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The Massive Lobbying of Special Interest Fractivist Foundations

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Institute for Energy Research is assembling invaluable documentation of the massive grass-roots lobbying by special interest fractivist foundations.

We often use this blog to repost important articles authored by our friends at the  Institute for Energy Research (IER). They put out a lot of material and it’s always well researched and presented, so we’re happy to pass along their information when it has a bearing on natural gas development. They’re now engaged, though, in a project off enormous importance that deserves special attention. It has to do with documenting what is the humongous amount of grass-roots lobbying (as the IRS defines it) by supposed charities. That lobbying by three special interest fractivist foundations has, in reality, no charitable purpose. Rather, it is aimed at fleecing taxpayers to finance a “green energy” corporatist venture in which the chief contributors are heavily invested.

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Silicon Valley “100 Percent Renewable” Myth Is Pure Propaganda

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Apple, Google, other Silicon Valley and politically correct corporate types like to say they’re “100 percent renewable” but it’s both myth and propaganda.

Facebook and Sony are just the most recent companies to pledge the transition to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Many companies such as Apple, REI and Google claim that they get their electricity from 100% renewable sources already. At best, this claim is misleading and deceptive. We cannot find a single instance of a large company actually going “100 percent renewable.”

The reality is that as long as these companies are connected to the electric grid, they still get the vast majority of their electricity from conventional sources such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, and are therefore not 100 percent renewable.

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Shale Gas News – September 15, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about record production, Shell fracking, Mountain Valley pipeline and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Brian Oram, Professional Geologist at B.F. Environmental and Program Manager & Educator at Keystone Clean Water Team.

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How Wealthy Foundations Are Subverting America by Buying Government

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A thorough investigation of how Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and various wealthy foundations are subverting America should send chills down everyone’s back.

A number of readers have been pointing out a report to me from the Competitive Enterprise Institute about the way wealthy foundations are effectively taking over much of state government in many places. It’s entitled “Government for Rent: How Special Interests Finance Governors to Pursue Their Climate Policy Agenda,” and is authored by Christopher C. Horner. I reviewed it when it came out and because it’s primarily about climate change policy, which is not the principal subject of this blog, I held out writing about it.

It turns out, though, there’s just too much evidence in the report to ignore: evidence of how wealthy foundations—which are a frequent subject of this blog—are not just buying influence but actually subverting government.

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Our Natural Gas Infrastructure Is Critical to the Shale Revolution

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Flaster Greenberg PC

 

The nation’s natural gas infrastructure needs attention if the promise of the shale revolution is to continue to be delivered for the benefit of Americans.

On January 11, 1912, women weavers shut down the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Earlier that day, they opened their pay envelopes to find their wages cut by 4%. A recently enacted Massachusetts law had reduced the workweek for women and children from 56 hours to 54. Mill owners reacted by cutting the pay of their already lowly-paid workers. The women revolted.

The strike soon engulfed the city. Workers slashed machine belts, threads and cloth. Mill owners hired strike breakers and militiamen. That only ratcheted up the tension. Known in history as the “Bread and Roses Strike”, the bitter work stoppage lasted nine weeks. When it was over, Congressional hearings had galvanized the public against the working conditions allowed by the owners, and the workers gained a 15% pay raise. The political earthquake would be one of the seminal moments of the American labor movement.

A century later, a more literal earthquake in Lawrence, Massachusetts may portend a seminal movement for the natural gas industry.

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The Dysfunctional DRBC Has No Idea What It’s Doing

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The dysfunctional DRBC hasn’t got a clue. There’s a vacuum of leadership that has let it drift under the control of demagogic politicians and fractivists.

Talk about a dysfunctional mess.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a governmental organization remote-controlled by Big Green special interests, doesn’t even know how to communicate with another governmental organization; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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No More Feel Good Solar Games; Let’s Get Moving on Gas

Vic Furman - American PrideVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman makes some poignant observations about the feel good solar games going on in Broome County and other parts of New York. It’s time to get real.

Broome County, like much of New York, has been playing some very stupid solar games, which I wrote about here and here. Those solar games were further exposed when Broome County Executive Jason Garner announced his budget this week. He did a radio interview on the “Bob Joseph Show” on Radio 1290. Garner went on the show to announcing a tax reduction of 1/2 of one percent, but Bob Joseph asked him if the previously projected $140,000 in annual savings was included into the budget. Hah! You can guess the answer.

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Range Resources Explains PA Natural Gas Impact Fees

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Range Resources recently posted an informative new video on YouTube explaining the impact fee, Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas producers.

Range Resources has been drilling Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale since 2014. They drilled their first successful well, called the Renz #1, in Washington County. As an energy producer in Pennsylvania, Range, as well as other producers, pay an annual fee on each and every well they drill, called an impact fee.

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The Politically Orchestrated Junk Science of DRBC Fracking Opponents

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DRBC fracking opponents have politically orchestrated the release of junk science intended to gin up public pressure on the Commission to vote for a ban.

Earlier this week, the Manhattan-based Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and other DRBC fracking opponents tried to whip up support for some junk science intended to push the Commission toward a fracking ban. They had a press conference yesterday in Trenton preceded by an article in the gentry class house organ StateImpactPA. They extolled a junk science report authored by a Virginia lawyer who has worked for fractivist outfits such as Earthworks and the Environmentally Working Group. Both the report and the reporting are part of a politically orchestrated campaign by these DRBC fracking opponents.

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