US favors hard, costly choices on gas supply

It's only a coincidence. But it reflects a US political prejudice that endlessly obstructs policy-making on energy.On Dec. 2, ChevronTexaco Corp. reported that it had applied to build and operate a deepwater port off Louisiana to import liquefied natural gas.Also on Dec. 2, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks oil and gas drilling on undeveloped federal leases off California.The US needs projects like ChevronTexaco's LNG-import scheme, called Port Pelican. It needs new sources of gas supply.And it would need expansion of its capacity to import gas no matter how the court ruled on California oil and gas leasing.Importing LNG, though, is a hard...

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