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Why Every State Should Care About the DRBC Lawsuit

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
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The DRBC lawsuit now before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if states surrender their sovereignty to bureaucracies when they enter compacts.

Late last month, I reported here on the status of the DRBC lawsuit, which, following some blistering observations from the district court judge about the DRBC position, was kicked upstairs to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. It was headed there regardless of the outcome and got there roughly a year ahead of time. Now, the case will be decided on its merits. The court will decide if DRBC bureaucrats can expand their definition of “project” to include whatever they choose and whether they can impose moratoriums on what they choose by merely pretending to work on regulations ad infinitum. The court will decide if a bureaucracy created by compact has sovereignty over the compact itself and those who created it. It’s a case that should compel every state that cares about its soverignty to get involved.

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Natural Gas Is Clean, It’s Now and It Doesn’t Need Our Subsidies

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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If we truly want to reduce carbon emissions and make the biggest possible environmental difference right now at the least cost, the answer is natural gas.

We’ve put a lot of words to work on this blog extolling the fact natural gas has helped reduce carbon and other emissions faster than anyone thought possible before the shale revolution. This year alone, for example, we’ve already run several stories (here, here and here, for example) noting the role of natural gas in lowering CO2, not to mention related pieces here and here.

The evidence natural gas has helped lower emissions is overwhelming when one looks at the way conversions from coal and oil to natural gas have reduced the carbon quotient associated with making electricity and heating homes. It’s also substantially reduced the costs of both and dramatically improved health conditions in places such as New York City.

What we have not done nearly as well is to point out two associated facts about natural gas; it’s here now for immediate use and it requires no subsidies, meaning it offers the capacity for massive further environmental improvements now with no effort required but to allow it.

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City vs. Countryside: Can Upstate New York Ever Get Well?

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Political observers say the great divide in the US is city vs. countryside. They’re correct and Upstate New York faces a grim future unless things change.

One of our readers brought an interesting article to my attention yesterday that hit upon a great point and, yet, missed the most important things. It was a post by Damon Linker on a blog called The Week. Entitled “It’s Not Elites vs. Populists; It’s City vs. Countryside,” the piece looks at our politics and observes the vast gulf between urban and  rural voters. It’s on target in that respect, but fails to hit the bullseye, especially as it relates to natural resources and energy issues about which the two parts of our nation are as different as could possibly be. That difference is why I question whether Upstate New York can ever get well.

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The American Rivers “Most Endangered” Scam

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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American Rivers, an organization funded by America’s elite with a lot of help from taxpayers, runs a “Most Endangered River” scam that is a complete joke.

National Geographic, which is anything but the non-political image it cultivates, just helped promote one of the stupid pet tricks of the elite; the American Rivers “Most Endangered Rivers” scam. It’s an annual racket, intended to generate publicity using mind-numbed press robots who will faithfully regurgitate American Rivers’ press release as it if was big news.

This was the 34th year of such nonsense and is all too typical. It’s political lobbying dressed up as community caring, wrapped with a shawl of virtue signaling. There are, as usual, 10 “endangered rivers” and, of course, no discussion of who picked them other than the fact it’s “American Rivers,” a name that, in the world of the politically correct, is a warning to the wise not to question or risk being branded anti-river; a leper or untouchable, in the world of the beautiful people.

And, what is No. 5 on the list this year? Well, of course, its a river “endangered” by the “threat” of fracking. It’s the Rappahannock River in Virginia. If National Geographic had bothered to ask what happened to other rivers previously designated as endangered by fracking that might provided a truly interesting story but, naturally, that didn’t happen.

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Fractivist Journalism and Its Proficiency with Fake News

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Fractivist journalism is one gigantic exercise in fake news – fake fracking news that is – as a story on a University of Guelph methane study illustrates.

Fake news seems to be enjoying quite a run these days, but there are no better examples than those provided by fractivist journalism. There are only a handful of reporters regularly reporting on fracking issues who bother to even attempt being objective. Most are in the model of StateImpactPA, a fractivist shill effort financed by the Heinz and Haas families to serve as an echo chamber for the work of sister entities such as the Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper, et al who are financed by the same families. There are numerous others as well and a loyal reader of this blog who happens to be a fractivist sent me an article yesterday that very much falls into the same category.

