Does anyone really buy the incredibly thin arguments in Dominion’s Cove Point advertisements? One ad in particular, that continues to pollute my radio and Pandora airwaves (see what I did there?), attempts to use large numbers to distract the audience from the LNG expansion’s impact on public health and the environment.
Terry Eno of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community said it best, “Dominion bombards our community daily with high priced ads because they knew if the public really understood this project that we would oppose it.” I know this is a shock. Why on earth would a fossil fuel company use numbers and dollar signs to manipulate the public?
Apparently this is “another great solution for Southern Maryland.” I’m curious what do they really mean by a great solution? Do they mean the significant public health impacts? Asthma? Cancer? Is a great solution the amount of pollution this facility will emit and the accumulative impact on climate change in Maryland? Is the great solution the threat of an environmental disaster in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? Is the great solution creating the largest greenhouse gas emitter in Maryland? Dominion, please use your thin arguments to explain to me how this is another great solution for Maryland.
They glamorize the project for creating over a thousand jobs, but fail to mention only 75 of those are permanent. Of that, how many will be filled by Calvert County residents? How does the tax revenue for the county hold up when public health issues rise and high priced clean up efforts are required because of contaminated water, facility accidents, or extreme weather?
This is a “great solution” because it is great for Dominion, not because it is great for Maryland. This is an opportunity for Dominion to increase their profits at the expense of the health, safety, and environment of Maryland. If this expansion happens, do you really think fracking will not take place in Maryland? We are not just talking about fracking in Western Maryland, there are shale basins across the entire state.
If we really want to talk about another “great solution” for Southern Maryland we should be talking about clean energy projects not a 3.8 billion dollar expansion to a facility whose total operation will become the largest greenhouse gas emitter in Maryland. A real solution would be supporting projects that increase Maryland’s use of renewable energy and achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals; without the expense of the public’s health or surrounding environment. That would be a real solution.
Dominion should not even be allowed to use the term “solution” because all this project will do is exacerbate climate change and fossil fuel dependence. The LNG expansion of Cove Point is not another great solution for Southern Maryland, it is a profitable opportunity for Dominion, and anyone that believes otherwise needs to seriously reevaluate their life choices.