With the US Financial Control Board as the de facto government of Puerto Rico, the newly-elected governor Ricky Roselló will scramble to show that he is actually “governing.”
In his mad dash toward relevance, there are several things the new governor must NOT do. Foremost among these, is his idea for a 2,000-mile gas pipeline…
Roselló is supporting an undersea gas pipeline from US to the island, in order to “meet the energy needs of Puerto Rico.”
If anchored in Florida, this pipeline would be 1,200 miles long. But probably it would come from Texas – an oil-producing state – in which case the pipeline would be over 2,000 miles long. In either event, this would be the longest undersea gas pipeline in the world.
It is not clear how this would solve the energy needs of Puerto Rico. If anything, it would make Puerto Rico completely dependent on the US…more dependent than any time in its history.
Currently, the longest undersea gas pipeline in the world is the Nord Stream Pipeline (NSP) between Russia and Germany. The NSP is 759 miles long and cost 14.8 billion euros, or roughly 15 billion dollars.
Ricky’s pipeline would be 250% longer than the NSP, and the approximate cost would be over $60 billion.
Since the government of Puerto Rico is bankrupt, a foreign corporation would build and own the pipeline, and the gas would come from somewhere in the US.
This is how the new governor would “lift” his island’s economy: not with solar, wind, or hydro power developed in Puerto Rico…but with a 2,000-mile gas pipeline from the United States.
A long-tem obligation to accept the liquid natural gas, for several decades, would be required from the government of Puerto Rico. The governor who brokers this obligation – i.e. Ricky Roselló – would be in a position to make himself and his family fabulously wealthy.
In effect, the Roselló family would live off the pipeline profits…for many generations to come.
The following video clip shows a TV news interview, where Ricky Roselló discusses his “pipeline” idea.
The last ten seconds of this clip provide a stunning and accurate assessment of Ricky’s idea.
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