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U.S. Achieves Biggest CO2 Reduction by Any Nation in the World in 2017

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Energy Research

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No other nation in the world has accomplished as much as the US in CO2 reduction, thanks to the shale revolution and the avoidance of the renewables trap.

The United States announced its intentions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement last year, but still reduced its carbon dioxide emissions more than any other country in the world in 2017. In fact, it was the ninth time in this century that the United States has had the largest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in the world. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions declined by 0.5 percent or 42 million metric tons in 2017. It was the third consecutive year that carbon dioxide emissions declined in the United States.

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The Delaware Riverkeeper’s Desperate Anti-Pipeline Campaign Derailed

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

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court just smacked Delaware Povertykeeper again as the latter continues to pursue its desperate anti-pipeline campaign.

The Commonwealth Court issued an opinion Wednesday that dealt the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper yet another blow to its desperate anti pipeline campaign; one intended to halt the shale revolution by preventing the transportation of the stuff to market. It’s a completely disingenuous campaign, of course, but Ms. Disingenuity knows exactly how to play to her funders and they want the revolution smashed. So, she’s using their money to finance one lawsuit after another to delay, frustrate and squelch every pipeline project that serve to move Marcellus Shale gas to New York and New Jersey where it’s needed.

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Where Will New York and New England Get Their Energy This Winter?

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

 

Iran is in the throes of a possible revolution. Venezuela is on the edge of collapse. So are New York and New England thinking about energy sources? Nah.

On Monday, President Trump announced he was prepared to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at any time and any place without preconditions.  “I’d meet with anybody,” Trump said.  “I believe in meetings”.

As with North Korea, Trump’s about-face confused many.  The week before Trump had threatened Iran.  The President warned that Iran faced the possibility of “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have suffered before.”

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Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Impact Fees Are Up; Don’t Mess with Them!

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The impact fees Pennsylvania receives from shale drilling have jumped up a whopping 21% and will be distributed to all counties across the Commonwealth.

We hear Governor Tom Wolf talk about Pennsylvania adopting a severance tax to ensure natural gas producers are paying their fair share. What he fails to say is, natural gas drillers are already paying their fair share through the existing Act 13 impact fee.  Since 2012, when the impact fee was enacted, nearly $1.5 billion has been generated from natural gas development and been distributed to every county in the Commonwealth.

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Senator Andy Dinniman Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Harass Mariner East

peer reviewed health - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman used taxpayer funds to hire a Delaware Riverkeeper law firm to help him fight the Mariner East before the state PUC.

The Mariner East 2 pipeline project is 98% complete with final reclamation already underway but Andy Dinniman, a State Senator from Southeast Pennsylvania, is pretending he can kill it for the sake of milking votes from NIMBY and special interest constituents. He wants his last ounce of demagogic opportunity. Andy Dinniman, in fact, has been using special interest lawyers funded by the Commonwealth itself to represent him before a state agency, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC). It’s an outrageous abuse of the system.

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Why Does Geisinger Continue to Advance Fractivist Junk Science?

peer reviewed health - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Turned down for funding by the gas industry, Geisinger continues to seek revenge with junk science studies funded through NIH and its own pet funder.

Geisinger Health Systems has been helping advance one fractivist junk science study after another, the latest being an attempt to implicitly link fracking with depression and disordered sleep. Energy In Depth exposes it for the junk science it is, but the bigger question is why Geisinger keeps doing this. The likely answer is money, political correctness and revenge.

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#BaltimoreKnows? Baltimore Conspires with #ExxonKnew Trial Lawyers

Fractivists

K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Just one day after a federal judge dismissed the ExxonKnew lawsuits from a few major cities, Baltimore decided its cash-strapped city should give it a go.   

Baltimore is home to the curious. With a rich history of just being plain weird and relishing that weirdness in many fun ways, it is no wonder it is the landmark homestead of Edgar Allan Poe, The Hampdenfest Toilet Bowl Race where racers ride a toilet bowl downhill, the Honfest where people bring back the Beehive Hairdo, and of course, John Waters; need I say more?

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Depletionism: Religion of Fractivists and Other Environmental Extremists

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Energy Research

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The religion of fractivists and other environmental extremists may be described as depletionism, a new Malthusian creed based on fear and selfishness.

Last week, a group of sustainable population organizations issued a global statement and call to action for World Population Day. According to the statement,

“World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice warned that runaway consumption of limited resources by a rapidly growing population is crippling the Earth’s life-support systems, jeopardizing our future. Identifying population as a “main driver” of the crisis, its recommended actions include reducing fertility rates through education, family planning and rallying leaders behind the goal of establishing a sustainable human population.”

Modern concerns about overpopulation can be traced back to Thomas Robert Malthus’ Essay on the Principle of Overpopulation (1798) where he theorized that humanity would not be able to produce enough food to keep up with the exponentially expanding population. Malthus’ view was the result of mistakenly believing that the supply of resources is finite and, therefore, would be depleted as population grew over time. William Stanley Jevons transferred this view to the study of mineral resources in The Coal Question: An Inquiry Concerning the Progress of the Nation, and the Probable Exhaustion of Our Coal Mines (1865).

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The Marcellus Shale: Energy for the Future Right Below Our Feet

Cabot Oil & GasMadison Weaver
External Affairs Intern, Cabot Oil & Gas

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Lest we forget, the Marcellus Shale is one magnificent resource for the future and it’s right below our feet; well a mile or more below, actually, but close.

Not all rocks are created equal.

Millions of years ago, a deep basin known as the Appalachian Basin sat where the Marcellus formation is now. Areas that would become Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia were covered by a shallow sea that collected sediments like silt, sand, gravel, clay and minerals as well as microscopic sea creatures like plankton and algae.

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