CLCPA Legislation Spurred by Cuomo Should Be Repealed!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger looks at where the Empire State stands with its climate goals and concludes the only realistic hope is to repeal the CLCPA right now.]

On July 18, 2019 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.

According to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) bulletin dated May 10, 2021, the Advisory Panels to the Climate Action Council have all submitted recommendations for consideration in the Scoping Plan to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions economy-wide.   Until this point, the State has not formally released its estimates of current GHG emissions but the strategies mention the GHG emissions for the baseline in 1990 and the most recent year, 2018, so we can estimate where New York stands.

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Newsom Fracking and Oil Ban Will Make California Ever Less Self-Reliant

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[Editor’s Note: There are so, so many awful governors with no moral compass other than political correctness and control. Gavin Newsom is among the worst.]

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently ordered state agencies to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024 and to look for ways to phase out oil extraction by 2045, despite his insistence last fall that he could not unilaterally ban fracking as governor and his call for the legislature to act instead. The timing synchronizes with the state’s target date to achieve carbon neutrality. The order makes California the first jurisdiction in the world to set an end date on hydraulic fracturing and on the state’s oil production.

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Renewable Fortune Making at the Taxpayer Trough Is Driving Environmentalism

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The potential for renewable fortune making trillions off ratepayers and taxpayers is driving both energy policy and environmentalism.

Anyone who has followed this blog at all over the last eight years knows what most people following energy policy and environmentalism today don’t want to know; that it’s really all about the money for those truly calling the shots. Oh, there are plenty of true believers in green causes and enough guilt-ridden trust-funders to fund all of their silly adventures in the interest of making wildernesses for their personal enjoyment. This isn’t the biggest factor, though. No, it’s the investors engaged in renewable fortune making who are driving the bus and they hope to steal trillions from you, me and the government.

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Green Fraud and Why No One Wants to Talk About It

 Robert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research
Principal, MasterResource: A Free-Market Energy Blog
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[Editor’s Note: Robert Bradley provides a review of Marc Morano’s new book: Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think.]

“Let’s expose this dangerous charade. The Green New Deal is not green. It’s not new. And it’s not a good deal for America.”

– Marc Morano, Green Fraud, p. 306.

Outside of a too-brief index, Marc Morano’s Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think (Regnery: 2021) is a worthy addition to any library concerning today’s raging debate over climate and energy. It is one-stop shopping–400 pages worth–for a mount of eye-opening, sometimes amusing, but ultimately sad exaggerations and puffery from the Church of Climate.

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Parkway West Career & Technology Center Gets Boost from Cabot

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

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Cabot donation to Parkway West Career & Technology Center will help prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation.

On April 29 Cabot Oil & Gas visited Parkway West Career & Technology Center to present them with a $35,000 check. The funds are part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and goes toward scholarships and capital equipment for the school.

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Colonial Pipeline Incident Suddenly Illustrates Importance of Pipelines!

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[Editor’s Note: The Colonial Pipeline shutdown illustrates just how critical pipelines really are to everyday life as we know it. Even fractivists need gas!]

On May 7, 2021, Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of petroleum products consumed on the East Coast, was cyber-attacked. The pipeline transports gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and home heating oil from refineries located on the Gulf Coast through pipelines running from Texas to New Jersey. Its pipeline system, the largest petroleum pipeline on the East Coast, spans more than 5,500 miles, transporting more than 100 million gallons a day over two lines: one for gasoline and one for diesel, jet fuel, etc.

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Act 66 Promises Transformative Economic Benefits!

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

 

[Editor’s Note: Pennsylvania Act 266 offers the Commonwealth an open door to transformative economic benefits; an approach unlike any other Northeast state.]

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill (HB) 732 in July, 2020. It is a bill that grants future tax credits to companies willing to build brand new petrochemical plants in the Keystone State–plants that use huge quantities of Marcellus Shale gas (see Victory Lap! Gov. Wolf Signs Tax Break Bill for New Petchem Plants). Wolf vetoed a prior version and got a lot of negative feedback, so when the bill came around a second time he signed it. HB 732 became Act 66 in PA’s codes and regulations. Act 66 is meant to attract big petrochemical plants to northeastern PA.

So far, only one such facility (already in the works prior to the new law) has taken advantage of the Act 66 law. Efforts are underway, though, to change that.

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Climate Bill Yet Another Poor Deal for New Yorkers

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

UPDATE 5/12/2021:  Contrary to my assertion this legislation has not been passed by the New York Senate, it hasn’t even come up in committee yet in either house.

[Editor’s Note: Roger gives the proposed Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) a once-over as only he can do and finds it a VERY poor deal for New Yorkers.]

In the spring of 2021, the New York state Senate introduced and passed the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA).  At the time of this writing in early May 2021, the bill is being considered by the Environmental Committee of the Assembly.  Coming on the heels of the Texas energy debacle one might think New York politicians would not propose any changes to energy and environmental laws until the causes of that disaster were understood or would at least make implementation contingent upon feasibility studies to determine if the ambitious goals of new legislation don’t risk a similar outcome in New York. Unfortunately, this summary of the proposed law shows that is not the case.

I have written extensively about implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) because I believe it will adversely affect affordability and reliability as well as create more environmental harm than good. The CCIA will make those impacts worse.  The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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Northeast Pennsylvania Rakes in Income from Shale Gas Development

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

One Northeast Pennsylvania County has grabbed nearly $2 billion in lease and royalty income from shale gas and benefitted more than anyone.

The data for Northeast Pennsylvania is simply amazing. The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy recently put out a policy brief that looked at “Pennsylvania’s unheralded benefit from shale gas production.” It assembled Pennsylvania income tax revenue data from 2018, and some earlier years, to quantify the amount of income reported by Pennsylvanians on their tax returns as attributable to “rent, royalties, patents, and copyrights.”

The Institute report gathered income tax data from 11 selected counties; eight from Southwestern Pennsylvania and three from the Northeastern part of the state. It then compared the data to that for the state as a whole, yielding a table demonstrating the income from “rent, royalties, patents, and copyrights” in these shale counties increased by $499.1 million over 2011 to 2018, which was 29.6% of the total gain statewide. But, it’s even better when it comes to Northeast Pennsylvania.

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Shale Gas News – May 8, 2021

Shale Gas NewsBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM, 1600 AM, 104.1 FM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about oil prices, Biden’s first 100 days, Cheniere Energy, Inc. and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again to the Williamsport area on stations WEJS 1600 AM & 104.1 FM. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA and now the Williamsport area. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender, Matt Henderson and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. In this week’s Shale Directories meet a member segment we were joined by Colin A. Diehl, Founder/Chief Operations Officer of Diehlux.

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