NEWSWATCH: “Why Is Russian Gas in Boston Harbor? Environmentalists’ war on fossil fuels helps Vladimir Putin” – Wall Street Journal/Drew Johnson

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“Why are some parts of America reliant on Russian natural gas, especially when domestic gas production has surged? … [it’s] political. … Massachusetts and New Hampshire [officials] blocked … the $3 billion Access Northeast Pipeline, which would have … provided fuel to three New England states. … [the] Massachusetts Attorney General … claimed the state could ‘maintain electric reliability’ without new infrastructure. … Russian gas heating Boston … suggests otherwise. Politicians … oppos[e] pipeline projects to curry favor with increasingly radical environmentalists. * * * iron[ically] …natural-gas pipelines help the environment. … pipelines [enable] power plants … [to] switch from coal to natural gas, which emits up to 60% less CO2. Many have already switched …. The anti-fossil-fuels campaign is neither realistic nor environmentally sound. Blocking pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects raises costs on American families while forcing them to rely on Vladimir Putin to heat their homes.”

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