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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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City vs. Countryside: Can Upstate New York Ever Get Well?

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

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Political observers say the great divide in the US is city vs. countryside. They’re correct and Upstate New York faces a grim future unless things change.

One of our readers brought an interesting article to my attention yesterday that hit upon a great point and, yet, missed the most important things. It was a post by Damon Linker on a blog called The Week. Entitled “It’s Not Elites vs. Populists; It’s City vs. Countryside,” the piece looks at our politics and observes the vast gulf between urban and  rural voters. It’s on target in that respect, but fails to hit the bullseye, especially as it relates to natural resources and energy issues about which the two parts of our nation are as different as could possibly be. That difference is why I question whether Upstate New York can ever get well.

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FERC Issues Final EIS to PennEast Pipeline Project

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline project is moving swiftly ahead with FERC’s issuance of their final EIS confirming there will be minimal environmental impacts.

Another hurdle cleared for the PennEast pipeline project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the final EIS for the 120 mile long pipeline project after determining the construction of the pipeline would only have a minimal impact on the environment
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Failures in Energy Leadership: Four Recent Examples

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Four recent examples of failures in energy leadership demonstrate the extreme danger posed by political correctness in formulating public energy policy.

Political correctness in public energy policy is a clear and direct threat to the future of mankind. Four recent examples of failure in energy leadership demonstrate the extreme costs off this political correctness. Moreover, we can only overcome it if we’re willing to identify and condemn it, which is what this post is all about.

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Shale Exports Key to Defending US Interests Here and Abroad

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Our new President’s willingness to build important infrastructure and allow shale exports will change the dependence Europe has on Russia for energy.

President Donald Trump travelled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last Wednesday to pay his respects to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed in a raid against al Qaeda in Yemen.  The raid was the first reported covert counter-terrorism operation of the Trump Presidency.  While the sketchy details were reported widely in the press, the press did not highlight the folly of relying on countries like Yemen for America’s energy supply.

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Natural Gas Development Before and After – Part I

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Fractivists obsessed with the anecdotal and the superficial miss the reality of what’s happening with natural gas development – the before and the after.

Fractivists, despite the object of their animus, aren’t deep thinkers. They prefer the shallow collections of stories “of the harmed” and other such nonsense. They have no interest in science unless it’s the pseudo or junk version, in which case they repeat the words “peer review” like a parrot on high-protein bird food. They focus, instead, on anecdotes, pictures and footprints, as our friend Nick Grealy noted here. That raises a question posed by Nick and one of our correspondents in a comment on his post. Why aren’t we documenting the before and after of natural gas development? I’ve been saying this for years as well. We’ve tried to also do something about it, but we’re going to step up our game — starting right now.

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The New York DEC Con Game: Delay, Delay, Delay

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A NY State DEC response to Millennium Pipeline’s lawsuit over delays in approving a pipeline illustrate the DEC con game of delay as a political strategy.

If you want to understand the full politically corrupt nature of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) these days you only need to read this. The important discussion (the excuse-making) starts on page 26. It’s all about the seven miles of pipeline Millennium Pipeline needs to build to supply gas to the new CPV Valley Energy Center in Orange County, New York.

The project, although it is an excellent one, was marred by the CPV staff allegedly seeking favors from Prince Corruptocrat’s political hacks, a matter now in the criminal courts. Regardless what did or didn’t happen, the New York State DEC is now playing CYA and, of course, it’s totally dominated by NRDC gang anyway. DEC, therefore, has gone into full delay mode. The way it’s going about it is totally disingenuous, of course, which is standard operating procedure at the top of the agency and in the Governor’s Office. Indeed, it’s a lesson in DEC con games.

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DAPL Protestors Told to Just Go, But Clean Up First

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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There’s nothing worst than failed leadership that, having made a complete mess of things, just won’t go away. That’s the DAPL protestors today.

Neville Chamberlain’s failure in dealing with Hitler, thereby plunging Europe into complete war, led to Leo Amery, a member of Parliament, telling him this:

You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

It was an old line, first used by Oliver Cromwell in 1653, but it captured the moment perfectly and Chamberlain was soon gone. I’ve always liked the line and it occurs to me it has some applicability today to the out-of-town DAPL protestors who’ve now made another complete mess of things and worn out their welcome with everyone from the government to the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II.

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Tony Ingraffea Finally Gets It Right?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Tony Ingraffea has finally uttered something with which I wholeheartedly agree, although he has come to it as a result of his own previous demagoguery.

I knew it would happen, but not this quickly. Tony Ingraffea pushed hard on a plan for New York to power itself with renewables in a few short years. It became clear earlier this year, though, it would never work politically when a tiny wind farm in his backyard faced strong opposition. I wrote this at the time:

Three years ago, Tony Ingraffea, chief fractivist on Planet Ithaca, co-authored a report. It suggested New York could derive all its all-purpose energy from renewables by 2030. It was premised on 4,250 windmills providing 10% of that energy. That assumption is, as I’ve noted from my own experience with wind projects, incredibly naive. The same people who fight fracking can be counted to also oppose wind when it’s in their back yard

That report from Tony Ingraffea suggesting wind energy would be an easy replacement for some portion of natural gas, is wildly impractical. Tony’s never had to get a wind project approved. If it takes more than a decade to build seven seven stupid turbines that shouldn’t bother anyone, imagine just how difficult it would be to get 600 times that many more approved and built in the next 14 years. It isn’t going to happen, there’s not enough money to do it and many of the people who say they want it, don’t want it near them. It’s that simple.

Today, Tony Ingraffea is facing that reality—the fruits of his own demagoguery—and his reaction is about what I expected.

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Will the Trump Administration Provide Clear Energy Direction?

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Will a new Trump Administration offer some clear energy direction to replace the often  conflicting signals that came from the Obama Administration? Perhaps.

With one week to go before the Donald Trump Presidency, the Obama Administration’s final energy moves remain curious.  Just a few weeks after refusing to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Administration went the other way on Atlantic Sunrise.

Right before the new year, FERC gave the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline long-awaited good news by issuing a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.  Based on that, Williams Partners announced that it anticipates full service by mid-2018.  The EIS is good news for Williams and for anyone in the Mid-Atlantic whose gas supply will be safeguarded by the connection of the Northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale deposits with a major Northeast pipeline.

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