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The Massive Lobbying of Special Interest Fractivist Foundations

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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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Don’t Be Fooled -There’s Nothing Nice (or Smart) About the “Keep It in the Ground” Gang

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

There’s something deceitful about the “Keep It in the Ground” gang. They’re anything but the pleasant folks they appear. They’re hard-core “useful idiots.”

Two years ago, “Keep It in the Ground” activists clashed violently with law enforcement in a futile effort to shut down construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. During weeks of violent #NoDAPL protests, anti-pipeline activists shot at police; pelted them with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails; and burned vehicles and construction equipment.

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It’s All About American Pride and What Has Happened To It

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Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman talks about American pride, our natural resources and what happens when we lose faith in our values and the power of innovation and technology.

I remember.

I remember when freedom meant so much to the individual American that to speak against it would label you a communist sympathizer.

Today, I ask myself what has happened to American pride?

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Fallacious Dunce Josh Fox Goes to Planet Ithaca to Reboot

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Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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Failed film-maker, tin ear musician and hopelessly insecure and inept, part time lousy raconteur and full time liar, Josh Fox, has come up for air.

Josh Fox has apparently temporarily abandoned the stuffed animals, coloring books and hot chocolate in his mommy basement in an apparent attempt to fund his next trivial, ego stroking adventure. 

Hoping to go to the same well once again to bilk some cash out his equally vacuous and vapid sophomoric sycophants, the bespectacled buffoon ventured to the friendly confines of Planet Ithaca to pan for gold. It was, of course, the logical place to go, being the famous Park Foundation/Cornell University lode so well known for funding any effort to steal God-given, Constitutionally guaranteed property rights from the middle/working class plebeians they and he so despise.

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The Stark Raving Mad World of Environmental Extremism

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The world of environmental extremism is an increasingly bizarre, upside down, stark, raving mad one where any semblance of reason is thrown to the wind.

The first speech I ever gave, way back in the 1960s, as part of an Future Farmers of America (FFA) regional high school speaking contest, was about conservation. That was the sensible term used then, before the first Earth Day when a bunch of young rich kids eager to signal their virtues took over and turned it into “environmentalism.” A few years later, now out of college and married with two children, I got a local award as “Environmentalist of the Year,” in fact, though I was still thinking conservation.

Ever so gradually, over the decades, what I once saw as a worthy cause has moved so far distant from what I believed then and now, that I can no longer bear to be called one (not that anyone’s trying.) The movement is still a bunch of of spoiled young rich kids (some grown old) and “environmentalism” has become environmental extremism. It has gone stark raving mad and loses ever more credibility daily.

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The Lure of Judicial Activism for Environmental Extremists

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Fractivists and other “keep-it-iin-the-ground” folks cannot resist the lure of judicial activism and neither can some judges, which is why they pursue it.

When it comes to legal strategy, the “Keep It in the Ground” folks are taking their cue from Frank Sinatra’s hit song “High Hopes” about a “silly old ram [who] thought he’d punch a hole in a dam.”  Against all logic and multiple courtroom losses, they keep launching the same fatally flawed argument—that the courts should dictate climate policy—hoping to bust through that “billion-kilowatt dam.”

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A Rocky Mountain High for Colorado Landowners? What About Us?

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Colorado landowners have taken the initiative to protect themselves from fractivist policies intended to steal their land and deprive them of their rights.

There’s something exciting happening in the mountains and Colorado landowners are at the center of it. They are striking back at fractivist attempts to take their land under the guise of ludicrous regulations designed to stop all oil and gas development.

They have  put forth a Colorado Constitution amendment for consideration on the ballot this November. It is an amendment demanding Colorado landowners receive just compensation when either state or local government takes action diminishing the fair market value of their land. Godspeed! And, when can we get Pennsylvania and New York to do the same?

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Maya Strikes Out in Court Again; On Environmental Rights Amendment

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper has gotten mowed over in court again; this time is a defeat for Maya’s cherished Environmental Rights Amendment.

Ever since the Delaware Riverkeeper conned a soon to retire Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice into using the Commonwealth’s environmental rights amendment for legacy building street cred with his Philadelphia pals. Maya van Rossum, the Delware Riverkeeper in the flesh as she is prone to remind anyone within earshot, has been trying to build on the amendment as if she was the author. She’s, in fact, written a book on the subject and gone to New York to try to sell the concept there, all of this financed by elitist special interests such as the William Penn Foundation.

Maya and radical Attorney Jordan Yeager, together with her frcativist sister shill, the Clean Air Council, having been trying bootstrap the amendment into some sort of super poverty-keeping, de-growthing, job-killing machine. She wants to be known as the Secretariat of extremist environmentalists or, at least as the Joan of Arc of the Hundred Years’ War to make a wilderness of the Delaware River Valley. Her dream of using the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment as the sword to do so, though, just died with a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in yet another case Maya foolishly initiated.

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A Reflection on the Wannabe Kings of Environmentalism Activism

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Independence Day should be a time of reflection on our Declaration. Lincoln had some thoughts in that regard that apply today to environmental activism.

Environmental activism has, over time, become ever more radical and intolerant. Its adherents are, too, ever more intent upon imposing their will on others (for the latter’s own good, of course). They demand others submit to their views, while posturing either as nature’s protector or the representative of a “people” somehow confined only to the like-minded. They talk science and democracy, but advocate ideology and a green tyranny. All this came mind yesterday as I reflected on Independence Day, read a few articles on the subject and considered what it’s all about.

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