Nov. 14, the Ventura County Air Quality Control Board unanimously voted to hold the Cabrillo Port liquefied natural gas proposal to Ventura County air quality standards. No longer will it be able to ignore the rules and pollute our air.
As you would expect, the president of this foreign-owned multinational corporation, Renee Klimczak, thinks the ruling irrelevant and insists the company is above our laws.
If air quality doesn't concern Klimczak, maybe giving this company a monopoly will. We'll have Enron-style market manipulation on our hands if we let this company have its way. A special prosecutor in Australia has charged that BHP Billiton conspired to sell Saddam Hussein Australian wheat in 1996, bypassing American sanctions so it could get its hands on Iraqi oil and gas rights.
It is time for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to stand by his campaign promises to reduce greenhouse gases and veto this ridiculous offshore experiment. He can afford to give back the hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions he received from BHP Billiton.
The Oxnard and Latino chambers of commerce should stop shilling for this company and do something to support small business. It is in the interest of small business to reduce their dependence on centralized energy distribution.
I suggest that BHP Billiton find another way to sell its gas. I propose that instead of exporting LNG here, it take the $800 million from Cabrillo Port and use it to settle immigrants in their country. We have 32 million people in our state, with more on the way all the time. Why not take a few million off our hands?
BHP will gain customers for its gas, and we will avoid LNG completely. In the process, we save ourselves from 25 million tons of greenhouse gases generated by their filthy fossil fuel project.
— Mike de Martino, Oxnard