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Pipelines Are Simply the Safest Way to Move Energy

LNG - Robert Bradly, JRRobert Bradley, Jr.
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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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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