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Deep Green Resistance and Friends More Red Than Green

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
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Deep Green Resistance is both radical and dangerous and it’s made alliances with the favorite fractivist shills of a supposedly respectable gentry class.

Deep Green Resistance is a very dangerous organization. The group’s operation manual, “Decisive Ecological Warfare,” is a diatribe on how to “disrupt and dismantle industrial civilization.” Among the strategies for doing so is “engag[ing] in direct militant actions against industrial infrastructure, especially energy infrastructure.” The whole enterprise is “aimed at identifying key points and bottlenecks in the adversary’s system (electrical, transport, financial, and so on) and engaging them to collapse those systems or reduce their functionality.” Deep Green Resistance is radically opposed to civilization as we know it and it has friends in strange places.

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Where Are Jesse White’s Admirers Now?

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It seems so long ago. Jesse White was a fractivist hero until he started playing teenage girl on social media. Then he lost his seat and his law license…

It was September 11, 2012, when the publisher of the Keep Tap Water Safe blog published a post entitled “Jesse White 4 Prez.” It was a laundry list of examples of how Jesse White, then Representative from Pennsylvania’s 46th House Legislative District, had “advocated for the people.” It wasn’t long, less than a year, in fact, before the same blogger was forced by pangs of conscience to admit it all had been a big mistake. Jesse White, the imitator of other fake, real and deceased persons on social media, was just another unethical politician. Now, with the latest episode in the life of Jesse White, it’s even more clear, but where have all Jesse’s admirers gone?

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Unless You’re A Fractivist, You’re Thanking Fracking for Flat CO2 Emissions

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The world is experiencing flat energy-related CO2 emissions today despite economic growth, a truth frustrating to fractivists who dare not admit fracking is the reason.

There’s little more that needs saying beyond what the International Energy Agency (IEA) just reported (emphasis added):

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

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Wake Up Europe! The Russian Bear Wants in Your House!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
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Europeans, forever convinced they’re smarter than the average bear, are being outplayed and outwitted by a slow plodding Russian bear wanting in their house.

Europeans are a strange lot, determined to exhibit their superior qualities in the face of a Russian Bear that not only has no use for their values, but who also aims to make them captives. Yet, Europeans have everything they need to confront the Russian bear. They have access to what it takes to send him scampering in the other direction with buckshot in his behind. Why aren’t they doing it?
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Failures in Energy Leadership: Four Recent Examples

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Four recent examples of failures in energy leadership demonstrate the extreme danger posed by political correctness in formulating public energy policy.

Political correctness in public energy policy is a clear and direct threat to the future of mankind. Four recent examples of failure in energy leadership demonstrate the extreme costs off this political correctness. Moreover, we can only overcome it if we’re willing to identify and condemn it, which is what this post is all about.

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Alex Plays Student Again As Heinz Funds Anti-Pipeline Stunt

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The gentry class Heinz Endowments funds many stupid stunts but none more so than this anti-pipeline joke orchestrated by professional protester Alex Lotorto.

Alex Lotorto is a professional protester who has been playing student at multiple colleges for well over a decade now. He’s developed a low-level career for himself chasing causes to get his face in the news. Fractivist and anti-pipeline causes have been a particularly rich environment for him to do so. His latest stunt is one of the most pathetic I’ve witnessed but it was spectacularly successful in one regard, at least, in that he got the attention of one of my favorite blogs, Instapundit, which linked to a PowerShift story of the event such it was and called out Lotorto’s group as “Putin’s Stooges.”

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No More DRBC Funding Without Permits – Absolutely None!

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It’s now clear the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has been playing a wretched game the last seven years and Pennsylvania should zero out its funding.

There’s currently a lawsuit underway challenging the authority of the DRBC to regulate land use — specifically, the development and operation of gas well pads in the basin. It has huge implications for the agency. I serve as the Executive Director of a railroad shippers group granted the privilege of offering an amicus curiae brief in the matter. As the case has proceeded, I’ve watched, with great interest, the DRBC’s reaction. It has been to obfuscate and pretend the organization has never stood in the way of permitting gas drilling despite the seven years it has sat on draft regulations it clearly has no intention of ever acting upon. The DRBC has made the case for Pennsylvania that the Commonwealth ought to zero out any funding it is giving the agency.

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What DAPL Protesters Accomplished and Didn’t

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DAPL protesters accomplished a great deal, even if they didn’t stop a pipeline. They busted budgets, curtailed services and upset lives to swell their egos.

The malcontents have gone back home. Ivy Preparatory School League graduate Judith Lockhard has gone back to New Jersey, no doubt to publicly express her feelings on some other cause. Glenn Wahl has gone back to New York to spin yarns to his Jamestown Community College students about his experience. The kids in Somerville, Massachusetts have gone on to protest other things, I expect. Oil will flow through the pipeline in a matter of days. The filthy hell-hole that was the DAPL protesters’ camp has been cleaned up. It’s a time for reflection on what the DAPL protesters accomplished and didn’t.

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US Shale Gas Industry Yields New World Order?

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The US shale gas industry is, with new LNG export capacity, in position to dominate a new world order in energy with benefits for us and emerging nations.

There’s something new and beautiful happening as a result of the US shale gas industry. Our nation is now in position to dominate a new world order in energy with huge benefits to rural America and nations around the world who are emerging from poverty. It’s a story of exports, something we’ve not done so well at it in a very long time. It’s about shale gas produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas that is being converted to LNG and sold to Egypt, Mexico and Japan. It offers a demonstration of just how important energy infrastructure is to this country if we want to maximize the benefits of the shale revolution.

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PA DEP Wants Reward for Doing Poorly!

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PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell had the audacity to blame poor performances by some of its regional offices on lack of money even though it get $728 million.

PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell was as well spoken at his Senate Budget hearing as he was when the House Appropriations Committee interviewed him. He certainly has the right professional temperament for his job, but that didn’t make his answers any better when it came to DEP permitting delays. He blamed it on a lack of money, of course, and wants to be rewarded with more of it, despite horrific delays and disparities among his regional offices in issuing routine erosion and sedimentation permits.

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