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Cuadrilla Goes Gangbusters, Grealy Goes Ghostbusters

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

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Bill Murray wannabe Nick Grealy, draws out the parallels between Cuadrilla’s steady progress in demolishing fracking myths and the “Ghostbusters movie.”

There are two sides to the theory that UK opposition to shale gas makes the development of an industry problematic. Interestingly, many on both the “conventional wisdom” and the noisy, tiny and increasingly irrelevant opposition side are stuck in the same rut.

The rut derives from Britain’s favorite place, living in the past.  UK shale has had dual curses, both surrounding experts’ opinion of the the past.  Shale simply moves too fast.

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Good Energy News Doesn’t Depend on Conventional Wisdom

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

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Nick Grealy, ever the realist, bares all in talking of his battles, with a confident optimism in the triumph of good energy news over convention wisdom.

I have been so blessed in so many ways. Life is too short to be wasted on regret, but as Francis Albert Sinatra sang, I’ve had a few of those, and as I start thinking about my legacy, I’ll inevitably address the negative side of that over the next few weeks. I intend to do that filtered via a collaborator who hopefully will curb my worst impulses.

I also hope to use an academic platform and other associates to set out the case, so sadly lacking amongst the “conventional” wisdom of world gas thinking, on the other side of the bet that for some weird reason, UK and European shale will never happen. What if the conventional wisdom is wrong? To me, the story of shale has consistently been to prove almost everyone wrong. But the UK and Europe CW, for complex reasons, still insists that what was correct in 2010 still applies today. That’s quite clearly wrong. Perhaps 2018 will prove the CW wrong in Europe. Apart from anything else, this is a case for  risk mitigation, a key part of due diligence that for mysterious reasons, barely exists.  We’ll see. Or, you will at least.

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When It Comes to Fracking, Emotion Is No Substitute for Science

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

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Nick Grealy reflects on what he expects from UK fracking, the roles of emotion and science and what he faces in the way of personal challenges right now.

August is the traditional peak of the silly season when the UK media uses any number of tenuous, out dated or too often, simply bored attempts to feed the maw of the media machinery. With audience and grown ups away, the field is opened up to a new crop of writers misguided enough to still see some romance in the formerly noble métier of journalism.  Many of them are “interns,” or what anyone in most jobs recognize as “slaves,” but the alleged riches of “making a difference” drag them in every summer.

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Ná Fracáil, But LNG Go Braugh in Ireland

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

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Ireland has said no to fracking (“Ná Fracáil”) but eagerly signed onto LNG from America. It’s a beautiful thing for Texans but hugely hypocritical for Eire.

Ireland recently decided to ban shale gas , adding to a small  list of paragons, mostly with little to no shale potential such as Wales and Vermont which shale opponents often cite to those who wish to explore more prospective areas such as New York State, Lancashire and London. Green Party Senator O’Sullivan was quoted as saying:

“Our current energy policy is nothing less than a complete contradiction, a policy that can only lead to one conclusion: we should keep the petroleum in the ground.”

No kidding, Senator.

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Shale Opposition Recedes As News Hounds Do Nothing

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

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Shale opposition recedes into irrelevancy as the antics of fractivists get less and less attention; so much less the news hounds hardly even notice anymore.

Elsewhere on the No Hot Air / Reimagine Gas site is a Top Ten Shale Gas Myths that has been up for so long some of the oldies but goodies are getting moldy.  Time for a refresh and let’s replace the old number one with a new number one.  The previous chart topper  “My Water Will Catch on Fire” never gets airtime anymore.  It was a 2009 one hit wonder from Gasland, and not even the most uninformed opponents repeat it anymore.

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European Elitism Creating New Market for American LNG

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Childless European leaders more interested in legacy than children are creating the biggest opportunity ever for American LNG from Pennsylvania and Texas.

My friend Nick Grealy sent me a copy of an article he wrote last week about something he views as only slightly less than awful; the scheduled arrival in London of enough American LNG to serve the entire city for three months. He’s upset, of course, the UK hasn’t moved faster to develop its own shale resources and allow companies like his own London Local Energy to proceed with due haste. I couldn’t agree more in one sense. The UK should be developing its shale and faster, please.

Nick, makes his case, though, on the basis shipping LNG across the big pond wastes the CO2 advantage that could be obtained by simply using UK shale gas. While that is undeniably true to a point, I’m not convinced it’s that big a deal in the end. Moreover, I’d dearly like to see my Susquehanna County neighbors and other rural Pennsylvanians and Texans supplying some of that demand. I feel strongly both ways, in other words. I was, for this reason, wondering what to say until I read two posts at PowerLine (one of my favorite blogs) that put everything in perspective.

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Yes, Tourism and Shale Gas Really Do Go Together

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Contrary to the hyperbole of fractivists, tourism and shale gas development are not only compatible but complementary; it takes an economy to draw tourism.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating electronically in a program conducted in the UK to discuss the potential impacts of shale gas development on tourism in the Lancashire region. The connection was poor, so I offered to do a follow-up video of my own capturing the essence of my remarks for sharing with those who attended.

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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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