The Canary Front against Gas considers that introducing gas is a "democratic outrage"

Antonio González Viéitez (c) attends to the journalists. / Photo EFE / Video: Cober

Groups of environmentalists and university professors have presented a new platform where they estimate that this intention would mean "a real step backwards"

EFE The Gran Canarian palms

Groups of environmentalists and university professors led by Ben Magec and Antonio González Viéitez
presented this Tuesday a new platform, the "Canary Front against Gas"which has considered the introduction of gas in the islands as a
"democratic outrage".

In statements to journalists, four spokespersons for this new platform regretted that the Canary Islands had not been consulted before approving the provision of the royal decree on measures to
mitigate the economic effects of the war in Ukraine and that liberalizes the implementation of regasification plants on the islands, by exempting them from going through the administrative authorization procedure.

Thus, the economics professor at the
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) Antonio González Viéitez has expressed the opinion that the Government of Spain wants to compensate for its position of removing gas from the price equation of the energy market
«trying to make Spain the head of North American gas entryicano«.

«They have put us in a situation of war, where there is talk of a war economy that right now has
as a fundamental objective to replace Russian gas with American gas«the professor asserted.

In his opinion, that intention would mean "a real step backwards" in the fight against the climate crisis and for respect for nature and the Canary Islands would be given "the absurdity" of importing energy resources despite having "tremendous natural resources."

“It is like importing ice in Greenland or sand in the Sahara”, Ironically, González Viéitez has called on Canarian society to show, "as in previous circumstances with oil prospecting", all its rejection of gas "and to defend the future of the environment and humanity".

For his part, the professor of Industrial Engineering at the ULPGC, and also a member of the new platform, Roque Calero, explained that setting up two regasification plants in the Canary Islands "would be very expensive" and
it would cost about 600 million euros that would have to be amortized over 20 or 25 years.

“This means that during that period of time the gas cannot be removed from the electrical system. and therefore renewables are not going to be able to be introduced in the amount that is possible and necessary«, reflected Calero, who considers that the »massive« introduction of liquefied natural gas would be »a tremendous brake« at a »critical« moment for the extension of renewables in the Canary Islands.

Along these lines, Antonio Hernández, lawyer and spokesperson for the Canary Front platform against gas, has also expressed himself, stating that
shortly they will request a meeting with the Minister of Ecological Transition of the Canarian GovernmentJosé Antonio Valbuena (PSOE), to urge him to request the repeal of the royal decree.

In his opinion, the measure of
Government of Spain means the paralysis of the introduction of renewables and
what to focus on now“It is in drastic measures based on self-sufficiency and reaching 100% renewables »as soon as possible«.

Finally, the former councilor of Sí Se puede in Granadilla de Abona and member of the Platform for a New Energy Model of Tenerife and La Palma, a group that also adheres to the new Front, Antonio Cabrera has said that
Until the approval of the decree, he thought that the gas debate in the Canary Islands "was already overcome."

“The energy transition must be accelerated, which should mean reducing dependence on fossil fuels. With the additional costs that the island's energy systems have in the Canary Islands due to their dependence on fossil fuels, instead of reducing that dependence, what is intended is to diversify it," Cabrera lamented.

He also agreed with Viéitez that
there is an interest from the United Stateswhich, in his opinion, “has solved his problem of selling fracking gas”, a fact that, he said, “worsens the situation and blocks green solutions to the climate emergency”.

Likewise, Cabrera wanted
"pull the ears" Council of Tenerifeand has criticized that it is “the only Canarian administration” that is committed to gas despite the fact that the Canarian Government, “of its same political sign”, is against it.

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