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New York’s Renewable Plan Will Create Energy Poor

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Governor Cuomo’s renewable plan for New York State’s energy will surely fail, as it has in Germany, making its people energy poor.

November’s election and the incoming President’s appointees have seeded the clouds in Central New York for a rain of Letters to the Editor regarding gas. The letters run the table on the evils of gas development (it’s-the-end-of-the-world) and Constitution Pipeline (it’s-the-end-of-the-world, only-closer.) The writers don’t believe gas will be our bridge fuel to the future.

Sorry to disappoint these folks, but natural gas is bridging the future right now, even as they’re putting pen to paper. Gas is providing this bridge without massive subsidies and hidden costs.

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NY Green Bank Losing Money, But Not to Worry

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The NY Green Bank has now been up and running for more than two fiscal years and is losing money at an increasing rate, but there’s nothing to worry about.

Back in May, 2014, I posted an article here entitled “The NY Green Bank – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Then, in March, 2015, I took another look, noting the whole thing was, essentially, “another sub-prime lending scheme pushed on New York’s State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Public Service Commission by New York’s crime boss governor.” Now, here we are, more than a year and a half later, and all the NY Green Bank has to show for itself is increasing losses and decreasing rates of return. But, it’s all to be expected they say; nothing to see and nothing to worry about it.

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Things I Hope Happen in 2017 in the Natural Gas World

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Few years, in my life, have been as unusual as 2016. Will 2017 be the same? It’s a good bet but there are some things we can hope will happen in natural gas.

I never make New Year’s resolutions and make a point of never reading predictions. Resolutions are for the naive and predictions are for the pretentious. I prefer to just hop and pray for certain things. Among these, of course, are numerous hopes related to the world of natural gas. Let me, at the risk of being both naive and pretentious, share a few of them.

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Why New York Is Likely to Freeze in the Dark

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

 

It’s a wonder anything happens in New York. The challenges to one energy project and the delays with another indicate the state may well freeze in the dark.

A coal-fired electric generating plant near Buffalo (in Dunkirk) was slated to be converted to burn natural gas – a win/win for everyone. Radical environmentalists like the Sierra Club opposed it, but that’s to be expected. Crazy people do crazy things. Everything seemed to be fine until a competitor hauled NRG, the plant’s owner, into court to dispute the change from coal to natgas. They objected to the ratepayers kicking in $150 million for the project. NRG said fighting the case in court will take years, so they just closed down the plant instead. That decision reflected the difficulty of doing business in the New York where labyrinths of regulation, cronyism, corruption and political correction make developing energy resources a nightmare.

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The Constitution Pipeline Endorsed by Otsego County

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Otsego County recognizes the need for cheap energy (natural gas) in their county and has endorsed the building of the Constitution Pipeline.

Kudos to the Otsego County Legislature for passing a resolution endorsing the Constitution Pipeline at their November meeting. It was fitting that it followed a presentation by the CEO of the County’s industrial development agency. His 15 point program for projected growth depends on cheap energy. Cheap energy=gas. In our region, gas = the Constitution Pipeline.

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What If Pennsylvania Were New York and Banned Fracking?

NED Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

To truly understand the insanity of New York’s fracking ban, all that’s needed is to look at a new report; “What If Hydraulic Fracturing Was Banned?”

December 17, 2014 is the date that will mark the beginning of the Empire State’s descent into energy madness that will leave New York an economic wasteland compared to other large states. That was the day Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat, decided to throw fracking to the wind and ride the currents of politically correct renewable energy to that nirvana that would set him up to capture a future Presidential nomination. He sold out, not just Upstate New York that day, but all New Yorkers. How do we know? Because the Institute for 21st Century Energy just came out with a report answering the question “What If Hydraulic Fracturing Was Banned” for neighboring Pennsylvania and the US as a whole.

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Did Josh Fox Help Elect Donald Trump? Looks Like It.

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Josh Fox is a charlatan who’s made a career for himself staking out a radical position of fracking. Did he help elect Donald Trump in the process?

Which noisy New Yorker, product of a privileged family, blocked Hillary Clinton’s route to the Oval Office? No, not that one.

Josh Fox was director of Gasland, a documentary on the effects of US fracking filmed in 2009. The film spawned the anti-fracking movement first in the US, and then in Europe, most especially in France and the UK. He certainly helped elect Trump by energizing the anti-fracking forces around the Bernie Sanders “no fracking at all” supporters to either stay home or vote for Doctor Jill Stein the Green Party candidate.

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Rockefeller Family Deep Into Clinton Foundation Corruption

SolarCity - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Going unnoticed in the unfolding Clinton Foundation scandal is the role of the Rockefeller family, the chief force behind fractivism in this country.

The WikiLeaks files are revealing a huge scandal revolving around the Clinton Foundation which is quite obviously nothing more than a vehicle to enrich the former President. It’s not the type of subject I normally get into here. I am always alert, though, to the role of the Rockefeller family, the principal financier of fractivism, in exerting its influence behind the scenes to further its special interests. They’re non-partisan in that regard, of course, so this is less about politics than simple corruption. It turns out the Rockefeller family in integrally involved with the Clinton Foundation scandal.

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So Where Did the Buffalo Billion Go?

SolarCity - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Governor Corruptocrat’s SolarCity boondoggle, after the indictments, the buyout rescue and everything else, faces a big question; where did the Buffalo Billion go?

Thomas Frank, once he had attained the rank of East Coast elitist himself, decided he didn’t like anti-elitism so much anymore and wrote a haughty book about it called “What’s the Matter with Kansas? Like Barack Obama (and latter’s idol Saul Alinsky from whom Obama stole the line), Frank essentially trashed his former friends and neighbors by call them ignorant “bitter clingers” who didn’t know what was good for them.

He might better have written “What’s the Matter with New York?” New Yorkers, after all, have twice elected and, if polls are any indication, still give high ratings to Corruptocrat, despite a string of indictments indicating the guy is running the Empire State like a mob family. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Billion he took from taxpayers has apparently gone up in smoke.

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Stop Sending Fracked Gas to NY, Says PA Senator Gene Yaw

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

 

Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw is contemplating filing a bill to stop any fracked gas from PA from being transported to NY. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have started a peeing match he’ll end up losing, by denying permission to build the Constitution Pipeline. At a midstream (i.e. pipeline) conference held yesterday in Pennsylvania, one of the speakers, Pennsylvania Sen. Gene Yaw from Lycoming County, said half-jokingly (and half seriously) that he’s contemplating introducing a bill that would prohibit PA’s fracked gas from flowing through pipelines into New York State. Such a thing, if it ever happened, would crush New York economically. It would (deservedly) bring the Empire State to its collective knees.

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