New England report calls for gas heating, tolls

Oct 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Business, Featured Story

Editor’s note: Sigh. Yet another article espousing the benefits of natural gas. I’m not sure what section of the website to put this under: Business or Energy. Since it’s in the Hartford Business Journal and it’s about a report that has been released by The New England Council (largely a business coalition) I’m putting it under “Business.” I hope it doesn’t get lost.

Are you a member of The New England Council? I ask because Brad Kane reports in the Hartford Business Journal today that regional business group New England Council and accounting firm Deloitte released a “smart-infrastructure study” Tuesday calling for New England states to convert more homes and businesses to gas heating and add more tolls to major highways and population centers.

Now, the membership of The New England Council, which “counts among its members over 400 businesses and organizations that are either based in or do business in the New England states,” also contains quite a few health organizations like Boston Healthcare Associates, Fallon Community Health Plan, Harbor Health Services, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and the Massachusetts Health Council to name just a few.

Among its members is also listed a company or organization called “Clean Energy,” among many other businesses with “energy” in their name.

I understand Natural Gas is better than oil, but the article begins: “Connecticut and other New England states must embrace natural gas for heat ….”

What about renewables? Shouldn’t we be embracing renewables?

 

Here’s the beginning of the article and a link to it as is customary here at Environmental Headlines:

Connecticut and other New England states must embrace natural gas for heat and tolls to get more drivers off the road and onto mass transit, both aimed at curbing energy costs and boosting infrastructure to make the region more competitive, a new report says.

Regional business group New England Council and accounting firm Deloitte released a smart-infrastructure study Tuesday calling for New England states to convert more homes and businesses to gas heating and add more tolling to major highways and population centers, among many other recommendations.

For more on this story, visit: N. England report calls for gas heating, road tolls | HartfordBusiness.com.

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