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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 9, 2017

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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US Natural Gas Saves Germany from Its Own Decarbonization Experiment

ConservanciesGeorge P. Ahearn, Phd
Co-founder and Former President and CEO
GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc.

 

Imported natural gas from the United States proves to be more economical for the citizens of Germany than its own Chancellor’s decarbonization experiments.

I find it amusing that the close ties the U.S. has had with Germany for many decades, and the historic role Ronald Reagan played in denouncing the Berlin Wall which eventually led to the demise of the Soviet Union, has been completely erased by our withdrawal from the Paris Environmental Accords and our President’s rejection of the climate change theories. It illustrates how adherents of man-made climate change get into a frenzy when you start to question its theoretical credibility.  In fact, by all polling measures it ranks very low on the priority list of the American people, and for that matter most of the world.

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Minnesota Taxpayers Fund Enviro-Terrorist Video Game

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

  

Minnesota taxpayers have, in the name of the arts, funded an enviro-terrorist video game named “Thunderbird Strike” built by a Michigan State faculty member.

We’ve all heard our moms say, “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye,” but for one anti-pipeline activist, it’s all fun and games when somebody loses an eye … or their life.

“Thunderbird Strike,” a video game developed by a Michigan State University assistant professor, allows a player to fly over oil production facilities and earn points by “firing lightning at snakelike pipelines, trucks and other oil industry structures”… and presumably the employees working in or around them.

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Fantasy Flights of the Mind from the “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” Folks

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

  

The “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” movement is built upon completely thoughtless fantasies of the mind; flights into the never-never dreamland of ideologues.

If you’ve got a few minutes to kill and you want to see something really cool, click on this link and see how many aircraft are in the sky right now. You can zoom in close to see hundreds of airplanes flying over your state, or you can zoom out and see literally thousands of jetliners and private planes in flight around the globe in real time. These are flights the Keep-It-in-the-Ground folks pretend not to see.

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Another Solar Boondoggle Ironically Demonstrates Pipeline Need

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

North Carolina is the proposed site of yet another solar boondoggle requiring both massive subsidies and added natural gas capacity as well as pipelines.

Wilkinson Solar has filed papers requesting permits for a 74-megawatt solar electricity facility about 35 miles east of Greenville, NC. If approved, 288,120 solar panels would blanket 600 acres (0.94 square miles) of now scenic, serene farmland next door to the Terra Ceia Christian School near Morehead City.

The company wants to catch the solar wave, and make a lot of money under “net metering” policies that require payment for electricity added to the grid, whenever it is generated and regardless of whether the electricity is needed at the time. Electricity generated from these new panels would not be sold in the local area; it would be exported to Virginia, Raleigh-Durham and other locations.

Solar power installations doubled in 2016 over 2015, media outlets reported in February. There are now 1.3 million solar installations across the United States, with a cumulative capacity of over 40 gigawatts. That’s enough capacity to power 6,560,000 US households, they say. Of course, there are caveats.

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Environmentalists Ignore the Real Rogue Industry

Decline Curves - Chris AckerChris Acker
Geological Engineer,
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania 

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Environmentalists want you to believe fossil fuels are the problem, however the real rogue industry is illegal marijuana farming.

Imagine, if you will, a rogue industry in America… a rogue industry systematically destroying pristine forests. A rogue industry indiscriminately spewing poisons of frightening toxicity. A rogue industry unaccountable to government or the people – uncaring, unstoppable – mindlessly causing damages in the hundreds of millions.

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Electric Vehicles Not Sustainable Without Taxpayer Subsidies

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Electric Vehicles, along with wind and solar, require huge government subsidies to make them affordable, but they are still not sustainable.

Is this to be our future? Anarchy and riots – with mindless, incoherent radicals raging south of Bismarck, North Dakota, where thousands of “peaceful protesters” are camping illegally on federal and private lands, “venting their anger” over the Dakota Access Pipe Line.

The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade deficits. Bountiful oil and natural gas supplies from America’s hydraulic fracturing revolution finally eliminated that as an argument.

Now the focus is on climate change. Every EV sale will help prevent assumed and asserted manmade temperature, climate and weather disasters, we’re told – even if their total sales represented less than 1% of all U.S. car and light truck sales in 2016 (Tesla sold 47,184 of the 17,557,955 vehicles sold nationwide last year), and plug-in EVs account for barely 0.15% of 1.4 billion vehicles on the road worldwide.

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Are Anti’s Changing Their Minds About Fossil Fuels?

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Is it possible some of the biggest anti fossil fuels advocates are changing their minds? Mark Zuckerberg appears to be; even meeting with oil and gas workers.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Williston, North Dakota last week as part of his quest to visit all 50 states, sparking questions about a possible Presidential run.  While in Williston, Zuckerberg met with oil and gas workers in an unusual display for a Silicon Valley mogul.

He actually talked to the people and did not issue the standard “fossil fuels are evil” press statement.  Instead, Mr. Zuckerberg donned a hard hat, mingled and took to Facebook to remind people that while he sees climate change as one of the world’s most important issues, he encourages people to go out and learn about the situation from all perspectives.

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Fracking Bolsters the American Economy

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Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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Robert Bradley explains the practice of hydraulic fracturing is not only safe but is actually helping to bolster the American economy.

Our friends at Institute for Energy Research shared this guest post with us, which was written by their founder and CEO, Robert Bradley, Jr. and recently published in Forbes.

Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health.

Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels.

For years, the green movement has spread falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — the practice of unlocking hydrocarbons by injecting high-pressure liquid deep into the earth. Lately, the leave-it-in-the-ground lobby has doubled down on its mission to thwart the latest oil and gas extraction techniques.

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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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