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Fake News – The Fractivist Version

peer reviewed health - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Fake news had suddenly become a big concern in some quarters. It’s nothing new to fractivism, though, the foundation of which is entirely built on the stuff.

Fractivist news is fake news. It is the original fake news, in fact. We seem to be hearing a lot about fake news since the election, but it’s been at the heart if fractivism from the very beginning. Fractivists have been manufacturing protests, ginning up fake news stories and manipulating events to spin a narrative bearing no relationship to the truth. Need proof? Just check out their advertising for paid protestors.

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Duke Goes on the Road for Park with a Hunker-Junker

peer reviewed health - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment long sold its soul to the Park Foundation, but it’s latest deliverable is a real hunker-junker.

Energy In Depth has a great story today about yet another piece of junk science from the Duke University Nicholas School for the Environment. Duke is on the Park Foundation payroll of sorts, as is obvious from this 2014 grant made by Park:

Duke

This particular grant, although it relates to wastewater disposal and not to the subject of Duke’s latest piece of junk science, is one of three such grants given to the school to attack fracking. They have, in return, published several reports making Park very happy. The most recent is about roads and it’s a real hunker-junker.

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How Duke University Plays Ball Outside the Park

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

 

Duke University plays differently when the Park Foundation isn’t paying the bill. They sound almost pro-fracking when the facts are all that matters. 

For years now, the radical Park Park Foundation has been buying its research from a few select professors at a few select universities. One of the scientists for sale is Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment (see Duke Hit Piece on Shale Water Usage from Same Park-Sponsored Prof and Latest Case of Duke U Bought & Paid “Research” by Park Foundation).

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Bob Howarth Drops All Pretense; Goes Full Fractivist

350.org - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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Like his buddy Tony Ingraffea, Bob Howarth has always been a fractivist on the Cornell University payroll but now he’s dropped every pretense of objectivity.

Bob Howarth is one-half of the Howarth Ingraffea partnership that produced perhaps the biggest lie of the fractivist movement. This Park Foundation financed duo tried and failed rather miserably to assert natural gas was dirtier than coal. It was a defensive move after natural gas replacement of coal in electricity generation started producing huge declines in CO2 and other emissions.

Fractivists needed to be able to deny the obvious; that natural gas production newly enabled by fracking was cleaning the air. Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea served up the needed junk science to assert gas produced more greenhouse gas than coal. It was a joke (more on that in a moment) but it got attention for a bit. The two Park shills, both of whom I’ve debated, got away with pretending it was their science and not their ideology that informed their positions. It’s now come to the point, though, that reality can no longer be denied. Howarth has dropped all pretense of objectivity and science, going full fractivist.

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Counterattack! Willing Workers vs. Job Killers

We are seneca lakeDavid Crea
Process, Energy & Reliability Engineer, Watkins Glen, NY
(David Crea is employed by US Salt but speaks here for himself only)

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“Gas Free Seneca,” “We Are Seneca Lake” and “Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association” are job killers!  But, labor unions are now fighting back – they want jobs!

Crestwood has recently proposed to remove the butane-storage portion of its proposed LPG-Storage Project.  Four jobs that should already have been in Schuyler County have just evaporated due to the Gas Free Senecans’ antagonism directed toward Crestwood and its job-creating LPG-Storage proposal.  Crestwood’s new cut-down proposal takes away what would have been four butane loading and unloading jobs.  It is a small but stinging loss for Schuyler County. Still, something very good is happening; the good guys are fighting back against the job killers!

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The Center for Health, Environment and Justice Isn’t

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Center for Health, Environment and Justice illustrates all that is wrong with much of fractivism. It’s ego on steroids, financed by special interests.

A reader forwarded me an e-mail he received the other day from a group known as the the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. It offered “a free training call with Protect Our Children on how to raise awareness of the risks to our kids’ health from fracking.” It provides no evidence of any harm, of course, but promises information on “how to organize and raise awareness about the potential harm to our kids of fracking.” It’s an appeal to emotion, in other words – another phony plea on behalf of “the children.” This is the sort of tactic always employed by community organizers and demagogues. The Center for Health, Environment and Justice plays both roles and does little for the children.

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WNBF Protects Fractivist Organizer Walter Hang?

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R

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Walter Hang is a paid fractivist organizer for the Park and Rockefeller families – New York’s gentry class – and he’s being protected by the press.

Walter Hang is fractivist shill for some very rich people who want to starve Upstate New York out of existence. They not only don’t want any fracking; they’re against even bringing natural gas to the region. They want to stop pipelines. They are using Walter Hang to manipulate public opinion and co-op our legislators. The press, meanwhile, protects him.

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The Rockefeller Family Special Interests Behind the RICO Scam

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Rockefeller family special interests have been at the core of fractivism, the divestment movement and so much else that is wrong with our energy policy.

It is now clear the RICO scam that has engulfed numerous academics and several attorneys general was instigated by the Rockefeller family. They manipulated everyone into going after Exxon, which was a scheme just a little too perfectly poetic to pull off without getting caught. The lure of the whole ginned up story was that the connections between the family and the promotion of the “Exxon knew” theme, a matter that might normally be expected to raise eyebrows and questions, was submerged in the irony of the situation. What reporter would ask why the family was so involved, when they could write headlines about the irony of Rockefellers challenging big oil and ExxonMobil, in particular, it being the  descendant of Standard Oil?

As it turned out, though, it was too cute by half and it’s now all coming out drip by drip as Energy In Depth and others are pulling back the curtain and revealing the wizards behind the whole scam. What’s still missing, though, is the explanation of exactly what those Rockefeller family special interests really are.

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We Are Seneca Lake: Recruiter of Useful Idiots

We are seneca lakeDavid Crea
Process, Energy & Reliability Engineer, Watkins Glen, NY
(David Crea is employed by US Salt but speaks here for himself only)

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The ongoing saga of “The Locals” versus “The Ithacans” as arrest data-analysis reveals much about arrestees, and tells us why ‘We Are Seneca Lake” is no more than a recruiter of new useful idiots.

As any student of culture can attest, there is far more than 20 miles distance and a few hills and dales that separate the Village of Watkins Glen from its eastern neighbor at Ithaca, New York. The cultural gulf that separates those who people the two areas is an insurmountable chasm. The east shore of Seneca Lake is a clear demarcation line.

Put most simply from my own cultural observations, it is “folks who work, do business, and mind their own business” that inhabit the western side of this chasm, and I will designate them herein as “The Locals.”

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Bill McKibben and Trial Lawyer Friends Flirt with Violence

350.org - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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There may be no bigger phony among fractivists than Bill McKibben, who continues to flirt with extremists and violence aided by his trial lawyer friends.

Bill McKibben loves white sheet cowards who flirt with violence, while extolling non-violent “direct action” and “rebellion,” a fact we noted in an earlier post. Rockefeller front groups such as 350.org and the Sustainable Markets Foundation, where trial lawyer and Fractivist Rasputin Jay Halfon fund the dirty work through the back door. As we noted at the time, they “fire up the true believers with the fervor of religious environmentalism and then pat them on the back from a distance for jobs well done.” Now, Bill McKibben is at it again, rewarding a group known as “Beyond Extreme Energy” with his tweet of approval for what is the work of a clearly extremist group. Continue reading

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