import up to 50 billion cubic meters of LNG a year from the United States. “We are creating the infrastructure for a diversified, resilient and clean energy future,” he says.

Activists complain that many of the Biden administration’s ambitious environmental and climate goals are in danger of failing. Politicians and investors only partially accept their arguments for greater environmental protection and sustainable energy. Many jobs are created by liquefied natural gas power plants and a lot of money flows into municipal coffers.

Allaire opposes new LNG plants in Louisiana. “On the coast of New Jersey or California, on the east or west coast, or on the coast of Florida, they would never do that,” he says. But he doesn’t want to give up. Although the views overlooking the sea are not exactly rosy. “Instead of an estuary with all the water and swamps, there will be concrete.”

LNG – reportedly clean energy from the USA

Reinhard Baumgarten, SWR, 6/14/2022 9:43 PM

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