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Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

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Institute for Energy Research

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Governor Cuomo continues to fight pipeline construction in New York State, even after viewing them as safe, seems he cares more about his political career.

New York Governor Cuomo claims that he supports pipeline infrastructure, commenting that pipelines are viewed as the least hazardous method of moving a combustible fuel. Cuomo further stated, “Many studies say that using a pipeline as a conduit is safer than rail travel and truck travel. Realistically you have to move fuel, so a pipeline is the safest way if it’s done right.” Yet, within the last year, his Department of Environmental Conservation denied certification to the proposed Northern Access pipeline and water permits sought by the Constitution Pipeline. Cuomo has also fought the Algonquin Pipeline expansion and has been dawdling on an 8-mile spur to a new power plant in Wawayanda.

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The End of Fracking But for the Shouting?

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

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Nick Grealy explains why we should stop using the fracking word and simply call it natural gas; to concentrate on the product not the process.

This may not be the last post at No Hot Air, but it will be close enough. Within the next few weeks I’ll be concentrating on London Local Energy, and I may or may not have a blog there.

Going through a new door is a good time to understand what has happened in the past. I’ve had a ringside seat at the greatest energy transformation since the light bulb.  I’ve been here talking about shale before anyone had ever heard of Josh Fox and Gasland.  I was here when the “conventional” industry said shale would never work: it was too expensive, the decline rates were too high, it was just a flash in the pan.

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Torpedo Blows Up in Grant Township’s Face

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Grant Township let the CELDF use it as a torpedo against state and Federal law but the thing just turned back and blew up in the faces of Township taxpayers.

Last month I wrote about how the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) was all “about seizing the municipality and turning it like a torpedo up against the state and Federal structure of law.” That’s the mantra of CELDF’s never-had-a-real-job, spoiled child leader, Tom Linzey, who takes money from other useful idiot trust-funders running wealthy foundations and uses it to manipulate still other useful idiot local elected officials into doing the work of his infantile campaign to overthrow American government. Poor Grant Township, Indiana County, bought into the CELDF lies, allowed itself to be used as one of those torpedoes and it just turned back on them and blew up in their faces.

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Speculative Testimony Doesn’t Cut It in Dimock Case

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Judge in Dimock case orders new trial; plaintiff’s evidence was based on speculative testimony and unable to support the conclusion of the jury.

Last week, Judge Martin Carlson of the Middle District of Pennsylvania kicked asunder one of the pillars of the “Fracking Is Evil” movement when he vacated the jury award of $4.24 million to the plaintiffs in the case of Nolen Scott Ely v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.   The jury verdict, in a case actually tried before Judge Carlson, is the culmination of the now famous Dimock, Pennsylvania situation made famous by “environmental activists” like Josh Fox, Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo.  To the movement, “Dimock” has become synonymous with industry negligence and malfeasance.  Judge Carlson’s opinion now casts doubt on that characterization.

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Deep Green Resistance and Friends More Red Than Green

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Deep Green Resistance is both radical and dangerous and it’s made alliances with the favorite fractivist shills of a supposedly respectable gentry class.

Deep Green Resistance is a very dangerous organization. The group’s operation manual, “Decisive Ecological Warfare,” is a diatribe on how to “disrupt and dismantle industrial civilization.” Among the strategies for doing so is “engag[ing] in direct militant actions against industrial infrastructure, especially energy infrastructure.” The whole enterprise is “aimed at identifying key points and bottlenecks in the adversary’s system (electrical, transport, financial, and so on) and engaging them to collapse those systems or reduce their functionality.” Deep Green Resistance is radically opposed to civilization as we know it and it has friends in strange places.

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Fractivists Who Fought for Home Rule Now Oppose It?

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Double standards employed by fractivists regarding home rule and natural gas development are nothing less than staggering, as the Gorsline case illustrates.

Every so often Mother Nature gets angry at the hubris exhibited by humans in their belief that they can control world climate. In response she teaches us a lesson. We are getting one here on the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard as she dumps heavy wet snow all over, paralyzing the entire area. What a pleasure to know that the ultimate weapon remains outside of human hands.

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What DAPL Protesters Accomplished and Didn’t

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL protesters accomplished a great deal, even if they didn’t stop a pipeline. They busted budgets, curtailed services and upset lives to swell their egos.

The malcontents have gone back home. Ivy Preparatory School League graduate Judith Lockhard has gone back to New Jersey, no doubt to publicly express her feelings on some other cause. Glenn Wahl has gone back to New York to spin yarns to his Jamestown Community College students about his experience. The kids in Somerville, Massachusetts have gone on to protest other things, I expect. Oil will flow through the pipeline in a matter of days. The filthy hell-hole that was the DAPL protesters’ camp has been cleaned up. It’s a time for reflection on what the DAPL protesters accomplished and didn’t.

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CELDF Seeks to Seize Municipalities and Turn Them Into Torpedos

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Tom Linzey, the over-stuffed radical child who leads the CELDF, wants to seize municipalities and turn them into torpedoes in his revolutionary power grab.

No group has more abused local government than the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which would have everyone believe its the advocate of home rule and the government that’s closest to the people. The CELDF stands for democracy and “community rights” it says, but it’s actions speak to a different agenda, one that gleefully talks of municipalities as mere material to forge into torpedoes for its war against civil society.

Tom Linzey is the forger-in-chief at the CELDF. A trust-funder type who’s never worked at real job, he and his girl friend Stacey Schmader formed the CELDF right after he graduated from law school. He’s been living off it since, prancing around the country like some sort of radical warrior throwing spears from behind the lectern. He has used and abused one naive municipality after another attaching himself to any cause he can to promote himself and his thoroughly radical agenda. His inflated ego is getting the better of him, though, as he brags to extremist supporters how he has manipulated local officials.

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DAPL Protesters: Filthy Animal and Environmental Abusers

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL protesters were not only self-righteous extremists but also a filthy crowd who abused the land, the water and even the animals, not to mention truth.

We’ve covered the lies told by DAPL protesters several times here and we’ve shared the stories of the way they’ve polluted the land and threatened to pollute the water but now there’s more. They’ve even abused the animals they brought with them. They’re one filthy bunch. Why there’s any sympathy at all for them is a profound mystery.

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The Shrill Voices and Tantrums of the Fractivist Minority

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A NJ Pinelands Commission’s vote to approve a pipeline that would help replace a coal using power plant reveals the shrill voices of the fractivist minority.

Frank Brill’s EnviroPolitics Blog is a good place to go for a refresher on the tactics of the fractivist minority. His post yesterday on a New Jersey Pinelands Commission vote to approve a short 22-mile South Jersey Gas pipeline provides a window into their world of childish temper tantrums. Frank quotes an AP story on the event, noting “The B.L. England power plant, where the pipeline would end, currently burns coal and oil to generate electricity.” The AP story also reports “Pipeline supporters including construction workers, though greatly outnumbered, chanted “USA! USA!” It’s the imagery he captures, though, that speaks to the astounding arrogance and self-righteousness of the fractivist minority.

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