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The Food and Water Watch Funding Farce

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Food and Water Watch, one of many radical political groups operating as charities, hides its political advocacy in what are ostensibly fund-raising letters.

Earlier this week, I discussed the Internal Revenue Service rules that are supposed to limit the political activities of charities and explained what appear to be gross violations of those rules by organizations such as the William Penn Foundation and its well-funded puppet groups. It’s outrageous how wealthy elites are getting away with exercising huge political influence under the cover of being “charities.” The abuses are nothing less than scandalous and they’re aren’t limited to the trustfunders and their phony foundations. There’s also the odious Food and Water Watch, which is abusing the system in an entirely different way.

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Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program Returns to Help Hungry

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Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

 

Hunters Sharing the Harvest is Pennsylvania’s charitable venison donation program for hunters who share their extra venison via a statewide network of participating butchers to Food Banks across Pennsylvania.

Although the Pennsylvania deer hunting season is still several months away, that trophy buck is surely on the minds of hunters across the state. However, the main idea on the mind of Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) Executive Director John Plowman is the prospect of once again using the deer hunting season to feed thousands of hungry Pennsylvanians.

“Since 1991 the Hunters Sharing the Harvest venison donation program, (HSH) has coordinated the processing and distribution of donated wild game from hunters and municipal herd reduction sources to hungry people throughout Pennsylvania,” the program’s website states. “More than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians are classified as food insecure, with the recent economy downturn only escalating the need and requests for food assistance.”

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Stop New Energy Taxes NOW!

Energy TaxesKelsey Mulac
External Affairs Intern, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

Stop New Energy Taxes is the message from Pennsylvania’s business community today as the Commonwealth considers a fatally flawed new severance tax.

A diverse coalition of various Pennsylvania businesses and organization has, in response to Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax, developed a new website called Stop New Energy Taxes that is currently up and running. The website features news, literature, info graphics, testimonials and even a letter to the Governor himself concerning the impacts his severance tax on the oil and gas industry will have on all 67 counties of Pennsylvania and the state’s overall economy.

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Is Fractivist Smug More Dangerous Than Smog?

Gas Drilling Impacts - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

 

Fractivist smug is one of those creeping underlying problems in energy debates. It relies upon blocking out arithmetic and may be more dangerous than smog.

Is smug is as dangerous as smog in the climate debate?

All too often we see press stories about energy or climate that exaggerate the utility of various cool and sexy sounding technologies. The inference left unsaid is carbon fuels, efficiency and energy in general are no longer a big issue, so, as we saw in the UK in the past, let’s call the whole fracking thing off. Who needs fossil fuels? Leave them in the ground. It’s so easy that any effort at all isn’t needed. We can just go ahead and energy falls from the sky.

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Energy and Education Expo Proves to be Huge Hit Again

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Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

 

Once again, this year’s Energy and Education Expo proved to be hugely popular. The Expo was held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds in Meshoppen, PA.

The Energy and Education Expo has developed a penchant for several trends over its lifetime. The weather is typically cool and dreary; threatening to drop rain at any minute. The cars parked outside the Wyoming County Fairgrounds where it’s held are typically numerous. There are typically a great number of vendors, many of which are usually hiring. And finally, the typical headcount of attendees throughout the day are in the thousands.

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Here There Be Monsters? The CO2 Scare.

Energy Lesson - Tom Gillespie ReportsThomas D. Gillespie
Professional Geologist, Bethlehem, PA
In Suspect Terrane

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Unfamiliarity produces monsters of the mind and CO2 levels seem to be one of them today, with all sorts of scary predictions, yet a little knowledge soothes.

Before the age of global exploration the edges of the then known world were annotated on maps with one or both labels: “Terra Incognita” and/or “Here there be monsters.”

CO2

I really like the optimism of the “Terra Incognita” label. It implied that there were, quite literally “Unknown lands” beyond the edges of the map. Up to a point, the map makers were right – ultimately, they had to run out of more terra as they went around the globe and became more cognita.

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William Penn Foundation Flaunting IRS Rules?

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

The William Penn Foundation, a mega-rich private family foundation funding much of fractivism is, by all appearances, flaunting IRS rules on tax-exemption.

The Internal Revenue Service rules limit the political activities of charities, but there appear to be gross violations of those rules by organizations such as the William Penn Foundation and what are, for all practical purposes, its subsidiaries. The Haas family’s William Penn Foundation, in fact, in the guise of the Clean Air Council, the Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture, is directly engaged in lobbying Pennsylvania political activity at all levels today and no major media organization is willing to call them on it.

Perhaps that’s because the Foundation also funds WHYY and WITF, the two NPR stations who sponsor and help underwrite State Impact. Don’t expect the Philadelphia Inquirer to report on it either; David Haas, former chair and current board member of the William Penn Foundation just joined the board of Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Inquirer. We’re told he “has long had an interest in journalism.” Yes, of course.

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The Sue and Settle Scam

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

 

There is a sue and settle scam being perpetrated on America by environmental special interests. It is replacing our rule of law with rule by oligarchy.

There is an on-going scam called “sue and settle” that is routinely being used by our federal government – financed by us, by taxpayers – that will make your blood boil. It’s not new. It’s been going on for years and is now refined into an art form. MDN first heard about this practice at the Oil & Gas Awards in Oklahoma City last fall when Oklahoma’s excellent Attorney General Scott Pruitt gave the assembled crowd a rundown of how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is attempting to stick it to the oil and gas industry by using this tactic.

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Energy and Education are Partners, Not Enemies

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Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

 

In his haste to declare the oil and gas industry as an enemy to education, Gov. Tom Wolf fails to see how beneficial the industry already is to his cause.

The heat level of the debate of a severance tax reached a new high the other day, as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a letter to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and essentially called out not just the gas industry, but the logging, manufacturing and lodging industries as well, among others. The problems with the letter, itself, are numerous, and are outlined very well here, but my greatest issue arises from the heading of the news release.

“Governor Wolf Tells PA Chamber to Stop Putting Oil and Gas Interests Ahead of Children and Schools.”

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