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If A Fracking Site Can’t Be Found, Is It Industrialization?

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

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Nick Grealy brilliantly exposes the intellectual hollowness of fracking opponents who complain of industrialization, yet can’t find the fracking sites!

In Yorkshire, Louise Hammond is so concerned fracking of shale will industrialize the landscape that she traveled to Lancashire and got arrested there to prevent it.

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The incoherent statement of fractivists Louise Hammond and Natalie Middleton after pleading guilty to obstructing a highway to protest fracking (click to read full story).

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Fractivists Reaching New and Desperate Lows

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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We are seeing fractivists’ tactics reaching desperate lows. Ranging from comparing police to Nazis in a new video to blowing up well workers. 

One of the most recognizable faces from history is that of the murderous dictator, Adolf Hitler. We all have been taught or lived through the tragic times of his reign. The atrocities of those under his command will forever be remembered as pure evil. Today, we see people being compared to him all the time. I can’t count the number of times I saw people calling Trump Hitler or any other person that crowd tends to dislike. Recently, those Nazi comparisons took a darker turn and it has caught the attention of the police as they are investigating it as a possible hate crime.

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In Just Over a Year, American LNG Reaches Europe Via Poland

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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In just under a year, American LNG has reached new markets near and far. Now, we are in Europe by the way of Poland through an historic deal. 

One year doesn’t seem to be a very long time. A year comes and goes quickly for most of us as we get older and time starts to just fly by. However, a lot can happen in a year. We have a new President, a weaker Josh Fox, and have now seen U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas exports fly out of the gate.

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Modern Life Is Impossible Without Fracking

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

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The following is a condensed version of a post by Nick Grealy originally published at MyGridGB. Nick tells us why modern life is impossible without fracking.

Due to common failures of the gas industry and journalists who too often seek slogans instead of solutions there is still a widely held view, based more on feelings than figures, that natural gas is neither necessary or desirable. Easy slogans proposing simplistic solutions to complex engineering problems have invaded the debate.

The argument against gas has three strands. It often depends on glib use of the F word as simplistic value signalling. The obsession with the process instead of the product is irrelevant. Yesterday’s breakthrough, becomes today’s mainstream and in shale that date was 2014 when the “unconventional” method of hydraulic fracturing became the new normal when it provided over 50% of US gas production.

In 2017, 90% of all new US gas wells are horizontal, the other part of the shale revolution. Indeed a recent University of Texas study was unable to find evidence of ‘conventional’ gas drilling at all. Thus, in the US at least, natural gas today is produced as a matter of course by “fracking.” It’s as unconventional as making a phone call with a mobile phone to some people was in June 2007 when the iPhone was launched.

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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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The Stupidity of Importing Natural Gas One Already Has

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

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Message to Boston: This is why importing natural gas from Trinidad and Tobago when it’s being produced next door here in the US is idiocy for public policy.

Deciding – or not – to explore for the UK’s onshore natural gas and oil reserves needs informed facts.

On Saturday March 4, the LNG carrier Gallina  docked at the Isle of Grain Terminal 50 miles from London.

The Gallina’s arrival is inextricably linked to the lack of UK shale gas exploration. If exploration had been allowed,  and production ensued, the Gallina would not be landing the cargo.

The Gallina’s gas is very high carbon, with a 20% to 30% higher CO2 footprint across the supply chain than locally produced UK gas.

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How to Shift An Energy Burden to Others While Virtue Signaling

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

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Nick Grealy explains how those who oppose fracking are unwittingly shifting their energy burden onto the backs of others.

Here’s a story based on cultural anthropology, the study of human cultures.  Culture is bottom up. The story of man is from individuals to families, to bands, to groups, to villages, to tribes, to cities to countries – and today to the world.

Deep in the Amazon rain forest there still remain uncontacted tribes, humans who, by choice or geography, have no contact with the outside world.

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Natural Gas Under London A Huge Opportunity?

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

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There’s natural gas under London and it represents a wonderful opportunity for not only Londoners to demonstrate sustainability but also potential investors.

This project is going to take up most of my time both, here and at a new site coming soon. Any questions? Get in touch: Guru@nohotair.co.uk

We have much to say and this will be the first of a series that will answer the following  questions, and many more, in detail over coming weeks and months.  This project is going to evolve over the next few months.  For now, all we can do is think, but ultimately we will act.  It will be a great journey.  This is just the first step. Please get in touch with any further questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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Robin Hood Fractivists Look to Rob Poor to Give to the Rich

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

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Nick Grealy says UK fractivists are alter-ego Robin Hood characters looking to rob the poor to give to the rich – how true it is there (and here in the US).

Like all good insurrections, the opposition to “fracking” in Sherwood Forest risks snowballing and damaging everyone else  unless some facts are allowed to enter the debate.

Facts certainly aren’t intruding into this story from the local paper.  What could  then happen is that, like the original Telegraph story, these “alternative facts” become viral.  A local newspaper reporter, perhaps earning as little as £12 a year,  writes a story essentially dictated to her by Guy Shrubsole of Friends of the Earth. Other reporters worldwide will find it via Google and embellish it for their local story, producing a  digital palimpsest mirroring the medieval tone of the story. Result: anti fracking activists invigorate themselves as participants in a mythic battle.

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It’s the Shrinking Gas Footprint, Stupid!

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

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It’s the shrinking gas footprint that matters in the debate with fractivists; it’s getting smaller all the time and that makes all the difference.

The attraction of UK onshore natural gas has always been location, location, location.  If we are even allowed to explore for it, let alone possibly produce it, it  is under a market that uses a lot of imports and will need a growing amount of them as we continue to install a new or upgraded heating system every 6 seconds of a 50 hour working week.  All into a market steps away from a distribution system bought and paid for years ago, at a commodity price that has a basis over US Henry Hub permanently built in.

But throughout the debate we should have talked, footprint, footprint, footprint. Nothing else matters. The smallest footprint possible makes onshore gas (and oil) acceptable, achievable – and profitable.  Yet, the fundamental fear of journalists has been an outdated view of gas wells on every street corner.

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