LETTERS: On LNGs, climate change and equality

Defending LNGs

Thanks you, Ned Sheats for making some good points, but your comparison of a LNG facility to Arkema’s facility is a poor one. Comparing such different facilities is the fault in the discussion.

The LNG installation is inherently more dangerous due to volatile gases; the chemicals stored at Arkema were less dangerous and much less volatile than at a LNG facility. Due to the nature of LNG, more stringent regulations are placed on such facilities by the government and by insurance companies. They have to be designed to account for Category 5 storms and flooding. However, Arkema’s installation did need some additional safety features installed (the changes in electrical that I stated). It was not thought to be in a flood zone. The chemicals, while dangerous above a certain temperature, are mostly highly concentrated household chemicals, while they are noxious, they were not toxic, and not considered as volatile as LNG.

Hence, these two installations cannot be appropriately compared.

When a storm is brewing, the LNG product can be easily removed and the plant can be fully shut down before the storm comes. The three Houston LNG plants were fully shut down prior to Hurricane Harvey’s arrival and only had minor damage. All three are back in operation.

Pipelines can deliver product in two directions. Arkema did not have this capability nor had it ever had a flooding incident.

As to the electrical, my suggestion was to place electrical lines underground, not the generators or control facilities. Electrical powerlines can and have been safely placed underground, even underwater, with current technologies. All LNG facilities must have sufficient power to shut down completely in weather emergency situations. Regulations require this. All gas/chemical/power plants must have extensive emergency shut down procedures. I am not saying LNG plants are 100 percent fail safe — no industrial plants are.

Auston Cron, Alamo

Climate change concerns

“As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics … will devastate homes, land and infrastructure,” according to a 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review from the U.S. Department of Defense.

In the aftermath of the terrible destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, there is a question that I would like to ask of President Donald Trump:

“As Commander in Chief, and in light of your affinity for selecting generals to serve in your administration, why do you ignore the stark warnings by the U.S. military on climate change?”

This is clearly an important time for superpower leadership on this issue.

Terry Hansen, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Treating all equal

The relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims have shown the best of our nature: bravery, generosity and unity. However, I fear our nation will fall back into separation and indifference once the initial shock has passed. The surge of white supremacists is a tragic display of inhumanity and a reflection of our failure as a nation that values liberty, justice and equality for all. This failure is partially due to us not taking steps to end discrimination in our communities.

Schools must actively guide our children toward an empathetic adulthood. Aren’t lessons in responsibility and compassion just as important as lessons in math and the sciences? Without the former, the latter alone will not be sufficient in directing them towards a healthy and prosperous life.

Religious leaders must emphasize the Christian values that have made this religion a salvation to billions. To oppress and abuse those of a different skin color, sexuality, or religion, does not make us better Christians, it only poisons us toward the sins of hate and violence.

To all: Let’s maintain a cultural practice of peace, acceptance, and unity. There is one identity

Natasha Dare, Mabank, Texas