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Gomez Addams (a/k/a Wallflower Pete) Finds Himself at 87

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Natural Gas NOW

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John Astin, the 87-year old actor who played Gomez Addams and did a gig singing Wallflower Pete has found himself in opposing fracking. Who knew? Game over?

The death rattle of journalism is evidenced by the increasing frequency of episodes where I am forced to exclaim, yet again, “If any further proof be needed of the death…” The latest is an AP Big Story item entitled “Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition.” The article is all of 122 words. It tells us Baltimore native John Astin, the 87-year old actor who last appeared in the Addams Family sitcom 51 years ago as Gomez Addams, has put out a TV ad endorsing a Maryland Fracking ban.

That’s the news in a state with a city ranked as the No. 5 murder capital of the US so far in 2017? What AP employee possibly thought a story about an actor few thought was still alive doing a fracking ad was the “Big Story”? Did Astin’s agent slip him a $100 bill or was it Food & Water Watch?

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Fracking Lowers Mortgage Defaults, Raises House Prices

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Natural Gas NOW

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A study from Clemson University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows fracking lowers mortgage defaults, raises home values and improves FICO scores.

It was a little less than six years ago when Ian Urbina, as part of his “Drilling Down” series in the New York Times, wrote a piece entitled “Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages.” Urbina who was always looking for opportunities to slam fracking, quoted an official of Wells Fargo bank as telling a mortgage broker from Northeastern Pennsylvania it would be “very difficult to obtain financing due to the potential hazard” as well as “unknowns.” Urbina, of course, long ago moved onto other things, and history has moved beyond the baseless speculation at the root of so much policy discussion to the hard facts, which are very friendly, as it turns out, to fracking.

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Pennsylvania’s Bountiful Future Due to Fracking

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Natural Gas NOW

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Fracking is going to make Pennsylvania shine again as a center of manufacturing and progress, due to the enormous potential of the Marcellus and Utica shale.

There is an amazing new study out — produced for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, no less — that uses hard data to illustrate what a bountiful future the Commonwealth has before it due to fracking. Titled Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing and filled with wonderful maps and charts, it is an independent report by IHS Markit. Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) commissioned the report “to identify and evaluate the opportunities for petrochemical and plastics manufacturing in Pennsylvania based on natural gas resources available in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.”

I didn’t think Tom Wolf had it in him, but the report is simply outstanding. It makes the case for infrastructure development like no one else has. Jim Willis was, as usual, the first to open the book and his take is available here at MDN. The report also has a nice Executive Summary but it’s probably a little lengthy for our busy readers, so I have distilled the basic facts down to bullet points for those eager to get to the good news faster and there’s plenty of it.

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Lessons in Confronting the Fractivist Jihad

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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Rumored new FERC appointment Rob Powelson offers a lesson in dealing with the fractivist jihad. It starts with not acting like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

We can’t speak highly enough of Rob Powelson, member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and currently the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). As we recently reported, Powelson is one of three names being rumored as a nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It can’t happen soon enough!

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Deep Green Resistance and Friends More Red Than Green

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Natural Gas NOW

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Deep Green Resistance is both radical and dangerous and it’s made alliances with the favorite fractivist shills of a supposedly respectable gentry class.

Deep Green Resistance is a very dangerous organization. The group’s operation manual, “Decisive Ecological Warfare,” is a diatribe on how to “disrupt and dismantle industrial civilization.” Among the strategies for doing so is “engag[ing] in direct militant actions against industrial infrastructure, especially energy infrastructure.” The whole enterprise is “aimed at identifying key points and bottlenecks in the adversary’s system (electrical, transport, financial, and so on) and engaging them to collapse those systems or reduce their functionality.” Deep Green Resistance is radically opposed to civilization as we know it and it has friends in strange places.

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Benedict Arnold Move: Larry Hogan Just Sold Us Out

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Once a true supporter of natural gas development in Western Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan just sold us all out, proving faith in politicos is never rewarded.

Shocked, disappointed, betrayed: these are the words that immediately come to mind when I heard the news. Disgust and angry follows those. Maryland came a long way in the fight to develop natural gas and just like flipping a light switch, our own Benedict Arnold just sold us out.

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President Trump: Please Save Us from Massachusetts!

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New Hampshire Engineer (BSEE) and System Engineer

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Guest blogger Patrick Leary begs President Trump to step in and save the rest of New England from the state of demagoguery that is Massachusetts today.

Our friend and loyal reader from New Hamsphire, Patrick Leary, an engineer accustomed to dealing with energy issues and dispensing common sense on the subject, has shared some words of wisdom with President Trump. The subject? The high cost of the demagoguery that comes out of the mouths of Massachusetts politicians. Here’s his letter to Trump. Enjoy!

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Where Are Jesse White’s Admirers Now?

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Natural Gas NOW

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It seems so long ago. Jesse White was a fractivist hero until he started playing teenage girl on social media. Then he lost his seat and his law license…

It was September 11, 2012, when the publisher of the Keep Tap Water Safe blog published a post entitled “Jesse White 4 Prez.” It was a laundry list of examples of how Jesse White, then Representative from Pennsylvania’s 46th House Legislative District, had “advocated for the people.” It wasn’t long, less than a year, in fact, before the same blogger was forced by pangs of conscience to admit it all had been a big mistake. Jesse White, the imitator of other fake, real and deceased persons on social media, was just another unethical politician. Now, with the latest episode in the life of Jesse White, it’s even more clear, but where have all Jesse’s admirers gone?

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Unless You’re A Fractivist, You’re Thanking Fracking for Flat CO2 Emissions

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Natural Gas NOW

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The world is experiencing flat energy-related CO2 emissions today despite economic growth, a truth frustrating to fractivists who dare not admit fracking is the reason.

There’s little more that needs saying beyond what the International Energy Agency (IEA) just reported (emphasis added):

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

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Wake Up Europe! The Russian Bear Wants in Your House!

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Natural Gas NOW

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Europeans, forever convinced they’re smarter than the average bear, are being outplayed and outwitted by a slow plodding Russian bear wanting in their house.

Europeans are a strange lot, determined to exhibit their superior qualities in the face of a Russian Bear that not only has no use for their values, but who also aims to make them captives. Yet, Europeans have everything they need to confront the Russian bear. They have access to what it takes to send him scampering in the other direction with buckshot in his behind. Why aren’t they doing it?
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