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The Empty Phony “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” Movement

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” movement is a completely empty gesture that reveals the hollowness and shallow thoughtless nature of all fractivist enterprises.

Wikipedia defines “virtue signaling” as the “platitudinous, empty, or superficial support of certain political views” voiced by people who “value outward appearance over substantive action.”

Based on that definition, 61 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, three candidates for Lieutenant Governor and at least one gubernatorial candidate have been campaigning around the Commonwealth all year with the virtue signal blinking.

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Queensland Fracking Lesson: Renewables Depend on Natural Gas

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Queensland, Australia has, albeit belatedly, learned renewables cannot advance without clean baseload electric generation from natural gas; fracking that is.

Down under, there is a lesson taking place on how to do renewables successfully. It’s taking place in the state of Queensland, Australia where, yesterday, Reuters reported this from Melbourne:

Australia’s most solar-power dependent state, Queensland, said it would restart a gas-fired energy plant next year to help cap soaring electricity prices and make the grid more stable, a move that prompted an instant drop in power futures prices on Monday.

There’s a powerful (pun intended) lesson here: if you want to do renewables successfully you’ll need to do natural gas as well, which means fracking.

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Fighting Fractivist Fire with An Invoice!

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The time for tolerating fractivist antics of vandalism, violence and other forms of intolerant destructive behavior is past. It’s time to hand them invoices.

Those “peaceful” #NoDAPL protesters who tried to prevent the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock were anything but. During their months-long occupation of the Sacred Stone Camp, protesters threatened and intimidated local residents, abused animals and stole livestock, and left a trail of garbage and destruction in their wake. The cost to the North Dakota taxpayers for this “peaceful protest”: $38 million and counting.

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Attacking Critical Pipeline Infrastructure is Terrorism

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Homeland Security considers any attack on critical pipeline infrastructure terrorism; yet ecoterrorists are willing to somehow normalize these acts of violence.

In October 2016, extremists broke into and closed the safety valves on five pipelines.

In May 2017, arsonists broke in and attempted to burn a hole through a working pipeline.

Are these acts of property destruction? Acts of civil disobedience by idiots who failed to understand the potential personal and environmental damage they were risking?

No. They were acts of terrorism. Why? Because they were attacks against critical infrastructure.
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How to Battle Fractivists in One Easy Lesson

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

The oil and gas industry has always been focused on production and is rather poor at fighting, but Texans for Natural Gas shows how to battle fractivists.

The oil and gas industry is notoriously bad (pipeline companies being the worst) and very slow, by tradition, in doing what is, essentially, land use politics. Likewise, most landowners who want the industry in their backyard are just too polite to do battle. Both the industry and its natural constituencies are driven by motives of being businesslike, friendly and unfailingly positive.

Unfortunately, that’s not enough in today’s world. It probably never was if we consider some the earliest political campaigns of our nation. Successful politicians know the public always says it hates negative campaigning, yet unfailingly responds to it. There are limits, of course. One hopes we don’t get back to where we refer to our opponent as a “mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed,” as Adams did of Jefferson.

Notwithstanding these boundaries, it’s completely fair to illustrate your opponents’ failings. bad policies, mistakes and weaknesses. How else are decision makers and voters to know, after all? The oil and gas industry and those of us who support it very much need to get better at this. An outfit called Texans for Natural Gas is showing the way.

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New York’s Energy Double Standards: When Home Rule Is Out

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

New York’s energy double standards are on full display right now with a wind project off Lake Ontario. It’s home rule again but the rules have changed.

Back in December I wrote a post here about Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo’s ridiculous plan to impose a poorly conceived renewable energy plan on rural Upstate New York. I mentioned the Lighthouse Wind project in Niagara and Orleans Counties just off the shores of Lake Ontario. It will occupy 20,000 acres of land to create roughly 200 megawatts of capacity, probably operating about one-third of time to generate a measly 65-70 megawatts of power.

I’m not against wind on principle, though. I’ve worked on wind projects, in fact. I only oppose the subsidies involved and the unfair advantages accorded wind compared to natural gas, which is a much better bargain for all. There are huge energy double standards involved when it comes to wind versus natural gas in New York and among those are the matter of home rule.

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If Government Energy Were All We Had, We’d Be in Blackout Now

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

If government energy policies over the last four decades were all we had depended upon to heat and light our world we’d be living in blackout conditions now.

I’m not much of a fan of The Hill, whether we’re talking about Congress or the newspaper and blog, the latter being largely a gossip sheet for the former. Nevertheless, The Hill does, from time to time, publish some great stuff revealing what incredible fiascos, messes and Rube Goldberg contraptions we create when when we try to do things by committee. Such is the case with an article Thursday by Mark Mills, who is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. It is entitled “Despite Four Decades and $500 Billion, the Energy Department Hasn’t Accomplished Much,” and, in just a few paragraphs, makes it clear government energy policy is unlikely to ever produce anything more than blackouts.

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Pipelines Are Simply the Safest Way to Move Energy

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Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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Robert Bradley contrasts the safety of pipelines – the safest way to move energy – with the myths perpetuated by anti-growth opponents of energy development.

Our associates from the Institute for Energy Research, who shared this guest post, recently published in Forbes, with us.

Have you heard? Transporting oil through pipelines is a threat to humanity! The many accidents highlighted in the press speak for themselves.

Except that pipeline accidents are rare enough to be big news—and many of those accounts contain exaggerations. Too often, they imply that pipelines, really the energy they carry, should be phased down and out.

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If You’ve Lost Labour, You Can Hang It Up As A Fractivist

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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If what’s happening in the UK is any indication, with a Labour candidate asking for reason when it comes to fracking, you can now hang it up as a fractivist.

Something remarkable just happened in the UK that portends the approaching end of fractivism both there and here. The UK is the midst of an election. A Labour Party parliamentary candidate for North East Derbyshire named Natascha Engel just said “spreading scare stories for which there is no reliable evidence about increases in cancer rates and low-birth-weight babies is unforgiveable” and “should have no place in the debate about energy, climate change and shale.” It’s something akin to the Flat earth Society sponsoring a “round the world” cruise and reflects a new political reality — fractivism isn’t selling anywhere outside beyond the ivory towers of the gentry class.

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Unstoppable Natural Gas: Fracking As Far As the Eye Can See

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The future belongs to unstoppable natural gas, as far as the eye can see. Yes, renewables will be part of it, too, but fracking is the primary path to power.

Thursday and Friday’s Today In Energy posts from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) together provide a big picture of our energy future. It is one of unstoppable natural gas. Fracking is here to stay. The first post, by Richard Bowers, is about how natural gas has displaced coal in the Northeast with respect to electricity generation. The second, by the EIA staff, is all about the expected decline in nuclear energy capacity and generation. Put them together and all you see is unstoppable natural gas.

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