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Unnecessary Methane Regulations “A War on Natural Gas”

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

 

Tony Ventello just told Congress new EPA methane regulations would hinder a natural gas industry that has already reduced emissions.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing in Washington D.C. on September 15 to discuss the impact of the EPA’s recent methane regulations. It was, appropriately titled as A Solution In Search of a Problem: EPA’s Methane Regulations.

Tony Ventello, Executive Director of the Progress Authority (Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania) traveled to the capital to be a witness. He was joined by Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute, Dr. Bernard Weinstein of the Maguire Energy Institute of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and Elgie Holstein of Environmental Defense Fund.

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Colorado Fracking Debate Leaves Common Sense Behind

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Rabid anti-fossil fuel activists are employing every tactic in their well-funded arsenals to ban Colorado fracking…and all oil and gas production. Where’s the common sense?

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has given the USA and world centuries of new petroleum supplies, lowered energy prices for manufacturers, motorists and consumers, and altered geopolitics for the Middle East, Russia and Venezuela. New natural gas supplies provide low-cost petrochemical feed stocks, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by fueling electrical generating plants – which you’d think would be good news for climate alarmists.

But naturally, those who inhabit environmentalism’s loonier fringes have gone into overdrive. They used to support natural gas. However, now that they’ve shut down many American coal mines and coal-burning power plants, they’re against it.

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More Distortion from StateImpactPA

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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There is no end to the bias that comes from StateImpactPA, revealed again in an article about oil and gas industry air emissions. StateImpactPA is a fractivist shill.

StateImpactPA continues to distort the facts on natural gas. That’s what the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation pay them to do. If I sound like  broken record on that point, I can’t help it. They keep playing the same song over and over again, with little attention to detail, a whole lot of bias and, always, always, quotes from their sister fractivist shill groups. They know exactly what they’re doing and John Hanger caught them at it last week. The story today, though, is what they’re doing to distort the air emissions record of the industry. Pennsylvania’s DEP hasn’t helped either.

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John Hanger Takes on StateImpactPA! Shots Fired!

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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John Hanger, the former DEP Secretary for Pennsylvania, has taken on StateImpactPA in a very smart way and exposed their bias. Bravo!

I have many disagreements with John Hanger but he’s just done something wonderful. He’s gone after StateImpactPA for spinning a false narrative about hydraulic fracturing.  He did it on Twitter and got them to acknowledge the funding that drives their reporting. He also got them to admit their definition of fracking includes drilling. That’s the only way they can claim it’s ever impacted water to any degree.

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Atlantic Sunrise FERC Hearing: A Lesson in Rules for Radicals

Methane Gas MigrationJohn Silla, Chair
Sullivan County Energy Group

Sullivan County, Pennsylvania

 

The Atlantic Sunrise FERC hearing in Bloomsburg was a window into the world of fractivism and the Rules for Radicals employed there.

My pal Rich and I went to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hearing on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Bloomsburg Wednesday night to learn more about the process and hear the comments from both sides.

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More Methane Madness; More Mindless Job-Killing Rules from EPA

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Methane madness continues with new EPA rules on emissions that break the rules of economic analysis and common sense. It’s more job-killing by the agency.

Having already done yeoman’s work stifling economic growth and job creation, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down again with nonsensical methane rules.

The United States created a paltry 38,000 new jobs in May: one for every 8,000 Americans. Its labor force participation rate is a miserable 63% – meaning 93 million Americans are not working, while 6.4 million more are trying to feed their families on involuntary part-time positions and a fraction of their previous salaries. Manufacturing lost another 20,000 jobs in May, as the economy grew at an almost stagnant 0.8% the first quarter of 2016. Middle class family incomes and net worth continue to slide.

Meanwhile, well-paid federal bureaucrats increasingly regulate our lives, livelihoods and living standards, hand down fines and jail terms for some 5,000 federal crimes and 300,000 criminal offenses, and inflict $1.9 trillion in annual regulatory compliance costs on families and businesses.

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Fractivist Special Interest Groups are Hypocrites

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Lobbying is a double edged sword in politics. When special interest groups do it while simultaneously complaining about it, it is just hypocritical. 

There are little topics that are as polarized as politics in America. It has long been said to avoid politics in general as that is a quick way to heat up a friendly conversation and turn it into an ugly storm of bitterness. However, when it comes to natural gas development, there are not many ways to expose the ignorance of fractivists without diving into that hole from time to time.

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Fracking Lies and Misconceptions are Driving Public Opinion

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Fracking lies and misconceptions spread through the media are continuing to hinder public opinion on natural gas development.

A few years ago, during a lunch break at work, we were discussing natural gas development in Maryland. Unbeknownst to everyone in the room at the time that I was a heavy supporter, a colleague of mine, whom I respected for his insight on many issues, began telling everyone how bad the fracking process was.

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Methane Madness Infects Washington Energy Politics

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Methane madness, the latest virulent obsession of activists and special interests promoting their political agendas, has infected Washington politics.

Quick: What is 17 cents out of $100,000? If you said 0.00017 percent, you win the jackpot.

That number, by sheer coincidence, is also the percentage of methane in Earth’s atmosphere. That’s a trivial amount, you say: 1.7 parts per million. There’s three times more helium and 230 times more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. You’re absolutely right, again.

Equally relevant, only 19% of that global methane comes from oil, natural gas and coal production and use. Fully 33% comes from agriculture: 12% from rice growing and 21% from meat production. Still more comes from landfills and sewage treatment (11%) and burning wood and animal dung (8%). The remaining 29% comes from natural sources: oceans, wetlands, termites, forest fires and volcanoes. 

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Fracking Isn’t Increasing Methane and the Earth is Still Round

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Despite the myths, extraction of fossil fuels is not the primary source of methane. While the EPA say it’s still “learning,” it might want to explore an accelerated course.

One of the largest myths in human history was the expectation that the earth was flat and sailors who went too close to the edge would simply fall off the face of earth. This idea lived until the 15th century, even though proof existed for several centuries that contradicted the notion. In fact, one ancient Greek, Eratosthenes, was able to calculate the circumference of our planet and measure exactly how large (or small) it really was.

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