Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct fracked gas pipeline has hit all kinds of trouble, with nearby residents saying it’s not worth the risk, and folks all over Massachusetts saying its $2.7 billion cost is far too high and that fracked gas is just as bad for our climate as coal.
As Darren Goode reports (sub. req.) in Politico Pro, CEO Richard Kinder (net worth: $12 billion) is sick of all of us Massachusetts residents trying to tell him what he can and can’t do in Massachusetts:
Kinder Morgan CEO Richard Kinder said environmental protesters are using natural gas pipeline permitting as a “chokepoint” in their war against fossil fuels. But he conceded the protests are working and that his company — which owns stakes in or operates 84,000 miles of pipelines in North America — and the broader industry need to do a better public relations job.
“We’re doing everything we can,” including running ads featuring Kinder Morgan employees, Kinder said. “But, you know, it’s very difficult because protests are news and it’s difficult to disprove the negative.” The broader industry also hasn’t “done a good enough job in explaining how important what we do really is to the economy,” he said. “Sometimes I think people think we’re manufacturing cigarettes.”
Both fracked gas pushers and cigarette makers rake in huge profits by manufacturing a deadly, polluting, expensive product that’s designed to keep us addicted no matter the cost to our public health. Well, I guess Richard Kinder and I agree on something: That’s a perfect analogy!