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Fracking Is the Energy Sector Environmental Miracle Drug

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Energy related CO2 emissions just keep dropping thanks to natural gas use made possible by fracking. It’s the environmental miracle drug of the energy sector.

Today in Energy, one of the few governmental programs that actually delivers, is the dispensary of everything worth knowing about the energy industry. Yesterday’s story is no exception. Titled “U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell 1.7% in 2016,” it tells the story made possible by fracking; the continuing decline in carbon emissions.

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Torpedo Blows Up in Grant Township’s Face

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Grant Township let the CELDF use it as a torpedo against state and Federal law but the thing just turned back and blew up in the faces of Township taxpayers.

Last month I wrote about how the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) was all “about seizing the municipality and turning it like a torpedo up against the state and Federal structure of law.” That’s the mantra of CELDF’s never-had-a-real-job, spoiled child leader, Tom Linzey, who takes money from other useful idiot trust-funders running wealthy foundations and uses it to manipulate still other useful idiot local elected officials into doing the work of his infantile campaign to overthrow American government. Poor Grant Township, Indiana County, bought into the CELDF lies, allowed itself to be used as one of those torpedoes and it just turned back on them and blew up in their faces.

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Northern Access Permit Denied by Prince Corruptocrat?

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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NaturalGasNOW is hearing Governor Andrew Cuomo, Prince Corruptocrat, the bully, has denied yet another pipeline permit – for the Northern Access Pipeline.

There’s no confirmation as yet, but NaturalGasNOW is being told Prince Corruptocrat —Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the Emporer State — has, yet again, injected himself into a what should be a routine permitting process and denied a 401 water quality certification for the Northern Access Pipeline. If this turns out to be true, it will confirm precisely what Rep. Chris Collins, Congressman from Western New York, just said about the man-child known here as Corruptocrat:

“Let’s call it out for what he is. He’s a thug. He’s a bully. He’s an extortionist. He’s a blackmailer. He wants all the authority,”

Well, yes, it seems so.

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American LNG May Help Protect Poland’s Future Freedom

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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American LNG from gas drawn from beneath rural America and chilled in urban America while creating jobs on both ends will now also protect Poland’s freedom.

Back in September, 2014, I did an interview with Dr. Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation and director of research for its public policy think tank, the ACCF Center for Policy Research. It was all about what LNG would do for us as Americans. I closed the article with this:

My interview with Thorning reinforced just how important natural gas and exports are to maintaining our ability as a nation to compete in a world economy. We cannot grow jobs and wealth without manufacturing and the ability to capitalize on our natural resources. The shale revolution has given us a gigantic step up and LNG exports offer an opportunity to take the next step and lock in US competitive advantages for decades to come. Moreover, the importance of these exports to reinforcing our relationship with European nations, who have the choice of working with us or with Russia, is also critical to our national security and the freedom of countries neighboring that marauding bear.

Two and one-half years later the prescience of Thorning’s observations on the future role of American LNG is stunning. LNG exports have begun and are already growing rapidly. They are creating both rural and urban economic opportunity here and, now, they may well help release Poland from the claws of the Russian bear.

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Are Atlantic Sunrise Opponents Just Bullies?

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The reaction of Atlantic Sunrise opponents to a simple move by Conestoga Township to enforce its ordinances illustrates they’re really just bullies at heart.

There was an interesting little dust-up in Consetoga Township, Lancaster County, last month over the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. What makes it interesting is how well it demonstrates fractivists are just bullies at heart. Here’s the March 8 headline from Lancaster Online:

“150 upset residents attend meeting after Conestoga Township condemns barn used by Atlantic Sunrise pipeline protesters”

The idea these fractivists apparently have that laws should be just be waived for them is insulting. It demonstrates the disregard Atlantic Sunrise opponents have for the law and their intent to get their way by bullying local officials.

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