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Corruptocrat Gives SolarCity Get Out Of Jail Free Card?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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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Shale Gas News – June 17, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about methane rules, the export boom, a 4-well pad and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Mike Atchie, Public Outreach Business Partner at Williams, as a guest.

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Jacobson Renewables Plan Inadequate, Implausible and Invalid

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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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What Exactly Are “Environmentalists” Advocating?

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The mushy answers so-called environmentalists too often give regarding real energy issues don’t that help much with solving real world problems Dan Markind says.

The tragic shooting last Wednesday of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise brought into sharp focus the shrill, brain-damaged discourse of our current politics.  We discuss less shout, usually past each other, and often using words meant less to educate and persuade than to dismiss.  Those of us in the energy field see this every day.  It’s almost impossible to have a reasoned discussion about the issues without degenerating into name-calling.  So, let’s start changing that dynamic right here and now, and attempt to convince instead of insult.

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West Virginia No Severance Tax Model for PA

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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West Virginia’s severance tax is a poor performer compared to Pennsylvania’s impact fee; something legislators should bear in mind as Gov. Wolf tries again.

Thursday, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the agency charged with keeping tabs on impact fee revenue from shale drillers (Pennsylvania’s version of a severance tax), released the final numbers for impact fee revenues and disbursements in 2016 (see PA PUC Impact Fee Report: Revenue Down Again in 2016). Revenues were from the impact fee were down for the third straight year.

And, since politicians in Harrisburg are in the midst of budget negotiations and attempting to close a perennial gap in the budget, we have no doubt the hew and cry will go out, yet again, to enact a severance tax on shale gas and oil–either in addition to or on top of the impact fee. They ought to look at West Virginia.

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Range Resources: Long Laterals, Less Disruption, More Gas

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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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The Empty Phony “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” Movement

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

  

The “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” movement is a completely empty gesture that reveals the hollowness and shallow thoughtless nature of all fractivist enterprises.

Wikipedia defines “virtue signaling” as the “platitudinous, empty, or superficial support of certain political views” voiced by people who “value outward appearance over substantive action.”

Based on that definition, 61 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, three candidates for Lieutenant Governor and at least one gubernatorial candidate have been campaigning around the Commonwealth all year with the virtue signal blinking.

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

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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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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Please, DEP, Don’t Enable Fractivist Pipeline Opponents!

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Although the response turned out favorable to the project, Pennsylvania DEP’s Atlantic Sunrise hearings were unnecessary concessions to pipeline opponents.

Something very interesting happened over the last two days as Pennsylvania DEP conducted four public hearings on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. Our buddy Jim Willis, over at Marcellus Drilling News, noted yesterday the first two hearings put the fractivist shills at StateImpactPA into a total funk as project supporters swamped pipeline opponents. I attended the hearing in Bloomsburg last night to testify and saw the same thing. Atlantic Sunrise supporters, including labor, were organized and out in large numbers. We were in the game, the way it has to be played.

Still, it annoys me that DEP gave pipeline opponents for separate opportunities to vent over what are no more than technical decisions. That’s what I spoke about.

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