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    Candidate Schwarzenegger re LNG

    (February 14, 2004) -- During his campaign for Governor, candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger's web site called Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) a proven technology that will create more natural gas capacity, citing proposed LNG projects in Baja California it said will facilitate imports from Bolivia, Alaska and other sources.

    As part of its section on "Solving California's Energy Crisis," said as Governor, Mr. Schwarzenegger will "explore building facilities for safely importing liquefied natural gas."

    In pertinent part, states:

    As Governor, I will:
  • Assure adequate and diverse fuel for power generation. Currently, 43% of the state's generating capacity is derived from natural gas. An additional 13% is derived from hydropower, 13% coal, and 16% nuclear. Renewable wind, biomass, and geothermal provide the remaining 16%. Because of our dependency on natural gas fired generators, California needs to increase its investments in transmission to ensure adequate access to natural gas. But in the long-run, power price stability will require diversification away from gas to assure a portfolio of alternative fuel sources for the state.
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) provides an opportunity to assure a reliable supply of natural gas. LNG is cryogenically cooled natural gas, turned into a liquid, that is easier to ship. This is a proven technology that will create more natural gas capacity. Current LNG proposed projects for construction in Baja California will facilitate imports from Bolivia, Alaska, and other sources.

    As Governor, I will:

  • Encourage investments in natural gas transmission.
  • Explore building facilities for safely importing liquefied natural gas.
  • As previously reported by, on January 14, 2004, Alabama Governor Bob Riley sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) objecting to the issuance of permits related to a proposed onshore LNG facility in Mobile Bay -- by Exxon-Mobile "without an adequate independent, individualized, site specific safety study first being completed and considered."

    In Long Beach, a Mitsubishi subsidiary, Sound Energy Solutions (SES), has separately filed with FERC to build an LNG facility onshore within the Port of Long Beach. The firm's proposal has been facilitated by local officialdom but more recently has drawn opponents who say that if an LNG is to be built, it should be offshore and not in a major national port for homeland security and safety reasons.

    The firm's web site discusses these and other issues in its Frequently Asked Questions section at

    Related coverage:

    Feb. 2004: CA Energy Comm'n Posts Staff-Prepared Fact Sheet On Algerian LNG Plant Explosion; LB Area Activists Respond

    Feb. 2004: Port Exec. Dir. Steinke Says LNG Project Approval Process Only In "Very, Very Early" Stages; Councilmembers Lowenthal, Uranga Urge Port To Do Public Outreach

    Feb. 2004: Councilwoman Lowenthal, Harbor Commissioner Cordero & LB Port Exec. Dir. Steinke Discuss LNG Proposal on City Hall TV Show

    Feb. 2004: Councilwoman Lowenthal's TV Show Statement re Boston Area LNG Facility Compared To MA Congressman Web Site

    Feb. 2004: FERC Solicits Fast Track Study Applicable Nationwide To Evaluate Flammable Vapor & Thermal Radiation Hazards Of Unconfined LNG Spills on Water From An LNG Cargo Release

    Jan. 2004: Dem. Presidential Candidate Sen. Kerry Supports Improving LNG Transportation Systems, Incl. Development Of New Technologies Such as Offshore Regassification

    Jan. 2004: Exclusive: Will Assemblyman Lowenthal Urge Gov. Schwarzenegger To Ask FERC To Do Independent, Individualized Site-Specific Safety Study Re LNG Facility Proposed In Port of LB? We Post Assemblyman Lowenthal's Answer

    Further archived articles: Reference section/LNG Proposal

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