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If the Problem Is Environmental Injustice, Natural Gas Is the Solution

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Environmental injustice does, in fact, exist. It comes from phony environmental scams the poor and moderate income are forced to subsidize. Gas is the fix.

Serial protester fractivist groups have been on an environmental justice kick recently, running scams intended to undermine energy projects on the basis they would unfairly impact low income and minority populations. Three recent stories tell us, though, it’s just the opposite. There is environmental injustice, but it’s being practiced by those who would force their uneconomic energy solutions on the rest of us. Meanwhile, natural gas is lowering the costs of energy for everyone and cleaning the air at the same time.

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Appalachia Shale at the Front in the Shale Revolution

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The Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, now jointly referenced as the Appalachia shale region, are at the very front lines of the American shale revolution.

The latest “Drilling Productivity Report” issued by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is mind-blowing for those who might imagine (correctly) the Northeast is a difficult place to do oil and gas. It demonstrates why fractivists have no hope, in the end, of anything but temporary successes in their battle to rub out economic opportunity in our region. The economics are just too good to ignore.

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The Massive Lobbying of Special Interest Fractivist Foundations

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The Institute for Energy Research is assembling invaluable documentation of the massive grass-roots lobbying by special interest fractivist foundations.

We often use this blog to repost important articles authored by our friends at the  Institute for Energy Research (IER). They put out a lot of material and it’s always well researched and presented, so we’re happy to pass along their information when it has a bearing on natural gas development. They’re now engaged, though, in a project off enormous importance that deserves special attention. It has to do with documenting what is the humongous amount of grass-roots lobbying (as the IRS defines it) by supposed charities. That lobbying by three special interest fractivist foundations has, in reality, no charitable purpose. Rather, it is aimed at fleecing taxpayers to finance a “green energy” corporatist venture in which the chief contributors are heavily invested.

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How Wealthy Foundations Are Subverting America by Buying Government

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A thorough investigation of how Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and various wealthy foundations are subverting America should send chills down everyone’s back.

A number of readers have been pointing out a report to me from the Competitive Enterprise Institute about the way wealthy foundations are effectively taking over much of state government in many places. It’s entitled “Government for Rent: How Special Interests Finance Governors to Pursue Their Climate Policy Agenda,” and is authored by Christopher C. Horner. I reviewed it when it came out and because it’s primarily about climate change policy, which is not the principal subject of this blog, I held out writing about it.

It turns out, though, there’s just too much evidence in the report to ignore: evidence of how wealthy foundations—which are a frequent subject of this blog—are not just buying influence but actually subverting government.

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The Politically Orchestrated Junk Science of DRBC Fracking Opponents

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DRBC fracking opponents have politically orchestrated the release of junk science intended to gin up public pressure on the Commission to vote for a ban.

Earlier this week, the Manhattan-based Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and other DRBC fracking opponents tried to whip up support for some junk science intended to push the Commission toward a fracking ban. They had a press conference yesterday in Trenton preceded by an article in the gentry class house organ StateImpactPA. They extolled a junk science report authored by a Virginia lawyer who has worked for fractivist outfits such as Earthworks and the Environmentally Working Group. Both the report and the reporting are part of a politically orchestrated campaign by these DRBC fracking opponents.

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Center for Biological Diversity Does Psychological Warfare for Elites

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The Center for Biological Diversity is doing psychological warfare or Psych-Ops on behalf of Tides Foundation elites against the good people of Ohio.

Our good friend Jackie Stewart at Energy In Depth has done some of her best work with a story yesterday on the Center for Biological Diversity and its Psych-Ops campaign against natural gas development in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. I encourage readers to go there and explore what she’s put together.

A warning, though, is in very much in order. This article will make you angry—very angry—at how a special interest organization masquerading as a charity is able to tie government up in knots with lawsuits and other nefarious tactics. You’ll be enraged at how tax-exempt non-profits do the bidding of wealthy elites and deny economic opportunity to the ordinary working people who make America great. It’s disgusting.

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There’s Still Plenty of Room to Grow Natural Gas and Reduce CO2

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Two articles yesterday show just how much more room there is for natural gas to replace coal and oil and reduce our CO2 emissions in the process.

A Today In Energy post and a CNBC article, both of which appeared yesterday, show just how much room is left to grow natural gas and continue the shale revolution with benefits redounding to all. Among those benefits are not only the obvious economic ones for rural landowners and urban consumers, but also reduced emissions of CO2 and far more important air pollutants. Coal and oil are both going to give more ground to natural gas as nuclear energy is overtaken by energy efficiency.

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Con Ed May Require New Yorkers to Pay More for Gas When They Need It

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Con Ed, the electric utility behometh for the Big Apple and environs is gearing up to ration natural gas by price during periods of peak use. Thank Cuomo.

As a totally corrupt Governor Andrew Cuomo battles against a flaky actress for the Democrat nomination to be the next governor of a dying Empire State, Con Ed is laying the groundwork to address what Cuomo has wrought.

Cuomo imagines the way to reach New Yorkers’ inflated egos and hearts and maybe secure the Presidency is to move ever leftward toward the lunatic fringe cliff. He has no equal among the masters of demagoguery and has cut off one source of natural gas after another by assuming dictatorial powers over fracking and pipelines for the sake of environmental extremist bragging rights. It’s likely he’ll be re-elected despite everything, so Con Ed is moving to do exhaust it must do to address thge coming natural gas shortage in New York City.

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