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Andrew Cuomo’s SolarCity Boondoggle Just Keeps Going Bad

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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SolarCity, the star feature of Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program to revitalize Upstate New York by picking a winner and subsidizing it is fading fast.

Andrew Cuomo has poured a ton of taxpayer money into SolarCity and has even given Elon Musk a “Get Out of Jail Free” card to avoid payback obligations in the event it fails to deliver promised jobs. Part of the governor’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative, which has descended into the morass of corruption surrounding Cuomo, the SolarCity project has turned out to be one of Elon Musk’s biggest scams and it’s only going bad at an ever faster rate. Andy can’t subsidize solar farms and installations fast enough to save it, as Elon puts his mind to work figuring out what excuse he’ll make for stiffing the Emperor of the Empire State.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 24, 2018

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
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:

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NG Advantage, Russian Collusion and Cuomo Corruption

Frank Chernega
Broome County, New York, Landowner

Frank Chernega reflects on the NG  Advantage zoning decision, the Russian collusion to supply gas to New England and the fruits of Gov. Cuomo’s corruption.

The Town of Fenton Zoning Board of Appeals has turned down the NG Advantage’s proposal to create a proposed virtual natural pipeline (i.e. compressor station and transfer facility). There’s plenty of blame to go around, of course, as there usually is, of course, but, sadly, it’s no surprise NG Advantage lost their zoning bid. The big losers are the businesses and residences that will either get no natural gas or pay a lot more for it in the future.

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Inge Grafe-Kieklak

Cuomo TeamInge Grafe-Kieklak
Sullivan County, New York, Landowner

 

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The DRBC fracking ban is based on speculation, while it ignores sound science within its very grasp, says Inge Grafe-Kieklak, a Sullivan County landowner.

I am a landowner in New York State and a member of the Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) and the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY).

Let’s get back to basics and reason. In 1961, your Commission, the DRBC, was created to manage the water resources of the Delaware River Basin. One its missions was to act as a steward in protecting the surface and ground water quality of the Basin by regulating demand, withdrawal, conservation and the protection of sensitive areas in the Basin.

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The Absolute Rot Governor Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo Has Wrought

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Natural Gas NOW

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Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo didn’t create all of the Southern Tier’s problems but he’s done nothing to help because gas companies willing to invest won’t pay.

An absolutely amazing story appearing Crain’s New York Business yesterday tells the ugly truth about New York’s Governor Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo; no one advances without paying the governor. Crain’s gives Cuomo a bit of cover by suggesting he was simply exploiting a loophole that he himself described as “egregious,” but they also make it more than clear the most egregious thing is what Corruptocrat is doing, which its nothing less than a pay to play scheme. It’s no wonder gas and pipeline companies haven’t gotten nowhere in the Southern Tier. They haven’t paid.

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UDRBC Calls Out the DRBC Fracking Ban As Discrimination and Theft

UDRBCBetty Sutliff
Upper Delaware River Basin
Citizens

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The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens or UDRBC has called out the DRBC fracking ban as unfair, a theft of property rights, overreach and discrimination.

The proposed ban on natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin by the DRBC is a travesty.  It can be summed up as unfair politics, theft of property rights, overreach with respect to the DRBC Compact, and discrimination across county lines.

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Legal Challenge to Cuomo Fracking Ban Lays Out the Travesty of Justice

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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David Morabito is fighting a Goliath we know as Gov. Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo, his DEC and their fracking ban. His case details a travesty of justice.

It hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, but Attorney David R. Morabito of Rochester, New York and his wife are owners of property in Allegany County, just north of Potter County, Pennsylvania. It has some Marcellus Shale and what is probably, based on recent Shell wells across the border, some much better Utica Shale. Our “David” in this case, who happens to be a trial attorney, has been unable to develop his land for natural gas and has decided to take on one very big ugly “Goliath” who readers of this blog know as Andrew Cuomo’s political machine.

Yes, David Morabito is taking the Corrupotocrat’s political machine to Federal court after being denied not only by Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), but also his ever more political courts. The majority of the Third Department appeals court that rejected Morabito’s state lawsuit was, in fact, appointed by Corruptocrat, so it’s hardly a surprise they rejected his claims as merely “academic”—a characterization far more appropriate as a description of the reports DEC relied upon to do its fracking ban.

I’m not qualified to evaluate Morabito’s case (takings claims are notoriously difficult and that’s part of it) but I know this much: he has throughly documented the travesty of justice that is the New York fracking ban in a compelling way. His legal filing is must reading for anyone who wants to truly understand what happened to New York landowners.

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Andrew Cuomo: Not Only Corrupt, But Incompetent, As Upstate Dies

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Upstate New York is dying as Governor Andrew Cuomo, after rejecting natural gas development, has pursued one politically correct boondoggle after another.

One fiasco after another, Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo, has been demonstrating his just how bad things can get when one combines arrogance with incompetence.

Unfortunately, it is Upstate New York that has been paying the price. SolarCity, and the corrupt Buffalo Billion adventure were just the beginning. It was three years ago when Corruptocrat decided to make his move for environmental immortality as the guy who stopped fracking in New York and went full Gore for “clean energy.” He chugged several gallons of the green Kool-Aid for the cameras, told his DEC to stop giving certifications for pipelines (so as to let FERC do it while Cuomo grabbed the credit) and pursued every gimmick a man could imagine to bring green projects to New York using other people’s money. The failures, one after the other, reveal the sheer incompetence off the strategy.

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NY Green Bank Levels Out, But Not Exactly the Way It Wanted

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The NY Green Bank claims its financial performance has leveled out, which is true, but only if you ignore lots of stuff and a Level Solar collapse.

I’ve been periodically checking on the status of the NY Green Bank, Governor Corruptocrat’s slush fund for rewarding politically correct and politically connected crony corporatists, most recently about a year ago. It was losing money at an increasing rate and I sarcastically opined there was obviously nothing to worry about. Notwithstanding my bad attitude, the NY Green Bank has done better since then, but that’s only if you don’t career about rates of return, ignore the infusion of additional ratepayer/taxpayer funds and pretend there are no impending defaults.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Dubious CO2 Goals and Failure to Produce

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

 

Andrew Cuomo adopted big-time CO2 goals but performance to date and likelihood of success suggest a different strategy is needed — one involving natural gas.

An article yesterday in Politico New York, written from the premise Governor Cuomo just isn’t getting the job done in achieving his CO2 goals, reveals more than the writer perhaps hoped. Titled “Challenges Loom for Cuomo’s Environmental Promises,” the post by Marie French is written in a “hope he can get it done, but…” vein that misses the big point, yet brings out some great ones.

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