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Power Thirsty River Basin Commissions Out of Control

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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River basin commissions created by compacts to coordinate water resource planning have become greedy bureaucratic empires thirsty for ever more control.

There is battle for sovereignty going on this country between states and river basin commissions they created long ago to jointly develop water resources. It’s like a scene out of that old movie 2001, where a computer named Hal suddenly assumes control over its makers. River basin commissions such as the ones created for the Delaware and Susquehanna River watersheds are accumulating power to themselves over land use and economic development with metastasizing regulations and fees that are rendering state governments more and more irrelevant.

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100% Renewable Energy Plan: Junk Science at Its Best

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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A new retort to a 100% renewable energy plan exposes all of the flaws with the assumptions the author made to prevent ill-advised legislation.

Politicians, like all actors, thrive to be center stage and maintain their celebrity status on key issues. They’ll disregard the facts with abandon to secure an audience and hype up pretty much any situation. Opportunism is their stock-in-trade. Any topic can be hijacked with complete disregard for the truth at any time and faster than a speeding bullet. Successful activist groups grasp this better than most and exploit politicos and other actors at will. Such has been the case several times with fracking and most recently with Mark Jacobson’s ridiculous renewables plan.

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Cabot Celebrates Decade of Milestones in Susquehanna County

dimock verdictGeorge Stark
Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

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It’s been a decade of milestones since Marcellus Shale brought Cabot to Susquehanna County. WNEP’s Power to Save looks back at the benefits to the community.

Earlier this month we announced something pretty incredible: since beginning operations in Susquehanna County, Cabot has paid its landowners more than $1 billion in royalties. And that figure doesn’t even include the nearly $500 million paid out in signing bonuses for their leases.

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Energy Economics: Production Up, Costs Down

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Energy Research

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As the natural gas industry grows, it is also streamlining how energy is produced. Keeping costs down now takes less manpower, which is just good economics.

In the debates over energy markets and climate change policy, people often cite dueling statistics over jobs. Two recent examples concern the different amounts of workers-per-electricity-output across various fuel types, and the impact of greenhouse gas emissions restrictions on American jobs. In both cases, the advocates of government intervention in the energy sector misunderstand the economic rationale of jobs.

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Teamsters: Pipeline Projects Mean More Local Jobs

TeamstersRichard Stern
Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund

Pipeline projects such as the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline mean more local jobs, the Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund told DEP last week.

Last week, I offered the following testimony at a Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania hearing on the very important Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. A copy of my full submission, including exhibits, may be found here. My point, and the main point as I see it, was and is that pipeline jobs result in local employment; a fact often poorly understood by those who suppose pipelines are built by out-of-towners.

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Corruptocrat Gives SolarCity Get Out Of Jail Free Card?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat, imagines he can now get away with anything. That’s obvious from the deal he just cut with the Musk empire and SolarCity.

The SolarCity deal made by Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat of New York, is emblematic of the Tammany Hall governance Mario’s boy has brought to the Empire State. It’s also as revealing as any case could be of the problem with subsidized renewable energy. It’s a special brand of corporatism that distorts markets rather than disrupts them (which is healthy) and rips off other ratepayers and taxpayers to the long-term detriment of that which it promotes – economically viable renewable energy. The deal Corruptocrat just gave SolarCity, now part of Tesla, just took New York and the solar industry another giant step in this wrong direction.

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DRBC Power Grab Challenged at 3rd Circuit

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A DRBC power grab, encouraged by radical fractivists and enabled by cowardly leadership, is challenged with a compelling appeal made to the 3rd Circuit.

The Delaware River Basin Commission has made a bid for control over every aspect of life in the watershed. This DRBC power grab is not going down without a fight, though, and it’s coming from aggrieved landowners who know exactly what is at stake. They have a very compelling argument. The matter is now before the 3rd Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, where one hopes this out-of-control agency, responsible to no one, will finally be forced to operate within the actual authority granted it. If the justices bother to read the history of the DRBC and look at its record — all detailed in the appeal — there can be but one answer; the DRBC power grab itself will be history.

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Shale Gas News – June 17, 2017

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 and 1510 AM, talked about methane rules, the export boom, a 4-well pad and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Mike Atchie, Public Outreach Business Partner at Williams, as a guest.

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Jacobson Renewables Plan Inadequate, Implausible and Invalid

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Mark Jacobson, fractivist oracle and author of bizarre plan to power New York and rest of US with renewables only, gets trashed in new scientific evaluation.

Back in January, 2016, I wrote a post about fractivist Mark Jacobson, the author of a wacky plan to power New York (later expanded to include the rest of the US). I offered the following:

New Yorkers have already heard a lot about Jacobson’s plan, which is the foundation for something called The Solutions Project; a scheme to convince the public the world can go 100% renewable energy in relatively short time. He sits on the Board of Directors, along with Josh Fox, the Little Green Bully Mark Ruffalo and Van Jones, the disgraced 9-11 truther. It is funded by the Park Foundation (who else?), the Wallace Global Fund and the Elon Musk Foundation, among others. Jacobson is also part of Tony Infraffea’s Park Foundation funded PSE Healthy Energy group of fractivist junk scientists.

Jacobson’s big idea first got traction in New York, in fact, when Tony’s gang (including Bob Howarth, art economist Jannette Barth, Stan Scobie, Jacobson and himself) published a journal article entitled “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight.” The whole thing is ridiculous if anyone has, like me, had experience trying to get wind farms approved in upstate second-home communities largely occupied by Manhattanites, but that’s another story.

I was far from the only one to question the Jacobson renewables plan. Many did so, in fact, and now a thorough takedown of the plan has been produced by a team of 21 scientists from a wide array of respected institutions ranging from NASA to Columbia University to the Brookings Institution. They found “significant shortcomings in the analysis. They say it employed “invalid modeling tools, contained modeling errors, and made implausible and inadequately supported assumptions.”

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What Exactly Are “Environmentalists” Advocating?

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The mushy answers so-called environmentalists too often give regarding real energy issues don’t that help much with solving real world problems Dan Markind says.

The tragic shooting last Wednesday of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise brought into sharp focus the shrill, brain-damaged discourse of our current politics.  We discuss less shout, usually past each other, and often using words meant less to educate and persuade than to dismiss.  Those of us in the energy field see this every day.  It’s almost impossible to have a reasoned discussion about the issues without degenerating into name-calling.  So, let’s start changing that dynamic right here and now, and attempt to convince instead of insult.

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