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There’s NOAA Denying It: Methane Issue Isn’t One

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The lengths to which some warmists will go to blame natural gas for methane issues is amazing but there’s NOAA denying the industry isn’t the issue.

NOAA–the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–contains some of the biggest kool-aid drinking man-made global warming fanatics on the planet. So we found it interesting that the mighty NOAA has just released new research that finds yes, so-called “fugitive” methane that escapes into the atmosphere is up–way up. And yes, oil and gas drilling contributes WAY MORE to the fugitive methane problem “than previously thought.” And yes, methane leaks from fossil fuel development represents something like 20-25% of of the total “problem.”

But then those same researchers, in little teeny tiny type add this (emphasis added):

However, the findings also confirm other work by NOAA scientists that conclude fossil fuel facilities are not directly responsible for the increased rate of global atmospheric methane emissions measured in the atmosphere since 2007.

That is, while the shale revolution has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, and while the rate of fugitive methane has grown during that same period–the growth has NOT come from oil and gas development. Instead, it’s coming from rice paddies and cow farts/burps.

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PIOGA Considers Prosecuting Officials Over Illegal Fracking Bans

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Local towns cannot legally pass their own ordinances banning fracking. Still, several are trying to pass illegal bans on fracking and the PIOGA is considering prosecution.

As a general rule and principle, local control over decisions that affect an entire community is a good thing. Our great country as founded gives precedence to individual freedom. However, what do you do when two neighbors disagree on an important, community-changing issue?

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Keeping it Real on PA’s Act 13 Decision

Dakota AccessMike Krancer
Partner, Leader – Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice Group at Blank Rome LLP

 

A look at what really happened in the PA Supreme Court Robinson Township decision on the Act 13 and oil and gas activities.

Let’s “keep it real” and be reminded of some historical and factual context to yesterday’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in the Robinson Township case. Let’s also get beyond what will be the out of context sound bytes from the decision that will be flouted about to serve various agendas and focus on what really happened, or didn’t happen.

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Fracking is Lowering Mortgage Defaults In PA

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

 

A new study proves fracking actually lowered the rate of mortgage defaults in Pennsylvania by as much as 58 percent, contrary to all fractivist hype.

Fractivists would love to have you believe their hysteria about fracking negatively impacting home values, which is sheer nonsense. We have already done several posts (here, here and here) discussing how fracking actually increases homes value.

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Fracking Is Not Causing Earthquakes

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

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Fractivists can claim all they want that hydraulic fracturing is the reason for increased earthquakes, but scientific evidence just does not support it.

People in seven states, from South Dakota to Texas, were awakened Saturday morning, September 3, by Oklahoma’s most powerful earthquake in recorded history. The 5.8 tremor was centered near Pawnee, OK. Several buildings sustained minor damage and there were no serious injuries.

That we know.

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Don’t Knock PA Fracking – It’s Been Our Keystone

PA Fracking Our KeystoneJohn Felmy
Retired Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

 

Fracking is the Keystone of Pennsylvania but the anti-fracking politician’s energy policies will leave PA out of the recovery when natural gas prices improve.

As a former dirt poor country boy turned economist who grew up near Williamsport, PA, I have seen the positive economic impact of natural gas drilling in the Keystone State. When the “shale gale” was operating in full force, diners and motels were full, local governments were collecting millions of dollars in impact fees, and communities across the state were becoming more prosperous.

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South Australia Learns Renewable Energy Is Not Cheap

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

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South Australia has found out the hard way that renewable energy is very expensive and only under ideal conditions would electricity demand be met.

If a country’s goal is to decrease carbon emissions by increasing reliance on renewable energy, it only makes sense to install the new equipment in the location with the best potential, both in geography and government.

For Australia, which has a national Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 33,000 gigawatt hours of electricity generated by defined renewable sources by 2020, South Australia (SA) is that place. According to SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, who is also the Energy Minister, the federal government had determined that SA is where “the best conditions for wind farms” could be found.

The state government was amenable, with SA Premier Jay Wetherill promising to make Adelaide, its capitol city, “the first ‘carbon neutral’ city by 2050.” The state’s RET is for 50 percent renewable energy by 2025. Wetherall, in 2014, claimed: “This new target of half of the state’s power to be generated by renewable sources will create jobs and drive capital investment and advanced manufacturing industries.”

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Pipeline Infrastructure Crucial for Economy

Gene BarrGene Barr
President, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce of Business and Industry

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Pipeline infrastructure will give Pennsylvania’s economy the boost needed to create much needed jobs and supply low cost natural gas to millions of homes and businesses.

Pennsylvania’s economy continues to face headwinds. Unemployment has increased over the past year – now higher than the national average – with most jobs losses coming in the blue-collar construction, manufacturing and mining sectors. Policymakers and regulators can help stem this tide by enacting pro-growth policies, and that starts with building out infrastructure and authorizing the construction of several major pipeline projects.

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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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