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Potomac River Pipeline: 3 Miles of Controversy for West Virginia

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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TransCanada is seeking to build a 3-mile pipeline under the Potomac River to supply needed gas to West Virginia, but are facing the usual opposition. 

Last April, Maryland was the first state with natural gas reserves to pass a law that outright bans fracking. Governor Hogan, a once ally of natural gas development, made a complete 180-degree and signed the law into place based on political pressure claiming, “environmental risks of fracking outweigh any benefits”.

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Panda Power Plant Is Anything But Black and White

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Panda is developing a new natural gas-fired power plant in Maryland, and environmentalist groups are saying it’s black and white. It’s anything but. 

Last year, the fight against the Panda Mattawoman Power Plant came to a head. Groups like the Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Earthjustice decided that to fight the new natural gas-fired power plant, they needed to make it civil rights instead of environmental rights.

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What Is the ROI (and EROEI) on Subsidized Renewable Energy?

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Subsidized renewable energy has a low Energy Return on Energy Invested, which makes it completely irrational as a matter of economics and public policy. 

Anyone who has any business acumen will understand the law of ROI (Return on Investment). You need to know if money is well spent and if that opportunity to invest is going to yield any positive results. This is really a basic concept when the figures and facts are correct; allowing for a true evaluation of risk vs. opportunity loss. When it comes to renewables, the ROI is murky and supposedly favorable on the surface, but in reality, it is a scheme.

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The Power Grid Needs Stability, Not Ripping Off the Band-Aid

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Many believe that we can shut down fossil fuel plants today and rely directly on renewables. Our power grid says otherwise. 

Some things in life are better suited to be done quickly. The slower the motion, the more pain that is inflicted. Ripping off a Band-Aid is one example where the best course of action is to get a good grip and jerk that sucker off as fast as you can. You may barely feel it as opposed to the slow action that reminds you of every tiny hair you have on your body as they are individually plucked from your dermis.

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US Natural Gas Reserves Now at 52-Year High and Growing

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Estimates have been released that show our natural gas reserves are up by tens of trillions over 2014 estimates; enough to last 104 years. 

Natural gas is changing the world. It is leading to a world-wide change in mentality as more and more countries are deciding to use it over coal and oil to power their own economic growth. China, Korea, and Brazil all have increased their focus on natural gas to help ensure their citizens are endowed with power and industry that leads to more prosperity. The U.S., a favored underdog, has risen to the top of the pack and by all guesses, we’re here to stay.

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Maryland Wind Farm: A Project We Don’t Want to See

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Ocean City, Maryland is going to be home to a large wind farm that will be visible from the beach, but many believe it will decrease tourism. 

Maryland is home to a vacation destination that everyone in the Mid-Atlantic seeks to visit over the summer, Ocean City. Complete with a boardwalk, themed restaurants, a beach, and a mini golf course every 100 yards, it is a destination for many. With a yearlong population of 7,000 residents, the summer months bring in 345,000 tourists and generates $150 million in tax revenues.

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Stephen Hawking Journey Into Politics A Total Meltdown

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Stephen Hawking, in a recent interview more like a meltdown, claimed the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Accord was going to push the Earth over the brink. 

Nearly every movie produced about an alien life form coming to Earth shares the same premise. It’s a tried and true formula—the Hero’s Journey monomyth—and usually centers around the space Invaders coming to Earth to consume its resources. Perhaps they are looking for fuel or to enslave the human race. Perhaps they were careless about their own planet and decided to abandon it and move to another inhabitable planet.

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South Korea’s LNG Deal Will Deliver Huge Benefits to US

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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South Korea and the U.S. came to a 20-year agreement on LNG Exports. This partnership is leading to much more than just gas. 

Korea has been in the news a lot recently. Often times we are hearing horrible stories about the despicable acts of the North and their relentless agitation towards the South. However, our relationship with Korea on the trade side has seemed a bit one-sided: until now.

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Evicted Anti-Fracking Protest Goes Underground – Literally

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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When an anti-fracking protest camp is evicted from the premises of an English drill site, they chose to dig in and build tunnels. 

Digging a hole is hard work. Last summer, I needed to dig out some old, never identified object from my back yard that had collapsed and formed a small sinkhole. Using a shovel, I went to work until I was about 6 feet deep in a 9 feet round hole. Throughout the process, I kept coming across a network of tunnels being used by pesky moles and was amazed at how (and hole) efficient they were while I was plugging away one shovel at a time.

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“Your Energy America” Hits A Nerve with Fake News Fractivists

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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The oil and gas industry dares to speak up for itself with “Your Energy America” and is labeled fake by fractivists; the major purveyors of really fake news. 

The oil and gas industry has made technological advances in the past decade that have reduced risks, operational costs and environmental footprints. It does its job in this arena extraordinarily well, but has traditionally lacked one major component it truly needs: effective public relations. Oh, yes, the companies all have PR programs and a few are even standout examples of how to get a message out, but, by and large, the PR is simply a term for mushy, meaningless news releases that can get by the lawyers, which is no way to educate or make a pitch that will be heard by anyone.

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