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Do Fractivists Prefer Slave Labor to Fracking?

SolarCity - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A former Greenpeace leader, of all people, says fractivists seem to prefer getting their energy from slave labor to admitting fracking is the answer.

There is nothing like a convert to spread the truth and Stephen Tindale is the latest of fractivists to come over from the dark side. He was the executive director of Greenpeace UK from 2001–2006 and is the founder of an environmental think-tank called Climate Answers. He now rejects the views of fractivists, asking “if they would really prefer to get their power from slave labor rather than fracking.” It’s a great question and, because we already know the answer for most of those fractivists, it reveals the moral bankruptcy of their lot.

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Shale Revolution Yields Golden Age of Cleaner, Cheaper Energy

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

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The shale revolution is delivering cleaner, cheaper energy all over the world, including India, via the leverage our LNG potential now offers.

There’s a great natural gas story brewing in India.  Since there were 1.4 million British Indians in the 2011 census, and not many are members of the Friends of the Earth judging by this from their website.

We are keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement, for example, black and minority ethnic people, and women in senior positions.

The natural gas industry is missing a trick in explaining not only the advantages of shale to this important community, but other families as well. They certainly won’t hear it from Friends of the Earth or other anti-gas groups.

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Puny Josh Fox Event Illustrates We’ve Reached “Peak Protest”

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

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Josh Fox tried reviving a fading career by attaching himself to UK fractivists, doing a BBC interview that blew up and showed we’ve reached “peak protest.”

A great piece directed towards the gas and industry audience this week in Upstream Online. Some highlights:

The UK government’s decision to overturn local council objections to shale gas drilling in the north of England is a significant step forward for the industry….

Although the issue was quickly investigated, the shale debate has been dominated in the intervening period, largely by critics from environmental groups and local communities.

That has made it hard for local councils to give go-aheads, even if they felt minded to on the basis of jobs and other benefits.

A new post-Brexit vote national government, however, has the headwind to make bold decisions.

It has already given the green light to a controversial new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point and has now moved to face down the anti-frackers by siding with Cuadrilla Resources in Lancashire….

The UK shale industry now has clear and unequivocal backing from the government and should be able to proceed with new wells.

But the battle to win public acceptance is far from won.

In the upstream industry, below ground risk is geological, and we’re  gradually peeling away the layers. Resource assessments from the best in the field,  De Golyer Mac Naughton for Igas (a comparatively small player in UK shale) are certain to attract attention in the investment sector.

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Why Does Food & Water Watch Hate Poor People and Women?

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

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Nick Grealy nails the apparent hate Food & Water Watch has for poor people and women by wanting to condemn them to dependence on biomass energy.

US pipeline protestors such as Sandra Steingraber not only pretend that slowing down LNG export infrastructure somehow saves the earth. They also pretend it is a battle than empowers people in less developed countries in general and women in particular.  They really need to be confronted with the consequences of their actions: Banning fracking kills women.  Here’s how.  It’s complicated Sandra, but one has to go to real women with real problems, not rich American narcissists who are convinced they alone have the solutions to make women’s lives matter.

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Ohio Shale Experience Is the Future for UK?

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

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The Ohio shale experience suggests how development of the UK’s Bowland Shale may go and the future is looking pretty darned good.

A lot has advanced in the six years since Cuadrilla Resources revealed their estimate of 200 TCF in natural gas reserves for their section of the Bowland Shale back in 2010. Sadly, the UK debate hasn’t been one of them. Yet. But the time is coming.  Back in 2010, people saw shale as a flash in the pan. It was, of course, the biggest bang to hit energy markets since the light bulb. Yet, the UK debate still uses outdated economics, 2010 flow rates and 2010 energy policy concerns. Shale is still “controversial.” Meanwhile, in the US, the unconventional is the new normal, 70% or higher of 2016 production and nowhere is it more conventional than in Ohio.

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U.S. Shale Turns Scots Into Great Pretenders

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

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U.S. shale gas shipped to Scotland in the form of LNG is sustaining a manufacturing economy there and making hypocrites of Scottish fractivists.

Sometime this month, the first ethane shipment from U.S. shale is coming to the UK, ironically to Scotland to be used as feedstock at the Ineos Grangemouth facility.

It raises the same questions for the no shale anywhere school that have already arisen over imports of U.S. shale oil and U.S. LNG from shale already arrived in Spain and Portugal. U.S. LNG will be headed to the UK and Belgium soon enough. It will be hard to propose no shale development be permitted anywhere when it’s already lurking in the water heater.

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Natural Gas and Renewables Need Each Other

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

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Fractivists act as if natural gas and renewables are natural enemies – they’re not. They need each other, a fact often obscured by political correctness.

It’s long been proposed by climate scientists worldwide and several US environmentalists that natural gas and renewables are natural partners.  Yet, the accepted wisdom, is the complete opposite.  Attempts to point it out have been met with various levels of scorn or derision by anti fracking advocates.  The few who have proposed the idea have been mocked and ridiculed as greenwashers by many groups who themselves are strong advocates of renewables.  It’s an unfortunate meme that is long past its sell by date.

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French Shale Gas? Well, Yes, Maybe!

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

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France’s unsustainable hypocrisy on fracking will very likely, per inevitably, lead to the development of French shale gas with implications for New York.

There is a special wound on my heart marked Gaz de Schiste: French shale gas. Fortunately, and contemporaneously with the UK, which seems to be finally stirring, the debate will inevitably evolve in France.  There is a particular French term “La Rentrée” which signifies not only the return to school, but to business and cultural life in general. It will be an especially political one this year in the primary campaigns to get candidates this year, and the first and second rounds of the Presidential Election in April and May.

I’m interested in the commercial aspects of the French shale question for France itself, but also for the natural gas industry advocacy campaign world-wide. Of all the outdated objections to shale,  “France has banned shale gas”  is the one that may be as impermanent as the others.  There’s only two people of any consequence  keeping the ban going.  One is President Hollande and the other is Mme Royal, his former partner and mother to his children.  For reasons totally unconnected with shale, it’s unlikely that either of them will re-enter in 2017.  That will then help shale in France, the UK, New York State and everywhere else.  Here’s hoping, here’s trying and heres’s waiting.

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Looking at Fracking in 2016 Through the Purple Hayes

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

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Fracking today is on display with the Purple Hayes wells in Ohio and the lesson is that fracking technology is destroying all the best arguments of its opponents.

If we could simply convince people that “fracking” doesn’t mean thousands of wells or hundreds of well pads, as so many fractivist groups in the UK insist will happen, we could then move on to a grown up discussion as to why are we using high carbon/zero tax LNG in the UK instead of the lower carbon high tax alternative onshore shale gas offers.

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Purists vs. Problem Solvers, As Shale Revolution Changes All

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

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While the shale revolution offers to make real environmental differences and solve real problems, ideologically blinded purists demand 100% solutions.

The US shale revolution is now going global via LNG. Countries that formerly would have chosen coal for power generation are now going gas.

“There are markets like Bangladesh and Pakistan where traditionally they would have gone with coal but now gas can be the cheaper option once you include the cost of new infrastructure,” LeLong of Goldman said. “You are seeing these energy poor countries often with poor credit ratings turning to LNG.”

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