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Taxing Oil to Support Wind Energy Is Nuts!

wind energyPaul Driessen,
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Obama wants to punish the oil and gas industry to advance wind energy and other uneconomic renewables. So do Hillary, Bernie and Mike.

If you want more of something, mandate it, subsidize it and exempt it from regulations. If you want less of something, punish it with taxes and regulations. Put more bluntly, the power to tax and regulate is the power to destroy. This is the First Rule of Government.

No presidency has ever come close to the Obama Administration in employing the rule to advance its ideologies and agendas. No industry has been so favored as wind energy and other renewables over the past seven years. No sector has been so thoroughly vilified and subjugated as fossil fuels during that period.

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What Else Is There to Argue About Natural Gas Development?

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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With decreased emissions, abundant resources, and proof that fracking is safe, what else can be argued against natural gas development?

Last year, 2015, marked a golden year for energy. It has parallels to an old black and white movie in my mind’s eye. I can see Humphrey Bogart in the leading role where the plot line details a troubled U.S. fighting to stay ahead of Russia and the Middle East while systematically fighting internal politics. The movie ends with the U.S. back on top because the leading hero has figured out a way for America to have sufficient energy, jobs, clean air, and a stronger middle class.

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New York’s Tyrannical Crony Capitalist Governor

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Andrew Cuomo is a tyrant. He’s also the master of a crony capitalist system of government that is corrupt in every way and headed for a huge fall.

There is something seriously wrong with Andrew Cuomo. He is nothing less than a tyrant in the way he operates the Empire State; a megalomaniac exploiting a crony capitalist system that feeds his greed for power and all that goes with it. Two stories from this week illustrate the depth of the depravity that is New York State government today under Cuomo. It is bound, sooner or later, to come crashing down.

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Ohio Fractivists Burn Heretics and Bury Their Study

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

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Nothing so angers a true believer as heretics and Ohio fractivists angry with results of a fracking study are burning ties with the scientists who did it.

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have been studying fracking and its potential affects on water wells in five Ohio counties for the past three years. The lead researcher, Dr. Amy Townsend-Small, shared the results at a recent meeting of the anti-drilling Carroll Concerned Citizens. She said, “The good news is that our study did not document that fracking was directly linked to water contamination.”

Oh, oh…

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Cabot & Junior Achievement: Teaching Financial Literacy

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

 

Cabot & Junior Achievement have partnered to teach school age students important life skills, such as financial literacy and career readiness.

Last year Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation pledged to support 1,000 new students through Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s financial literacy and career readiness programming. JA of NEPA has been a vital partner of Cabot’s over the last few years, helping facilitate energy-based curriculum, Opportunities in Energy, in multiple regional high schools.

From the experience of working together on energy curriculum, it became apparent that concepts of financial literacy (budgets, payment options, making choices, etc.) & career readiness (resume building, interview preparation, etc.) went hand-in-hand with the Opportunities in Energy curriculum. While the intention was to start this programming at the beginning of the academic year, the budget stalemate in Harrisburg postponed everything until January.

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Natural Gas Capacity Factors Keep Getting Better

Jesse White - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

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New information from the Energy Information Administration demonstrates capacity factors for natural gas power generation just keep getter better. 

An article Tuesday on the Energy Information Administration’s Today In Energy page (always interesting) demonstrates why the extraordinary benefits of natural gas simply cannot be denied. Fractivists can shout, wail, engage in stunts and whatever else they want to do to attract attention but the inexorable advance of some undeniable facts condemn them to irrelevancy. The article is nominally about natural gas use for power generation this winter, but the big story within the story is all about capacity factors.

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Gov. Wolf’s Demented Second Budget

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

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Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf, who cannot even get his first budget passed, just proposed a demented second budget with an even higher severance tax!

Someone needs to bring out a straight jacket for PA Gov. Tom Wolf. He’s gone stark…raving…mad. He’s not only a danger to himself; he’s a danger to all of Pennsylvania. The only thing missing from yesterday’s budget address in Harrisburg was frothing at the mouth. In his mean-spirited budget address, Wolf insulted nearly everyone present, blaming everyone but himself for the budget disaster of last year.

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Jesse White Dumps on the Poor?

Jesse White - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

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Jesse White, the former PA State Representative driven from office by his own exploits, dumps on the poor to express his contempt for the gas industry. 

The Jesse White story is one so bizarre no one would believe it if it were not true. It’s well known to readers of this blog and not necessary to repeat but the guy keeps delivering, driven by his contempt for a company, Range Resources, and a natural gas industry he once loved; until they rebuffed his request for a free trip to the Superbowl.

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Energy Politics Are Fueling the Presidential Race

severance tax - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Taxes are high, gas prices are low and energy politics are clearly driving the polls; Americans are looking to for fresh new ideas not career politicians.

Today is the New Hampshire Primary, the traditional first-in-the-nation presidential contest.  A year ago, it would have been hard to imagine Donald Trump, with no political experience, and Bernie Sanders, who wasn’t even a Democrat until last year, leading in the polls.  If one thing is clear from the early stages, however, it’s that Americans of all stripes are shouting “No!” to any establishment candidates.

To understand why people are so cynical, one only needs to look at energy politics, with a focus on Ground Zero of the Marcellus Basin, Pennsylvania.

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Energy is the Key to Success and Future Manufacturing Growth

manufacturing manufacturingDavid N. Taylor, President, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
Carl A. Marrara, Vice President of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

 

The National Association of Manufactures praised Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry for being the building blocks for manufacturing.

Pennsylvania welcomed the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) “State of Manufacturing” tour at GlaxoSmithKline headquartered in the newly revitalized Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Jay Timmons, President & CEO of the NAM, spoke of Pennsylvania’s rich and rooted manufacturing history and reminded us how the sector is rapidly reinventing itself once again.

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