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Monday, June 23, 2014

Prosperity requires energy security

Letter to the Editor

The article by David Brooks “Detailed pipeline map not available” (The “Telegraph, June 16) is one of many that cite “not in my back yard” objections to reasonable efforts to ensure that New Hampshire will have assured supplies of energy at predictable prices well into the future. Such energy security is clearly a necessary condition for the growth of industry in the state – growth that is a necessary condition for employment growth. An example is the need for more natural gas to stabilize electricity rates as well as to feed the growing conversion of long-haul truck fleets to natural gas – truck fleets that are essential to economic growth.

Therefore, as the political season heats up, it will be instructive to identify candidates who demonstrate an understanding of the foregoing and support long-term efforts to increase New Hampshire’s energy security – particularly assured supplies of natural gas via pipeline and reliable electric supplies from Canadian hydro projects. Those candidates that pander to the NIMBY impulse should be required to explain how they plan to grow employment rolls without growing energy supplies. ...

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The article by David Brooks “Detailed pipeline map not available” (The “Telegraph, June 16) is one of many that cite “not in my back yard” objections to reasonable efforts to ensure that New Hampshire will have assured supplies of energy at predictable prices well into the future. Such energy security is clearly a necessary condition for the growth of industry in the state – growth that is a necessary condition for employment growth. An example is the need for more natural gas to stabilize electricity rates as well as to feed the growing conversion of long-haul truck fleets to natural gas – truck fleets that are essential to economic growth.

Therefore, as the political season heats up, it will be instructive to identify candidates who demonstrate an understanding of the foregoing and support long-term efforts to increase New Hampshire’s energy security – particularly assured supplies of natural gas via pipeline and reliable electric supplies from Canadian hydro projects. Those candidates that pander to the NIMBY impulse should be required to explain how they plan to grow employment rolls without growing energy supplies.

Gene Porter

Nashua