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Russian Gas Addiction Problem No Problem for Those Willing to Address It

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Russian gas addiction is a very real problem for Europe (and soon Boston?) but the solution is no mystery. It’s fracking here, LNG and development of UK gas.

CNN Money has a fascinating story about Russian gas addiction in Europe. It’s a problem that’s come to our shores as well with Russian LNG entering Boston this past winter. What’s most interesting about the CNN Money article is that it ignores the obvious root of the addiction problem and the obvious solution. The problem is failure to develop natural gas resources in Europe (and pipelines to Boston). The solution is a combination of more natural gas development here and in the UK, for instance, and LNG.

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Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture Win Battle, But Lose War

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture invested in a Lycoming County case they thought would advance fractivism. They won the battle but lost the war.

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper, which is about anything but the Delaware River (or it wouldn’t be operating in Lycoming County) just won a court battle in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It had to do with Maya van Rossum’s attempt to extend the reach of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment and turn it into a fracking ban. They won the legal battle at the end off the day, but clearly lost the war.

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Want to Stick It to Facebook? Join Our MeWe Network!

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Facebook is not only intrusive but also horribly biased and we’re moving away from it as fast as we can to MeWe, an unbiased alternative. Join us on MeWe.

We’ve posted on Facebook for years, growing our “likes” to 36,853 over time. We’ve also advertised our posts to grow our audience. But, over time, its become apparent Facebook is not only biased against views such as ours, but also increasingly intrusive and difficult. Complaints are ignored or responded to with rote answers indicating no one read the complaints. Contacting them in real terms is impossible. It’s time for an alternative and MeWe seems to be among the best.

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The Undermining Role and Unfair Influence of Tax-Exempt Foundations

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Tax-exempt foundations, especially supposed charities, are undermining our energy security and exercising completely unfair influence over government policy.

A new study, financed by a foundation itself, is out from Northeastern University that provides some much needed perspective on the role of tax-exempt foundations in fractivism.  The study is entitled “Strategic philanthropy in the post‐Cap‐and‐Trade years: Reviewing U.S. climate and energy foundation funding” and is available here.

The study isn’t intended to delve into fractivism per se and doesn’t even mention tax-exemption. Yet, for the reader who knows the background, it lays out, in depth, much of the problem. Tax-exempt foundations, under the guise of being charities to which others can often secretly donate, are exercising unfair influence over energy policy throughout surreptitious lobbying and they’re undermining our energy security in the process.

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Senator Lisa Baker Strikes A Blow for Equal Justice Under Law

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Senator Lisa Baker has launched a serious effort to secure justice for the only landowners in Pennsylvania not allowed to sell their Marcellus Shale gas.

UPDATE: An astute reader points out the “inexplicable and unfathomable statement” of Governor Tom Wolf to the effect that “the gas belongs to all of us” showing “his lack of understanding when it comes to law as well as individual and property rights” that Lisa Baker’s legislation recognizes. He also notes “those of us who don’t own property in the Delaware River Watershed (and thus have nothing to gain in terms of selling gas from there) are in many cases just as interested in both the governor’s and the commission’s actions in this matter.” He, therefore, urges everyone to contact their senators and ask for their support of Sen. Baker’s bill. Amen!

Governor Tom Wolf is determined to sell out a part of her district to special interest pleaders for a ban on fracking in the DRBC region. Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Baker is striking back by going directly to the heart of the matter.  She’s introduced legislation telling the governor he can’t sell it unless he buys it. Doing so, she has illustrated the fundamental unfairness of a governor deciding he has the right to pick economic winners and losers within his state. She’s struck a blow for equal justice under law.

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The Very Special Interests of Fractivists and Friends

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Fractivists and other radical enviros are too often portrayed as altruistic when, in fact, they embody some of the very worst of very special interests.

Self-described environmentalists and most fractivists typically get the benefit of any doubt as being altruistic, community-minded, socially conscious protecters of nature and all that is good. The truth, though, is that there is, more often than not, special interests at stake. Sometimes it’s simply an attention-getting ego-boosting thing, other times it’s about the power and, far too often, it’s about the money.

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Masked Extremists Tell Us the Fractivist Movement Is Becoming Irrelevant

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The fractivist movement started as the trendy cause of trust-funders, grew into an environment wacko rite and is now represented by masked KKK types.

The signs are all there if you bother pay attention; the fractivist movement is rapidly becoming irrelevant. Yes, there’s still lots of noise. And, behind the curve demagogues such as Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo and Phil “the Panderer” Murphy are still slavishly paying it more attention than it deserves. But, the fractivist movement has moved onto the hard core lunatic fringe. It will have ever less influence going forward as this fringe occupies the valuable time of judges, media types and others with far better things to do. When the face of fractivist movement is masked KKK types, the game is just about up and that’s precisely the face we just saw with some Virginia pipeline protests.

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How Gentry Class Fractivist Enablers Reward Each Other

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A recent celebration by the Open Space Institute offers a window on gentry class fractivist enablers pursuing not only more riches, but also peer approval.

If you really want to understand fractivist enablers—members of the Haas, Heinz, Park and Rockefeller families, you must go here. A bit of caution, though. It could well make you throw up in disgust. I’m talking about nothing more than a news release and a collection of professional photographs, but I guarantee any reader with a sense of the common man and his interests will find it repulsive in every way. It is an ostentatious display of gentry class wealth, interests, and, ironically, classlessness.  Continue reading


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