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Maryland’s Elections are Under Attack from Special Interest Groups

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Special interest groups like the Sierra Club are endorsing candidates across the state who fall in line with their aggressive ideology.   

The election cycle is in full force all around the country. Many people are taking time to understand their candidates’ platforms. Others, are just happy to wear wool and do what they are told. Sadly, that seems to be the prevailing attitude in Maryland, where special interest politics holds huge sway.

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North Korea Peace Brings Out Opportunistic Russian Plans

Fractivists

K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Potential peace talks with North Korea is encouraging the opportunist Kremlin to plan new pipelines into South Korea to reduce US market share.   

President Trump’s meeting with the isolated nation of North Korea brings in a lot of potential hopes. Perhaps we can escalate tensions and military presence on the peninsula, maybe we can encourage the ruthless dictator to improve human rights, or perhaps, just maybe, we can reduce sanctions and become a trade partner with the North as we have with the South.

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Is the New Russian Nord Stream Pipeline the Start to Another Cold War?

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Nord Stream 2, a Russian pipeline project, is going to increase natural gas market share for the Kremlin, but is it going to become the next Cold War?

Being born in the early 1980’s, I missed out on the majority of the Cold War. Recently, I have been reading a lot about this period of time and how it began, what played out, and the way it ended. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Cold War has largely been considered over. The way I see it, though, their battle for control over natural gas could be my generation’s Cold War.

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Enviro-Terrorists Are Simply Terrorists Who Victimize Themselves

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Enviro-terrorists twist facts and use scare tactics to convince themselves of their righteousness, but in reality, they are just like other terrorists.  

Scare tactics and fearmongering are the ordinary tools used by enviro-terrorists, although they are instinctively drawn to vandalism and violence as a natural outgrowth of their cult behavior. They take snippets of information out of context and blow it widely out of proportion to be disseminated to their fleet. The problem isn’t so much that they use these tools, but rather, that they are masters of their craft and take it to a new level by believing their own hyperbole, acting upon it and attracting the support of wanna-be enviro-terrorists too cautious to do it themselves (e.g., when Bill McKibben tweeted support for enviro-terrorists with masks and torches).

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Pipeline Jobs Are Real and Are Created Where the Action Is

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Let there be no doubt; pipeline jobs are real, happen where the pipelines are being built and provide first-class employment opportunities for the trades.

I’ll never forget a trade union speaker at the giant Harrisburg rally for gas a while back. He pointed how tired he was of hearing pipeline opponents say such construction jobs were but temporary. His reply? “I’ve been feeding my family for 25 years with those ‘temporary’ jobs.” How right he was. Not only that, but those jobs don’t all go to out-of-town pipeline workers but, rather, tend to stay within the region where the action takes place. Now we have more proof.

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Radical Nuns Lose in Court, Continue to Use Natural Gas

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

 

Radical nuns enticed into opposing the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline as a publicity gimmick lose in court but get to continue to hypocritically use natural gas.

The radical nuns known as the Adorers of the Blood of Christ were apparently drawn into the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline controversy by Lancaster Against Pipelines group that just happens to be led by a religious studies professor who studies such things. They were willingly drawn into a phony chapel fiasco intended to create celebrity type publicity for the pipeline opponents, apparently thinking no one would notice they’re natural gas users who even promote the energy source on their website but would deny it to others. Many did notice and, reportedly, it even came up in court when they challenged Atlantic Sunrise’s right to place the pipeline under their cornfield. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons they lost.

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The Guilt-Ridden Elites Behind Fractivism

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

 

If early reviews are any indication, a new book by the title of Uneasy Street helps expose the fragile egos of the guilt-ridden elites behind fractivism.

There are two parts to the fractivist movement, such as it is. There are the malcontents drawn to radical causes as a form of life-long rebellion and, then, there are guilt-ridden elites who enable them, largely through funding.

The former are well-known within small circles and they’re often found commenting on these pages. Vic Furman, a long-time guest blogger here has a unique talent for getting under their skin and making them reveal themselves as his post yesterday so beautifully demonstrated.

I’ve also spent a lot of time here documenting the nature of the guilt-ridden elites among the Haas, Heinz, Park, Rockefeller and other wealthy families funding fractivism. That’s why a New York Post article on a new book entitled Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence immediately caught my attention.

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Court Kicks Constitution Pipeline and Case Down Road

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

 

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the Constitution Pipeline, kicking Williams in the gut on part of it and kicking part of it down the road.

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City composed of Carter, G.W. Bush and Obama appointees has issued a very disappointing decision in the Constitution Pipeline case. It ruled against the Constitution Pipeline on the matter of whether the New York DEC acted arbitrarily in denying water quality certification while saying it had no authority to decide the critical question; whether DEC took too long. A read of the opinion (available here with my highlighting of important points) is an exercise in appreciating everything that’s wrong with New York, the courts and the pipeline industry.

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Let’s Not Be “Walled In” on Natural Gas Exports to Mexico

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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There is a lot of talk about Mexico in the news. Wall or no wall, a 20% tax on imports could be retaliated and hurt our natural gas exports. 

We are just over 10 days with a new administration in the Oval Office and we see Donald Trump, for better or worse, doing a lot of disrupting; not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that. I am not here to discuss the politics or to speculate on President Trump’s stances; there is already way too much of that everywhere you look. Still, I don’t like the idea of new tariffs on imports from Mexico, which are only likely to produce new Mexican tariffs on our natural gas exports to that country.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Wants FERC Shut Down

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and 182 of it’s friends demand the U.S. Senate hold hearings to find FERC “corrupt” and shut it down completely.

Maya van Rossum, who is THE Delaware Riverkeeper (the river’s mamma), got 182 of her friends, whom she calls “organizations” to sign a letter and sent it to the U.S. Senate demanding (she always demands, never politely asks) for hearings into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Why? Because they’re actually doing their job, and that just can’t stand.

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