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We Don’t Need Paris Accord to Reduce Emissions: We Already Are

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

    
    

Thanks to fracking, the US is already reducing CO2 emissions faster than any other nation; we don’t need a feel-good treaty like the Paris Accord.

The weather may be cool but expect heat at the Otsego County Legislature meeting this week. The arrival of compressed gas delivery trucks locally coupled with the President’s rejection of the Paris Accord should bring the antis out in droves.

First, the trucks. Absent a pipeline, compressed gas delivery trucks are an imperfect solution for delivering affordable energy to Upstate and the Northeast’s factories, agricultural facilities, colleges, hospitals, and government institutions. Gas truck delivery costs more but it gets affordable energy to where it is needed..

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A Natural Gas Victory in Upstate New York for NG Advantage

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman reports on the smackdown of fractivists in Broome County last night as town officials approved a NG Advantage project despite their opposition.

I first got wind of a public hearing to be held in Port Crane NY on a natural gas compressor and liquefied natural gas station proposal from NG Advantage by listening to the Bob Joseph Show. A caller called in to rally the anti’s to a Town of Fenton Planning Board meeting where the proposal was up for consideration. They stated the schools in Chenango Valley were in danger of being exposed to chemicals, explosions, and truck traffic. These apocalyptic visions are the language of fractivists, of course, but this time they didn’t sell and we can partly thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for that, believe it or not.

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Cuomo’s New Energy Program: Fracked Natural Gas!

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Governor Cuomo has announced yet another clean energy program, but this one uses fracked natural gas Cuomo won’t let us develop in or even pipe into NY.

Suddenly, and once again, Governor Cuomo has announced another clean energy program but this one, ironically, uses “FRACKED” natural gas.  You know … that stuff over which the State of New York sits atop that he is denying landowners the ability to develop or even pipe into the state, to appease his big money donors and elitist friends. Read about it here.

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Burn Wood? This Is Environmentalism?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Is it environmentalism to suggest we burn wood? The Alliance for Green Heat seems to think so, as it ignores the obvious CO2 benefits of using natural gas.

Earlier this week I was forwarded an e-mail suggesting I burn wood because it was “low carbon, renewable and local.” It was from a group called the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, a member of the Alliance for Green Heat. I’d never heard of either organization until then. The basic pitch was to sign up for a webinar to learn more about an innovative wood stove that could complement solar panels on someone’s property. The friend who forwarded it to me thought it richly ironic and opined that “tree-huggers may implode” at the thought they should now burn wood instead of loving it.

It was one of those laugh out loud lines for which my friend is well known, but, nevertheless, I found the e-mail quite intriguing on two fronts. First, the choice to burn wood is as rural and redneck as it gets, and being a redneck agrarian myself, I’m for it. I like cutting trees, love wood fires and grew up in a home where we had one of those old classic kitchen stoves that could burn wood. Burning wood has great nostalgic appeal to me. What really interested me, though, was how wood could be low carbon. That just didn’t seem right. So, I checked it out.

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Natural Gas Is Clean, It’s Now and It Doesn’t Need Our Subsidies

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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If we truly want to reduce carbon emissions and make the biggest possible environmental difference right now at the least cost, the answer is natural gas.

We’ve put a lot of words to work on this blog extolling the fact natural gas has helped reduce carbon and other emissions faster than anyone thought possible before the shale revolution. This year alone, for example, we’ve already run several stories (here, here and here, for example) noting the role of natural gas in lowering CO2, not to mention related pieces here and here.

The evidence natural gas has helped lower emissions is overwhelming when one looks at the way conversions from coal and oil to natural gas have reduced the carbon quotient associated with making electricity and heating homes. It’s also substantially reduced the costs of both and dramatically improved health conditions in places such as New York City.

What we have not done nearly as well is to point out two associated facts about natural gas; it’s here now for immediate use and it requires no subsidies, meaning it offers the capacity for massive further environmental improvements now with no effort required but to allow it.

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Unless You’re A Fractivist, You’re Thanking Fracking for Flat CO2 Emissions

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The world is experiencing flat energy-related CO2 emissions today despite economic growth, a truth frustrating to fractivists who dare not admit fracking is the reason.

There’s little more that needs saying beyond what the International Energy Agency (IEA) just reported (emphasis added):

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

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Energy Poverty Dramatically Decreases with Natural Gas

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Developing nations need access to affordable energy; natural gas plays a transformative role in delivering the energy and decrease energy poverty.

Tisha Schuller, Principal at Adamantine Energy and Strategic Advisor for the Natural Gas Initiative at Stanford University, provided this guest post for Well Said Cabot, which also ran in Scientific American on March 3, 2017.

Life without access to energy is simply miserable. The most mundane task, such as heating water to cook rice, can require an entire day’s labor to gather both water and firewood. That labor can be physically exhausting, in some cases immediately dangerous, and often with unfortunate health outcomes. With over one billion people around the world faced with such simple barriers to improving their lives, reducing energy poverty can serve as a shared goal that transcends political, cultural, and regional barriers.
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Shale Revolution Saves the Environment

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The statistics from the shale revolution are undeniable. It has saved the environment and the economy while delivering a real shot at energy independence.

Yesterday’s Today In Energy had a great post on the national drop in sulfur dioxide emissions as a consequence of converting power plants to natural gas. It didn’t use the words “shale revolution” and it pointed out other factors, but it also made clear gas was the big reason for the SO2 decline:

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions produced in the generation of electricity at power plants in the United States declined by 73% from 2006 to 2015, a much larger reduction than the 32% decrease in coal-fired electricity generation over that period. From 2014 to 2015, the most recent year with complete power plant emissions data, SO2 emissions fell 26%—the largest annual drop in percentage terms in the previous decade. Nearly all electricity-related SO2 emissions are associated with coal-fired generation…

Electricity generation from coal fell 14% from 2014 to 2015. This drop was mostly offset by an increase in electricity generation from natural gas, but because natural gas has only trace amounts of sulfur, the net effect resulted in fewer SO2 emissions.

I decided to dig deeper into the Energy Information Administration (EIA) data and what I found is shockingly good news from the shale revolution.

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Power Sector CO2 Emissions Fall, No Thanks to Fractivists

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Electric power sector CO2 emissions have, for the first time, dropped below those related to  transportation, thanks to natural gas and the shale revolution.

The environmental improvements wrought by the shale revolution have now achieved a new milestone. Electric power generation sector CO2 emissions are now lower than than those associated with transportation, all due to a shale revolution fought tooth and nail by fractivists. The facts of the story are told by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in this Today In Energy post.

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While Enviros Whine, Natural Gas Is Actually Reducing CO2

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

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Friends of the Earth and other enviro groups whine about coal and climate and such, but it is the natural gas industry that’s actually reducing CO2.

A UK ruling exposing the fraudulent nature of its anti-fracking campaign “ticked off” Friends of the Earth and has led to the opening, by them, of a new front in a new anti-fracking line of attack.

Donna Hume, a Friends of the Earth senior campaigner, said: “No ruling has been made against us. The ASA offered to drop the case without ruling after we confirmed that a particular leaflet was no longer being used.

“We continue to campaign against fracking because burning fossil fuels is dangerous for the climate. As well as that, the process of exploring for and extracting shale gas is inherently risky for the environment, this is why fracking is banned or put on hold in so many countries.”

Reality Check: Fracking is banned or put on hold in so many countries by using those same Friends of the Earth tactics exposed today.

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