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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 3, 2018

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

Tax Reform Brings German Gas Turbines to the U.S.

Siemen’s, which is reducing jobs in Germany, is putting more money into gas here:

The head of global manufacturing and electronics giant Siemens told Trump that his tax reform package has driven its decision to start building advanced natural gas turbines for power plants in the United States.

“We’re doing really well,” Joe Kaeser, chairman and CEO of Siemens, told Trump at the reception. “As a matter of fact, we’ve been investing quite a lot into the country. And since you have been successful with tax reform, we decided to develop next-generation gas turbines in the United States.”

…Siemens is working with coal giant Duke Energy to install one of the most advanced gas-fired power plants in its fleet. The expansion of its Lincoln County Combustion Turbine in North Carolina will include one of Siemens’ advanced turbines.

The Duke Energy project is just one example of the company’s expanding U.S. power plant business.

Siemens has 56,000 people working in the U.S. and generates $36 billion in revenues, Kaeser said.

So, we’re taking energy jobs from Germany, the supposed energy leader. Well, good.

So, the DRBC Is Doing the Bidding of the Delaware Povertykeeper?

Here’s what the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper is telling its members:

You now have more time to tell the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to ban gas drilling and fracking and all its phases, including wastewater discharges and water withdrawals. The DRBC is proposing new rules regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the basin. The current proposal bans fracking, but would still allow frack waste discharges and water withdrawals, putting our drinking water and beautiful Delaware River at risk. DRN mobilized our members and worked with the environmental community to demand DRBC expand and extend their public comment process. Our voices were heard. DRBC responded by adding two public hearings and extending the deadline for written comment

As usual, the cowering, fawning, obsequious DRBC did exactly as it was told.

First Nations Tired of Elite Special Interests Speaking for Them

An article in the Pipeline & Gas Journal says Canadian nations of native Americans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore from elite special interests speaking in their name:

The conglomerate of over 30 First Nations groups says it prioritizes the environment, but in balance with economic development goals. The Eagle Spirit pipeline would link Alberta’s oil to British Columbia’s coast, where tankers would transport the cargo to foreign markets…

“We have and will always, put the protection of the environment first, but this must be holistically balanced with social welfare, employment, and business opportunities. We absolutely do not support big American environmental NGO’s (who make their money from opposing natural resource projects) dictating government policy and resource developments within our traditional territories…”

First Nations are completely opposed to government policy being made by foreigners when it impacts their ability to help out their own people,” Helin said in an interview. “The energy industry is critical to Canada’s economy, and by some reports we are losing $50 million a day,” due to discounts on Canadian crude from a lack of pipeline capacity.

Could this story get the same media attention as DAPL opponents? Nah, not a chance.

Gas Using Nuns Want End to Fossil Fuel Use

Those publicity-hogging, politically correct, virtue signaling nuns from Lancaster are at it again:

…The nuns follow a Land Ethic, adopted in 2005, that espouses a religious obligation to “reverence Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.”

“We’ve always had a great veneration for the land,” Sister Klostermann says. “Earth is what keeps life going. If we ravage the Earth, which it seems like we’re doing, what’s going to be left for future generations?”

“The continued use of fossil fuels is causing irreparable damage to the environment,” the Adorers’ national office explains in a statement. “All of humanity have a moral responsibility to care for this planet, earth, our common home.”

This such utter nonsense. As a proud Catholic, I find it incredibly offensive, especially when I reflect upon those items on the nuns’ web page bragging about their own natural gas heat. I could take them a lot more seriously, but for this:

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Is It Any Wonder the Media Know So Little About Agriculture and Energy?

Here is a tweet sent out by an ABC News reporter last month, followed by the picture to which she’s referring in the tweet (notice the disk):

The ignorance of those who report our news, combined with their condescending arrogance in interpreting it, never ceases to amaze. Is it any wonder we have trouble getting the facts on hydraulic fracturing out?

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One thought on “Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 3, 2018

  1. That last item is hilarious. Ali must have really led a sheltered existence. I’m guessing she is one of those that think of the vast farmlands in the central portion of the US as “fly over country”.

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