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Yes, Tourism and Shale Gas Really Do Go Together

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Contrary to the hyperbole of fractivists, tourism and shale gas development are not only compatible but complementary; it takes an economy to draw tourism.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating electronically in a program conducted in the UK to discuss the potential impacts of shale gas development on tourism in the Lancashire region. The connection was poor, so I offered to do a follow-up video of my own capturing the essence of my remarks for sharing with those who attended.

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Don’t Be Fooled; Natural Gas Is the Future Thanks to Fracking

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Fracking has made natural gas the king of fuels and poised the US for energy dominance in a world of foolish pursuits and windmill tilting it cannot afford.

Yet another Today In Energy post from the Energy Information Administration demonstrates the power of fracking and the rise of natural gas as the future of energy for our nation and the world. The US is, as the Trump administration has suggested, poised not only for energy independence but also energy dominance. Germany and much of Europe are flailing about subsidizing wind and other energy sources, distorting markets to the point of nonperformance while exploding electric rates. Meanwhile, here in the US, fracking has delivered ever cheaper energy in the form of oil and gas, which continue to be completely dominate here.

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Wonderful Things: How Fracking Is Changing Everything

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Fracking is accomplishing wonderful things for this nation, making us, once again, an industrial powerhouse with spectacular potential far beyond our dreams.

There is such good news out there when it comes to fracking, even though the term often fails to be part of the story. A Today In Energy post this past week from the Energy Information Administration about exports caused me to investigate a bit further and what I discovered in the form of data and charts is instantly revealing of the power of fracking.

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Tombstone Trickery: The Fractivist Descent Into Darkness

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Fractivist opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise have descended deep into darkness with an episode of vile tombstone trickery disrespectful of living and dead.

How much more vile can the fractivist cause get? First, there were the outrageous exaggerations and lies. Then, came the foul-mouthed bleating of fractivist heroes accorded celebrity status by an empathetic and biased press, not to mention the junk science, the ridiculous stunts and the vicious propaganda. Now, though, the fractivist cause, such as it is, has descended deeper than ever into darkness with something so vile it’s disrespectful to all human beings. They have engaged in tombstone trickery.

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Power Thirsty River Basin Commissions Out of Control

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River basin commissions created by compacts to coordinate water resource planning have become greedy bureaucratic empires thirsty for ever more control.

There is battle for sovereignty going on this country between states and river basin commissions they created long ago to jointly develop water resources. It’s like a scene out of that old movie 2001, where a computer named Hal suddenly assumes control over its makers. River basin commissions such as the ones created for the Delaware and Susquehanna River watersheds are accumulating power to themselves over land use and economic development with metastasizing regulations and fees that are rendering state governments more and more irrelevant.

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Corruptocrat Gives SolarCity Get Out Of Jail Free Card?

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Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat, imagines he can now get away with anything. That’s obvious from the deal he just cut with the Musk empire and SolarCity.

The SolarCity deal made by Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat of New York, is emblematic of the Tammany Hall governance Mario’s boy has brought to the Empire State. It’s also as revealing as any case could be of the problem with subsidized renewable energy. It’s a special brand of corporatism that distorts markets rather than disrupts them (which is healthy) and rips off other ratepayers and taxpayers to the long-term detriment of that which it promotes – economically viable renewable energy. The deal Corruptocrat just gave SolarCity, now part of Tesla, just took New York and the solar industry another giant step in this wrong direction.

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DRBC Power Grab Challenged at 3rd Circuit

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A DRBC power grab, encouraged by radical fractivists and enabled by cowardly leadership, is challenged with a compelling appeal made to the 3rd Circuit.

The Delaware River Basin Commission has made a bid for control over every aspect of life in the watershed. This DRBC power grab is not going down without a fight, though, and it’s coming from aggrieved landowners who know exactly what is at stake. They have a very compelling argument. The matter is now before the 3rd Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, where one hopes this out-of-control agency, responsible to no one, will finally be forced to operate within the actual authority granted it. If the justices bother to read the history of the DRBC and look at its record — all detailed in the appeal — there can be but one answer; the DRBC power grab itself will be history.

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Jacobson Renewables Plan Inadequate, Implausible and Invalid

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Mark Jacobson, fractivist oracle and author of bizarre plan to power New York and rest of US with renewables only, gets trashed in new scientific evaluation.

Back in January, 2016, I wrote a post about fractivist Mark Jacobson, the author of a wacky plan to power New York (later expanded to include the rest of the US). I offered the following:

New Yorkers have already heard a lot about Jacobson’s plan, which is the foundation for something called The Solutions Project; a scheme to convince the public the world can go 100% renewable energy in relatively short time. He sits on the Board of Directors, along with Josh Fox, the Little Green Bully Mark Ruffalo and Van Jones, the disgraced 9-11 truther. It is funded by the Park Foundation (who else?), the Wallace Global Fund and the Elon Musk Foundation, among others. Jacobson is also part of Tony Infraffea’s Park Foundation funded PSE Healthy Energy group of fractivist junk scientists.

Jacobson’s big idea first got traction in New York, in fact, when Tony’s gang (including Bob Howarth, art economist Jannette Barth, Stan Scobie, Jacobson and himself) published a journal article entitled “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight.” The whole thing is ridiculous if anyone has, like me, had experience trying to get wind farms approved in upstate second-home communities largely occupied by Manhattanites, but that’s another story.

I was far from the only one to question the Jacobson renewables plan. Many did so, in fact, and now a thorough takedown of the plan has been produced by a team of 21 scientists from a wide array of respected institutions ranging from NASA to Columbia University to the Brookings Institution. They found “significant shortcomings in the analysis. They say it employed “invalid modeling tools, contained modeling errors, and made implausible and inadequately supported assumptions.”

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Range Resources: Long Laterals, Less Disruption, More Gas

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Something spectacular is happening in Washington County, Pennsylvania as Range Resources is doing 3-mile laterals with huge benefits for everyone involved.

Range Resources just sponsored an article in the Washington, Pennsylvania Observer-Reporter talking about the pioneering work of the company in extending laterals out to nearly three miles. The shale revolution, as most insiders recognize, is far more a function of horizontal drilling than it is hydraulic fracturing (fracking). It is what has allowed shale layers to be tapped effectively by following them horizontally deep underground. Range Resources, along with some other companies, are gradually extending these lateral drilling movements further and further. The combined economic and environmental benefits are just huge.

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NYC to Upstate: “Take Our Trash, But Don’t Frack”

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Some truly egregious hypocrisy is coming out of New York City these days as the Manhattanites send Upstate their garbage but demand it not support fracking.

An annoyed reader wrote me to point out some stunning hypocrisy on the part of trendy NYC folks who oppose fracking Upstate (or anywhere else for that matter). They use natural gas and a lot of it. It’s cleaning up their air big-time and saving lives, in fact. Yet, they don’t want Upstater producing it for them or even accommodating fracking next door in Pennsylvania. But, that wasn’t the hypocrisy our reader had in mind.

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