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Bill McKibben’s Unfinished Business

Fracking – Marita-Noon-4-160x160Marita Noon
Executive Director – Energy Makes America Great Inc. 

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UPDATE: Marita will focus on this subject on her America’s Voice for Energy radio show this Thursday morning, August 25 at 11:00 AM ET on AmericasWebRadio.com. Within a few days thereafter, the archive will be available for indefinite online listening/podcast. Check it out!

Using inaccurate data that shows a rise in methane emissions, published by known fracking opponents, Bill McKibben is pushing to ban fracking.

What is the “biggest unfinished business for the Obama Administration?” According to a report from Bill McKibben, the outspoken climate alarmist who calls for all fossil fuels to be kept in the ground, it is “to establish tight rules on methane emissions” emissions that he blames on the “rapid spread of fracking.”

McKibben calls methane emissions a “disaster.” He claims that “methane is much more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide” and that it does more damage to the climate than coal. Methane, CH4, is the primary component of natural gas.

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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 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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Will Energy Policy Be Decided by Law or Fiat?

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

 

Recent decisions raise the big question: will energy policy be determined by law or by fiat? For New York and propane gel fracking it’s fiat, of course.

Following a string of politically expedient, scientifically questionable and legally obtuse rulings by state and federal agencies, the Colorado Supreme Court delivered a dose of sanity and reality last week. It ruled that local governments cannot ban or declare a moratoria on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado when state law approves of the practice.  Writing for a unanimous Court, Justice Richard Gabriel wrote “(i)n matters of statewide or mixed concern…state laws supersede any conflicting government regulations.” Energy policy in Colorado was thus determined by interpretation of law but, increasingly, it is being determined by fiat.  

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The Dimock Verdict “An Aberrant Result”

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The full appeal of the insane Dimock verdict has now been filed and it’s compelling reading of what went wrong in the Scranton Federal Courthouse.

Cabot Oil & Gas has filed its detailed challenge of the Dimock verdict with the court and the introduction is a thing of beauty. We have reproduced it below for interested readers and highly encourage all to review it and also peruse the entire filing, which may be found here. The Dimock verdict was, as Cabot’s attorney’s demonstrate, “an aberrant result.”

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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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An Insane Dimock Verdict Gets Challenged

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Dimock verdict, so insane even the Scranton Times called it jury nullification, is now being challenged, thank goodness. May justice prevail this time.

The jury’s verdict in Scott Ely’s case against Cabot Oil & Gas was so counter to the facts, so opposite the law, so bad, even the Scranton Times used the words “jury nullification” to describe it. It was as if the Dallas Cowboys had scored 10 touchdowns to the Philadelphia Eagles single field goal, only to have the referees call them all back at the very end of the game and declare the Eagles the winners. It had to be challenged and now it has been, as Cabot has filed a compelling motion with the court to throw the whole thing out.

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Dimock Verdict Headline Fail

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

 

The only thing worse than the media reporting of the Dimock verdict was the collection of false, misleading and just plain wrong headlines it produced.

Our post of yesterday about the Dimock verdict and what the media got wrong in reporting on it (or, more accurately, what it missed because it wasn’t there for the trial) provides a rundown of the major facts indicating why the verdict was most likely an act of jury nullification. There is one other aspect to the story that we didn’t have room to address in that article, but also deserves attention; the collection of totally false, misleading and just plain wrong headlines that accompanied both media and fractivist reporting of the Dimock verdict.

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Why the Marcellus Shale (and Utica) Are So Important

Shale gas - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

 

Nick Grealy explains why shale gas near urban areas is so valuable, illustrating for us why the Marcellus Shale (and Utica) are such valuable energy assets.

Laszlo Varro, recently appointed Chief Economist of the IEA is the smartest and funniest guy in the energy room in my opinion, a rare combination in a field known for portentous and pretentious expertise. Over the past few years Laszlo has predicted the oil and gas resource is much larger than any one would dare admit and has also accurately predicted that environmental opposition in the US, not Europe, presents the greater danger. He also predicted that gas would start to replace coal on price even in Asia a couple of years before anyone else dared think it. His insights about the relationship between energy assets and location are, therefore, something to be taken seriously.

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The Dimock Verdict: What the Media Got Wrong

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

 

Virtually every bit of reporting on the Dimock verdict missed the point and failed to call out why it was a decision totally contrary to the evidence presented.

The reporting on the Dimock verdict was abysmal. Only one reporter actually attended the trial and she left before Scott Ely finished testifying, not to return until the end. Others, such as Laura Legere, who wrote dozens and dozens of Dimock stories over the years helping to fashion the myths surrounding the case, couldn’t be bothered to attend, perhaps because, deep down, she knew the truth; methane problems in Dimock existed long before drilling.

Legere still lives in the Scranton area and only took interest when the surprise verdict came down, writing yet another piece suggesting Cabot had it coming, of course, with her characteristic sleight-of-hand reporting. She included quotes from Cabot about the lack of evidence but, like so many others writing about the Dimock verdict, couldn’t speak to it herself in any detail because she wasn’t there. The reporting from others was similar, as story after story accepted the contamination verdict with putting it into context or even discussing the evidence. If they had, they would have come to the inescapable conclusion the Dimock verdict was an instance of jury nullification – an extraordinary story that should have been told.

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