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Gomez Addams (a/k/a Wallflower Pete) Finds Himself at 87

fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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John Astin, the 87-year old actor who played Gomez Addams and did a gig singing Wallflower Pete has found himself in opposing fracking. Who knew? Game over?

The death rattle of journalism is evidenced by the increasing frequency of episodes where I am forced to exclaim, yet again, “If any further proof be needed of the death…” The latest is an AP Big Story item entitled “Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition.” The article is all of 122 words. It tells us Baltimore native John Astin, the 87-year old actor who last appeared in the Addams Family sitcom 51 years ago as Gomez Addams, has put out a TV ad endorsing a Maryland Fracking ban.

That’s the news in a state with a city ranked as the No. 5 murder capital of the US so far in 2017? What AP employee possibly thought a story about an actor few thought was still alive doing a fracking ad was the “Big Story”? Did Astin’s agent slip him a $100 bill or was it Food & Water Watch?

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Fracking Lowers Mortgage Defaults, Raises House Prices

fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A study from Clemson University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows fracking lowers mortgage defaults, raises home values and improves FICO scores.

It was a little less than six years ago when Ian Urbina, as part of his “Drilling Down” series in the New York Times, wrote a piece entitled “Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages.” Urbina who was always looking for opportunities to slam fracking, quoted an official of Wells Fargo bank as telling a mortgage broker from Northeastern Pennsylvania it would be “very difficult to obtain financing due to the potential hazard” as well as “unknowns.” Urbina, of course, long ago moved onto other things, and history has moved beyond the baseless speculation at the root of so much policy discussion to the hard facts, which are very friendly, as it turns out, to fracking.

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Benedict Arnold Move: Larry Hogan Just Sold Us Out

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Once a true supporter of natural gas development in Western Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan just sold us all out, proving faith in politicos is never rewarded.

Shocked, disappointed, betrayed: these are the words that immediately come to mind when I heard the news. Disgust and angry follows those. Maryland came a long way in the fight to develop natural gas and just like flipping a light switch, our own Benedict Arnold just sold us out.

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Fellow Marylanders: Would You Buy A Used Car from This Man?

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Craig Stevens is a used car salesman adept at pitching quip to get others to buy what he’s selling on behalf of his benefactors. Marylanders, beware.

“Buyer beware” is a phrase that lives in infamy. Like it or not, it is true and we all have our horror stories of being a potential victim of a sleazy salesman. Some such “used car salesmen” simply scream sleaze, in fact. Not to throw stink on honest used car salesmen, but it is an industry where the buyer must see through the pitch to understand what they are really getting.

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Energy Education Is Fun and Engaging with MOLU

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU) is a fun, hands-on learning approach to teaching energy education and it is on the way to Pennsylvania.

Cabot is excited to announce the Mobile Offshore Learning Unit, or MOLU, is visiting Pennsylvania. This unit, created by the Offshore Energy Center, features six self-contained learning centers with curriculum-based, hands-on activities about energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and natural gas industry with a curriculum based on state and national standards.

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Shale Gas News – March 4, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about severance tax, UK green energy scandal, Ohio oil & gas and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Stephanie Catarino Wissman, executive director, Associated Petroleum Industries of PA and Jackie Stewart, Ohio Director of Energy in Depth.

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SolarCity Shaping Up As Cuomo’s Biggest Failure; A “Skinnin”

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

 

The news regarding Andrew Cuomo’s pet project, the centerpiece of his Buffalo Billion scam, SolarCity, gets worse by the day. It’s what we call a “skinnin.”

One of my former office neighbors, a mortage broker, loved to talk of something he called a “skinnin.” It was country slang for making the deal of deals; a “stealing candy from the baby” sort of deal. Whenever I arrived at the office in coat and tie, I could be sure to get a “skinnin’ today?” question out of him, combined with a sly grin. What he had in mind was what Elon Musk did with Andrew Cuomo by selling him the SolarCity deal. It’s been falling apart for many months now and things just keep getting worse for Prince Corruptocrat.

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The Stupidity of Importing Natural Gas One Already Has

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Message to Boston: This is why importing natural gas from Trinidad and Tobago when it’s being produced next door here in the US is idiocy for public policy.

Deciding – or not – to explore for the UK’s onshore natural gas and oil reserves needs informed facts.

On Saturday March 4, the LNG carrier Gallina  docked at the Isle of Grain Terminal 50 miles from London.

The Gallina’s arrival is inextricably linked to the lack of UK shale gas exploration. If exploration had been allowed,  and production ensued, the Gallina would not be landing the cargo.

The Gallina’s gas is very high carbon, with a 20% to 30% higher CO2 footprint across the supply chain than locally produced UK gas.

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Fear Mongering Is by Far the Favorite Fractivist Tactic

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Fear is a dynamic and powerful tool, but left unchecked with false facts, it drives public opinion and results in dangerous consequences. 

Fear seems to drive people for many reasons. We have a natural inclination to fear as a species. Some fear can be a good thing. It helps us mitigate risks when making decisions, to know when to jump into action and serves as the basis of fight or flight. Unchecked, though, fear is quite the opposite. Fear based on limited knowledge or incorrect facts can be dangerous and leave someone wearing tinfoil hats, scared of everything discussed on the X-Files.

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Shale Gas News – February 18, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about Procter & Gamble, emissions, renewables and much more last week.

Shale Gas News is now also on the air at WWSM 1510 am in Lebanon, PA. This station covers Lancaster, Harrisburg and York County and that entire area.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we touched on some older examples of why we support natural gas to give a background to our new listeners and to let folks know what this show is all about.

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