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South Miami Goes Wild and Mandates Solar Panels for New Roofs

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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South Miami politicians have passed a law requiring new roofs to include solar panels, putting politically correct ideology ahead of both liberty and reason.   

Florida is a beautiful state. Having lived there for a few years, I fell in love with the Sunshine State, as you were close to major metropolitan areas as well as places that seem to not changed since the Jurassic Period. It is a favorite destination for tourism and retirement; unique in every capacity you can imagine, especially politics. And, South Miami seems to have gone wild in that regard.

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Hurricane Politics, Like Fractivism, Is No Substitute for Reason

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Hurricane politics on display with Harvey, like fractivism, simply ignores the evidence and pushes reason and science to the side to exacerbate the problem.   

A hurricane hit the Texas coast in 1900 and became the deadliest natural disaster in US history with a death toll range from 6,000 to 12,000. Granted, hurricane science was not well developed, nor was there proper communication channels available to give much of an advanced warning about a possible storm, but deadly storms such as this Category 4 storm have been around since the dawn of time. Hurricane politics, like fractivism, hasn’t been around quite that long, but its practitioners seem determined to dispense with all reason and science in pursuit of their campaigns.

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Disruptive Technologies, Not Electric Vehicles, Are Killing OPEC

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Electric vehicles aren’t going to reduce our demand for oil and gas; OPEC has much more to fear from new disruptive technologies employed in the industry.   

OPEC is on the defense. Built on the principle of collusion with other nations and now engaged in yet another such effort to regain the market by setting limits on production, they are rightly worried about their future. Nevertheless, despite what many would have us believe, electric vehicles (EVs) have little to do with their worry. They are no threat at all compared to the disruptive technologies that have been and are being developed in the oil and gas industry.

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Governor Hogan Flips the Switch on Natural Gas Stance with CHP

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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A new CHP system designed to cut a hospital’s emissions in half and run at 80% efficiency is being touted by the Gov., even when it is gas powered. 

Energy efficiency is a constantly moving goal that we are always aiming to hit. New technologies are always evolving to stretch a kilowatt a bit further or to do just do more with less. The natural gas industry has been a head of this for years with new technologies to revitalize formerly dead wells or in a recent case study, being used to save a hospital half a million dollars per year.

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Appalachian Storage Hub Equals More Jobs: Let’s Get Cracking

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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The Appalachian Storage Hub is going to be the cornerstone of manufacturing for multiple regions while creating unprecedented economic opportunities. 

The Appalachian region has been coal country for generations. Working in the mines is tough work and demands a special breed of people. Spawning generations of highly-skilled workers with the get-it-done attitude, the region is perfect for new industries.

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The Baptists and the Bootleggers: Why Both Call for More Regulation

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Different groups have different reasons to call for more regulation hurdles for the gas industry, but they share the same self-serving goals. 

This year is full of controversy and divisional lines. We are all being held to pick a side and stand fast for this or that and it is very tiring. When you take a step back, you often see very different groups scheming together for their own gain.

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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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