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New York’s Clean Energy Standard Is Merely Virtue Signaling

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Energy Research

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New York State’s Clean Energy Standard Is but symbolic environmentalism accomplishing almost nothing with respect to emissions or the welfare of New Yorkers.

A recent report evaluated New York State’s clean energy programs and found them costing the state’s consumers and businesses over $1 trillion with no measurable impact on world climate. Thus, the carbon dioxide reductions that would cost the state’s residents heavily would have no value. This is nothing new; New York finds numerous ways to tax its people with little benefit to show for it.

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Progress Made: PennEast Pipeline Compressor Station Approved

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline has been approved by Kidder Township supervisors; moving this important project another giant step forward.

Progress is being made as the Kidder Township Board of Supervisors vote 5-0 to approve the land use permit for the only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline project. Three different government regulators determined this pipeline project is environmentally safe, which helped lead to the approval. There is one final approval needed from FERC, which is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
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Emissions Are Down as New Technologies Increase Production

Fractivists

K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Air quality and greenhouse gas emissions have improved to 30-year lows. This is due to the increased use of natural gas and industry investment. 

There is no doubt about it, the air we are breathing is cleaner than it has been in nearly thirty years. This is not because of government forced regulation or from the onslaught of environmentalists’ pressures, but rather, it is largely in thanks to natural gas.

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Actually Raising Energy Prices

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Energy Research

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States participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, are seeing their already high energy bills, go higher; far different from its intention.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program between nine northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, was recently extended. The states (Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) have agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030.

According to the initiative, which was originally adopted on January 1, 2009, the revenue that the states obtain from the cap-and-trade program is used to improve energy efficiency, modernize the electric grid and purchase more wind and solar power. However, a recent study funded by the Cato Institute finds that 1) there were no added emissions reductions or associated health benefits from the program; 2) the RGGI revenue spending had minimal impact; and 3) the RGGI allowance costs increased already high regional electricity prices.

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The Real Climate Change Deniers Are the Fractivists

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

 

Although fractivists are fond of labeling those of us who advocate for natural gas as climate change deniers, the real deniers are those who pretend natural gas can’t help.

There were some rather amazing comments on this blog the other day. They reveal the degree to which fractivists who love labeling us as climate change deniers will go to deny the contribution of natural gas in reducing emissions. It’s stunning, in fact, how far these real climate change deniers will go in ignoring the fundamental facts and rules of logic in defending what is clearly ideology, not science, in their own heads.

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Sea Level Rise? Check Your Science Before Hyperventilating Please

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The sea level rise has been highly exaggerated over the years; only rising very modestly, far from the rate fear-mongering Al Gore predicted.

“Sea level has been overall rising since the last ice age, with some ups and downs. Sea level has been rising for the past 200 years….Humans are not going to stop sea level rise on the time scale of a few centuries by ceasing emissions of CO2.”

– Judith Curry, “The Blame Game.” Climate Etc. August 14, 2017.

Judith Curry is the personification of “one plus the truth equals a majority.” This esteemed climate scientist and erstwhile professor changed her views from climate alarmism and (government) forced energy transformation, a story told elsewhere.

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Cuomo Energy Scheme Raises Energy Costs and Emissions

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

 

The Wall Street Journal did a wonderful editorial this week pointing out how pursuing an ideological energy strategy is raising energy costs and emissions.

I’m not that big a fan of the Wall Street Journal these days, but the its editorial board just came out with one of the best pieces I’ve seen on how Governor Andrew Corruptocrat is destroying Upstate New York, while raising both energy costs and emissions. The pie, which may be found here, speaks for itself but I’ve excerpted the key parts below.

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Upstate New York Dying as Antis Hold Up Pipelines

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

    
    

As the debate continues over the DEC approving natural gas pipelines, the people in Upstate New York are being squeezed out and forced to move.

Last week’s Monticello DEC hearing on a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline loop with a compressor station and upgrades drew the usual pro/anti gas development crowd. Lots of opinions were offered but little technical information the DEC could use in decision making.

The antis painted an apocalyptic picture of foul water, unbreathable air, rising seas, and disease. Union workers and others in favor of the project saw jobs and economic development. Most local political leaders spoke of increased tax revenue. They said the Millennium Pipeline has been a good neighbor, living up to its promises and benefiting the community.

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Wolf Postures and Wastes Time While DEP Permits Languish

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thinks it’s more important to waste time demagoguing clean air issues than solving them by issuing stalled DEP pipeline permits.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been a huge disappointment, an incompetent political showboat. He has routinely tried to appease the wacko element of his constituency at the expense of good government. When he appointed the humorless John Quigley of PennFuture as DEP Secretary, that was the first sign of the Governor’s plan to demagogue first and govern later.

Now, Wolf is wasting time posturing in social media and elsewhere challenging EPA dumping of the politicized top-down EPA ozone rules adopted under President Obama. Meanwhile, actions that would simultaneously help Pennsylvania’s economy and make it possible to clean more air—things like permits for pipelines such as the Atlantic Sunrise—languish on the Pennsylvania DEP desk. What are we now; New York?

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Electric Vehicles Not Sustainable Without Taxpayer Subsidies

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Electric Vehicles, along with wind and solar, require huge government subsidies to make them affordable, but they are still not sustainable.

Is this to be our future? Anarchy and riots – with mindless, incoherent radicals raging south of Bismarck, North Dakota, where thousands of “peaceful protesters” are camping illegally on federal and private lands, “venting their anger” over the Dakota Access Pipe Line.

The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade deficits. Bountiful oil and natural gas supplies from America’s hydraulic fracturing revolution finally eliminated that as an argument.

Now the focus is on climate change. Every EV sale will help prevent assumed and asserted manmade temperature, climate and weather disasters, we’re told – even if their total sales represented less than 1% of all U.S. car and light truck sales in 2016 (Tesla sold 47,184 of the 17,557,955 vehicles sold nationwide last year), and plug-in EVs account for barely 0.15% of 1.4 billion vehicles on the road worldwide.

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